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National Knife Day pays tribute to the blade

By Rusty Mullins

Rusty@www.southwesttimes.com

 

Weaponry continues to evolve. These days there are different kinds of weapons of mass destruction – bombs and other weapons that can wipe out thousands, even millions.

However, the weapon that started it all – the knife – continues to be an important part of our weaponry story, which is probably why we observe National Knife Day on Monday.

While the knife may be seen as a weapon, that is not its only purpose. Several different kinds of knives are used for the preparation of food as well as a utensil to consume food. There are kitchen knives, bread knives, cleavers and butcher knives, just to name a few, for that purpose.

In ages past, knives were used as primitive tools, such as in construction and as digging tools.

The technology of the knife has come a long way. Today you can buy many different kinds of knives for many different purposes. For example, hunters and fishermen must have high-quality knives in order to participate in their activities, and surgeons and other medical professionals must have the very best cutting instruments so they may do their essential work.

Some of the knives produced today can be quite pricey. Wally McGrady of Pulaski Pawn has two knives from Randall Made Knives that he says sell for up to $850 each. According to the Randall website, the Randall Knives are currently on a four-year backorder, and they have no knives available for immediate sale. The knives featured on the website sell for up to $650, and you must put money down when you place your order.

A local man, Fred Davis, is in the knife-making business. His brand is called Fred’s Custom Cutlery, and he makes between five and 10 knives per month.

“I started about eight years ago making knives for myself,” Davis says. “Then, two years ago, I started making knives for other people and began a brand name.”

Davis told McGrady he was going to begin making knives to sell, and McGrady said he wanted to buy the very first edition. McGrady keeps the first knife at the Main Street store in Pulaski.

“I hand-make the blades the way people want them,” Davis explains. On average, Davis says he spends between six and eight hours making a single knife, and when someone places an order, it takes between six and eight weeks to complete.

Davis says his knives range in price, typically, from $100 for his lower-end editions to $200 to $250 for his higher-end creations, and all of them come with a leather sheath.

When asked if he realized that National Knife Day was upon us, Davis admitted, “I didn’t know that, but I should have.”

You can see some of Davis’ creations on his Facebook page at Fred’s Custom Cutlery.

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