The NRA convention had more than just guns, there were also knives. I've been an avid collector for years--it wasn't Blade Show (or even Blade Forums), but there were enough sharp pointys to make me happy.
Firstly, TOPS Knives. The folks that bring you a knife called 'the Devil's Elbow'. That said, they do make some nice blades and their stock sheaths really rock with a belt clip that allows carry in a bunch of different ways. I treated myself to a Ranger's Edge, which has a nice commentary by Kim Breed, a fantastic knifemaker (I own three knives made by him as well).
Secondly, Hogue Knives. Hogue is best known for their grips, but they have been working with Allen Elishewitz on their folder series. I carry a Hogue EX 04 with an upswept blade--not an Elishewitz custom, but a good and affordable substitute. Good, smooth, manual action--solid construction. This is a knife for heavy duty, plus it's got a button lock, which I like. I stopped by to look at their new fixed blade, the EX-F02 which is going to be a real nice addition to the collection.
Thirdly, Benchmade--I carry a Benchmade pocket knife (yes I generally carry two, but with the speed assist, this one is perfect for off-hand carry). I have gotten hooked on the Axis Lock and speed assist since they facilitate one-handed closing and a quick open. I'm not a fan of liner locks since it always seems to me to be counterintuitive to put my digits in front of a blade on purpose--I'm a little too accident prone to make that a happy thing. Mr B has always been a SOG fan, but found a Benchmade that he liked so I was able to treat him to a late birthday present.
Lastly, but not least, Mr B returned the favor by treating me to a a couple of items that he bought at A.G. Russell on Friday--the Odin's Eye and the Sting3. We found out on Sunday that they were also treating folks to the Odin's Eye knife and definitely took advantage to pick a couple more up as gifts. And yeee-rah, that Odin's Eye is wicked sharp. It is a self-defense push knife, but it also works great to open envelopes or for EDC--I have one on my keychain. But it'll cut air. I look forward to both the A.G. Russell catalog and their weekly emails with specials.
The Benchmade guy recognized my Emissary as one that is no longer made. The TOPS guy I think were a bit taken aback by my smile when I picked up the Ranger's Edge. Mr B had a chance to talk with Mr Russell himself for a little
while--both he and his wife are very interesting and chock full of good
stories. All in all, some very nice blades and it was nice to talk with the folks at each booth.
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