There is an antiques alley a few blocks from my house. Clustered there are small shops and garages that during one Sunday a month become an outdoor plaza for buyers of furniture, paintings, and nicknacks.
One such Sunday, my wife and I were out on an exercise walk, but we slid in for a peek at the wares. I tend to poke through boxes of mechanical items. There were manual typewriters, assorted tools, knives, and watches at many sellers’ locations.
I was rummaging in a shoebox full of watches when I saw an old diver-style watch with which I was unfamiliar. Curses! I had not brought my reading glasses. I hunted around on the folding table and found what was, I thought, a decorative hunk of glass. It had some magnifying qualities, though quite a bit of distortion, as well.
Through the improvised device, I squinted at the worn watch. The first thing that caught my eye was a red star on its face. Next, I spied the Cyrillic lettering on the dial and caseback. Russian? I was not sure what I had in my hand, but I backed out the screwdown crown and wound the watch. It ran! Continue reading
As the Ernest Emerson CQC-7 knife turned 20 years old last year, it is fitting that Emerson is coming out with a book project about his groundbreaking folding knife. And we get to participate! But first, a bit of history.
Much has been written about the evolution of Emerson’s CQC knives, CQC for close quarters combat. In the mid-1980’s, a West Coast U.S. Navy SEAL team requested a special folding knife for its operators. They were referred to Ernest Emerson by knifemaker Phill Hartsfield, who had made fixed blades for the teams. The knife born from this coalition was Emerson’s custom Specwar CQC-6, which would become a must-have among special operations warriors the world over.
In 1994, Emerson was approached by Benchmade Knives’ founder Les de Asis about making a production run of Emerson’s custom knife. Emerson did not want to cede ownership of his original CQC-6 design, so when negotiating with de Asis, Emerson made some changes to the knife and named it the CQC-7. Continue reading
Böker’s Tirpitz folding knife literally contains an interesting bit of naval history. The damascus of its blade has actual WWII German battleship Tirpitz steel folded into its layers. I remember reading about this ship when I was a boy. The official literature below is fascinating. I am not condoning the Deutsche Marine or the Nazi Reich; I am simply drawn to the commemorative knife’s historical value.
Years ago, Bob Terzuola made a commemorative knife from stainless steel used in the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. In 2011, Ernest Emerson built a U.S. Navy SEAL CQC-6 with original World Trade Center steel. I wish I had the discretionary funds to buy one of these knives, but, alas, my priorities are grounded elsewhere.
Here is what Böker has to say about the Tirpitz: Continue reading
“Time for an Adventure.” weBBem Watches’ slogan fairly dares you to travel into your own brand of jungle with one of their well-thought-out timepieces. Whether urban or Amazonian, the environment will be just fine for this robust watch and strap combination.
Said weBBem founder Alexander Jackson, “I have worked in the watch industry for many years and have always been fascinated by the differences between the manufacturing price and the retail prices of watches.”
“Once distributors, agents, and retailers have their share, the price you pay for an average watch is insane. So much so, that I decided to start my own small watch company to see if it is possible to offer a well-made product at a reasonable price by selling online, cutting out the middle men, and sharing the savings with the customer,” he concluded.
Jackson wanted to offer a product sold on the Internet directly to the wearer. He felt that a custom-made paracord strap on a durable military-style field watch would Continue reading
This is the time of year when I encourage you to make the electronic journey over to Wouter’s website, Spydercollector.com, to see the latest Spydeco prototypes from the annual Amsterdam Meet.
Spyderco entertained 80 guests at their Amsterdam Meet 2015. Held March 1 at the Mercure Amsterdam Airport Hotel, this year’s was the 11th annual gathering. Wouter, a.k.a. Mr. Blond on the Spyderco Forum, takes superlative photographs of the knives. Check them out.
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The website Késportál posted this video to YouTube of Mike Janich explaining the Jani-Song. It was taken at the IWA Show 2015, which is Europe’s version of SHOT Show. Click here for my experience twirling a Jani-Song!
The Jani-Song is not yet available in the U.S. It is made offshore and cannot be imported. Mr. Glesser’s plan is to eventually begin production runs in Golden, so the Jani-Song can be sold here in the country.