I think everyone will agree that the high point on the annual cutlery calendar is the Atlanta Blade Show. Tactical Knives was there in full force this year. Terrill Hoffman provides our first look at a few of the thousands of handmade knives on display in our Tactical Customs pages. Len Waldron covers the commercial and handmade knives presented industry awards for being outstanding new products in their category. Naturally, Tactical Knives found tons of exciting knives for future articles so stay tuned, you won’t be disappointed.

Our cover features the new Benchmade Butch Ball- designed Axis 300 “Flipper,” this company’s first go at a spine mounted one-hand opener that they have combined with their outstanding blade locking system. Also covered in detail by globe trekker Reuben Bolieu is Benchmade’s Shane Sibert-designed “Bushcrafter.” You know this British-originated trend in woodcrafting knives has hit the main stream when the big boys in the U.S. cutlery industry start offering models.

Blind Horse Knives tells us they would like to get a little more involved in the tactical side of knife making. Phil Elmore covers their most recent introduction to this field, the T1 hideout and the T2 Americanized tanto. Either would be a great knife to have on you when your back is against the wall.

Few companies are doing a better job of recruiting custom knife designers to their production lines than Boker. Dennis Prisbrey once more heads out into the Utah backcountry to put the new Andy Fitz-designed Exodus field knife through its paces as a survival blade. Also covered is the Vox-designed Boker JTN (Join the Navy) all-purpose outdoor knife.

Condor Knives continued to use their El Salvadorian Imacasa connection to expand their line of time-tested global machetes and jungle knives. In this issue we take a look at four of the most recent models: The Engineer Bolo, Village Parang, Heavy Duty Kukri and hybrid Lochnessmuk.

It is probably only natural that a combat knife company like Grayman would offer a line of classic American Bowies. Based on his years of field service, retired single-bevel Mega Pounder series for border security use.

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