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Knives Illustrated

Knives Illustrated July/August 2018

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

United States
Engaged Media
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7 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
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 has its own laws relevant…

2 min.
the battle continues

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 votes despite a fatal stabbing on the University of Texas campus, just blocks from the State House, shortly before the vote. The mother, whose son was tragically murdered, is now calling for the reinstatement of that same knife ban that didn’t prevent her…

1 min.
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 for…

5 min.
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 construction Coolmax FX moisture-wicking knit lining Reinforced toe and heel for durability Ergonomic fit Sizes: S/M, M/L, L/XL and XXL Colors: Neon, Pink,…

4 min.

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, Tu has dedicated his life…

4 min.
the split-x

Regardless of culture or country, people bent on attacking other people with knives tend to attack in the same basic ways. Understanding those patterns defines the problem when it comes to knife violence and should be the crucial first step in developing or validating any counter knife skills. So, how do you survive a sewing machine attack? It’s the most common attack and consists of a low-line thrust to the abdomen where the knife is thrust—often with an upward arc—straight up the centerline of the body into the lower torso and is repeated in the piston-like motion of the needle of a sewing machine. If you are unable to avoid the assault, and the attacker extends his non-weapon hand—a common action—control it, if possible. Then use it and quick pivoting footwork as…