Obscure Object of Desire: Scalpel-bladed Frisbee of Death

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The Slingshot Channel is one of the more entertaining ones on YouTube. Jorge Sprave comes up with some incredible home-fabricated projectile weapons, but his latest is straight out of a Bond villain’s arsenal.

From AllThingsDiscGolf:

“After first showing a disc with multiple screws attached to it, he steps his game up to medical grade scalpels… you know, the ones designed for performing surgery. What’s the logical thing to do when you have a disc and multiple scalpels? Attach them to the edge of the disc, of course!

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T-minus 4 days until Texas Knife Law Preemption (goes into effect September 1, 2015)


Texas Knife Law Preemption goes into effect September 1st.

Knife Law reform in Texas has been a tough, multi-year slog, but has been one of KnifeRights.org greatest success stories. Switchblade legalization passed in 2013. However, preemption didn’t make it through in that legislative session. As KnifeRights.org’s Chairman Doug Ritter said in my interview with him at Blade:

“One of our secrets of success is we don’t take “No” for an answer. And we’re stubborn. If we don’t get it this year, we will get it next year”.

That is just what they did. They reorganized and with additional grassroots support spearheaded by “Freedom’s Point” award winner Scott Lewis, an ordinary Texas citizen who made it his mission to assist KnifeRights in whatever way he could. The bill was signed by Governor Abbot, and goes into effect September 1st, 2015.

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A noble use of a sword: Asian carp fishing

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Asian carp, specifically the Bighead and Silver carp, are invasive species that have become a tremendous problem in the Mississippi River basin. Originally imported for fish farming and cleaning of municipal water systems, they soon escaped and have exploded in population. Think of them as kudzu with fins.

Click here for more background on the Asian carp problem.

If they manage to transit the canal locks between the Missisippi and the Great Lakes, the results could be disastrous.

Peoria Carp Hunters are a guide service that specializes in bow-fishing for carp. I’m not a huge fan of bow fishing normally, because catch and release is certainly not an option with an impaled fish. However, in the case of an invasive species with such a potential for destruction, there should be zero guilt for engaging in an orgy of fish destruction.

(full video and more below the jump)



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Knife Review: CRKT / Ken Onion Hootenanny


The CRKT Hootenanny is a nice blend of a game knife and an EDC folder.

When I first caught a glimpse of the Ken Onion designed CRKT Hootenanny, I knew it was one that I wanted to get my hands on. First and foremost, Ken designed it to be a folding fish and bird knife. It is also a flipper, albeit unassisted, which I have been developing a fondness for. And finally, I was looking forward to trying out another folder as I have been reviewing mostly fixed blades of late.

It had been the better part of a year since I had reviewed the CRKT Halfachance (also a Ken Onion), and it seemed like a good time to try to get another CRKT product in the queue. I called up my contacts in Oregon and soon a Hootenanny arrived, gratis, at my door.

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Quote of the Day: The futility of gun control.

FullSizeRender (65)I am trying to wrap up my Hootenanny review by this evening, and TTAG is very much on the story so I will refer you to them for ongoing coverage. However, after watching the video that the WBDJ killer shot of himself walking to within 2 feet of his victims and standing there for an appreciable amount of time before opening fire it was abundantly clear to me that it mattered not that the killer chose to use a gun.

From 2 feet away he could have just as easily chosen any other tool to commit his despicable act. The victims were busy actually working, and I can’t really fault them for not being at “condition yellow” with respect to situational awareness.

In that state, they were completely helpless against a heart set on murder. No amount of “gun control” could have saved them.

NSFW video below the jump.

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Quote of the Day: Or Are You Just Happy To See Me Edition


“I would implore anyone with information about those who carry weapons or store weapons in the locality to contact us.”

– PC James Cornelius in Harrow Man Jailed After Knife Found In Underpants.  [at www.getwestlondon.co.uk]

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Video: ColdSteel tests their old AUS8A steel vs. new CTS-XHP

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Cold Steel back to being Cold Steel

There is probably no more polarizing knife company out there than Cold Steel. Some people don’t like their knives, others don’t like Lynn Thompson, their founder and President. Their recently settled lawsuit against CRKT left a bad taste in many peoples’ mouths.

Some folks love their knives.  Many are robust to the point of being “over engineered”. I really like the Mackinac Hunter, which falls in the robust camp.  The Canadian Belt Knife is kind of junk, with a cheap feeling plastic handle which feels little different than that of a $2 Walmart knife.

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