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Updated State Laws for OTF Knives….

It has been a busy few years in the world of knife laws / de-regulations…. Thanks to the works of fine organizations like Knife Rights (kniferights.org), there have been many states that have overturned their ancient laws regarding knives and OTF’s. This has allowed us as a company to travel and share our awesome product to more states than ever before. If you are not already a member of Knife Rights, then we highly encourage you to join their efforts.. Here is what they have done for the knife community in just the last 2 years:

2016

  • Knife Owners’ Protection Act Gains Additional Sponsors in Congress
  • Wisconsin Switchblade Ban Repealed, Knife Law Preemption Enacted repealing dozens of local knife restrictions and preventing any future local restrictions
  • Oklahoma Dagger, Bowie Knife, Dirk Knife and Sword Cane Carry Ban Repealed
  • West Virginia Permitless (Constitutional) Weapons Carry including Knives Enacted
  • Maryland – “Knives” Stripped from Weapons Ban on College Campuses Bill
  • Led Efforts that resulted in NJ Governor Chris Christie Veto of 2 Anti-Hunting/Anti-Conservation Bills that would have also Adversely Impacted Many Knife Collectors
  • Led or Assisted Efforts that Defeated Ivory Ban Anti-Knife and Anti-Hunting/Anti-Conservation Bills in MD, OR, AR, GA, FL, IA, VA, OK, RI, MI, CT, IL, HI, NV, VT, CT, NM, DE & WA
  • New York Knife Law Reform Bill to address NYC Bogus Gravity Knife Arrests and Prosecutions Passed – Vetoed by Governor
  • NYC Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Continues – June 2016 Trial Held
  • Free Knife Check at NRA Annual Meeting for 2600 Members Attending Donald Trump Speech
  • Knife Rights as Amicus Invited to Appear Before California Supreme Court on Appeal by State to Overturn Decision that an Open Slipjoint Knife (Swiss Army Knife) Carried Concealed is Not an Illegal Dagger – CA Supreme Court Upholds Lower Court Decision cites Knife Rights oral argument and amicus brief

2017

  • Knife Owners’ Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 84) including Repeal of the Federal Switchblade Act Introduced in Congress.
  • NYC Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Continues – Appeal Brief Filed + Two Amicus Briefs Filed by 17 Law Professors & Legal Aid Society
  • Free Knife Check at NRA Annual Meeting for 1300 Members Attending President Donald Trump Speech
  • Led or Assisted Efforts that Defeated Ivory Ban Anti-Knife and Anti-Hunting/Anti-Conservation Bills in AZ, CT, DE, GA, IL, MA, MD, MI, NE, NM, PA, RI, VA & VT
  • Colorado Switchblade Ban Repealed
  • Montana Ban on Concealed Carry of Knives 4-inches or greater, Dirks, Daggers, Sword Canes and Razors Repealed
  • Georgia Legal Carry Length without CCW increased from 5 inches to 12 inches
  • Texas Ban on “Illegal Knives” including Bowie Knives, Daggers, Dirks, Stilettos, Poniards, Swords, Spears and Blades over 5.5 inches Repealed
  • Michigan Switchblade Ban Repealed
  • Illinois Switchblade Ban Repealed (Requires FOID Card)
  • New York Gravity Knife Law Reform Bill to address NYC Bogus Gravity Knife Arrests and Prosecutions Passed – Vetoed by Governor

2018

  • Louisiana Switchblade Ban Repealed (Effective August 1, 2018)

OTF Knife State Laws 2018 (UPDATED 6/16/2018):

MYTH: Switchblades / OTF Knives and Balisongs (butterfly knives) are illegal everywhere without exception

Not true. Most laws about non-firearm weapons are by state, with very few existing at the Federal level. Currently, the only country-wide law about switchblades is US Code Title 15, Chapter 29, and this law only controls the importation of these knives into the US, and the sale over state lines. It has no effects on buying, owning or carrying switchblades. Such is left to the states. The majority of states allow legal ownership of switchblades, but a few do not. Many have prohibitions on the sale of them, and most have laws against carrying them concealed. But some states such as Vermont and Utah have no restrictions on them.

