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    Smith & Wesson Skinner: Classic Knife Review

    Designed for the person looking for the ideal field knife, the Smith & Wesson Skinner lives up to that goal. Back in the winter of 1981 I had just finished my most successful trapping season yet and with that success came the task of skinning a ton of fur. My tool of choice that season […] More

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    Gerber A-400: Classic Knife Review

    The rare Gerber A-400 feels solid in the hand. It is well loved as a collectors piece and as a working knife. This knife has few shortcomings and performs very well. It offers a simple but durable design ideal for a working knife. It offers a relatively straight blade with a drop point. The blade […] More

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    Tiffany Cavalry Sabers: 1861-1863 History And Marks

    The American Civil War had just broke out and both the North and the South were in desperate need of weapons. As thousands of young men and boys answered their patriotic call, both sides found themselves unprepared to adequately equip them for battle. With a strong industrial advantage the North needed time to produce arms, […] More

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    Collecting George Wostenholm I*XL Folders

    Found deep in the financial records of George Wostenholm you find a mysterious note. “Stenton, Mr., Trip to and from America 500.00 Pounds” Picking up an old I*XL transports you to another time. To when knives produced for the common man were of a quality you could be proud of. When knives were used to […] More

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    How To Polish A Knife Blade

    As I sat at my dad’s workbench I had a sense of déjà vu. It was feeling a lot like a school day. As he lectured me on numbers and equations I had no idea what any of this had to do with polishing knife blades. Usually a man of few words, he was unusually […] More

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    How To Grind Knife Blades

    Getting the nod from my father, I followed him to his knife workshop. My hands were already sweaty with anticipation. It was finally time, my dad was going to teach me how to grind a knife blade. I wish I could say I was a natural but that first time grinding a blade went about […] More

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    Must Have Knife Repair And Restoration Machinery

    I walked with my father down to his workshop with my first pocket knife clutched in my hand. The knife my father just gave was made in the very workshop I was headed toward. As I walked into the shop he flipped on the lights and told me to watch close. He fired up a […] More

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    How To Identify Counterfeit Knives

    I couldn’t hand my money over fast enough. I hurried to my car with a rush of exhilaration and just a bit of guilt. It felt cold in my hand and I didn’t dare take another look until I was safely buckled in my seat. I slowly opened my hand, daring to take a look […] More

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    Joseph Rodgers & Sons: Star Cross Knife Making History

    The first globally successful knife maker, Joseph Rodgers & Sons was founded in the 19th century. Arguably the most well known cutlery for generations, Rodgers was best known for their Star Cross trademark. This six pointed star trademark was granted to Joseph Rodgers & Sons, along with the lesser known Maltese cross, in 1882. The […] More

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    Ames Model 1860 Light Cavalry Sabre: From The Civil War To Spanish American War

    The iconic Model 1860 Light Cavalry Sabre saw action in wars spanning the American Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American, and the Philippine Insurrection. The 1860 was the longest issued cavalry sword used in the US. Tens of thousands of them were produced during the Civil War, manufactured by numerous different makers. Between 1861 and […] More

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    Knifemaking Business: Tips For Earning More Money

    Making knives for a living can be very lucrative, but also challenging. There are ups and downs but once you find your groove it’s a rewarding business. After doing this for a number of years there are a lot of things I’ve learned the hard way. But no one said you have to do it […] More

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    George Wostenholm & Son: I*XL Knife Maker History

    Founded way back in 1745 near Sheffield England by George Wostenholm. The company was carried on by grandson, George, and renamed Wostenholm. The business was continued in their Rockingham Works facility in Sheffield. The next Wostenholm generation (also George) was the creator of the I*XL (pronounced I excel) in 1826. And in four years George […] More

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