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Radio Show Addressed Ivory Ban

The federal ban on elephant ivory was one of the topics on the DIane Rehm radio talk show March 4. Craig Hoover of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was among the show’s guests. Hoover is one of the federal officials several in the knife industry have been contacting for information on the federal...

Antique Ivory Exceptions Rule Too Stringent

The recently announced federal ban on ivory not only seems to outlaw all import, export, interstate and intrastate sales of elephant ivory, it also appears to make all potential exceptions to the rule such as antiques virtually impossible to meet. Initially announced on Feb. 11, the ban received more coverage Feb. 26 when the...

New BLADE Hits Newsstands TODAY!

What does it take to be a full-time knifemaker? Was BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Michael Walker’s LinerLock™ an innovation or a redo? Do you know how to make a damascus plug weld? These questions and more are answered in the latest issue of BLADE®, debuting on newsstands TODAY! Custom knives have a mystique...

Feds Ban Trade of Elephant Ivory

Except in “a very limited number of circumstances,” the federal government has announced a ban on the commercial trade of elephant ivory, according to a report from the office of the secretary of The White House. How the ban will affect existing knives with handles of elephant and fossil ivory and existing supplies of...

EX-03: More Than Just Another Black Handle Tactical

Sometimes it’s easy to denigrate the many black-handle tactical folders on the market, but Hogue Knives’ approach to the grip material for its EX-03 sheds new light on black. The handle material for the EX-03 is a polymer known as Polyphenylene Sulfide. The trade name is PPS. “This material was selected for its high-tensile...

SHOT Show: The Anniversary Edition

The new knives, sharpeners and knife-related accessories for 2014 were the order of the week at the recent SHOT Show in Las Vegas. It also was the scene of several companies announcing anniversaries in 2014, including: Boker (145th); Case and Ontario (125th); Gerber (75th); Buck’s 110 folding hunter (50th); Kershaw and Frost Cutlery (40th);...

New BLADE® Hits Newsstands TODAY!

The “Shoreline” kick-stop flipper by Lee Williams jumps off the cover of the new BLADE®, on most newsstands TODAY! Need your quarterly fix on the hottest custom knives of the hottest custom makers? Let the industry pros clue you in on page 12. If you’re into knife performance, see how two skinners stack up...