US Switchblade Laws

The following is a comprehensive compilation of the laws on switchblades (also called automatics or OTF Knives) in the United States. This chart covers both overall federal law and each state law. These laws are for non-law enforcement citizens, as nearly all laws contain some sort of exemption for police. In states where unlawful intent must be proven (and is not simply presumed) for the knife to be illegal, this chart counts this as “legal.”

Legend:

Possession = Refers to the legality of merely owning or having direct control over a switchblade, even if kept at home. Sale = The legality of merchants and private citizens offering switchblades for sale or selling them. Usually includes any transfer of ownership, even gifts. Note that such laws almost always only affect the seller; no state law affects the buyer of such a transaction. Open Carry = legality of carrying a switchblade unconcealed and in plain view of others. Concealed Carry = legality of carrying a switchblade in a concealed manner on one’s person(or most of the time, in a car). Balisong considered same thing? = Refers to if the wording of the law considers switchblades and balisongs to be the same thing. If “Yes,” balisongs are subject to all the same restrictions as switchblades listed for that state. If “no” they are covered by a separate law and may or may not be legal. Blanks indicate the state has no laws about either.

Practical Matters

If possession itself is illegal, then all others become illegal by default. If possession is legal, but sale is not, it effectively becomes impossible to legally obtain a switchblade from within that state (since federal law prohibits inter-state sale). One must physically travel to another state to legally purchase.

Is your OTF legal in….?
Are OTF legal in..?

Below are your answers….

State

Possession

Sale

Open Carry

Concealed Carry

Balisong considered same thing?

US Federal Law

Legal

Illegal when sold over state lines or imported from outside the US

Legal

Legal

Yes

Alabama

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

Alaska

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

Arizona

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal if over 21 years old

Arkansas

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

California

Legal if blade is <2″
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Legal if blade is <2″

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Legal if blade is <2″

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Legal if blade is <2″

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Yes

Colorado

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

No

Connecticut

Legal

Legal

Legal if blade is ≤1.5″

Legal if blade is ≤1.5″

No

Delaware

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

No

District of Columbia

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

No

Florida

Legal

Legal

Legal

Illegal (Legal with gun permit)

N/A

Georgia

Legal

Legal (if over 18)

Legal if blade is ≤5″ (any length with gun permit)

Legal if blade is ≤5″ (any length with gun permit)

Hawaii

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

No

Idaho

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal if blade is ≤4″

No

Illinois

Legal (must be 21 and have valid FOID Card)

Legal (must be 21 and have valid FOID Card)

Legal (must be 21 and have valid FOID Card)

Legal (must be 21 and have valid FOID Card)

Yes

Indiana

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

No

Iowa

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal if blade is ≤5″

No

Kansas

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

Kentucky

Legal

Legal

Legal

Illegal

Louisiana

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

NA

Maine

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

Yes

Maryland

Legal

Illegal

Legal

Illegal

No

Massachusetts

Legal

Legal

Illegal

Illegal

No

Michigan

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

No

Minnesota

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

No

Mississippi

Legal

Legal

Legal

Illegal

No

Missouri

Legal

Legal

Legal

Illegal

Yes

Montana

Illegal (ex. Curio or blade is ≤1.5″)

Illegal (ex. Curio or blade is ≤1.5″)

Illegal

Illegal

No

Nebraska

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal if blade is ≤3.5″

Nevada

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

No

New Hampshire

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

No

New Jersey

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

No

New Mexico

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

Yes

New York

Legal w/ Valid Hunting and Fishing License

Legal w/ Valid Hunting and Fishing License

Legal w/ Valid Hunting and Fishing License

Legal w/ Valid Hunting and Fishing License

No

North Carolina

Legal

Legal

Legal

Illegal

No

North Dakota

Legal

Legal

Legal

Illegal

Ohio

Legal

Illegal

Legal

Illegal

No

Oklahoma

Legal

Legal

Legal

Illegal

No

Oregon

Legal

Legal

Legal

Illegal

Yes

Pennsylvania

Illegal (ex. Curio)

