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"Knives & Swords Collector" App for iPhone & iPad -- a review

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jaron Jun 26. 13 Replies

A few days ago I was on my iPhone searching for who knows what, & for some reason I found myself in the App Store -- a rare occurrence for me.  Somehow I stumbled upon this app called Knives…Continue

Happy Independence Day! All-American Knives Edition, 2016

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Sample Jul 9, 2016. 7 Replies

Hey All,Just wanted to wish you a Happy 4th by adding a post for y'all to show off your American-made knives!  And this post is hardly limited my fellow Americans -- no matter where you live, no…Continue

Does the Queen Mountain Man pattern have a standard name?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Aug 28, 2016. 6 Replies

Hello, all!In my years of collecting, I've started a few subcollections that I tend to revisit & add to from time to time.  I'm not a big collector of traditional patterns, but I have found…Continue

Tags: Man, Mountain, Queen

Doing Good Things

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 29, 2015. 1 Reply

Hey all,With all the things that go wrong in the world, with all of our imperfections & our seeming compulsions to remain modest in the face of doing good things, I'm going to do something just a…Continue

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Lars Ray commented on dead_left_knife_guy's group The Kukri (Khukuri) Group
"Good eye on the 'ol Bird there is emblazoned with my family's amoral bearings. Having it engraved on a Kukri? Man, I wish I'd thought of that....that would be cool! And yes...I do have a couple of Kukri to share with…"
dead_left_knife_guy commented on dead_left_knife_guy's group The Kukri (Khukuri) Group
"Welcome to the group, Lars!  I'm guessing you have a kukri or two already (& photos to boot).  Out of curiosity, have you ever engraved that Polish eagle onto a kukri?  Seeing your avatar, couldn't help but think how…"
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The Kukri (Khukuri) Group

The khukuri, often shortened to "kukri" here in the U.S., is both a utility knife & a weapon.  The khukuri likely was derived from the Greek sword known as the kopis.  Usually shorter than a typical sword, but longer than a typical knife, the khukuri is often easily recognized by the canted blade.  Classically, the khukuri is thick, as much as 10 mm or more, with a leaf shape that flares out where the blade bends, the tip aligned below the user's hand.  This knife originated more for…See More
dead_left_knife_guy replied to Calvin Don Rose's discussion The truth is out concerning knives being sold on the website. Its not good.
"Wow, something really messed up just happened, I posted a longer comment & it disappeared. Anyway, don't bother with Frost, & never spend $98 on one.  You can get much nicer knives for $98.  You can buy knives that are much…"
dead_left_knife_guy replied to Calvin Don Rose's discussion The truth is out concerning knives being sold on the website. Its not good.
"Oh, man, I'm so sorry...  You paid $98 for a Frost knife?!?  For a company that sells 150 knives for $50 (or whatever), I had no idea thy would try to sell a single knife for close to $100. YOU CAN BUY MUCH NICER KNIVES FOR…"
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"Andy, posts like these are just plain fun -- got me thinking... My current grail knife really is the Fox Anunnaki-  there's something about the absurdity of the concept, the fun of the name, & santoku-shaped blade that make it an…"
Dec 1

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simple, rugged -- contemporary styles of production & custom knives -- TOPS, Spyderco, Kershaw, Boker, Blind Horse / Battle Horse Knives, OKC, CRKT, Victorinox, Leatherman -- bushcraft, outdoors, tactical, survival
About Me
father & husband, 40's, Minnesotan, writer, editor of the North Star Blade Collectors newsletter, conservation-minded, family man, philosopher, Buddhist
my family, outdoors, bushcraft, wilderness, tracking, flora & fauna, improving my skills, survival & camp kits, wood carving, knife sharpening, urban survival, urban homesteading, food prep, trail food, & squirrels, I love squirrels.
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Camillus CK9: The knife used by Dual Survival's Grady Powell

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 22:12 3 Comments

Recently I had the chance to watch another episode of the current season of Dual Survival, & again got to see Grady Powell using the Camillus CK9.  Somewhere I saw someone online stating that Grady Powell designed the knife, but I have not yet been able to confirm or deny this.  Camillus has very little detail on the CK9 on its website, & of course TOPS doesn't have anything public about this on its website because it's not technically a TOPS knife.

Grady Powell designed…


TOPS Knives President Mike Fuller

Posted on November 9, 2015 at 21:01 2 Comments

Okay, this is an interesting story.  I don't know what to think of it.  I'm a big fan of TOPS Knives, but this story is too important to not post something about it.

Knife throwing, anyone? Anyone?

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 21:00 3 Comments

Are there any other knife throwers here? If so, anyone recognize the logo on the cup? :)

I notice there's not a group for throwers, hm...…


Clean, measured knife-making!

Posted on September 27, 2015 at 12:53 4 Comments

This video from Gough Custom Knives just floored me -- his shop is so clean, & his work so measured...  This was 12 minutes of video worth watching, especially for those of us who have aspirations to make beautiful knives ourselves.

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Your membership and friendship help keep us moving forward and staying grounded!  Thank you for all you do with iKC and for us!

Thank you for being here with us.  Participation makes us grow and we appreciate all you do!

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Featured Member -- yeah!!!!  To what do I owe this prestigious honor?  :)  

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DLKG - Thanks for the BD wishes... GB

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thanks for Happy Bday. Have a goodun!


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thank you, right back at you, glad to make your acquaintance. later mike

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