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Blade July 2019

BLADE magazine is the world’s #1 knife publication, covering all aspects of the industry: knifemaking, how-to’s, collecting, legislation and knife rights, and much more. Inside each issue you’ll find: Coverage of the hottest and most collectible handmade knives and their values Complete listings of the industry's most important shows and events Knife collecting tips from the experts The most up-to-date knife legislation info

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readers respond

Motivated by Ray Kirk My name is Josh Canterbury and I have been making knives a little over a year now. I got started as many have by watching the excellent television show Forged in Fire. However, my real motivator was one particular FIF episode when ABS master smith Ray Kirk was featured. I live in Appleton, Wisconsin, but I’m originally from Oklahoma, Ray’s home state. My father had been friends with Ray since I was a child—a long time ago—so when I heard Ray’s name I immediately called Dad. I was so impressed with Ray’s skill we visited him at his shop/home last Christmas. He gifted me a bunch of 5160 carbon steel and wrought iron, and I immediately came home and went to work. I’ve been involved in the fire service for…

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how to reach us!

Visit us online at to: • Sign up for our free newsletter. • Renew your magazine subscription. There’s a subscription link in the nav bar. • Comment on our site stories written by BLADE® staff members and others. LOOK FOR BLADE MAGAZINE ON: SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES: Visit us on the Web at or call 877-485-6426. Outside USA: 386-246-3419. BOOK SALES: Visit us at www.gundigeststore.comor call 920-471-4522. BACK ISSUES FOR SALE: Subject to Availability. Call 920-471-4522. ADVERTISING: Contact Lori McDaniel at 715-498-3768 or, or request a media kit by writing to: BLADE, 5600 W. Grande Market Dr., Appleton, WI 54913. LETTERS OR ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS: Steve Shackleford, Editor BLADE Magazine PO Box 789, Ooltewah, TN 37363-0789 or email…

1 min.
cover story

Designed by Allen Elishewitz, the Compound from Hogue Knives is a double-action OTF (out-the-front) automatic—in other words, you can both open and close it with the same spine-mounted push-pull slide release located on the handle, and do so with one hand. In essence, a double-action OTF auto is the most one-handed of all one-hand folders. The 3.5-inch, single-edge blade of CPM S30V stainless steel features options of clip-point or tanto patterns and tumbled or black-PVD-coated finishes. The 6061-T6 frame comes in a choice of honeycomb-textured G-10 and G-Mascus handle materials and colors. The deep-carry tip-down pocket clip is ambidextrous. Weight: 3.6 ounces. Closed length: 4.9 inches. MSRP: $379.95. For more information contact Hogue Knives, attn: Bill Crook, Dept. BL7, POB 91360, Henderson, NV 89009 805-239-1440 or 800-438-4747 offi,, or read…

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a natural leader

If ever the saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” applied to someone, that someone would be BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® member Frank Centofante. What Frank may have lacked in Hollywood good looks—I can see him giving me his patented sidelong “look” now—he more than compensated for in treating those he dealt with in a sincere and caring fashion. If you needed his help and he was able, he would provide it. By the same token, if you did something wrong he would take you to task. He was nothing if not fair and measured in most everything he did. Though he would chuckle at the notion—and as his fellow Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer and friend Ron Lake observes in the story on page 71—Frank was a natural leader. In fact, it…

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greased lightning

Out-the-front automatic knives are a genuine thrill. Arguably, they are the most entertaining to operate of all autos. BLADE® has not polled the masses for a consensus view, but, in this writer’s subjective opinion, OTFs get top billing on the line-up of cool fast knives. The examples herein are double-action OTFs, where you slide a handle button forward or backward to build spring pressure and clear two locks that hold the blade in place, either open or closed. Double-action OTFs rely on inertia to throw the blade fully open or closed, as opposed to a single-action that is button-released from a spring-loaded position and has to be manually retracted (page 42). “OTFs are cool!” exclaimed Anthony G. Marfione, owner of Heretic Knives. He should know. Marfione is a second-generation maker whose OTFs…

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the knife i carry

“The orange folder is a Spyderco Assist that’s great for cutting rope and seat belts. It has a squeezed-close blade and a retractable glass breaker extends from the butt. This is a knife every parent/grandparent should carry. The fixed blade is a Jolly Roger custom knife made by Sean Weirick in Hoover, Alabama. A Kydex or leather sheath is available. This blade is always in my vehicle for whatever.” Jim Holliman, Hoover, Alabama “I carry a DPx HEST F 2.0 folder. I like the bottle opener and wire stripper. It’s just one tough little knife.” Cameron Jones, a letter via e-mail “My KA-BAR Komodo Folder is always in my pocket. I love the straight edge and the name. Sounds like I’ve got a dragon on me.” Sandy Wainwright, a letter via e-mail For the latest knives,…