Illegal (ex. Curio)

Illegal

Illegal

No

Rhode Island

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal if blade is ≤3″

No

South Carolina

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

South Dakota

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

Tennessee

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

No

Texas

Legal

Legal

Legal if blade is <5.5″

Legal if blade is <5.5″

Yes

Utah

Legal

Legal

Legal

Situational

Yes

Vermont

Legal

Legal if blade is <3″

Legal

Legal

No

Virginia

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

No

Washington

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

Illegal

No

West Virginia

Legal (if over 18)

Legal

Legal (if over 18)

Illegal

No

Wisconsin

Legal

Legal

Legal

Legal

Yes

Wyoming

Legal

Legal

Legal

Situational

*New York’s state law provides an exception for “Possession of a switchblade or gravity knife for use while hunting, trapping or fishing by a person carrying a valid license.” Whether this affects sale or type of carry is unclear.

**Information cited from: “http://weaponlaws.wikidot.com/us-switchblade-laws” and “https://kniferights.org/about/accomplishments/”

All About Damascus…

Brief History of Damascus Steel:

If you hang around the knife community long enough you will hear grand talks and debates when it comes to Damascus steel.. To the casual knife collector or knife beginner, the amount of history and info out there on Damascus steel might seem overwhelming. In this post we will look to give a brief overview of where Damascus steel originally came from, how it’s made, and how it is currently being used in edged weapon manufacturing.

The history of Damascus steel can be traced all the way back to 500 A.D. where in India it was called Telangana, Wootz or Ukku steel. It then found its way to Damascus, Syria, which was the center of trade in that region for war equipment such as knives, swords and armor. The name “Damascus” wasn’t adopted until the time of the Crusaders. The Crusaders witnessed Damascus swords slicing through their own lesser quality swords, cutting the sword clean in half in a single swipe without ever losing its edge. The next swipe would do the same to the body of that less fortunate Crusader.

What is Damascus Steel?

Damascus Steel by definition was a type of steel used for manufacturing sword blades in the Near East made with wootz steel. These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be tough, resistant to shattering, and capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge

How is Damascus Steel Made?

Historians believe that the original method for creating Damascus was the crucible method. The crucible method of production for original ancient Damascus steel gradually declined, ceasing by around 1750, and the process was lost to metal smiths. Several modern theories have ventured to explain this decline, including the breakdown of trade routes to supply the needed metals, the lack of trace impurities in the metals, the possible loss of knowledge on the crafting techniques through secrecy and lack of transmission, suppression of the industry in India by the British Raj or a combination of all the above..”Modern Damascus” is made from several types of steel and iron slices welded together to form a billet..

Here is a nice video that goes into the detailed steps is takes to make a basic / beginners modern Damascus blank:

Current uses of Damascus in Weapons:

 

In the ancient times Damascus was sought after first for its strength and secondly for its beauty. In our current market that dynamic seems to have reversed. Most consumers seek Damascus for it’s aesthetics and rarity. And as you can see by the images, many new methods and materials have allowed for the final Damascus product to not only be a weapon, but also a work of art.

Here are a few more videos that high light some masters of the Damascus craft:

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damascus_steel
http://www.claysmithguns.com/knives_history.htm

 

Best Tactical Father’s Day Gifts 2018

Best Tactical Father’s Day Gifts 2018:

It is almost Father’s Day, and there is an elephant in the room we all need to acknowledge…… Most people spend far more time and money on Mother’s Day gifts than they do on Father’s Day gifts… Wait, you don’t believe us??!! Well we have compiled just a few examples of bad Father’s Day gift ideas that have been created throughout the years.

The Toupee Visor: No one will ever notice…

Action Jeans: For those fathers whose #1 issue is denim restricting their roundhouse kicks…

The Extra Love Shirt: Not just children buy bad Father’s Day gifts, significant others can also be guilty of this gift giving offense.

