Beautiful Damascus Bowie

Anyone who knows me knows I have this thing for Bowie knives. I feel there is no better all around knife than a Bowie knife.

Adnan Monger sent me this beautiful Damascus Bowie knife.

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14.5″ Long with a 9.5″ blade length. Brass guard and butt cap and a colored giraffe bone handle.

If you’re interested in owning this one of a kind beauty, click here!

Copper State Cutlery Association Knife Show Dec 17-18, 2016

What a great time I had at the CSCA Knife Show last weekend. Here’s a look at some of the knife makers that were there:

Daniel Collett Collett Knives

Daniel Collett
Collett Knives

Robert Pangina Glendale, AZ

Robert Pangina
Glendale, AZ

Coy Knives by Coy Show Low, Az

Coy
Knives by Coy
Show Low, Az

Glen Glen's Custom Knives San Tan Valley, Az

Bob Ham, Payson AZ

 

Lee Beene - Lee's Cutlery Mesa, AZ

Lee Beene – Lee’s Cutlery
Mesa, AZ

Dan Zvonek New River, Az

Dan Zvonek
New River, Az

Charles Turnage Fine Turnage Production San Antonio, Tx

Charles Turnage
Fine Turnage Production
San Antonio, Tx

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Jeff Stover Torrance, Ca

Matt Shindel - representing his brother Mike work - Blade & Hammer California

Matt Shindel – representing his brother Mike work – Blade & Hammer
California

John Brown - Show Organizer

John Brown – Show Organizer

Daniel Stucky Springfield, Or

Daniel Stucky
Springfield, Or

Bob Ham Payson, Az

Tom & Linda Buckner
Olympia, Wa

Rob Saniscalchi RSK Knifeworks Phoenix, Az

Rob Saniscalchi
RSK Knifeworks
Phoenix, Az

K&G Finishing Supplies Lakeside, AZ

K&G Finishing Supplies
Lakeside, AZ

Randy Lee St. Johns, AZ

Randy Lee
St. Johns, AZ

Charles Prokopp Tucson, AZ

Charles Prokopp
Tucson, AZ

Steve Godfrey Godfrey Knife and Forge Phoenix, Az

Steve Godfrey
Godfrey Knife and Forge
Phoenix, Az

Clayton Cowart Sugarloaf Knifeworks Phoenix, AZ Forged in Fire S3 E7

Clayton Cowart
Sugarloaf Knifeworks
Phoenix, AZ
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Ed Turner Low Country Knifeworks Casa Grande, Az

Ed Turner
Low Country Knifeworks
Casa Grande, Az

Ray Kirk - Raker Knives Tahlequah, OK Forging Demo Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Tahlequah, OK
Forging Demo
Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk - Raker Knives Forging Demo Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Forging Demo
Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk - Raker Knives Forging Demo Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Forging Demo
Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk - Raker Knives Forging Demo Forged in Fire S1 E8

Ray Kirk – Raker Knives
Forging Demo
Forged in Fire S1 E8

Rich Greenwood - Pokabu Forge. Forged in Fire S3 E1

Rich Greenwood – Pokabu Forge.
Forged in Fire S3 E1

Konstantin Vasenko Russian Made Knives Irvine, Ca

Konstantin Vasenko
Russian Made Knives
Irvine, Ca

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More photos on Lee Beene’s blog:

http://arizonaknifenews.com

Roger Hatt Custom Folder

Canadian Roger Hatt has been making knives since 1994. When you get a Hatt knife, you get a beautiful bang for your buck.

Beautiful Damascus drop point folder with walrus ivory scales.

More information and to purchase the knife here

 

 

 

 

Copper State Knife Show

The Copper State Cutlery Association has set the dates for their knife show.

CSCA Knife Show

 

Sonoran Desert Knives will be set up at the show

BLACKHAWK! / MOD Knives

MOD (Masters of Defense) was founded in 1998 by Jim Ray. Jim went to real knife defense experts to design his knives. Men such as Michael Janich, Alan Elishewitz, Duane Dieter, Jeff Harkins and Massad Ayoob to name a few. They were innovated with designs that the tactical knife world wanted and this proved to be very successful for MOD.

In 2003 MOD was sold to BLACKHAWK! Products Group which wanted to diversify  its already product line of holsters, packs, slings, lights, apparel and tools. By joining BLACKHAWK!, gave MOD a wider base of armed professionals and not just the elitist military and police units.

Another advantage of BLACKHAWK!’s absorption of MOD was bringing these advanced knife designs to an average person who wanted these proven concepts of expert-inspired tactical designs, but normally couldn’t afford them. This happened in 2005 when BLACKHAWK! / M.O.D. became BLACKHAWK! Blades.

Overall the M.O.D. and the BLACKHAWK! / M.O.D. have become highly desired and collectible.

We have two of these knives available:

A Nightwing fixed blade designed by Alan Elishewitz and a CQD Mark II Automatic Folder  designed by Duane Dieter. Both are rare and extremely hard to find.

