Knife collectors have to be very careful

arrestUnfortunately today, knife collectors can be profiled as militants or worse- criminals. While this may not initially sound like a problem, when it is the law enforcement doing the profiling, significant additional evidence and alibis may be needed to get off a rap.

meandcollectionwithoutfaceWe know there are many different types of knife collections and some are easier to label as weapons than others (from our perspective), but regardless, there are an awful lot of collectors who at minimum have a half-dozen Case knives sitting around the house. When it comes to legal investigations a knife collection is a knife collection. They don’t care if the knives are peanuts, seahorses or elephant toenails– new or antique. A blade is a blade. And we already know knives are perceived by many as weapons and anyone who “stockpiles” weapons will eventually use them, or so they think.

jailI learned of a man who was convicted of murder (he was only 15 at the time of his arrest) and one of the pieces of evidence used to convict him was his knife collection. It turns out after serving 8 years in jail his conviction was overturned, but my gracious think about it- he lost 8 years of his life for something he later was found unguilty (if I may use that word) for!

So, what’s the solution? We must keep all appearances of being a “bad guy” as far away from us as possible. Think about it- we proudly display our collections in our home or office; folks know we are card-carrying knife collectors (they know this cause we can’t help but talk about knives- after all, we are passionate about our hobby); we spend time traveling great distances to knife shows; we subscribe to Knife World, Tactical Knives or Knives Illustrated (Is CNJ bookmarked on your computer? Then there you go); on and on I could go.

From the outside looking in, you can see how we could be profiled as having the propensity to use knives in a crime and our collections easily spun as stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. We must be careful! People’s perceptions are their reality.

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Published in: on September 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm  Comments (1)  
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We must act to de-weaponize knives

We have our work cut out for us. Knives are almost universally viewed as weapons today. I see it everyday here at CNJ as I read through various news stories involving knives.

Man banned from carrying knife to church in NC

It really hit me this morning as I read about a man who may get kicked out of church because he wears his knife on his belt. It is a sad story. The particulars of this one situation aren’t the point here, instead what is is we- the knife manufacturers, knife industry and collectors must act in together to help people understand the danger is not the knife, instead, if there is one, it is the person.

Show and Tell

Folks nowadays are frequently shocked when we collectors pull out our knife. I witnessed it firsthand just the other day. I was part of a show and tell exercise in a small group meeting.

I took my favorite knife and when it was my time to show and tell, I pulled it from my pocket- you could feel the air being sucked out of the room as everyone gasped. Now I must admit the knife is a large pocket knife, but nothing like a bowie, or large fixed blade. It is simply a large pocket knife, that’s all. Most were even scared to handle it as it was passed around the room.

Knives have become weaponized and are viewed by society as a dangerous object that can be wielded at any moment.

Tom Arrowsmith, the president of W. R. Case, said, in his interview here at CNJ, his firm works very hard not to promote or foster the public’s perception of knives as weapons, but many makers do.

I don’t have the answer but if those in positions of influence could work with our clubs and associations to brainstorm ways to address this P R problem before we end up with all knives outlawed. Slowly community by community, municipality by municipality are tightening knife laws. And unfortunately groups like Knife Rights simply don’t have the manpower, or funding to combat this.

I’m not sure fighting this on a national political basis is the answer anyway. Instead, I see it as changing people’s attitudes.

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I’d love to see a national whittling contest sponsored by a large manufacturer,  like Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. did back in the 19450s.

We need the various knife clubs, associations, and even manufacturers working together to educate young people, and their parents, on knives. Knives provide utility, fun and a worthwhile hobby, educating on properly handling knives and the fun projects knives can be used for.

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We must pull together

Here’s where I am on this– It’s time to act. If you are a part of a knife group (online or off), club or association, or if you are a maker, executive or worker of a manufacturer- we need your help. A plan needs developed and implemented, on a grassroots level to help folks see knives aren’t bad. No, the bad is caused by people. And even if you took all the knives out of circulation, like they are trying to do in the UK, bad guys will still cause harm and kill.

All one has to do is look back through the history of this great country to see the important role knives have played- both as a work tool and pastime recreation.

Published in: on March 5, 2009 at 9:29 am  Comments (4)  
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Gun & Ammo Record Breaking Sales Continue

800px-houston_gun_show_at_the_george_r_brown_convention_centerWithout getting into the politics of it, have you been following the stories on gun sales in the last couple of weeks?

CNJ ran a story a month and a half ago, and it appears the gun and ammo sales are still up measurably.

The contributing factors are two-fold according to Victor Bean, the organizer of the show held last Saturday in Jax, FL.

The Jacksonville.com news reports-

“Bean attributed what he called a record turnout and the massive upswing in business to two factors — a rumored crackdown on gun ownership by the incoming Obama administration and a possible rise in crime precipitated by the economy’s sharp downturn.”

 I suspect, being a “gun show promoter,” he is hyping it for his next show, but according to the Jax paper attendance on Saturday was 5000 folks- up from about 2000 in Sept for the same show.

Here’s another from this past weekend in Louisville. Different show circuit. Different promoter. Kenny Woods’ Gun & Knife Show

Here’s what Google News has pulled back on the increase of gun and ammo sales, as of 8:42 Monday nite. It is kinda scary actually.

So, what does this spending money on ammo and guns mean for knife sales? Not sure, but one retailer said, his knife sales were down. He attributed it to folks spending their money on guns right now.

Published in: on December 30, 2008 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Great Debate: Which is more lethal a knife or a gun?

I am not an advocate of knife violence (especially considering the knives I have are mostly 100 year old pocketknives), but I found this guy’s argument that a knife is more lethal than a gun to be quite absurd. 

Yes, knives can kill, but so can rocks, sticks or automobiles (or fists, for that matter!). I realize the context of this testimony is gang violence, but it seems to me the root problem is the disposition of the individual, not the “instrument.” 

Making knives to be “the problem” is akin to treating a symptom, not the underlying cause.

Published in: on November 12, 2008 at 6:10 pm  Comments (2)  
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