Weekly Digest: Knife Advice to Live By, Queen Classics, and Spreading Light In China

Knife advice is really life advice, Queen Cutlery looks to its past for innovation, and a new Onion based knife design in today’s roundup. Also a flashlight maker tries their hand at building knives.

Words to Live By

From The News Review: Some good advice for an aspiring chef, and good philosophy for anyone trying to climb that ladder at work…

If I had to pick one skill for you to begin developing, I would choose knife skills. …your knife represents opportunity.

from www.nrtoday.com

…There are thousands of people entering the food service industry every year. Of those that are hired to work in the kitchen, most will start out as either dishwashers or as basic prep cooks with some limited line cooking duties. If you are able to demonstrate quality knife skills to the hiring manager, this could be your ticket to an entry level position in the kitchen rather than the dish room. Don’t be disappointed, though, if you end up starting out in the dish room…

…If your knife skills are solid they will be needed. Be there and be ready to take advantage of the opportunity when it comes.

Queen Cutlery launches Express line of Automatic Knives

Queen Cutlery has released a new automatic knife, their first since the 1960’s,  under their Schatt & Morgan brand, the #71 John Henry Express Auto.

Made in the USA from 1095 steel and styled after the (long-discontinued) KA-BAR Grizzly, it looks like a winner. Look for more Express knives in the future as Queen expands the line, including a new model to debut at BLADE Show in June.

Video from Switchblade Collectors Review.


Fenix, a big player in the flashlight arena, has entered the knife market. They’ve launched a new brand, Ruike (pronounced “rake”) Knives, and by becoming sponsors of this year’s BLADE Show, they are looking to make a big splash. With a lineup of affordable options already on the market, they are looking to add premium offerings soon in an attempt to compete with other homegrown Chinese brands Kizer Cutlery and WE Knives. Read more from Knife News.

The latest design from the dizzyingly prolific knife designer Ken Onion is the Humdinger, a new fixed blade hunter from CRKT. Sadly this model lacks an vegetable based pun in the name, but I dig the look.


New fixed blade hunting knife inspired by Alaskan bear hunts.

CRKT® has released the Humdinger™ fixed blade hunting knife. Designed by Ken Onion of Kaneohe, Hawaii, its big-belly blade design, beefy handle, and all-black aesthetic is as rugged as the Alaskan backcountry it was built for.

Several years ago, Ken Onion ventured north for a bear hunt on America’s last frontier. The Humdinger™ is the one he wished would have existed when he was elbow-deep field dressing the grizzly his team took down. And with a strong black oxide finish, this 6” blade, designed for long, sweeping motions, will break down your big game and get it straight to your freezer.

A grippy thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) handle provides a firm grip even if you find yourself gutting your game in the pouring rain. Once the job is done, a quick wipe will do, then securely back into the polypropylene sheath it goes.

The Humdinger™ is built with an extremely simple design. Fewer components directly translate to a stronger, more efficient knife. There’s no need for frills or aesthetics when you’re hundreds of miles from anywhere.

Out in bear country, you can’t afford to go without an outstanding knife—on that account, the Humdinger™ delivers.

The Humdinger™ manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $89.99

Link to Product Information Page:





Blade: Length: 5.973” (151.7 mm)

Edge: Plain Steel: 65Mn Carbon Steel

Finish: Black Oxide

Thickness: 0.180” (4.5 mm)

Overall: 11.438” (290.5 mm)

Weight: 9.4 oz. (266.4 g)

Handle: Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)

Style: Fixed Blade Knife w/Sheath

Sheath: Material: Polypropylene

Weight: 5.7 oz. (161.5 g)



  1. Sam L. says:

    Interesting selection of items.

  2. Chase M. says:

    I was bitten by the knife buying bug when I saw that Queen John Henry Express auto. I had to have it until I found them for sale. I love the traditional looks combined with the quality of the knife, but the price is even too steep for me to justify. I now have spent hours trying to find a quality, traditional style folder that is also automatic (thanks Clay!). I just wish knife laws would end up relaxing enough so that the big American traditional knife making companies would be more open to making knives with the additional feature of automatic opening.

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Weekly Digest: Knife Advice to Live By, Queen Classics, and Spreading Light In China

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