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Tactical Custom Knife News

What’s new in customs: The latest news regarding the art and craftsmanship of the handmade knife.

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Steve Johnson made this fighter to commemorate his 40th year of knifemaking. The 7-inch blade is 154CM and the handle is fossil walrus ivory. Johnson can be reached at P.O. Box 5, Dept. TK, Manti, Utah 84642; (435) 835-7941 www.srjknives.com

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Robert Nelson Parker’s “Chute” copies the style of a legendary Bob Loveless combat knife. The 4.5-inch blade is ATS-34, and the handle is ivory with engraving by Dave Lark. Parker can be reached at 1527 East Fourth St., Dept. TK, Royal Oak, MI 48067; (248) 545-8211 www.classicknifedesign.com

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R. J. Martin’s 3.9-inch bladed Rampage boot knives are intentionally kept
just under 4 inches for legal carry in most areas. The recurved-edge, tanto-pointed blade is ground from CPM154 stainless. A variety of handle scales are available on request. The maker can be reached at 51 Bramblewood St., Dept. TK, Bridgewater, MA 02324; (508) 345-3586 www.rjmartinknives.com

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Keith Ouye’s folder offers a 3.5-inch blade of S30V stainless on a titanium handle frame. The engraving on the handle is the work of C. J. Cai. Ouye can be reached at P.O. Box 25307, Dept. TK, Honolulu, HI 96825; (808) 395-7000 keithouyeknives@yahoo.com

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Kelly Carlson’s classy little folder features a 2-7/8-inch blade of Mike Norris Damascus on a bead-blasted carbon fiber handle. The inners on the handle frame are titanium and the blade functions on an assisted-opening system. Carlson can be contacted at 54 S. Holt Hill, Dept. TK, Antrim, NH 03440; (603) 588-2765 www.carlsonknives.com

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Gary LeBlanc’s “Rice Creek Hunter” sports a 3.75-inch blade of twist Damascus on a handle of elephant-bark ivory. The artist can be reached at 7342 145th Ave., Dept. TK, Royalton, MN 56373; (320) 584-5859 butternutcover@hotmail.com

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Jerry Halfrich’s lockback folder follows the style of the classic Remington Model 553L Bullet. The 4.25-inch blade is ground from CPM-154 stainless and the handle is sheep horn. Halfrich can be contacted at 340 Briarwood, Dept. TK, San Marcos, TX 78666; (512) 353-2582 www.halfrichknives.com

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John Perry’s “Folding Dagger” offers a 3-inch blade of 15n20-01 Damascus on a handle of carved Damascus. The artist can be reached at 9 South Harrell Rd., Dept. TK, Mayflower, AR 72106; (501) 470-3043 pknives@cyberback.com

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GenO Denning’s “Hunter” offers a 4-inch blade of ATS-34 stainless on a mammoth ivory handle. The maker can be reached at 135 Allenvalley Rd., Dept. TK, Gaston, SC 29053; (803) 794-6067 www.cavemanengineering.com

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