Even after 55 years, Old Timer knives remain popular, whether it's because the name itself means so much to so many people or the knives still carry a lure in their appearance and construction (probably a bit of both).
Hard-working knives are made by hard-working people, and this is where they are made.
This is where we turn sheets of steel into the hand-assembled works of art that can only be called Benchmade.
I want to start by saying that I hate lawfare – the use of legal action to hamstring one’s rivals in court as opposed to letting the free market decide. I was extremely critical of Cold Steel sending Cease & Desist letters to knifemakers over the use of the ancient Japanese term “san-mai” steel (CS does have a trademark over a particularly stylized, all caps logo with 3 parallel lines saying “SAN MAI “).
For those unfamiliar, there has been a long-running feud between between Microtech and KAI (Kershaw/ZT/Shun) dating back to 2011 over the “uncanny resemblance” between the ZT 0777 (BLADE Show 2011 “Knife of the Year”) and the Microtech Matrix.
The genus includes: In the words of the Blogfather, “Heh™” This explains the whole “Snake in the Grass” reference that Anthony Sculimbrene used in his piece, that has among other remarks caused so much consternation and led to the Microtech lawsuit.
From Knife News: The suit was filed on January 31st and Sculimbrene subsequently removed the post on February 4th.Frankly, by filing suit, Microtech has breathed new life into the controversy.If anything it highlights a situation that was to that point little more than trivia to knife-geeks.The earliest examples of these original survival weapons were made of minerals such as flint, which could be sharpened on both edges, as well as to a deadly point. We all remember our first folding knife or pocket knife, whether it was a Swiss Army multi-purpose monster, complete with toothpick and tweezers, or a slender single-blade antler-handled Case.From Wikipedia: Natrix is a genus of colubrid snakes. They are collectively called grass snakes and water snakes.