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Fixed Blades

Knife Review: First Edge 5050

Late last year Rick Snyder, CEO of FirstEdge USA contacted me about testing and reviewing a couple of fixed blades that they were bringing to the market. The first is the 5050 Survival knife, the second – the 5150 Field Knife which David reviewed yesterday. I did do some testing on the latter before sending it onto him, and I will mix in a bit of comparison throughout this review.

I received the 5050 at the beginning of the fishing-guide season and it was my primary blade for most of the Spring and Early Summer. It is the largest knife I have ever spent considerable time carrying, and it was an interesting experience. The knife impressed me in many ways, in others not so much, but it is undeniably an extremely rugged, well-made blade. It is my first experience with Elmax steel, which is about as tough as any I have ever used.

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Axes, Hatchets, & Machetes

Video: Jimmy DiResta makes a machete from a reclaimed saw

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I am running a little behind on my review of the First Edge 5050. It will be out today, but I felt that you all might enjoy this more than crickets this morning. Jimmy DiResta is the king of reclaimed tools, and his videos are always well produced. In this one he takes an old crosscut saw that was in pretty rough shape and turned it into a pretty nice looking machete.

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Crime and Punishment

Multiculturalism fail: French Muslim slays British hiker in Australia

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Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death by a French Muslim at an Australian hiker’s hostel.

…and from the picture it appears the victim was of Asian descent. No word on whether the knife used was made in China. In the most multilateral jihadi knife killing yet, a 21 year old British hiker on her “gap year” in Australia was stabbed to death by a French Muslim (who is most certainly not a descendant of good-old Charlie Martel).

From TelegraphUK:

According to witnesses, the killer yelled “Allah Akbar” – Arabic for “God is greater” – during the attack and after he was arrested.

“We don’t have a motive yet,” said superintendent Ray Rohweder.

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News

FBI launches terror investigation into Virginia stabbing/attempted beheading

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The FBI is “working to determine the nature” of a weekend multiple-stabbing where the perp may have tried to behead one of the victims. Wasil Farooqui, 20, has been charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding in an attack where witnesses report he shouted the jihadi mating call as he attacked his two victims, apparently chosen at random.

From ABC News:

Federal authorities have been aware of the alleged attacker, 20-year-old Wasil Farooqui of the Roanoke area, for some time, sources familiar with the case told ABC News. In the past year, sources said, he traveled to Turkey and may have tried to sneak into Syria, where ISIS is recruiting and inspiring sympathizers from around the world.

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