If you want to discover the true feelings of the American people, look to the heartland known as the Midwest. Consider the Ohio Classic Knife Show. Attendance was up 14% and sales were up 20% over the 2008 show with tactical knives supplying a major portion of these increases. Here are a few of the better examples found by  photographer Terrill Hoffman.

BATTLE RATTLE: Karl Andersen’s “Brute de Forge” combat knife features a 6-inch blade forged from 1095 carbon steel. The handle is green paracord wrapped. Andersen can be reached at 1699 N. Bluebell Bend Rd, Dept. TK, Watseka, IL 60970; 815-644-0127

GOT THE BOOT: Tom Goodpasture balances his deadly little 4-inch double-edge boot dagger by tapering the blade tang to perfection. The handle scales are black Micarta. The maker can be contacted at 13432 Farrington Rd., Dept. TK, Ashland, VA 23005; 804-752-8363


EIGHT INCHES OF FIGHT: Wm. C. “Bill” Johnson’s “Sub-Hilt Fighter” offers an 8-inch blade of ATS-34 stainless on a handle of blue brain coral. The maker can be reached at 225 Fairfield Pike, Dept. TK, Enon, OH 45323; 937-864-7802
WARRIOR STEEL: Matthew Bailey’s “Neo Kukri Recurve” features a 5.5-inch blade of 1095 carbon steel on a handle of black linen Micarta. The blade was clay coated and quenched for a highly visible Japanese-style “hamon.” Bailey can be contacted at 319 Townsend St., Dept. TK, Dunkirk, NY 14048; 716-969-6579

BLOCKBUSTER BLADE: Fehrman Knives’ “Blood Moon” will soon be carried by Dolph Lundgren in the new action movie The Expendables. The 8-inch blade is CPM 3V on a handle of linen Micarta. The maker can be contacted at 8824 Clay Pike Rd., Dept. TK, Byesville, Ohio, 43723; 740-685-2637
LANDI SNAKEBULL: John Landi’s “Snakebull Combat Utility” offers a handy 4.75-inch drop-point blade of 154CM stainless on a handle of tan G10. The maker can be contacted at 15 Penn Towne Dr., Dept. TK, Irwin, PA 15642; 412-337-7381

HOLBROOK TACTICAL: H.L. Holbrook’s totally practical “Tactical Utility Model 1” offers a 5-inch clip-point blade of CPM154CM stainless on a handle of black canvas Micarta. The maker can be contacted at P.O. Box 483, Dept. TK, Sandy Hook, KY 41171; 606-738-9922

GREAT SCOT: Bob Katilus’ “Sgian Dubh” offers a 3.5-inch blade of ATS-34 stainless in the classic Celtic pattern. The handle is African blackwood with ivory Micarta and bloodwood spacers. The maker can be contacted at 19 Jamestown St., Dept. TK, Sinclairville, NY 14782; 716-397-4849

The 2010 Ohio Classic Knife Show will be held October 22 & 23 at the Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center in Cambridge, Ohio. Contact: Larry Bailey; 740-787-2317

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