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August 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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Caribou Media, LLC
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13 Issues


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short cuts

HOW TO SHARPEN A STRAP CUTTER After you read my story about some of today’s top strap cutters on page 24 of this issue, a question you might be asking is, “How in the world do I sharpen such tools?” It’s not really as difficult as you might think. All you need is the correct sharpener. Because you’re sharpening a cutting tool that has limited access to the actual cutting edge, I recommend something like the DMT FSKC serrated sharpener. It is a coarse-grit, diamond-coated, tapered rod commonly known as a rattail file. Working the cutting edge from the ground side only, carefully work the file with light pressure, ensuring you run it over all of the exposed cutting edge. On the reverse side of the blade, which is flat, feel very carefully…

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how to reach us!

Visit us online at www.blademag.com 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 www.blademag.com 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 lori@gundigest.com, 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 steve@blademag.com.…

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cover story

Iconic is used way too often, but, in the case of the Randall Model 1 All-Purpose Fighting Knife—especially one made by BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® member Bo Randall during the early part of World War II—the word may be inadequate. Courtesy of Gary Clinton and photographed by his son Dan Clinton, the vintage cover knife is classic Model 1, including the leather handle, gradually sloping clip point, buttcap and brass double hilt. The handle spacers are different from contemporary Model 1’s. The red, gold and white spacers at the guard and the red ones by the butt are departures from the red, white and blue spacers of today’s models. Another departure is the blade flat ground from the choil to the guard. For more information on the cover knife, contact Gary Clinton 815-871-6629…

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edge of survival

They’re not just a bunch of knife geeks with an idea and a sketch pad or a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) program—they served their country and picked up valuable insights into knife performance along the way. While veterans who are knifemakers might have thriving custom shops or even run knife factories, the influence of duty to country flows through every one of their factory/ custom collaboration designs. Even though the DoubleStar Chico Diablo X is a fixed blade, Rob “Filo” Cabrera carries the prototype as an EDC. The director of the blade division for the Kentucky company known for its AR-15s prefers the reliability of fixed blades if he’s ever in a high-stress situation. Yet despite the reputation of a straight knife being a bulky choice for an EDC, Cabrera carries the…

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to sever and protect

As the name suggests, a strap cutter is designed for severing straps, seat belts, mono-filament and any other material that will fit into the tool’s hook equipped with a recessed cutting edge. With seat belts especially, strap cutters can save lives in emergency situations when the buckles will not release. Whether incorporated in a knife’s handle or blade or simply tools built specifically for the purpose, strap cutters are designed to sever and protect. The Ontario Knife Co. Model 2 is a single-use tool aimed at the military or EMTs. It’s as simple as you can get for a strap cutter. It features a single-piece blade/hook and finger-grooved handle. The generously sized hook houses a double-ground razor blade and is secured via four Phillips-head screws. The handle and hook portion are…

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knives of ultimate victory

It was 1944, the decisive year in the Allied march to victory against global tyranny. World War II was in its fifth year and, through setbacks, demoralizing defeat and tremendous loss, the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union had persevered against long odds to turn the tide of war. Nazi Germany, fascist Italy and imperialist Japan were decidedly on the defensive. During the bold Allied offensive operations of 1944, American soldiers carried standard-issue knives, blades they brought from home and edged tools they acquired during their service. These knives etched their own stories in use around the world. Now, 75 years later, the precious few remaining veterans treasure their memories of a trusted weapon of war, while collectors clamor for the real thing: the knives that contributed to ultimate…