Why do these terrible gifts exist? And why do they ever get purchased? We feel it’s because more high quality and unique gifts are either extremely hard to acquire or are priced far out of reach for the average person. Luckily, here at RavenCrest Tactical we have some great options that are assured to “wow” your dad on his special day without breaking your bank or sending you on an Indiana Jone’s missions to acquire….

Below are our top three options we have for your dad on Father’s Day:

Option #1 – Guardian Tactical OTF Knife:

RavenCrest Tactical - Guardian OTF Knife - Select Series

The Guardian OTF Knife is a full size fully automatic double action OTF (out the front) Knife that comes standard with CNC aviation aluminum handles. The all CNC construction of the Guardian makes for a precision fit & finish not only on the exterior of the knife but also on the inside operating components as well. Aviation aluminum is strong, lightweight and elegant in appearance and feel. (READ MORE)

Option #2 – RavenPac Monthly Knife Club :

The RavenPac Knife Club is a monthly subscription service that delivers knives to your door rain or shine every month. The knives you receive have all been hand selected and tested by the owners of RavenCrest Tactical. You will receive a knife (Maybe even a few knives now and then) valued at $25-$50 and beyond. Our goal is to “WOW” you every single month. We focus on bringing you the biggest bang for your buck. (Remember, one lucky “winner” will receive an OTF knife in addition to their regular pac.) (READ MORE AND SIGN UP)

Option #3 – Rewind 2 Balisong (Butterfly Knife) :

The RavenCrest Tactical “Rewind” 2.0 Balisong (Butterfly Knife) is a versatile flipper that’s easy to pick up but hard to put down. The skeletonized handles on the “Rewind” 2.0 keep weight to a minimum while providing tactile grip/feedback in all the right places. This medium weight balisong allows the operator to manipulate the knife fast or slow with pinpoint precision.

“Rewind” 2.0 Balisong Special Features:

  • CNC Skeletonized Stainless Steel Polished Handles
  • Japanese Inspired Two Toned (Stonewash & Satin Finish) “Chisled” Tanto Blade
  • Smooth Bearing System
  • Blue Titanium Spacers
  • Adjustable Latch System
  • Removable Pocket Clip
  • Exclusively Designed By RavenCrest Tactical

If you do not see what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us via our website CLICK HERE FOR WEB CONTACT or call us directly at (480-664-6137) and one of our skilled sales people will help you find the perfect gift for your dad.

Army Tank vs RavenCrest Tactical OTF Knife

Army Tank vs RavenCrest Tactical RCT-1 Raven OTF Knife… TANK TOUGH KNIVES!
Really cool some of our Army friends sent us some video clips of them running over one of our knives (wanted to see if they really were “Tank Tough”)… We put all the clips together…hope you guys enjoy!

New Build Your Own Custom MINIs & New Custom Colors!

We’ve Got Some Very Exciting News!
NEW Custom Minis. NEW Colors. New Colored Parts.
We are pumped to finally bring you the highly anticipated Custom Mini Nemesis OTF Knife. You can now Build Your Own Custom Mini Nemesis. With it’s launch we have released 5 NEW Mini Nemesis Handle Colors and 8 NEW Part Colors!

WATCH THE VIDEO TO LEARN MORE:

NEW Handle Colors:
Metallic Gold
Radioactive Blue
Slasher Yellow
Digital Camo
Maroon

NEW Part Colors (Button, Glass Breaker, Pocket Clip):
Bronze
Metallic Gold
Radioactive Blue
Maroon
Slasher Yellow
Pink
Red
Slime Green

With the release of the Custom Minis we have also added to our Full Size Nemesis Custom Line.
NEW Handle Colors:

Metallic Gold
Radioactive Blue
Slasher Yellow
Maroon

NEW Part Colors (Button, Glass Breaker, Pocket Clip):
Bronze
Metallic Gold
Radioactive Blue
Maroon
Slasher Yellow
Pink
Red
Slime Green

DID YOU KNOW?
A lot of our NEW Colors were superhero inspired. We looked to ironman, spider man and wolverine just to name a few. Superheros have inspired and intrigued us since the first story was ever told. We hope you find yourself inspired by these NEW colors to create a legend all your own.

