New for 2018: The Benchmade 200 Puukko

Two of my favorite things begin with the letters B and P. That could very well be beer and peanut butter, but in this case its Benchmade and puukko; two words I never really imagined I’d be saying in the same sentence. I’ve carried a lot of Benchmades over the years, both casually and professionally, […]

TTAK News Digest 7/22/18

I have no idea of the context of the photo above, but feel free to caption it in the comments if you wish. It has been a while since I have cleared the decks of accumulating links, so here is a selection for your Sunday reading enjoyment. I DIG MY STOCK PARA-3:   TRAIN STABBINGS, […]


When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to get my Smoky Mountain Knife Works catalogue in the mail. Its pages positively gleamed with all manner of bladed-goodness, from novelty kitsch to premium brands. I never imagined that one day in the future, I could almost take dropping by their brick and mortar – the […]

Japan is running out of Ninjas; Applicants needed.

One would think that this would fall under the hashtag of “#15thCenturyProblems”, but apparently this particular situation is rooted in the very real 21st century demographic crisis occurring in Japan. It is not the place of this blog to dive into the causes and ramifications of the macro-issues facing the Japanese population, but there this […]