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This Bump Will Not Slow You Down

Today’s review will focus on the Kershaw Spec Bump 1596 assisted opening pocket knife.  I would classify this knife as a medium to large assisted opening tactical knife. It was designed by Ken Onion and just by looking at it, one can tell it is one of his designs.  "I wanted to make the Bump as multi-tasked as possible," says Onion. "The blade design is unique, but at the same time, it's very practical and fluent at a large number of jobs."   Before beginning, I…


Added by Stanley May on February 26, 2014 at 12:38 — 5 Comments

The Boker Sal Manaro Will Grip You

Today’s review will focus on the Boker Sal Manaro titanium handled 01BO145 folding frame lock knife.  This knife was suggested to me by Steve Hanner for who I am indebted to for this suggestion.  I will start out stating I really like this titanium knife that is one of the most economical titanium tacticals I have run across. …


Added by Stanley May on July 7, 2013 at 13:30 — 6 Comments

Titanium Can Be Beautiful (Part 5)

#9 - Chris Martin – PF-1 Tanto Flipper, I currently have this on order, so the pics are from the site, IKBS Bearing System, Aggressive Tanto Blade. …


Added by Stanley May on June 20, 2013 at 14:19 — 7 Comments

Titanium Can Be Beautiful (Part 4)

#6 – Zero Tolerance 0560 tactical, very rugged, smooth as silk operation, uniquely

machined G10 handle attached to Ti Frame on front side, machined Ti

handle/frame back side, excellent craftsmanship, Elmax steel blade, R. Hinderer…


Added by Stanley May on June 20, 2013 at 14:16 — 15 Comments

Titanium Can Be Beautiful (Part 3)

#4 – “The Beast” by Three Sisters Forge, Very Heavy Duty Medium Tactical, CPMS-35 NV

cryo-stabilized Blade, Triple Tempered, 0.125” thick Ti Handles.  This is my…


Added by Stanley May on June 20, 2013 at 14:04 — 3 Comments

Titanium Can Be Beautiful (Part 2)

#3 - HTM AXD 5.5 Expendables Assisted Opening Knife 98874 Darrel Ralph CPM S35VN, 6”Closed Length, 11” Open Length ( this thing is a monster, I like to pick my teeth with…


Added by Stanley May on June 20, 2013 at 13:53 — 1 Comment

Titanium Can Be Beautiful (Part 1)

Please note this blog is written in 5 parts due to file size constraints.  Please access parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 to view the rest of the knives


As most of you know by now, Stanley May is a huge titanium fan.  My background from my work at Honeywell Inc., where I performed countless stress analyses on commercial and military aircraft

wheels and brakes…


Added by Stanley May on June 20, 2013 at 13:30 — 7 Comments

My Favorite Handles


I introduce the subject of my choices for the best handle materials.  Keep in mind, the following is Stanley May’s ideas, preferences, and personal tastes of good handles.  It is by no means is an absolute.  I worked in the aircraft wheel and brake industry for 34 years in which I was a structural analyst/engineer.  I have explored the positives and negatives of most of the metal and composite materials used in today’s tactical knives.  It is exciting to me that today’s knife…


Added by Stanley May on June 6, 2013 at 19:30 — 13 Comments

GEC Configurations

Attached is a concise one pager defining  GEC knife configurations for your use. 


Added by Stanley May on December 30, 2012 at 6:36 — 1 Comment

SKS (Stan's Knife Service)

This blog is written to share my experiences regarding the operation of my small knife business.  Some of the experiences are good, some are not good, and some are in the middle somewhere.  I would say my business is not a success yet because my expenses are larger than my income.  However I am not going to quit yet, because I don’t think I have given it enough time.  I am lucky I don’t need to do this for a living.

We have…


Added by Stanley May on November 27, 2012 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

What to do with your knife at an airport

One day not long ago a customer told me this true story.  He had a rather valuable knife with him and forgot to leave it in the car when he was flying out on a commercial aircraft.  He got all the way to the security guards and they of course found the knife and would not let him past the security gate.  He did not have enough time to take the knife back to the car or he would miss his flight.  He pleaded with the guards to hold it for him, send it to him and pay them handsomely to do this,…


Added by Stanley May on November 6, 2012 at 19:12 — 5 Comments

IKC Strength

This is not going to be a long blog.  I have been an IKC for about one month.  I just want to say, I really think it's greatest strength is the members are giving, and caring people.  I have experienced this more than once.  When I have had a problem, I send out an email, and within a few hours several members have responded with sound and helpful suggestions; and it is done because they want to help.  This is an outstanding quality and I believe distinguishes IKC from the average knife…


Added by Stanley May on October 3, 2012 at 22:15 — 5 Comments

My Latest Activities by Stanley May

I wrote the following not knowing "My Latest Activity" is limited to 140 characters.  So I decided to post it as a blog.

My wife and I are getting ready to move her/my business to a different location in Elkhart, Indiana.  I am hoping this new location will result in more sold knives.  I recently bought via Ebay, a handsome oldish Case display case.  I am excited about this.

I still haven't connected with Wayne Whitted about getting a Purdue knife, but I would like to do this…


Added by Stanley May on September 10, 2012 at 23:32 — 1 Comment

My Knife Collecting Life

I am new to iKC, and thought I would describe to you my knife collecting life (which is not too long).  To start with, I am a recently retired structural engineer.  I worked 34 year performing stress analysis on aircraft wheels, brakes, and struts, mostly for large commercial aircraft, but also some military aircraft.  If you don't mind me "tooting my own horn", I structurally designed the B2 (stealth bomber) main wheels and brakes.  I retired in March of 2011, and picked up an old hobby I…


Added by Stanley May on September 4, 2012 at 8:30 — 7 Comments

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