Happy Mother’s Day!

Hello all! I hope that today finds you well! I thought this weekend was a good time to mention knives that women love! In honor of Mother’s Day, I give you the Kershaw Chive! This little knife is very similar to the Leek, but smaller, more compact, and perfect for a woman’s hand. It features SpeedSafe assisted opening technology, which makes for easy one handed use, and minimal pressure needed.

The standard version is 420HC Stainless Steel with a 410 Stainless handle. But, since it is mothers day, lets take a look at two options for the ladies:Image The K1600VIB is coated with a titanium rainbow coating and retails at $72.Image

 

The K1600PINK has a pink anodized aluminum handle and will run about $50.

 

So there you have it! Some ideas for that knife loving mom in your family! I hope you found this helpful! Thanks so much and have a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Benchmade Bedlam: A Whole Lot Of Knife

I have recently acquired a knife that I felt I just had to write about: the Benchmade Bedlam! This knife is a beauty from tip to back, and feels great in the hand. It is has a stout 4 inch blade made of premium 154CM steel and uses a modified scimitar blade design. Therefore, the point is ridiculously sharp and intimidating. Take a look:

ImageThe handle grip is complete with finger grooves, making this knife easy to hold and control. The G10 handle is a favorite handle material of mine and is pretty rare in Benchmade runs.  The knife has the famous, ambidextrous AXIS lock that also serves as the firing mechanism. With an overall length of 9.75″, this knife is so aggressive looking it is almost scary, especially since it only weighs 7.3 oz. The knife lives up to its scimitar roots, making it easy to slash and maneuver. The knife retails for $275, and for its size, quality, and automatic function, it is a great price.

I love this knife, and I wanted to share it with you. Does anyone else have one of these? Leave your comments below!

Quality Versus Quantity in Knives

I recently read an article on cheap OTF models and the pros and cons of owning one. In a nutshell, the cons are poor quality and a blade that both does not come very sharp and cant hold an edge. The pros are that you get a functional OTF that is very affordable and if you lose it, you are not out more than, say, $25.

I have always wondered how people feel about the quality versus quantity argument with knives. Personally, I have never lost a knife that I paid a lot of money for. I have had one stolen, but never lost. The knives I have not paid much for, tend to get lost more because I don’t care as much what happens to them.

People that use knives as every day tools, especially those who use them for rough applications such as slicing through cardboard, tend to buy cheaper knives because they wear their knives out and also tend to lose them. The more you pull a knife out of your pocket, the more likely you are to lose it. But at what point do you start wanting to pay more so that the same applications becomes easier, and your knife is more reliable, and takes less maintenance. Everyone has a point where they can no longer afford something, but it all depends on how much quality matters, and how likely you feel you are to lose the knife.

In my opinion, a quality knife is the way to go because you will more likely keep a better eye on something you made a bigger investment in, and in the long run, the quality is a good investment. My Microtech Ultratech has a special place on my night stand and is always in my pocket, and I would never give that up for something lesser just because I am afraid of losing it, but then again I don’t abuse my knife either.

Let me know what you think about quality versus quantity. Which do you prefer?

Kershaw Leek: Assisted Opening Quality

I was looking through some of my knives today and I found my old EDC, a Kershaw Leek 1660. This knife has, for a long time, been one of Kershaw’s best sellers, and for a reason. I know I posted a few weeks ago about how Benchmade is above everyone else, but I also realize that not everyone can afford one.

The Kershaw Leek is a knife that is affordable and opens every bit as fast as a switchblade, without being illegal. This is achieved by the flipper being part of the blade, which much be touched to activate the opening mechanism. Switchblades have to be activated without touching the blade to be a true switchblade. Take a look:

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The Leek is sharp, tough, and comes in several varieties. Ranging from an MSRP of $60 to $115 for the top of the line models, the Leek is super affordable and is made in the USA. The steel is tough and holds an edge and it feels great in your hand. Have you ever owned a Leek? Any thoughts?

The Senate Bill Passes! One step closer!

So awhile back I posted that Tennessee’s State Senate was going to vote on a bill that would legalize switchblades and remove the blade length limit statewide. To say that it passed is an understatement. It passed overwhelmingly 27-3! This is a huge step in the fight for true freedom in our second amendment rights!

Now, there is a companion bill in the State House of Representatives referred to as HB0581. This bill is identical to the Senate version and should be being voted on as early as next week! Please write your representative in Tennessee and let them know you want them to vote to pass the bill!

I never thought I would see the day when this would come to fruition. I felt that our government, constantly wanting to regulate and control things, would never agree to allow more rights, especially weapon rights, to the people. Tennessee needs to be commended for this and if you live in another state, it is time to start writing your senators and representatives to follow suit.

Knives are not just weapons, they are tools, and need to be presented as such. Most of my friends had their first knives well before their teenage years because there were responsible adults there to teach them how to use them. Knives should not be feared by anyone except those who do not know how to use them (or maybe someone who attacks a person who DOES know how to use them). Let’s get this awareness higher than ever and get our government to give us our knives!

Knife Laws, They Are A’Changin…

When you look back over the history of different laws and how they came into being, sometimes they make sense and sometimes they don’t. When it comes to knife laws, most states have a statewide ban on automatic, or switchblade, knives as well as some kind of blade length restriction. On top of that, city and county laws can be enforced to make the rules even more restrictive, or at least confusing.

Here is my take on this: Switchblades used to be prevalent in the Depression Era during Prohibition. They were a weapon of choice for many organized crime members. So back then, the ban on switchblades made sense. At the time, they were being used for the sole purpose of violence.

Fast forward to 2013. Assisted opening knives, which deploy just as quickly and easily as switchblades but are not illegal, have been accessible for years. Most of society now considers pocket knives a tool more than a weapon. I cannot tell you how many times a day I use my knife for everyday, mundane things. And being able to operate said knife with just one hand, and with a quick, easy deployment makes whatever I am using the knife for that much easier. Switchblade laws are antiquated and do not make sense in today’s world.

This is why my home state of Tennessee, much like several other states before it, is about to vote on Senate Bill SB1015, which would enact knife law preemption, which would make the laws and their enforcement consistent throughout the state, and also repeal bans on switchblades as well as the 4 inch blade length limit.

This is a step towards true freedom in knife rights and if you live in Tennessee, be sure to write your senator to have them vote yes! Also, if you live elsewhere, have your state legislature get on board! Let’s get our second amendment rights to carry our most useful tools by our side!

My Favorite Knife Brand: Why it’s Benchmade and Then Everyone Else…

I love knives, and like everyone I love a good deal. There are some things people are willing to let slip on quality in order to get a better price. For me, a knife is not one of those things. I won’t buy generic peanut butter, and I won’t buy a cheap, Chinese-made knife. This is why Benchmade Knives are the knives for me.

I would recommend holding one if you never have. Just the weight and feel of a Benchmade tells you how much better the quality is. Every knife with the Benchmade logo on it is made in the USA out of American materials. They use only top grade steels and knife designs, and their functionality is second to none.

Then there is their business practices. Benchmade has a top-notch customer service staff that backs up their product with great service and a no hassle, lifetime warranty.

These knifes are awesome, and that is why, in my opinion, there is Benchmade, and then everyone else. They are more expensive, but isn’t true American quality worth it?

What is your favorite knife brand? Leave your comments below!