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Knives Illustrated July/August 2018

Your guide to the best knives -- hunting, chef's, tactical, outdoor, collectibles, and more.

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the urban legislative labyrinth

“… IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT, THERE ARE DIFFERENT CONSIDERATIONS THAT HAVE TO BE FACTORED.” Proper planning prevents poor performance. I am a big proponent of always having a knife on your person, so much so that I usually carry anywhere from three to four knives on me at any given time; but almost never fewer than two. It isn’t because I am paranoid, it is because I use knives multiple times a day for myriad chores. In an urban environment, there are different considerations that have to be factored. What is the legal size to carry? What type of knife can you carry? What types of tasks would be common in an urban environment?These are all very specific questions that would pertain to your location. Each state…

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the battle continues

Mulkey Knives, Knife Rights 2018 Ultimate Steel donation. Photo by Mitchell D. Cohen. Andrew Meers, Knife Rights 2018 Ultimate Steel donation. Photo by SharpByCoop. Mike Zscherny, Knife Rights 2018 Ultimate Steel donation. Photo by SharpByCoop. Some things are destined to be revisited. In the last issue of Knives Illustrated we covered Knife Rights presenting Texas Governor Greg Abbott with a custom Jason Fry Texas Heritage bowie to celebrate last year’s enactment of HB 1935. That bill eliminated from Texas statute the prohibition against carrying “illegal knives,” including throwing knives, daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, spears and most notably, bowie knives—as well as blades longer than 5.5 inches—except in a few locations, including schools. Here’s the latest. Knife Rights passed that bill with overwhelming…

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ultimate steel knives, guns & more spectacular annual fundraiser

In an effort to continue the fight for rights of law-abiding citizens, Knife Rights 2018 Ultimate Steel Knives, Guns & More Spectacular annual fundraiser allows you to donate with a chance to win some incredible prizes and join or renew/extend your membership.With more than $150,000 in prizes, there’s plenty for almost any knife or gun lover to drool over. Tactical and traditional, folders and fixed-blade knives, pistols and rifles—including some with suppressors and optics—are all on offer. Pictured above are just a few of the many custom knives that can be won. When it comes to “more,” how about a seven-day South African safari donated by Tollie’s African Safaris? There are also free donation bonus knives from Kizer, SOG, Spyderco, Cold Steel and another very limited-edition Damascus Hogue automatic…

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the enhanced experience

01 Shower’s Pass CROSSPOINT WATERPROOF SOCKS One of my personal pet peeves is wet feet. A big problem during the fall and spring in Michigan is the wet foliage encountered while hiking. On more than one occasion I have reached my destination only to find that my feet are soaking wet. Having waterproof boots is a good start, but if the waterproofing has worn off there isn’t much you can do in the field. However, waterproof socks are a game-changer. The Crosspoint Waterproof Socks from Shower’s Pass provide the comfort of a regular sock, but they’re fully waterproof, with a Coolmax FX moisture wicking anti-bacterial lining for maximum comfort. FEATURES Three-layer waterproof breathable seamless Artex constructionCoolmax FX moisture-wicking knit liningReinforced toe and heel for…

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The soul of the samurai lives on. My introduction to Tu Lam came through a mutual friend of ours, Curtis Iovito of Spartan Blades, when he was working on a knife for Tu—based on his design—a couple of years ago. Curtis spoke highly of Tu, having worked with him in the special forces, and it was obvious from our discussions that Tu was the real deal. I decided to take a look at Tu’s online videos and other sources of information, and I knew that he would be perfect for this column. Truly a silent professional, his humility is only overshadowed by his skill in both armed and unarmed combat, which he continues to perfect and teach regularly. A retired U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret veteran,…

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the split-x

MBC Associate Instructor Nicolas Daugeron stands with hidden hands prepared to strike. He extends his non-weapon hand and draws the knife back. Launching his low-line thrust, CBC founder Michael Janich hollows out and stops the knife arm with a Split-X block. He immediately hooks the knife arm above the elbow with his right hand to prevent a second thrust. Then he pulls the arm tightly to his chest while simultaneously delivering a powerful knee to the attacker’s groin. Continuing his momentum forward, Janich steps down onto the attacker’s ankle, rolling it to destroy the joint and the assailant’s mobility. Dropping into a low squat, Janich uses the powerful skeletal structure of the Compression Lock to break the attacker’s elbow. The technique is finished with the attacker dropping his knife.…