Top 5 Famous and Deadly Swords

#5 Napoleon’s Sword:

In 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte became the military and political leader of France after staging a coup d’état.  Five years later the French Senate proclaimed him emperor.  In the first decade of the 19th century Napoleon and the French Empire were engaged in conflict and war with every major European power. Historians regard Napoleon as a military genius and a man who made strong contributions to the operational art of war.

Jean-Pierre Osenat

On the battlefield Napoleon carried a pistol and a sword.  He owned a large collection of arms and artillery.  His weapons were one of a kind and included the best materials.  In the summer of 2007, a gold-encrusted sword that once belonged to Napoleon was auctioned off in France for more than $6.4 million dollars.  The sword was used by Napoleon in battle.  In the early 1800s, Napoleon presented the weapon to his brother as a wedding gift.  The sword was passed down from generation to generation, never leaving the Bonaparte family.  In 1978, the sword was declared a national treasure in France and the winner of the auction was not identified.

 #4 The Sword of Mercy:

The Sword of Mercy is a famous weapon that once belonged to Edward the Confessor.  Edward the Confessor was one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England before the Norman Conquest of 1066.

RCT_Sword_of_Mercy

The Sword of Mercy has a broken blade, which is cut off short and square.  In 1236, the weapon was given the name curtana and has since been used for royal ceremonies.  In ancient times it was a privilege to bear this sword before the king.  It was considered a merciful gesture.  The story surrounding the breaking of the weapon is unknown, but mythological history indicates that the tip was broken off by an angel to prevent a wrongful killing.

The Sword of Mercy is part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom and is one of only five swords used during the coronation of the British monarch.  The weapon is rare and is one of only a small number of swords to survive the reign of Oliver Cromwell.  Cromwell is known for ordering the melting down of ancient artifacts for scrap gold and metal.  During the British coronation, the Sword of Mercy is wielded as the monarch bestows knighthood upon the recipient of honor.

#3 Zulfiqar:

Zulfiqar is the ancient sword of the Islamic leader Ali.  Ali was the cousin and son-in-law of the prophet Muhammad.  He ruled over the Islamic Caliphate from 656 to 661.  By some historical accounts, Muhammad gave Zulfiqar to Ali at the Battle of Uhud.  Muhammad admired Ali’s power and strength on the battlefield and wanted to present him with the cherished weapon.  The sword is a symbol of the Islamic faith and is admired by millions of people.

RCT_Zulfigar

The Zulfiqar is a scimitar, which refers to a West Asian or South Asian sword with a curved blade.  It is said that Ali used the sword at the Battle of the Trench, which is a famous siege attempt on the city of Medina.

#2 Honjo Masamune

RCT_Honjo_Masamune

Masamune was a Japanese swordsmith that is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest metallurgists.  The exact dates for Masamune’s life are unknown, but it is believed that he worked from 1288–1328.  Masamune’s weapons have reached legendary status over the centuries.  He created swords known as tachi and daggers.  The swords of Masamune have a strong reputation for superior beauty and quality.  He rarely signed his works, so it can be hard to positively identify all his weapons.

RCT_Honjo_Masamune

The most famous of all Masamune swords is named Honjo Masamune.  The Honjo Masamune is so important because it represented the Shogunate during the Edo period of Japan.  The sword was passed down from one Shogun to another for generations.  In 1939 the weapon was named a national treasure in Japan, but remained in the Kii branch of the Tokugawa family.  The last known owner of Honjo Masamune was Tokugawa Iemasa.  Apparently Tokugawa Iemasa gave the weapon and 14 other swords to a police station in Mejiro, Japan, in December of 1945.

Shortly thereafter in January 1946, the Mejiro police gave the swords to Sgt. Coldy Bimore (U.S. 7th Cavalry).  Since that time, the Honjo Masamune has gone missing and the whereabouts of the sword remains a mystery.  Honjo Masamune is one of the most important historical artifacts to disappear at the end of World War II.

