Editorial: Some Thoughts on the NYC Hatchet Attack

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The Eastwing Camper’s Axe: Used by thousands of people for decades for bushcraft and camp chores. Used yesterday by a jihadi nutjob to attack 4 police officers.

Last night’s news was so wrapped up in the NYC Ebola case that yesterday’s NYC hatchet attack flew under my radar until this morning . I would have posted something when it was breaking news had I caught it. The more grievously wounded officer remains in critical condition and we  send our prayers for his recovery as well as for the bystander struck by an errant police bullet who likewise remains critical.

The biggest news today regarding the incident is that the NYPD has the cojones to actually admit that this incident was an act of Islamist terrorism and not “workplace violence” or other politically correct nonsense. They deserve a Bronx cheer for that courageous act.

New York State knife laws suck, and without preemption, NYC’s are among the most draconian in the world. The Manhattan DA’s office has made great theater out of busting Home Depot and other retailers, by willfully misinterpreting the term “gravity knife”. If this misguided crusade against private business were not bad enough, people who have been innocently carrying these common folding knives have spent many years in jail (See David’s excellent post here).  Of course if you are a celebrity like Stephen Colbert, you can qualify for the David Gregory treatment and escape prosecution.

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Announcing the TTAK Jack-O-Lantern Contest

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Reader Johnathan M. submits this example of his handiwork and offers up 3 “almost new” knives as prizes for a carving contest.

It is that time of year again, when little ghosts and goblins grace our doorsteps with buckets and pillowcases. The DVR is set to record “Great Pumpkin” and we make our annual pilgrimage to the corn-maze and pumpkin patch to select this year’s victims. That and deep-fried Oreos. I will get my yearly cardboard serving boat with 3 golden medallions of battered and powdered sugary goodness. I will have a private moment and quite possibly a foodgasm. But I digress…

Johnathan M., a loyal TTAK reader, sent us the picture above and offered up 3 knives from his collection as prizes for a carving contest. So send a picture of your sculpted gourd to thetruthaboutknives@gmail.com and we will put it up on the blog for your fellow readers to judge.

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Press Release: IWI US, Inc. releases Tavor Tactical Combat Folding Knife

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IWI has partnered with Guardian Tactical for their Tavor branded folding tanto.

I have never shot a Tavor, or any bullpup firearm for that matter. My IDF buddy Jon’s duty weapon is a Tavor, and he loves it. Now Israeli Weapon Industries US, Inc. has teamed up with Guardian Tactical for their entry into the realm of branded knives with this new Tavor Tactical Combat Folding Knife.

Outside branding on knives has been a hit or miss proposition. It can range from an epic selling out of your brand (Smith&Wesson), to high-quality with a premium price for the name (my Orvis branded Benchmade Mini-Griptialian was about $20 more than a plain-one). This seems to be the direction that IWI has gone with their Tavor Knife. Only instead of a high-end maker with a mass market presense, they partnered with a boutique designer, Andrew Beurk of Guardian Tactical.

I had a chance to see Guardian’s knives at this year’s blade show. Really nice. The bearing system they use for the pivot is luxuriously smooth, and their blades are made with premium steels like CPM154. Strangely, the Tavor Branded knife is not MSRP’d at a premium – it’s $324 tag is actually $1 less than an unbranded Helix Tactical Tanto directly from Guardian. IWI US’s press release touts the exclusiveness of this knife, and while I may be wrong I can’t see a difference between the Tavor and the Helix. Regardless, both are made in Pennsylvania, and unless there is something dramatically off about the Tavor version should prove to be a great knife for those for whom budget is not a consideration.

Full Press Release below the jump.

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Knife Review: Maserin 392/CG Starlight Carbon Line

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Time for a little word association. I say a word and you tell me the first thing that comes to mind. Italy. 

When I think of Italy, my mind usually goes to exotic motor vehicles. Ferrari, Ducati, Lancia, Lamborghini–all evoke thoughts of power and a unique sense of style. In Italy, style itself seems to be an industry; there are companies that exist solely by designing the exteriors of other company’s products i.e. Pininfarina, and Bertone. Everything Italian seems to have a flair for the dramatic, from the most expensive hypercars, all the way down to lowly Fiats.

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Question of the Day: Are you a Modder?

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Reader Ian M. removed the black paint from his Cold Steel Norse Hawk, and forced a patina on the blade.

There are some folks that are never satisfied with a tool as it comes from the factory. David has modified some OTC “Old Hickory” knives and wrote this excellent piece. Contributor Ian M stripped the paint off of his Cold Steel Norse Hawk, attempting to force an antique patina instead.

I have never been much of a modder myself. I have made some creative repairs when an item has begun to wear out or break. I designed and built my fishing lanyard from scratch, incorporating over 60 feet of paracord in what is essentially an oversized survival bracelet with snap-swivels woven into it to hold my guiding accoutrements. But with the exception of my drift boat which I built to my own specs while working for Hyde Boats in Idaho,  most of my gear is in fairly stock condition.

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Completely Irrelevant Post and a plug for a great cause

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This post has nothing to do with knives. Please read it anyway.

In a shocking abuse of my editorial authority I am going to leave knives behind for a moment and put in a plug for a great cause. Project Healing Waters is a charititable organization that I am proud to support, both with monetary donations and tomorrow with my time.

To quote their mission statement, “Project Healing Waters is dedicated to the emotional and physical rehabilitation of disabled active duty service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings”.

They do this in many ways including rod building and fly-tying (making of one’s own flies) which are a great fine-motor form of occupational therapy as well as an emotional/creative outlet, or fly-casting instruction and guided outings which are great gross-motor therapy. While I can not claim to be an expert on the psychological demons our veterans face, I can certainly attest to the therapeutic value of a day spent in God’s Office.

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Feel Good Knife Story of the Day: Predator Draws Knife, Vet Draws Gun

phillyArmy Veteran William Lawler was recently visiting a  North Philadelphia Pathmark Grocery with his girlfriend when 37-year old Dondi DeCosta started towards them in the parking lot, muttering and brandishing a 13″ knife.

DeCosta has a history of poor decision making. He has 21 prior arrests including assault and theft. Threatening Lawler was just the latest poor choice. As it turns out, not only did Mr. Lawlor serve more than 10 years in the Army, but he also works as a firearms instructor and was carrying a 9mm.

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