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
Forged in Fire S3 E7

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

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Legend

There are some knife makers and some knives that would fit this description, legend. Gil Hibben is one such maker along with his Ed Parker Kenpo Knife.

In 1968 Gil designed the Kenpo Knife (sometimes called the Ed Parker Fighting Knife) for his black belt thesis on knife fighting using Kenpo tactics. His thesis became the basis of the Kenpo system’s Long Form VIII (the double dagger form) which uses two knives in mock combat.) Over the years Gil has made several of the handmade versions of his Kenpo knives including knives that were presented to Ed Parker and Elvis Presley.

What Gil has said about the knife; On the one that I designed in 1968 – the ‘Parker knife’ – I put a slight angle on the guard which allows you to put your thumb up on it. This incorporates what we call a Chinese fist – where we have a greater muscle structure in the wrist holding the knife and you are able to manoeuvre more and in a much faster way to protect yourself” Hibben explained. “This slight angle on the guard also works if you turn the knife in a back position and it still fits very comfortably. So the blade is basically a standard fighter’s blade that has been around for a very long time.”

Parker Kenpo Knife

Parker Kenpo Knife

He continued: “The major part of it is the handle design in the way that the blade can be used with the grip. We put finger grooves along the bottom for absolute control so that you won’t be able to have it taken out of your hand. The guard also protects you from your opponent’s blade but it can also be used as part of the offensiveness of the knife. A lot of thought has gone into the design of it.”

“He also explained that the back of the weapon allows you to hook or to catch and also affords protection if you have it forward in the front part of the hand. This section can also be used to strike with after a cut, or to keep from cutting depending on the situation.

“Of course, you wouldn’t want to cut anyone unless you had to – say in a wartime situation We made a lot of these types of knives during the Vietnam War days and we sent a lot of them over there. So, unfortunately they received some action. But you don’t like to think about those things, “Hibben added.

Gil Hibben

Gil Hibben

Gil Hibben came out of the Navy in 1956 and went to work for Boeing. He began making knives part time and sold his first one for $45. He became a full time maker in 1963-65 after moving to Sandy, UT. He has lived in places such as Arkansas, Alaska, Missouri and finally settled in Kentucky.

He has designed the Rambo III knife for Silvester Stallone. He has created a yearly fantasy design for United Cutlery. He was inducted in the Blade Magazine Knifemakers Hall of Fame in 1990. His knives have been featured or seen in such movies as The Perfect Weapon, Under Siege, Star Trek – Generations, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rambo and The Expendables.

He has been inducted in the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame, International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame and the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame.

He has been elected as president of the Knife Makers Guild three times. In 2007 he Celebrated his 50th year as a custom knifemaker. To this date Gil still makes knives in his shop every day in La Grange, KY

Jim Gill’s Slip Joint Pocket Knife

I met Jim Gill 6 years ago when I first joined the Arizona Knife Collectors Association. I became a fan of his work right away. His attention to detail puts him up there with the best of makers. He is meticulous in his craft and his knives show it. They are highly sought after by collectors and are hard to come by as he only crafts a few knives each year.

Here is a slip joint folder that he made. It is a great knife. Made of high polished 440c steel, the blade opens with absolutely no play. The titanium liners are filed work to give it exceptional beauty. But what sets this knife apart is the Lignum Vitae wood handles.

From the Caribbean, The Lignum vitae wood is very important for applications requiring a material with its extraordinary combination of strength, toughness and density. This  heartwood color can range from a pale yellowish olive, to a deeper forest green or dark brown to almost black. Grain has a unique feathered pattern when viewed up close. The color tends to darken with age, especially upon exposure to light. The grain of the wood is interlocked, sometimes severely so. Lignum Vitae is regarded by most to be both the heaviest and hardest wood in the world. Its durability in submerged or ground-contact applications is also exceptional. It is used in tool handles, mallet heads, bearings, bushings, pulley wheels, and turned objects as well as being used as for propeller shaft bearings on ships, and its natural oils provide self-lubrication that gives the wood excellent wear resistance.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Jim Gill’s Slip Joint Pocket Knife:

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Click on any photo to take you to the website for more photos and to purchase this one of a kind beauty