5 From the Grinder

5 From The Grinder with Karl B. Andersen, ABS Journeyman Smith

I am used to no one spelling my last name correctly. It’s the curse of my Norwegian ancestry. So naturally, while perusing the list of exhibitors at BLADE Show 2017, my eyes were drawn to one Andersen Forge. I’m glad I walked over, because the artistry of the knives that Karl Andersen had brought was fantastic to behold. Thankfully, I asked and he agreed to contribute to our 5 From The Grinder series. Without further ado… Continue Reading


Police Officer Stabbed by Man Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ at Flint, MI Airport


NBC News: Feds looking into Flint airport stabbing as ‘possible act of terrorism‘ as the story is headed. Wonder what their first clue was?

Police say an airport officer was stabbed in the neck Wednesday morning at Bishop International Airport in Flint.

The officer was taken to the hospital. Michigan State Police said the officer is in critical condition. However, his condition has been upgraded to stable.

The suspect has been taken into custody.

The FBI is leading the investigation. The Flint City Hall began operating under heightened security in an abundance of caution after the incident.

Good to know.

Fixed Blades

New From DoubleStar: Drakon Personal Defense Blade

Winchester, Ky. (June 2017) – DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, is proud to announce the release of its new Drakon™ Blade.

Coated in DoubleStar’s Dragon Hyde™ DLC coating, the Drakon Blade was created with one thing in mind: to wreak havoc. The scalloped beveled edge allows this blade to slice through the heaviest textiles with ease. The finger loop ensures secure retention throughout the cut. The Drakon comes with a Kydex sheath with Tek Lok. It’s made in the USA and comes with a warranty.

Drakon Blade Specifications:

Weight Rigged:                  9.6 oz.
Blade Weight Alone:          6.6 oz.
Length Rigged:                  8.75″
Width Rigged:                   3.5″
Blade Length:                   8.25″
Blade Width:                    1.625″
MSRP:                              $177.21

The Drakon Blade is part of DoubleStar’s Hydra Edged Weapons Line, which has been designed by martial arts practitioner, Rob Cabrera, who is DoubleStar’s new director of its Edged Weapons Division, as well as owner of Filo Bladeworks.

About DoubleStar Corp.:

DoubleStar Corp., located in Winchester, Kentucky, was formed when customers of J&T Distributing, a leading manufacturer and supplier of thousands of AR15 parts and accessories, requested complete rifles and pistols crafted from the same high-quality, U.S.-made components. DoubleStar now supplies not only the commercial market but military and law enforcement forces across the world with rugged and dependable firearms. star15.com

Knife Stories

BLADE Show: There Are No Words. Or Are There?

[Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Todd Hunt of T.M. Hunt Custom Knives to our ranks. He has previously given us 5 From The Grinder and helped us find the best steel, but today he makes his full-length editorial debut on our pages. Please extend him a warm welcome and enjoy the read]

The beginning of June is a lot of different things for a lot of people. Here in southern Indiana summer is in full force. Farmers are planting their crops. The smell of neighbors grilling out and the constant hum of lawnmowers is so commonplace it almost goes unnoticed. My sons baseball season is in mid-season while my daughters swim practices are ramping up again.

But the first part of June is so much more for a certain group of like minded people and chances are if you are reading this, you are one of them. I am of coarse talking about the one and only BLADE Show held in Atlanta Ga. every year in the first weekend of June.

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I’m visiting TOPS and ESEE today. Please follow our Instagram feed for the latest.

Idaho Falls. Home of TOPS Knives and Rowen Manufacturing (ESEE). I will be visiting both facilities today.

As I have mentioned, I am in Idaho Falls this week, revisiting my old stomping grounds and doing a bit of flyfishing. I lived in the nearby town of Ririe, ID from 2002-2006, though I was not involved in the knife industry. Consequently, I had not yet heard of the fledgling (at the time) TOPS Knives which was founded in 1998 and is located in Idaho Falls. ESEE Knives has a significant presence here as well via their partner – Rowen Manufacturing. I am a bit sketchy on all of the details of that relationship, though I will seek to clarify this.

I will be visiting both TOPS and Rowen today, but as I am travelling without a laptop, I will not be doing a full write-up until I return home to Tennessee. However, I plan on sharing a ton of photos, which you can check out on our Instagram feed (@knifetruth). Please give us a follow if you are so inclined.

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Nordsmith Knives Unveils the Pilgrim: the Right Sized Survival Knife

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Emphasizing strength and portability, the Nordsmith Pilgrim is your Right Sized Survival Knife, designed to cover all your bases with a full-size handle and versatile blade.

Pre-order information will go out soon to subscribers to the Nordsmith Knives mailing list. Be sure to subscribe at www.nordsmithknives.com if you want to guarantee early access. More info after the jump. Continue Reading