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.
I was a bit puzzled at the Kershaw/Zero Tolerance SHOT Show 2015 booth. When I asked to photograph some new models, the rep was hesitant and then sent me to another marketing person who would supposedly answer any questions. This next rep offered to copy their own photos on to my thumb drive. Well, okaaay.
Because there were many new models, I chose to handle a few and forgo taking my own pictures. A very nice model that had a custom feel was Zero Tolerance’s 0900 by designer Les George. This short flipper knife has a thick 2.75 inch blade of stonewashed Crucible S35VN stainless steel, working on ZT’s KVT ball-bearing pivot system.
The ZT knife is a frame lock with hardened steel lock bar insert. Continue reading
Just after Blade Show 2014, I posted a Photoshopped image I had made of the Spyderco Ronin 2 prototype I handled in their booth. Since the “Golden Bug” does not allow photographs to be taken of their protos at shows, I easeled one of my existing pictures of a Spyderco Yojimbo 2 and massaged its pixels. The visual results were very similar to my notes and recollection of the proposed knife.
Spyderco has now released their own images of the soon-available Ronin 2, along with copy and specifications describing the new fixed blade. Here is what we know. The new Ronin 2 is more of a fixed-bladed Yojimbo 2 than it is a variation of original Spyderco Ronin, as designer Michael Janich had told me at Blade Show. Despite the looks, there are differences.
At 7.88 inches, the Ronin 2 will be 5/16th inch longer than an opened Yojimbo 2, but Ronin’s blade, 4.12 inches, will be just over 1 inch longer than Continue reading