Look Who’s Coming to the Knife Show

The Copper State Cutlery Knife Show 

Dec 17 & 18

Tucson Expo Center

List of Knife vendors

BOB HAM

BRAD EDGINGTON (K & G)

CHARLES TURNAGE

CLAYTON COWART

DANIEL STUCKY

JARED WATTS

JEFF STOVER

JOE ALI

DOUG LONEY

KEN MCFALL

LEE BEENE

LEOPOLD LACRIMOSA

MATVEY SHINDEL

RANDY LEE

RAY KIRK

STEVE GODFREY

JOHN HILL

JOHN BROWN

DAN ZVONEK

TODD KOPP

CHARLES PROKOPP

DAN STUCKY

To reserve your table, call John at 602-520-6002

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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

 

 

 

 

Legends of Knifemaking: Paul Fox

Jesse Paul Fox Jr, known by his middle name Paul, was a long-time member of the Knifemakers’ Guild and owner of Pioneer Woodcarving. As Fox’s friend and fellow maker Tim Britton noted on The Knife Network, “Paul may have been one of the most creative knifemakers of all time. He was perhaps best known for his electric-motor-driven folder and a series of very fancy knives that were a lot like sculpture. He won the W.W. Cronk Award at the Knifemakers’ Guild shows till they asked him to stop entering and let someone else win.

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Paul Fox 1938 – 2012

According to Britton, Fox had a great sense of humor. “Paul had a Chevy Suburban that he bought at a North Carolina State Surplus auction for $700,” Tim recalled. “It was ugly, yellow and very beat up.  He took it to Hendricks Motors of NASCAR fame and had them put a full race motor in it.  Damned thing would fly and Paul loved nothing better than challenging redneck racers and usually beating them. Guess you have figured out by now, that dude was a character!

“Paul was very much at home with locals—guys from the garage, bread-truck drivers, etc. He was one of a kind, like so many of us in knifemaking. I can still see Paul using the remote control boat to chase geese off his pond!”

– See more at: http://www.blademag.com/featured/knifemaker-paul-fox-dies#sthash.pOlrVOOm.dpuf

 

See his available knives here

Cody Wescott Knives

I’ve added 3 of Cody Wescott knives to the website.

Cody Wescott of Las Cruces, New Mexico sold his first knife in 1982 and is a full time maker at least he was in 1995 according to the 1995 annual edition of Knives, his knives where priced from $80 to some up to $950. back in 1995, he offered engraving and made his own sheaths.

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More information and to purchase these knives can be found here

Russell Klingbeil Knife

Russell Klingbeil died in January 2004. He was a member of the USMC. An avid surfer and weight lifter. He was an accomplished designer and engineer of fire-sprinkler systems. He was very much into Harley Davidson motorcycles. Remarkably talented at drafting, he was also very good at drawing, often things that would make me laugh and my aunt smack him on the arm. He was an outdoors-man who camped and was an aficionado of the rugged mountain-man lifestyle of yesteryear. He was a black-powder rifleman as well as an accomplished knife-maker.

Here is a Spear Point Boot Knife he made. there were 67 of these made between November 1998 and January 1999. This one is numbered 001.

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His knives are sought after by collectors and rarely come on the market.

More photos and information here.

New Damascus Folders

I’ve been dealing with Adil Zafar from Lahore Pakistan for several years now and I can testify to the excellent quality of his workmanship. Each knife he sends me is a well made knife no matter if it’s a fixed blade or folder. His Damascus is strong and sharp. You will not go wrong with one of his knives.

Three new folders have arrived and are now up on the website for sale.

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Knives by Adil Zafar

LATAMA Switchblade Knives

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The legend began… when, LATAMA, the shortened term for the Latin America Import Export Company, was founded by Jacob (Jack) Polincovsky shortly after the end of WWII. At that time Jack Polincovsky had connections in the garment business and went to Milan Italy to purchase silk and other material. French and the British buyers purchased all the material available. As a result, Jack Polincovsky attended another auction and purchased British surplus knives, English single carbon blade locking knives with plastic checkered handles.
During his trip, Jack Polincovsky learned that the cutlery industry was re-emerging in Maniago, Italy and explored the idea of manufacturing cutlery. Unknowingly, Mr. Polincovsky was unconsciously establishing the foundation of what was to become the greatest of all switchblade-manufacturing consortiums. While there was never really a LATAMA “factory,” the home of Patriizio Pasquale (Master Craftsman) who was known for his Golden Hands, served as home base. There, Sam worked with Abraham Abramovits who played a key role in overseeing the production of LATAMA cutlery in Maniago.
In 1947, Sam (Polincovsky) Polk, was given the responsibility of running the company as CEO and traveling salesman for LATAMA. Beginning on Broadway in New York, Sam Polk sold his knives from coast to coast creating the legend that we know today. While LATAMA is primarily known for its switchblades, by 1950 the company had expanded into the promotional products business that included what is reverently and fondly referred to today as Gentlemen Knives.

Old Bear Knives Pre-Inventory Sale

Old Bear ™ is our new and exclusive folding knife line featuring simple and ergonomic lines. It marks and celebrates the 90ᵗʰ anniversary of our company Antonini Knives (1925-2015). This remarkable knife line intentionally involves handcrafted production processes engaging high levels of manual production, skilled and experienced manufacture. The handle knife is in aged oil-treated walnut wood, while its blade is in stainless steel and is stone sharpened by skilled and qualified craftsman’ hands. The Old Bear ™ knife comes without spring meaning its blade locking system features a solid safety ring that fixed the blade in open and closed position. Currently Old Bear ™ knife line is available in two sizes: M (cm. 19 – 7 ½”) and L (cm. 21 – 8¼”) as above analytically presented. The knife blade comes with our salt-etched Old Bear ™ logo and into a single fashionable and personalized paper box.

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BLADE: Hardened AISI 420 steel – HRC 54/56 FINISHING: Polished stainless steel HANDLE: Aged walnut wood SAFETY RING: Brass with locking

Made in Italy

We are expecting our first shipment of these knives in by Aug 20th. Be the first to own one of these beautifully handcrafted knives.

To Order at our Pre-Inventory Price Sale click here

Rybar’s Wolf’s Head Damascus Dagger

I’ve heard other knife makers mention Master Smith, Ray Rybar Jr as a hard core knife maker. That he can go out into the Arizona desert, scoop up dirt and forge it into steel. They maybe exaggerating the latter, but when they do mention his name it is always with respect. Respect for his ability to forge beautiful knives as well as respect for the man himself. Overall he is one of the nicest people I have ever met.

Here I present his Wolf’s Head Damascus Dagger

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This knife is available for purchase on the website here

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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