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December 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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United States
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English
Publisher:
Caribou Media, LLC
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4 min.
readers respond

On Serve I received the August BLADE® and saw the cover with the World War II-vintage Randall Model 1 All-Purpose Fighting Knife on it, and then read “Annual Military Knife Issue” at the top of the page. I thought to myself that BLADE might have a whole issue I could get into at last. Not so. I’ll explain. Let’s go through the August issue. In the “Edge of Survival” article on pages 12 and 16, the Spartan Blade Hybris knife—isn’t that just a heavier version of the CRKT Dragon? Isn’t it a short, punchy version of a scramasax (for more on the latest seaxes, see page 60)? So what’s the thrill? Also, is tactical a code word for butt ugly? And they charge how much for that knife? “Is tacticala code word for butt…

1 min.
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.…

1 min.
cover story

Pohl Knives and Lionsteel assume the mantle of “Rambo knifemaker” by providing the two new knives for the fifth movie in the Rambo franchise, Last Blood. Designed by Dietmar Pohl of Pohl Knives and CNC-manufactured by Lionsteel, the Pohl Knives MK-8 and MK-9 cover pieces are tactical-oriented models. Nicknamed the “Heartstopper” by Sylvester Stallone, the MK-9 has a 9-inch blade of Niolox stainless steel and an OD green canvas Micarta® handle. MSRP: $856. The MK-8 has an 8-inch blade, also of Niolox, and a handle of noble ebony. MSRP: $830. (The prices are based on approximate exchange rates at press time.) Each knife comes with a leather sheath and in a limited edition of 300. British knifemaker Andy Wood will make 100 custom versions of the knives as well. For more details,…

3 min.
gil hibben sets 2 rambo records

With the Hibben Machete in Rambo’s latest sequel, Last Blood (page 12), BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® member Gil Hibben now holds two records: 1) having knives in the most Rambo movies—the trio of Rambo III (1988), Rambo (2008) and now Last Blood, and; 2) being the only maker to have the same custom knife model in more than one Rambo film: in this case, the Hibben Machete in Rambo and Last Blood. Before Last Blood, Hibben was tied with Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer Jimmy Lile for having knives in the most Rambo movies at two. Lile, of course, made the original First Blood Rambo knife for First Blood (1982) and also the Mission knife for Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985). In addition to the Hibben Machete for the fourth and fifth Rambo…

11 min.
new links, old bloodline

When First Blood debuted in 1982 and Sylvester Stallone made film and knife history with his survival knife by BLADE Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Jimmy Lile, hardly anyone could have imagined that after 36 years and three sequels, John Rambo would return to combat. However, in the fifth installment of the franchise, Last Blood, Rambo returns not to fight an overpowering military opponent but to save a young woman dear to him from a Mexican sex trafficking cartel. As with each Rambo flick, a new knife is an integral part of the star’s equipment, and this time it’s two new knives. After Lile for the first two Rambo films and Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer Gil Hibben (page 10) for the latter two, Stallone left the design work for the new knives for Last…

1 min.
the knife i carry

“This is my Anglo Arms bush knife I carry when out in the field. I use it for all manner of jobs, from cutting cord or string to removing fruits and things when I am out hunting and foraging, which I do a lot. I have a few knives that I have for many tasks but this is a good all-arounder.”David Helm, Middlewich, Cheshire, England “I keep a Kershaw Chive in my pocket at all times. Don’t mess with the legend.”Peter von Groscht, a letter via e-mail “The Buck 112 Ranger is a smaller version of the Buck 110, which is why I like it—it carries easy, looks good and is a solid performer.”Todd Potts, a letter via e-mail For the latest knives, knife news, trends and more visit blademag.com, BLADE®’s…