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UPDATED: Police officer injured, suspect shot in knife/vehicle attack outside UK Parliament

Police secure the area on the south side of Westminster Bridge close to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The leader of Britain’s House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.” London’s police said officers had been called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge, near the parliament. Britain’s MI5 says it is too early to say if the incident is terror-related. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

 

Apologies for the hurried previous post from my phone, I am now at a PC, and here is the latest:

From The Associated Press:

Dennis Burns, who was just entering Parliament for a meeting, told the Press Association he heard a radio message saying an officer had been stabbed. Police and security rushed outside as he was going in.

“When I got inside I was wondering what the hell was going on and I saw dozens of panicked people running down the street,” he said. “The first stream was around 30 people and the second stream was 70 people.

“It looked like they were running for their lives,” he said.

On the bridge, witnesses said a vehicle struck several people, and photos showed a car plowed into railings.

The former Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski posted a video on Twitter that showed people lying injured on the bridge.

Sikorski, a senior fellow at Harvard Centre for European Studies, says he saw at least five people lying on the ground after being “mown down” by a car.

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Knife Madness Round 2: Kershaw vs. CRKT

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Call this one the battle of the consumer-friendly heavyweights. Both companies have most of their offerings in the sub-$200 range, with some of the higher-quality budget-priced import blades. It should be a fairly interesting contest.

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: Security or “Security-theater”?

“Security? What a joke! They felt free to get all huffy about confiscating my mini-Swiss knife but missed the ball point pen in my pocket and the sewing scissors in my wife’s purse, both of which are every bit as deadly a weapon as my little two inch knife and plastic toothpick.

 Meanwhile, thousands of cars stream over the dam with nothing more than a cursory glance inside. What’s in the trunk? Throw in the rude and arrogant attitudes of the officers and the situation is just about intolerable”.
So asks Ed Schweizer in the Havasu News, following a trip to the Hoover Dam which saw him deprived of his Constitutionally-protected property without due process of law.
5 From the Grinder

“5 from the Grinder” with Allen Elishewitz

It is a completely happy coincidence that I live so close to so many industry legends. I am not saying this to brag, but rather to make the point – I have lunch with Ethan Becker frequently enough that it would be bragging to blog about it every time it takes place. That said, through relationships I have developed at these lunches, I have also been connected to Walter Brend and most recently Allen Elishewitz. Allen has been a top designer and custom maker since the late 1980s, and is the exclusive designer for Hogue Knives on the production side.

I will let Allen tell you more in our latest edition of “5 from the Grinder”.

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TTAK Knife Madness Round 2: Cold Steel vs. Al Mar

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Before I get to today’s Import- East matchup between Cold Steel and Al Mar, I need to make a few remarks about Monday’s epic match between Hogue and TOPS. It was something to behold. It was shared by Hogue, Allen Elishewitz personally, TOPS’ social media. Member’s of the Hogue family left comments, and the company even reached out to a reader who expressed a negative customer experience. Thank you everyone for getting in on the spirit of this tournament. In the end, while Hogue put up a gaudy total of more than 200 points, TOPS’ 116  will quite possibly be the highest “losing” score in the tournament. (Results as of 11:30pmEDT, final total will trickle in higher)

A great showing for sure and as I mentioned, I can’t wait to visit TOPS this June and bring you all the story of that experience. For now here is Today’s Cold Steel / Al Mar matchup.

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Fixed Blades

First Impression Review: Utica Cutlery UTK-S4 & UTK B6

One of the side effects of our Knife Madness tournament is it has allowed me to reengage with existing contacts at the various companies, or to initiate contact with some of those whom we have not yet started a relationship. The latter is the case with Utica Cutlery – a century old knife company in you guessed it – Utica, New York. They have been known more for their kitchen and tableware in recent decades, but have reentered the outdoor space. They released a series of new survival-type knives at this year’s SHOT Show.

After profiling them in their contest with KA-BAR in our tournament, I cold-called and was connected with a member of their Marketing department. After a short conversation, he said that he would send us some knives, and a few days later a UTK-S4 & UTK-B6 arrived at my door.

I will be sending the smaller S4 on to David for a full review, and keeping the B6 to test for myself. But I figured that since I had them together for side-by-side, a comparison was in order.

Dueling fuzz-stick

 

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TTAK Knife Madness Round 2: Hogue vs. TOPS

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Now that that is out of the way, onto today’s matchup – the “Battle of the Cinderella’s”. Hogue and TOPS knocked off Spyderco and Microtech respectively, with both companies getting in on action by sharing their posts across social media. It led to massively lopsided scores. Hopefully, today’s numbers will be massive and close.

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