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SMKW offers this exclusive Victorinox Swiss Army Happy Halloween Classic SD for only $17, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Nothing says Halloween like a knife. Just ask Jason or Michael Myers. Yeah, we get it. It’s just a Swiss Army Classic SD, but it’s still a Halloween knife.
Allen Elishewitz of Elishewitz Custom Knives is featured on Episode #45 of The Knife Junkie Podcast. Bob “The Knife Junkie” DeMarco says that Elishewitz combines the fine artist and martial artist to form an innovative artistic spirit that knows the function and use of knives and combines that into beautifully functional tools.
I missed the notification on my phone when this episode came out. I am an episode behind in sharing them with you. I will post the next episode (with Greg Medford) this weekend.
I consider Allen and his wife Val to be friends, so I listened to this as soon as I realized I had missed it.
Lehigh Valley Knife Show
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As many of you are aware, Bill Goodman, the Founder and Manager of the Lehigh Valley Knife Show, has fallen very ill recently, and through word of mouth had cancelled this knife show as he was simply unable to proceed with everything involved. Now with Bill’s support, Fred & Sharon Eisen and myself have brought this show back on schedule and we are working very hard to have everything set and in place for next weekend.
Over the past week, Bill’s condition has taken a significant turn for the worse. We have been talking to Bill on a daily basis, keeping him informed of the latest happenings and bringing his spirits up as much as possible.
As you can imagine, re-setting an event of this size in less than two weeks has resulted in a number of unforeseen challenges that we were not quite prepared for. We are working through them, but need to ask for your help. If you had originally booked a table for this show, please let us know as soon as possible by responding to this email, and if you are still available for that weekend. (Thank you to those of you that have previously responded.) If you would like to set up at the show, there are a limited number of tables still available, so again please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to reserve one (or more). If you are planning to attend the show, GREAT! We hope to see you there.
Last but absolutely not least, we are VERY proud to announce that we have received some FANTASTIC donations that will be up for raffle for the entire weekend, to help support this show AND provide for some great charities/foundations. These include the following:
Mini Tactical Tomahawk hand crafted by Dominick Gold, retail value of $195 !!!!
Jake Hoback Knives OSF “Hero” Series Folding Knife, retail value of $550 !!!!
CRKT XOC / Shock / Folding Knife, retail value of $750 !!!!
These are all BEAUTIFULLY made knives, made with absolute PREMIUM materials and unbelievable skill, donated DIRECTLY from the maker/manufacturers themselves. We would love to expand this effort to make this a truly memorable weekend. If you would like to donate something to add to this event, please let us know directly.
Finally, we would like to thank you for your support, your kind words and messages for Bill, and simply your shared enjoyment of cutlery. We hope to see you next weekend!
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Outdoor Edge Box Opening Assistant
DENVER — Outdoor Edge has redefined the traditional box-cutter market with its new B.O.A. (Box Opening Assistant). This redefinition of the folding utility knife is a massive upgrade to the classic box cutter found in Dad’s toolbox. The B.O.A.’s perfect ergonomics along with extensive jimping on the stainless steel blade holder delivers power from the hand directly to the cutting edge, and the force of the cut goes exactly where intended, all while providing comfort throughout extended periods of use.
An ingenious yet simple mechanism, a safety-guarded thumb button allows quick and safe blade replacement with the flick of a finger. Constructed of 420J2 stainless steel with a sure-grip textured glass/nylon polymer handle, it’s as durable as it is lightweight. A pocket clip ensures it’s always easily accessible for use.
The B.O.A. has an overall length of 5.75 inches with the blade extended, and folds down to just 3.6 inches for carrying, making it extremely compact and pocket-friendly between uses. Weighing a mere 2.7 oz., the B.O.A. is light enough to be nimble, but it is constructed tough enough to withstand years of abuse. Available in blaze orange or black, the B.O.A. includes three standard utility razor blades. The B.O.A is available at retailers nationwide or conveniently online at www.outdooredge.com for a suggested retail price of $16.95.
