Friday Film Fest: Insert Clever Name Here Edition.

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All I will say about the above video is that while I am certain that they are illegal in many jurisdictions, I want one!  Not that it would serve any particular purpose, but since when has that ever been a requirement for desiring an object? I wonder at what size you will reach the limits of the spring. I think the increase in knife weight would begin to eclipse the propulsive power of proportionally sized springs. But I could be wrong.

This week’s other videos include a knife attack in London from this past week, an instructional video on how to cut up a pineapple in under a minute, and a guy who stabbed himself in the leg while singing along to X-factor. See them and more below the jump.

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A brief moment before we return to the knives…

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Prayers for all of the lost, but especially the 343 of the FDNY.

Screw Jihadism, and Godspeed to those who will continue to be sent to dispose of those animals.  9/11/2001 still feels as raw as ever and it seems like all of the blood and money that were shed and spent over the last 13 years have been pissed away. I can’t imagine what it feels like for those of you who were there. Thank you. Your sacrifices are appreciated.

I couldn’t let the anniversary go unmentioned. It would be too disrespectful to all of those who have gave their lives on that day and since then. Bless you and your families. Especially the 343 members of the FDNY. I wore the gear, you were my Brothers.

I am going to get back to work on the Friday Film Fest. I always feel angry on the 9/11 anniversary and needed to get that off my chest. Stay safe everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: Bladesmithing with Murray Carter.

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Mind-blowingly informative book. Even if you never plan on making a knife.

As I mentioned in my Day 3 coverage of Blade Show 2014, I had the opportunity to spend some time talking to Master Bladesmith Murray Carter of Carter Cutlery. What transpired has the potential to be a life-changing event for me. Senpai Carter invited me to attend his 6-Day Knifemaking School, and document the experience for TTAK. Needless to say, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.

I want to make the most of this experience and to that end I ordered Murray’s book Bladesmithing. I figure that if I can absorb as much of his teaching as I can prior to arriving in Oregon, it will maximize my opportunities for learning when working with him face-to-face. Reading this book, I have found that trying to pack all of the information into my brain is like stuffing a subway car during the Tokyo morning commute.

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Obscure Object of Desire: Evercut Furtif “Stealth” Knives.

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The titanium carbide surface of the Furtif knife is purported to last the average consumer 25 years before needing sharpened.

There have been many claims by many manufacturers stating that their knives never need sharpening (or boasting a decades long sharpening interval). Things that seem “too good to be true” often times are. That being said, I like innovation and experimentation, and I appreciate when a designer makes something with distinctive form. But no mater how attractive the design of a knife, if it falls short in its function,then the design is a failure for me.

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Know Your Accessories : The Bastard File

Not a glamorous tool, but a darned handy one to have for rough sharpening tasks.

The humble bastard file might not win any awards for beauty or innovation, but mine has been a workhorse over many years. Bastard files fall in between “Coarse” and “Second-Cut” or Finishing files on the coarseness scale. They are most commonly used when a moderate amount of material must be removed , and the appearance of tool marks on the workpiece is of secondary importance.

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Friday Film Fest: Holland, History, and Handicraft Edition

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Greetings and Salutations. If you are ready for a little Friday slacking this week, pull up a chair and peruse this weeks offerings. The video above is a pretty impressive demonstration of the knife game. I wouldn’t promote the “home edition” that is so prevalent among teenagers on YouTube, but this one from Holland’s Got Talent is suitable for work. Given the young woman’s proficiency she would fall in the “professional” category. For her knife skills, certainly not for her birdlike singing voice

A couple of more videos below the jump include the latest from CutleryLover, and an improvised sheath for a fixed blade made from tree bark.

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Gerber Sucks

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There, I said it. It’s a shame that they suck because they used to be a great company. But today’s iteration of the gear company is one based off of name recognition, celebrity endorsements, and cheap knives. Not cheap as in inexpensive like Kershaw. Cheap as in cheap quality. Back in the 1980’s, they were right at the top of what the industry had to offer. But since then they have declined to the point where they are no longer safe to own.

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