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Knives Illustrated

Knives Illustrated March/April 2018

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

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Engaged Media
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7 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
tactically speaking

Too much of a good thing is still too much. In recent years, there has been a heavy marketing push towards “tactical” gear with everything from socks to toothbrushes. It has gone a long way towards muddying the waters of solid gear. When it comes to tactical gear it is important to base your decision on features that would give you the advantage for your given situation. For something to truly be tactical, it should be purpose built and only include features that serve specific functions essential to the users needs in a given scenario. As with gear, there are true tactical knives. But to know the difference we must first look at the root of the word “tactical.” For the sake of this article we will be using the third definition…

3 min.
the flick of a wrist

Tenacity, perseverance, stubbornness and a long list of synonyms can be used to describe what it takes to succeed in the world of legislative and litigation advocacy. Knife Rights has it all in spades. Knife Rights recently scored another milestone in its long-running battle against New York City's persecution of knife owners. The critical Oral Argument before the United States Court of Appeals, for the Second Circuit in Knife Rights' federal civil rights lawsuit against NYC and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., was finally held on January 18. This came after New York Governor Cuomo again vetoed Knife Rights' Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill in November—once again effectively giving the finger to New York's legislature that overwhelmingly passed the bill by a vote of 128-1 in the Assembly and 61-in the Senate.…

4 min.
new for you

01 Sierra Madre Research STRATOS STARTER COMBO I was recently watching “Shark Tank” when a product caught my eye. As a hammock camper—who has hung in the Amazon Jungle of Colombia and the woods of Michigan and Colorado—it should come as no surprise that the Stratos Hammock Shelter really got my attention. I have used a lot of different hammock tents/shelters, but this one really has a lot of features that get it right—especially the gear storage below. Now we’re thinking. Features Stratos Hammock Shelter (fly and shield) Pares Hammock + 2 carabiners Set of EZSlings Specs Stratos Shield Fabric: Mesh: 15D Noseeum | Gear Stash: 40D Ripstop nylon Max Hammock Length: 12 feet Protected Length: 13 feet Protected Width: 4 feet Weight (No Stakes): 1 pound 2 ounces Stakes Included: Yes, (4) Y 7000 series aluminum Weight of Stakes/Bag: 2 ounces What's Included: Stratos…

6 min.
extension of the hand

As I sit and ponder what an American hero looks like, Michael “Rod” Rodriguez makes a stronghold in the forefront of my mind. A retired Green Beret, Rod has served on nine deployments, beginning in Somalia with 10th Mountain Division and finishing in Afghanistan with 7th Special Forces. Upon redeployment, Rod was assigned as a sniper instructor at the Special Forces Sniper Course (Range 37) and was one of the only two Americans to attend and graduate the Irish Army Ranger Wing Sniper Course, which he did as a distinguished graduate. After 21 years of continuous service, Rod was medically retired for multiple TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injuries) and PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress) with three months of hospitalization. It was during his time at National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed (NICOE) that…

4 min.
timely resolution

I would like to take a second to introduce our latest column, “Personal Defense”, in which world renowned edged weapon expert and instructor, Michael Janich, will be sharing his knowledge of the tools needed to survive a knife attack, use a knife in a self-defense situation against other weapons or be successful in an aggressive knife engagement. – JS A knife can be an extremely potent personal-defense weapon, particularly when it is used with skilled tactics backed by sound logic and training. Unfortunately, the topic of knife fighting is clouded with myths, misconceptions, and straight-up misinformat ion. If you carry a knife with even the remote possibility of using it as a defensive weapon, you need to have a clear understanding of what you’re trying to achieve. Shedding Some Light To do that,…

7 min.
super hero

“I COULD ACTUALLY FEEL THE POWER OF THIS BLADE AS I GRIPPED IT. I FELT LIKE I WAS SERIOUSLY TRANSFORMING INTO BATMAN …” This is a knife Batman would want. When it comes to a tactical utility knife that you would need for all kinds of tasks—such as an emergency, self-defense, around the cave or even fighting crime—sometimes you could use a hero by your side. A super hero. And that’s where the newest tactical utility knife by BucknBear (BnB) comes in. The Batman Knife is ready for action, and I put it to the test to see just what kind of “super powers” it possesses. First Impressions: Wham! I first saw the Batman knife at an event earlier this year. Once Atif Shibbir, CEO of BucknBear Knives, saw how drawn I was to this…