Quote of the Day: Unfriendly Skies Edition

The most effective deadly weapon a man can carry is a non-networked three-pound supercomputer called the human brain. It takes instruction only from an intangible, non-geolocatable command apparatus sometimes called “the heart.” – Scott Ott, PJ Media.

The above quote is in reference to the douchebag copilot who crashed the GermanWings Airbus, killing all aboard. It is from Scott Ott’s excellent piece at PJ Media, “The Mass Murderer Used the Safety Door to Slaughter: How Evil Foils Our Best Defenses“. In a nutshell, the technology of the reinforced door, designed to prevent a cockpit intrusion, did that very thing. Despite attacking the door with a fire axe, the pilot was unable to breach the door, and the copilot succeeded in is macabre mission.

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China Executes Kunming railway slashers. Another knife-attack in Guangzhou.

Police control the site after a knife attack outside the Guangzhou Railway Station

Paramilitary Police stand guard following a knife attack at the Guangzhou rail station in China.

Organized knife attacks are a semi-regular occurrence in China. One of the deadliest of such attacks occurred last year at the Kungming railway station which left more than 20 dead and over 140 injured. The 3 Uighur separatists who carried out the attack have reportedly been executed. Just as no government will ever run out of knives, rocks, bats, etc to ban in the name of “public safety”, it appears that the supply of knife-wielding suicide attackers is likewise limitless. There was another attack in the last couple of weeks, this time at the Guangzhou railway station. This one left 9 commuters wounded and one suspect dead and the other in custody.

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New From GASTON J. GLOCK style LP: Sevigny Gun Barrel Damascus Knives

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Knife knuts usually appreciate the swirling beauty of Damascus steel for its own sake. But to spur the interest of collectors, GASTON J. GLOCK style LP, has taken to crafting unique blades out of historic steel. Like one utilizing hull material from a WWII German battleship. Or a wehrmacht tank. Their latest effort utilizes the barrels of some of the GLOCKs that pro shooter Dave Sevigny used to win some of his many titles. Unlike the guns that sacrificed themselves to create them, these are decidedly not utilitarian cutting tools. The three fixed blades will set you back between $3900 and $4500 depending on the knife and handle material. Press release after the jump . . .

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A follow up on ancient tools…


I was a graduate-student in Anthropology in a former life…

I finished my post the other night by inquiring if there was an interest in a couple of posts on lithics (stone tools). I was an Anthropology major at Kenyon, spent a few seasons in the field in Kenya and Venezuela, and went through the Masters program at Kent State (Kent Read, Kent Write, Kent State). In the interest of full disclosure, I did not complete my thesis (long story), and thus can only lay claim to a B.A. However, I spent the better part of a decade studying bones, stone tools, and non-human primates, and have a greater than layman’s knowledge of the subject.

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Archaeologists discover first animal residue on 500k year old stone knife


An Acheulean hand-axe from a 500,000 year old site in Israel.

I like my headline better than the clickbait headline from HuffPo: “500,000 Year Old ‘Swiss Army’ knife sheds new light on animal butchering“. Mine, while not exciting, represents the archaeologically significant finding. The “Swiss Army” part is the kind of descriptor that gets bounced around in Archaeology 101 classes when describing the ubiquitous “Acheulean Hand Axe” that is attributed to the ancient hominid Homo erectus. I am not surprised that the media picked up on that line.

These tools are the last major development in “core” tools. What I mean by this is that flakes were removed to leave behind a shaped core which was the toolmaker’s ultimate goal. In later, Mousterian tools, flakes of predetermined design are removed from a prepared core, and these flakes represent the actual tool. In my playing around in college and beyond, I can replicate create a hand-axe, but the more complex flake tools are beyond me.

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I am getting spoiled by Pop’s Custom Clips…(this time a Mini-Griptillian)

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Pops sent me a deep-carry clip for my Mini-Grip. I already fell in love with the one I have for my Leek.

When I spoke with John Centore of Pop’s Custom Clips the other night, I made an offhand remark about my Benchmade Mini-Griptillian. I did not expect him to send me another clip to go with the one I have been testing on my Kershaw Composite Leak. This time, I received the clip gratis direct from Pops. My other I received as a gift from a friend.

At any rate, I was thrilled to open the package and look at my new clip. This time the clip is a skeletonized black instead of natural titanium. It looks great with my black-bladed Mini-Grip.

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Sharpener Review: Lansky Diamond and Ceramic Sharp Sticks

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I put my two Lansky SharpSticks to the test.


It has been a while since I have published a review. I am testing several knives at the moment, and am really just waiting on the fishing season to get into full swing so I can finish testing the Cold Steel Canadian Belt Knife and Wilmont Knives Wharny. I need to log some river time and a few trout with each to be able to say I fully tested them.

I purchased the Lansky Diamond SharpStick ($14.99)and Ceramic SharpStick a couple of months back and have been playing around with them some. Tonight, I decided to put them to a series of objective tests. I took 3 of the dullest mystery-metal paring knives from the box o’ knives that I mentioned in a previous post and got to work.

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