Friday, December 08, 2006
30K worth of Ken Onion Knives stolen!
Somewhere between Hawaii and a show in California, Ken Onion's knifebag was stolen. 12 knives costing an average of $2500 average each at Ken's prices i.e: 30k worth of knives. The aftermarket would be more like 75-100k. There is a link up on the USN, as well as the Badlands Forums about it. Here's a picture, should anyone see anything resembling this, give a Holler!..Keep an eye out. Ken is one of the community!
++ quoth dragonfly at 8:40 AM
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Some pictures of my latest acquisition in blades..I present to you the CQC9, also known as the Eagle.
Some information about this knife.
The maker is Ernest R. Emerson, Emerson. Ernie, as he is often affectionately called, is well known among elite military and police agencies throughout the world as their knifemaker of choice for the finest in tactical and hard use, edged weaponry. Based on the 27th Edition of "Annual Knives 2007", these are the characteristics of Ernie's knives. The tactical combat folding knife blades are generally are constructed out of ATS34, or 154cm, and have a Machine-Satin appearance. Handles are generally constructed of either of the following two options:
a): Black G-10 Handle Scales over Titanium Liner Lock and Liner;
b:) Titanium Bolsters + Green Linen Micarta over Titanium Liner Lock and Liner.
A brief history of the design for the CQC9 (Close Quarter Combat Model 9) folder. It was originally designed for the DEA who requested a crop harvesting blade which could be used as a weapon should the need arise. Of all the CQC folders, the CQC9 is the rarest of the series. The rarest CQC9 variant comes in the form of Black Hand-Sculpted Micarta Scales, Black-coated Blade, and with Serrations.
Well, I haven't had the time to do an in-depth review, but ever since getting it from "Spyken", I have been EDC-ing it everyday. Physically, the knife is rather small, compared to my EKI Super-Commander, but upon toting it for the past 1 month plus, i would say it makes an excellent EDC blade carried for SD. It compares favourably with one of my previous favourites, the MOD Ladyhawk.
In terms of the fit and finish, I am pretty much satisfied. The Blade is perfectly centred, and feels absolutely solid, with no lateral or vertical blade play. One nice touch i really appreciate is that the inner part of the Spyderhole is actually coated black, as are the 16 grooves on the thumb ramp. Liners are both beadblasted, and give the handles a nice warm look to them. My only gripe lies with the handle Pivot screws, and the handle screws. The paint always fades.. something which is common to Emerson knives, both Custom and Production alike. But other than that, i absolutely love this knife. Guess that kinda concludes my mini-review. Hope it was a good read!
++ quoth dragonfly at 6:47 AM
Monday, December 04, 2006
"My thoughts on People vs Sheeple"
Firstly, what are "Sheeple"?..Wikipedia defines it as such:
Sheeple is a term of disparagement, a portmanteau created by combining the words "sheep" and "people"; a reference to herd mentality. It is often used to denote persons who acquiesce (bow down) to authority, and thus undermine their own human individuality. The implication of sheeple is that people believe whatever they are told, without processing it to be sure that it is an accurate representation of the real world around them.
Well, in my context, "sheeple" include people who simply cannot grasp the concept that "the knife is the tool, and the mind is the weapon"..decidedly, as the years go by, i have become more reluctant to showing people my knives, or to a certain extent, even deny the fact that i do tote blades. In the post-911 era, having been branded(though often jokingly) as a "terrorist" isn't exactly a nickname i'd embrace..it just falls beyond our comprehension, as knife-collectors, as to how people can simply fail to see the fact that knives were, and are to this date mankind's oldest tool..it is instead the mind that has made them out as weapons, and society that has socialized generations into believing that this fallible statement is indeed a truth.
Recently, in the United Kingdom, there has been an active push to "disarm" society by encouraging citizens to dispose of knives, which are branded as tools of mass destruction..what hogwash!..in fact, the laws of Britain have led me to question the credibility of its rulers. At present, the laws of Britain states the following:
"Section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 currently prohibits the possession of an article with blade [sic] or point in public without good reason or lawful authority, with the exception of a folding pocket-knife with a blade not exceeding three inches. It would be for an individual to demonstrate that he had good reason to possess a knife, for example for work, fishing or other sporting purposes, in a public place"
3 For a knife to be a folding pocket-knife within the meaning of this section, it must be readily and immediately foldable at all times, simply by the folding process. A lock-knife, which required a further process, namely activating a trigger mechanism to fold the blade back into the handle, was held not to be a folding pocket-knife (Harris v DPP  1 All ER 562); followed in R v Deegan  Crim LR 562, 2 Cr App Rep 121.
Well, it seems to me that the Locking mechanism of a folding knife renders it the capacity to inflict greater percieved harm. This clearly goes to show how little the law setters know about knives. Any knife user or collector would be able to quickly tell you that the sole purpose of the lock is to function as a safety mechanism, to prevent the accidental closure of the blade onto the fingers wrapped around the handle. How rational these parliamentarians are (sarcasm intended)..
My next point lies on how irrational and unpredictable Non-Knife collectors can sometimes be.
recdently, i read a post on the forums relating to how a man had had his USD1,300 knife abused by people who clearly had no idea of what the sole purpose of the knife was. Wikipedia defines knives as such:
"A knife is a sharp-edged hand tool used for cutting."
Why then is it that seemingly rational people would use a knife as a prybar to pop open beer can bottle tabs; and worse, to bounce it off a brick wall just to see how it performs?..in view of these acts of total irrationality, it leads me to ponder "did ape precede man?..or did man precede ape?" with this i end my first post...hope it was an interesting read..
All God's Critters have Knives
(quoted from Spyderco INC)
++ quoth dragonfly at 7:26 AM