To be completely honest, this story fascinates me. I just don’t understand what Lynn Thompson is thinking, even if he did write an open letter explaining what he is thinking. I could almost understand a few targeted letters in extreme cases, but the blanket approach is creating a wave of ill-will towards Cold Steel. From what I gather from my cruising of online forums, it appears the letters number in the dozens if not scores.
One smith to receive a Cease and Desist letter from Mr. Thompson was Trenton Tye of Purgatory Ironworks. Trenton had a brush with internet stardom for his viral video debunking the 9-11 jet fuel/steel-melting conspiracy (below the jump). He is also a Forged in Fire alumnus, and makes some awesome looking blades and other metalwork items.
In the above video, Trenton explains the suit, and if you listen through he makes a very humorous suggestion to circumvent legal action from Cold Steel.