The Kraken goes to War (with our Prayers for Peace).


Instead of returning home to Georgia, the Kraken is headed to the Holy Land to be carried by an IDF soldier.

My friend Jon is a “Lone Soldier” in the Israeli Defense Forces. His unit staged for the incursion into Gaza, and then was rotated off to take other duty. Consequently, his normally scheduled leave went ahead as planned in spite of the current engagement.

He is back in Knoxville for the week. He is spread pretty thin trying to visit with everyone, but he managed to come by this afternoon for a couple of beers and some homemade pizza. Continue reading

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2 days left for Knife Rights 2014 Ultimate Steel Giveaway


This Buck Woodsman 102 is on of $125k in raffle prizes for the Ultimate Steel Spectacular.

Today is the penultimate day to enter to win some pretty amazing prizes in the Ultimate Steel Spectacular. You can purchase entry tickets for $20 a piece with bonus entries at different donation levels, and some pretty sweet knives with a minimum $100 donation. All proceeds go to helping advance your knife rights.

KnifeRights has complied an impressive list of legislative victories . We here at TTAK are happy to have KnifeRights President and knife designer Doug Ritter as a regular comment contributor and thank him for all of his hard work on our behalf .

Doug’s MK6 Knife from CRKT has been reviewed thoroughly by David Anderson here on the blog. You can also check out his personal website, which features his knives, a wide array of survival gear and information on his books and survival classes.

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First Impression Review: Benchmade Steep Mountain Hunter

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My first impressions of this knife are extremely favorable.

The folks at Benchmade have been kind enough to send me a Steep Mountain Hunter for testing and my personal collection. It arrived today. I really am impressed with this 3.5″ drop point hunter upon first examination and use. Continue reading

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Question of the Day: What is your “Emergency/Go-Bag” knife.

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Kentucky and Tennessee got clobbered by a series of storms that even spawned several rare July tornadoes.

First, let me start by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with those folks in Claiborne County, TN who are picking up the pieces after an EF3 tornado leveled homes and businesses Sunday night. Though I have been without power for more than 24 hours now, I am not claiming any particular hardship. We are all safe, the only particular damage was from the hail shredding my garden. And that damage was by no means complete.

I am not preparing for the Rapture, at least not in the material sense. In a true EOTWAWKI scenario that will be measured in years and not months, my preparedness is probably lacking. I know I need to put together a “go bag”, I just haven’t gotten around to it. What I have done is prepare for a 6-week disaster where I will shelter-in-place with my  family – something like an ice-storm that can wipe out most of East TN for upwards of a month . We have enough rice and beans to sustain us for more than a month. Our house is masonry and has a basement. In 2011 we had an EF1 land 1/4 mile from our house. Other than the racquetball-sized hail doing a number on our roof, the house handled that storm just fine. Continue reading

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The Beginning of Common Sense Knife Reform in NYC?

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Those of you following the situation in New York City know that Knife Rights has been working hard at overturning their vaguely worded and abusive knife laws that can be interpreted to classify many common locking knives as “gravity knives.” Their case can only be strengthened by the recent decision in another case, where a judge dismissed a gravity knife prosecution “in the interest of justice.” While certainly cause for celebration, there is a still a long way to go. Knife Rights’ full email announcement is after the jump, but here is their current advice to knife owners living or traveling in the Big Apple.

Note that New York City administrative code has an under-4-inch length limit and requires knives be carried concealed. Knife Rights recommends that you never carry your knife clipped to your pocket in New York City. Even when covered by a jacket, simply moving the jacket aside to get to a wallet has been enough to get folks arrested. Always ensure your knife is completely concealed at all times, including not “printing” on the outside of your clothing. In addition, be extremely circumspect about using a knife for any purpose in a public setting.

Note also that NYC has interpreted the state law against gravity knives such that if an officer can “wrist flick” the knife blade open and the knife blade locks open, that knife is an illegal gravity knife. NYC takes this position even if it requires multiple tries and use of exaggerated arm thrust or motion. Using this interpretation, most any lockblade knife might be deemed an illegal gravity knife.

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Knife Review: Will Woods’ Bladeworks Kraken


The Will Woods’ Bladeworks Kraken feasted on every test I could throw at it.

As I was packing my bags on the final day of the 2014 Blade Show, I got a text from Will Woods. “Make sure you stop by and see me before you go, I have something I want you to take home and test for the blog”. I was planning hitting the floor one last time before driving back to Knoxville, and I can’t imagine not having made every effort to say goodbye to Will even without prompting. I had corresponded with him and talked with him on the phone on several occasions prior to the show, but I can say I became friends with him after meeting him in person. That, and he had just bought me a great steak dinner Saturday night.

I mention all of this in the interest of full disclosure. I have come to realize that it is important to mention the circumstances of how I/we obtain a knife, be it a freebie from the maker, a loaner for testing, or something that was bought personally for one’s own collection. In the case of the Kraken, it is on loan to the blog to be returned after testing.

I make every effort to be objective in my reviews, and I have the pictures to document my testing, so judge for yourself if I am being too much of a fanboy or friend.

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Friday Film Fest: Survival Edition

The first video in our lineup comes from CutleryLover and Gavko. They talk about batoning with folders and the thickness of blades. Gavko actually risks damage to one of his customs knives (and yes I do want one).

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