For more information on these knives and to purchase, please visit our website

 

An Hour With Greg Medford

I pulled up to a 15,000 square foot manufacturing facility on the North West side of Phoenix just off the interstate after having called ahead. I had a customer who wanted the top of the line MKT Praetorian Ti knife.

Praetorian T Drop Point

I had to order one so why not take a trip across town and do it in person.

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Walking into the place I was greeted by Greg’s two children who were very friendly and then his wife Amy. She asked me to wait a moment and disappeared down to hall to return a few minutes later and issued me into Greg’s office where I got to meet the man himself. Not the first time, as I had met him three years ago at the Atlanta Blade Show. Like there, Greg greeted me with a powerful handshake as if I was a long unseen friend.

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After pleasantries, Greg took time out from his busy schedule to tour his plant and explain each step of the process on how his knives are made. Greg said it simply, “He uses modern technology to make hand made knives.” With 20 employees working for him, his knives are made by hand. Each and every one. He looks at his manufacturing of his knives as a modern day Henry Ford building the Model T.

They use only US made steel for all of his knives. They make all the screws, hardware and clips in house. The only machining done on his knives are the drilling of the holes. The most impressive part of the his knives is that each one is totally ground by hand, free style. Put together by hand. A Kydex sheath is made for the fixed blade knives, (Soon they will be going to all leather sheaths), and then they are given a final detailed inspection before being shipped out in their own pelican case.

He showed me how not only are his knives are extremely sharp for cutting, but they will also take punishment of being used as a pry-bar. Something I hardly recommend using a knife for.

Besides knives, we talked about other interest we have in common. Namely, Massachusetts, Martial Arts and Military Service. Both our families have ties to Mass. Greg’s from Western Mass and mine from Boston proper. Greg had studied and taught martial arts for years in Arizona before turning to manufacturing earning several black belts. Also he served his county in Kuwait with the 5th Marines during Desert Storm. The hall of his offices are lined with photos and memorabilia of all the American wars from the Revolution through Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over all, the president / owner took time out of his day for me a regular guy. Turning me back over to Amy, he went back to work and I got my customer’s knife ordered and headed home.  Thank you Greg!

Medford Knives at SDK

Gun Radio Gun & Knife Show

We’ll be there

January-30-2016 Discount Card

 

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An Hour with Bob Park

As a want to be leather craftsman, I have friend-ed several leather professionals on Facebook. One of them was Bob Park.
Bob wrote a book, “Creating Western Floral Design.”

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I decided to purchase a copy for myself and contacted Bob trough Facebook messenger. Turns out, not only does he live in Phoenix, he’s actually less than a mile from my home.
After calling him up I made arrangements to go over to his shop /home to meet him and pick up my copy of his book.
Pulling up to his drive I was greeted by his sign hanging in front of the garage.

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With a hello, he came out to meet me, shake hands and invite me into his shop. And what a nice shop it is.

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We talked and discussed leather work and rodeo. Bob showed me his latest project, a show piece roper’s bag.

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Did you notice the butterfly?

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Overall, some outstanding beautiful work.
Here’s an older one he made years ago for himself.

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After about an hour of chit chat, I felt I took up enough of his time. Paid for my book which he signed.

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They’re $45 if you want a copy.

One last photo of Bob himself. Oh yea, he’s a vet too.

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And off I went.

The one thing I do know is that this was my first trip to his shop, but it won’t be my last.

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Surefire Edged Weapons

SureFire customers — soldiers in combat zones, street-level law enforcement personnel, members of SWAT teams, and members of military special operations groups — are the most demanding in the world.

To make certain Surefire met their demands, their knives were created with input from experts and end-users. Surefire paid close attention to every detail of design, construction, and manufacturing — from tungsten carbide-coated Crucible CPMS30V steel blades, to ergonomics, precise manufacturing tolerances, and hand finishing.

The result: edged weapons that are tough, efficient, effective, and reliable under the harshest conditions. Knives you can count on when your life is on the line. Which is exactly what you’d expect from SureFire, the tactical technology company.

Surefire knives were designed by Steve Ryan of Ryan Knives fame.

In 2013 Surefire closed down their edged weapons division:

Despite its popularity, the business never became a financial success. “Edged weapons has never been a profitable business for us,” said Surefire Director of Marketing Sean Clemence. “We will continue making pens,” he said, “but we are winding down the edged-weapons business and putting those resources into other projects.”

By winding down, Clemence means that all production on edged weapons will cease in the coming months as raw materials and parts are exhausted. Right now, Surefire has EW-04 Deltas, EW-12 Jekylls and even some of the semi-released Surefire Push Daggers in stock along with smaller numbers of other knives. But, all inventory will be gone by the end of March 2013.

Ultimately, the closing came down to profits. Surefire knives were made with expensive materials in small quantities. Despite their popularity, “when you take a look at the profit margins,” says Clemence, “the demand was never there to make it a profitable business.”

The above was taken from Military Times.

I recently received two Surefire knives in for sale. A Dart and an Edge. These knives are highly collectable and very hard to get.  They are NIB and have never been carried or used.  Click here to be taken to the website for more information

 

August Copper State Cutlery Meeting

August Meeting Page

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