#1 Joyeuse

Charlemagne is a man that was born circa 742.  He is one of the greatest rulers in world history and became King of the Franks in 768.  In 800 he was named Emperor of the Romans, a position that he held for the remainder of his life.  In the Holy Roman Empire he was known as Charles I and was the first Holy Roman Emperor.  During Charlemagne’s lifetime he expanded the Frankish kingdom into an empire, which covered much of Western and Central Europe.  Charlemagne is regarded as the founding father of both the French and German monarchies, as well as the father of Europe.

RCT_Joyeuse

Joyeuse is the name of Charlemagne’s personal sword.  Today, there are two swords attributed to Joyeuse.  One is a saber that is kept in the Weltliche Schatzkammer in Vienna, while the other is housed at the Louvre in France.  The blade on display at the Louvre claims to be partially built from Charlemagne’s original sword.  The sword is made of parts from different centuries, so it can be hard to positively identify the weapon as Joyeuse.  The hilt of the sword indicates a manufactory date around the time of Charlemagne.  The heavily sculpted gold pommel is made in two halves and the long gold grip was once decorated with diamonds.

Charlemagne’s sword appears in many legends and historical documents.  Bulfinch’s Mythology described Charlemagne using Joyeuse to behead the Saracen commander Corsuble as well as to knight his friend Ogier the Dane.  After the death of Charlemagne, the sword was said to have been contrarily held by the Saint Denis Basilica and it was later taken to the Louvre after being carried at a Coronation processional for French kings.

Source: www.toptenz.net/top-10-famous-deadly-swords.php/2

History of the Edged Tool : Drawing Blood Lore

Drawing Blood Lore

Just as with swords, regional and cultural superstitions exist regarding the treatment of knives that are used in combat. One common superstition states that it is bad luck to return a combat knife from its sheath without using it to draw blood. That is, don’t take your knife out of your sheath unless you intend to attack your enemy with it.

sgian_dubh

A Scottish myth exists surrounding drawing the sgian dubh (Dirk), without drawing the blood of an Englishman. These superstitions are usually attempts to insult the culture of the enemy.

KnifeBite

There are cultures that believe a knife does not belong to an individual until it has ‘bit’ them, or tasted their blood. After initial blood letting the owner and the knife are bound in their destiny. Practitioner in these superstitions may intentionally prick their finger on the blade of a knife rather than wait for an accidental cut. The knife will stay sharp longer and is less likely to accidentally cut its owner once it has tasted his or her blood.

crysknife

This blood drawing has made it’s way into our classic science fiction. Dune Writer Frank Herbert invented the Fremen and the Crysknife. Once a Fremen warrior unsheathed his blade it must draw blood before it is sheathed.

There you have it, those are just a few of the knife superstitions / rituals that are out there. Stay tuned in to our blog for more articles on this topic.

http://www.extremely-sharp.com/eslife/drawing-blood-lore/

OTF vs Car Torture Test Video

We put our Full Size RCT-1 Raven, Mini RCT-1 Raven, Titan Bravo and Spartan OTF Knife Models up against a Chrysler 300 and Dodge Durango. This is by far our hardest and most brutal testing to date we have done. Every OTF Knife performed flawlessly. There are no cuts, no special effects…This is live actual footage. Only one of each knife was used for all testing.

RavenCrest Tactical OTF Knives | Tank Tough

History of the Edged Tool : James Bowie and Sandbar Brawl

We are a knife company owned and operated by true knife junkies. We (as owners of Raven Crest Tactical) love all things knife related, especially knife stories and history. In this series we are going to share some historical / ceremonial / cultural and religious stories regarding edged weapons. Get ready because we are coming out of the gates hot with this series..

James Bowie and the Sandbar Fight

James Bowie, that name may sound familiar to some.. Ever heard of the “Bowie Knife”, here is what one looks like:

BowieKnife

Well James Bowie created the Bowie Knife and here is what James Bowie looked like, you know he is serious business because of those monster mutton chops:

JamesBowie

What you may not know is the truly epic knife fight that took place between James Bowie and Major Norris Wright. Now when I say epic, I am not just throwing that around loosely, James Bowie was as tough as coffin nails.