About Outdoor Edge
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Denver, Outdoor Edge is a leading designer and manufacturer of knives and tools. Today, Outdoor Edge continues to innovate and develop state-of-the-art products for outdoor enthusiasts, game processors, survivalists, handymen and others who require the very best knives and tools available for leisure, work and everyday-carry needs. The company prides itself in offering a variety of products that undergo extensive field-testing in harsh, rugged environments resulting in durable, long-lasting products that come with a lifetime guarantee. For additional information on Outdoor Edge and its full line of products write to: Outdoor Edge, 5000 Osage Street, Suite 800, Denver, CO 80221; call toll-free 800-477-3343; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.outdooredge.com.
B.O.A. Specs.: Blade: 1.0 in.
Overall: 5.75 ins.
Weight: 2.7 oz.
I was working as a fiberglass boat builder in Idaho when the first generation of folding utility knives was coming on the scene. I thought they were the greatest invention ever. These look to be even better.
I have been impressed with much of Outdoor Edge’s lineup, and am anxious to give these a try.
The Area 51 raid is supposed to be happening tomorrow. If it’s “successful” we hope we can get some of that unobtainium hypersonic space steel. Space Marines need advanced Steel Eagle 107Ds for bug hunts. #area51pic.twitter.com/rJRXas3GVw
“Williams punched through chamise and manzanita, then crawled along the bulldozer’s side. He’d be the first on the scene of a recovery operation the likes of which the state had never seen. Over the next 2 ½ days, at a cost of $200,000, 59 firefighters and 34 state prison inmates would join in this improbable rescue, risking their lives to retrieve the driver’s body.
“It was a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach to know we couldn’t get him off the hill the second we knew that he had perished,” said Nancy Koerperich, who was then Cal Fire’s unit chief overseeing Mariposa County. “Firefighters knew what was at stake, they knew it was dangerous, they knew the fire was coming, but that’s what firefighters do. It was truly a labor of firefighter love.”
The man pinned inside the bulldozer, Braden Varney, had lived with his young family just miles away from where he died. He’d reported to the fire line to protect them, his friends and his neighbors. His colleagues were determined to deliver him back to them.”
I wore the gear for a short time (1995-1998) as a member of the College Twp. Fire Dept in Knox County, Ohio. I got sucked into this when I was trawling for Newsfeed content. It is off topic for this blog, but wonderfully written. It connected with me and I thought I would share it with you.
Requiescat in Pace Braden. May your memory be a blessing.
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Victorinox is breaking new ground with back-to-back fixed blade releases, the Outdoor Master Mic L and Mic S. The company has an extensive line of fixed blade kitchen blades and other specialized cutlery, but these full tang knives are the first fixed blades from the Swiss Army Knife manufacturer to target the outdoors category.
Both the Mic L and Mic S are available now from Victorinox. The MSRP for the Mic L is $250, while the Mic S’s is set at $150.
I would really like to get my hands on one of these.
Avocado hand—the colloquial name for a condition arising from improper avocado cutting technique—sounds like it might be grotesque in a sort of Cronenbergian way, but is actually grotesque in more of a Wes Craven-esque sort of way. Seriously, don’t image search it. The prevalence of this self inflicted wound is, in my opinion, due in part to the fact that nobody on the internet seems to get the technique for breaking down an avocado right. Even cooking websites that I love, staffed with people whose opinions I trust implicitly seem to always get at least a couple things wrong. Thus I felt compelled to offer what I can in the fight against completely-avoidable-and-slightly-embarrassing-injuries.
The main thing that contributes to people cutting their hands open trying to get inside an avocado is this romantic idea that all avocado processing steps can, nay should be done while holding the fruit (technically a berry) in your hand. This is a pernicious lie. Free your minds, people. The best way to quickly and easily access the fatty flesh of the avocado is by keeping it on your dang cutting board away from the fatty flesh on the palms of your hands. Not only that, but using your cutting board actually makes cutting the avocado easier, and you’ll get better, more regular cuts. Ready? Here we go…
I am not a huge avocado fan, or I would probably have already added this to my list of self-inflicted knife wounds.