Let’s dive in and find out why….

On September 19, 1827, both James Bowie and Major Norris Wright attended a duel on a sandbar outside of Natchez, Mississippi. Bowie supported duelist Samuel Levi Wells III, while Wright favored Dr. Thomas Harris Maddox.

To put this In modern day terms, James Bowie was a Green Bay Packers Fan and Major Norris Wright was a Chicago Bears fan and they both went to watch their team play each other.  With about 16 other fans.

The duelists each fired two shots and missed, and as neither man was injured they resolved their duel with a handshake.

In case you didn’t catch that, both duelist got their shot off at each other, both duelists missed, both duelists then shook hands and considered their issue resolved. At this point the story should be over, but oh no, this is where it starts to get good.

In my mind at this point in the story the people who showed up to this duel were disappointed at the results. I think they were restless and wanted to see some blood shed (again this is banter, but it makes sense if you think about it). Come on people, think back to Junior High or High School fights.. Everyone there is so amped up, they want to see carnage, they want to see their “buddy” win… What these people got wasn’t carnage, they got a handshake.

As both duelists turned to leave, Bowie came forward to meet them. Seeing this, Maddox’s friends ran forward to join the group. Two men in this group had previously fought and still had an ongoing issue to settle. Man one is named “Cuny” and man two is named “Crain”. Crain, is recorded as having called out to Cuny, “Col. Crain, this is a good time to settle our difficulty.” After that, Crain drew his weapon and fired, missing Cuny but striking Bowie in the hip and knocking him to the ground. Cuny and Crain then exchanged fire, with Crain sustaining a flesh wound in the arm and Cuny dying from a shot to the chest.

Let’s stop one more time and just evaluate what happened…. Both duelists, who’s issues are now settled are shaking hands and Bowie comes forward to meet them. Who knows why, but what this does is put Bowie right in the middle of another “unsanctioned” duel that is about to go down between two other guys who were also attending the duel. The first duelists fired and missed his intended target, but instead hit Bowie in the hip. The second duelists fired and killed the first duelist who struck Bowie.  What Bowie did next is what has made him a legend…

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Bowie, rising to his feet, drew his knife and charged at the remaining duelist, who struck Bowie so hard on his head with his empty pistol that it broke the pistol and sent Bowie to his knees. Then, at that moment, Major Norris Wright appeared (remember he was the guy who was rooting for the other team), drew a pistol, and shot at the fallen Bowie, missing. Wright then drew his sword cane and stabbed Bowie in the chest, but the thin blade was deflected by Bowie’s sternum. As Wright attempted to pull the blade free, Bowie reached up, grabbed his shirt, and pulled him down upon the point of his Bowie knife. Wright died quickly, and Bowie, with Wright’s sword still protruding from his chest, was shot again and stabbed by another member of the group. As Bowie stood, pulling the sword cane from his chest, two more men fired at him, and he was struck once in the arm. Bowie spun and cut off part of one of men’s forearms.

I don’t even know where to begin. Let’s just try to paint the entire picture here: You have a bunch of amped up men who were just disappointed by the duel they came to see. They paid good money to travel to see two guy shoot and kill each other. That didn’t happen at all. In the midst of the crowds breaking up, two guys who have beef with one another realize that they are both in the same spot, and that spot it hot. Now I am sure that they had friends in each one of their ears pumping them up. They were probably mean mugging and talking trash to each other (relative to their time of course). Well it eventually got real and they decide that they were just gonna settle their issues right there and right now. They didn’t even wait for people to get out of the way, they just pulled their pieces and started firing. Hence, James Bowie gets accidentally shot in the hip. Well that seemed to really anger James Bowie and I can fully understand why. All he wanted to do was support his buddy and then all of a sudden some fool shoots him in the hip. And back then it wasn’t like he could just call 911 and get to a hospital or Urgent Care. Getting shot back then was serious business. From there James Bowie turns into a 1800’s version of Chuck Norris and just annihilates everyone in his path, with just his knife.

The Battle of the Sandbar lasted more than 10 minutes, leaving 2 dead, and another four wounded. But believe it or not, James Bowie was not part of the 2 dead. Even after being shot numerous times and stabbed in the chest with a cane sword, James Bowie still went Beast Mode on his attackers and lived. One of the doctors who treated Bowie’s wounds went on record saying this: “How he (Bowie) lived is a mystery to me, but live he did.”

So if you are ever in a discussion about who is the baddest mad don’t forget about James Bowie and battle at the Sandbar.

 

101 Ways to Use a Knife : How to Start a Fire (Part 2 of 2)

In part 1 of our series on how to start a fire, we went over how to use a knife to create useable planks of wood out of a large log. These planks are the long term fuel for your fire. In this article we are going to go over how to prepare your kindling, or quick ignite material that will actually start your fire. Then we will go over how to ignite that kindling and start a fire.

Tools Needed:

1. Knife
2. Flint / Magnesium Striker

Step 1 : Find your Kindling

Most locations are going to have some sort of dry material to use as kindling, so this step shouldn’t be too labor intensive. Dry leaves, dry branches, dry tree bark works great as kindling. The goal is to get dry “quick igniting” material. You want material that is going to catch on fire right away. If you can’t find anything suitable, a swatch of cloth or clothing will also do.

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Step 2 : Prepare your Kindling

This step is simply bunching your kindling together in a way that keeps it in a tight and compact formation.

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Step 3: Shave Magnesium Filings onto your Kindling

For this step you need to have a magnesium flint stone like the one you can find on our firestarter paracord bracelets.

Having a fire starting tool like this is extremely useful in a survival scenario, because it allows you to skip so many tedious steps. Generating a spark is a lot harder than it looks and it is a fact that with no spark you get no fire. Having a tool like this makes generating a spark extremely easy. We recommend anytime you camp, fish, hunt, hike travel that you carry a “shortcut” way to start a fire like our firestarter paracord bracelet.

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On our bracelets we have a “rake” that will allow you to shave off the magnesium, but if you have a knife it makes the process quicker and allows you to easily make larger slices of magnesium which increases the chances of your fire starting up the first time. Again a knife isn’t required to shave the magnesium off of our bracelets, it just makes it easier.

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Take the edge of your knife and firmly press it against the magnesium striker. While still holding the magnesium striker firmly, slowly grind the edge of the knife up and down again the magnesium striker so that it creates slivers or flakes of the magnesium metal. Do this over your kindling so that the flakes or slivers accumulate on your kindling. You will want to be careful because if you grind the edge of the blade against the magnesium too fast it will generate a spark and possibly prematurely start your fire. How much magnesium you need is dependent upon the type of kindling you have. For our example we had pretty dry twigs and some dry leaves so it did not take much.

The magnesium shavings will act as a sparking accelerator for your fire, so try to keep the shavings bunched together in one central area. This will make the magnesium much more effective. Also make sure that the area you put your magnesium shavings on has the driest kindling available.

Step 4: Spark it Up

Once you have setup your kindling and added your magnesium shavings, it is time to add the spark to the fuel. The goal would be to hit your magnesium shavings with the sparks you generate from your magnesium stone. Once the magnesium shavings are hit with a spark, they will begin to pop, spark and ignite anything combustible that is around it.

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To generate sparks, firmly hold the magnesium in one hand while in the other hand quickly rake the edge of your knife against the magnesium stone. This friction will generate large volumes of sparks. If you miss your target keep raking, the faster and harder you rake the magnesium the more sparks you will generate. **NOTE** Please be extremely safe when raking your knife against your magnesium. Be aware of your fingers and keep your hands safe.

Once again our firestarter paracord bracelets have a built in abrasive rake that will also allow you to create sparks without the knife.

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There you have go, it is really that easy. With these 2 simple EDC tools you can legitimately start a fire in under 30 minutes.

Tools Used:

1. Nemesis Serrated OTF Knife

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2. Paracord Firestarter Bracelet

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