FUNDRAISER AT THE BLADE SHOW
Join us for a fun evening, great food and lots of special knives to bid on.
Renaissance Waverly, Atlanta
June 7, 2019 at 7 pm
A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO A.G. RUSSELL
Annual AKTI Event to Support Legislative Initiatives
Tommy Clark from Blue Ridge Knives will be our returning auctioneer. We appreciate Tommy’s time and support and you’ll enjoy his auctioneering!
Unique one-of-a-kind knives will be donated this year by: Ed Fowler, Lucas Burnley, Tony Bose, Philip Booth, Mathew Lerch, Richard Rogers, Brian Tighe, Joe Caswell and others. More details to come. Custom makers are given the option of 50% of the proceeds going to a charity of their choice.
Buck Knives, Sport Hansa, Willey Knives, Spyderco, Gerber, Utica Cutlery Company, Scheel’s, Chris Reeve Knives, Browning, Camillus Knives, Leatherman, Stone River Gear, Swiss Army Knives, plus Boker USA, CRKT, Fox Knives, SOG Knives & Tools, The Evans Group and WE Knife have all donated knives or items for the silent auction.
Thank You to Our Sponsors… Platinum: CRKT & W. R. Case – Diamond: Böker & Benchmade® – Gold: Fox Knives, The Evans Group, SOG®, WE Knife & Schrade®
Donations to Support AKTI and our efforts to ensure you are FREE TO CARRY the knife of your choice. Be sure to thank these makers and companies. Hope to see you on Friday evening, June 7th, at the BLADE Show!
Live Auction Items
Pronghorn: The Pronghorn by Ed Fowler features a hand forged drop point blade with visible temper line and hidden tang construction. The handle has an engraved brass guard and sheep horn handle. Includes a brown leather belt sheath.
I have been making knives most of my life, seriously from late 70’s. Studied under Bill Moran, then been learning on my own along with other makers from times past until now. Many have contributed to my knowledge. Ultimate performance from 52100 steel has been my quest. Three metallurgists assisted me in our quest that still continues. The aspects of my knife I seek to achieve are Safety by design to the user, scabbards that protect the knife from loss and owner from harm. Performance is our quest and in that search we have achieved a #17 and smaller grain size in a steel that is forged and multiply heat treated and quenched to be strong, tough, and easy to sharpen. Quality control is sought by testing every blade edge for its ability to flex without chipping and construction of a blade that is very strong and tough. Cutting ability is tested on every knife we make by cutting hemp rope. No blade that fails will be rejected. All knives are absolutely guaranteed to the client’s satisfaction for my life time. I use the terms I and we interchangeably because many makers from Stone Age to today have and continue to help those of us who have joined the HEPK (Organization of the High Endurance Performance Knife). No one man can discover what many past makers have learned but together we can bring many of her best qualities to life again.
Donation: 100% to AKTI
Semmetry: Custom Symmetry knife made by Richard Rogers. The newest design to come from Richard’s fertile mind, the Symmetry is basically designed for locales with knife restrictions. The CTS-XHP blade is under 3 inches long and uses ball detents to hold the blade open and closed, so that it doesn’t lock open. The handle is Titanium with a Chevron Zirconium inlay.(pictured 2018 donation)
About Richard: Richard’s aesthetic is form follows function in simple elegant form. He has been making knives since 1996. Each knife he makes is a reflection of his work ethic, dedication to detail, and his insistence on quality. Richard’s goal with each knife is to make it the best example of what that knife should be.
Donation: 100% to AKTI
Ripsnort-Starscape: Custom Ripsnort made by Philip Booth, featuring a 3.25″ blade of CPM 154 stainless steel, double hollow ground with fuller. The handle is Titanium with 4 finishes – orange peel, file striped, blasted, and drilled to yield its distinctive starscape pattern.
About Philip: Phil is a full time knifemaker who made his first knife in 1995. He is a grinder, not a forger. Phil specializes in making mechanisms, using 18 different mechanism styles. He likes small pocket carry automatics, including double blades.
“Michigan, my home state, recently overturned our switchblade laws, making these knives legal to carry!! Thank you AKTI.”
Donation: 100% to AKTI
To be announced: Pictured 2018 donation
About Brian: There are edged artisans…and then there’s Brian Tighe. Canadian “Renaissance Man,” he is practiced in the art of metallurgy, photography and tool and die making. It’s what helped him make the leap from a creator of high quality folding folding knives into the top 10 elite.
To be announced:
About Tony: Tony Bose fashioned his first knife in 1972 from a power hack saw blade he’d received from a friend. He’d work to perfect his skills for years before pursuing a fulltime custom knife making career in 1990. Tony’s impact was quickly felt across the industry, winning Best Folding Knife Awards from the 1994 East Coast Custom Knife Show and the 1995 Blade Show with his own five-bladed Stockman designs. Today, Tony’s work continues as a member of the coveted Knifemaker’s Guild, blending vintage patterns with modern steel blades, stainless steel bolsters and springs to an unmistakable fit and finish. His work attracts enthusiasts from around the world who often wait years for their knives to be completed to his satisfaction. His knife making talent accentuates his true passion for his craft and his reputation as a trusted businessperson, spirited philanthropist, devoted husband and father. Tony’s son, Reese, is also an accomplished custom maker. The two carry on their knife making tradition from their workshop in Shelburn, Indiana.
Donation: 100% to AKTI
Scamp: Custom Scamp knife made by Matthew Lerch. Features a 3.6″ black DLC coated CPM 154 blade and zirconium handle.
About Matthew: What happens when you cross art and mechanics? You get something that looks like Matthew Lerch. Trained initially as a jeweler/watchmaker, he progressed into manufacturing and tool making. Now he has a few patents under his belt for innovations, like the Fire Safe®, and has been honored with some prestigious awards including the Buster Warenski award. Matt views knives as functional art, as evidenced in his Moxie™ and Blade Show award-winning Endorser™ design.
Donation: 50% to Shriners Hospital
MKV2 (rev 4) “Morphing Karambit” Prototype: This is a “working prototype” of Joe’s revolutionary “Morphing Karambit”, meaning it was one a few used in the development of the model for future production. This one was used to proof “rev 5” (final iteration) internal geometry and finishes. It was the first to feature the upgraded “rev 5” Torx hardware. Blade Material: CPM3V (Peter’s HT@61RC) Tungsten DLC by Ion Bond Handle Material: 7075 T-6 Aluminum, Mil-A-8625F Type III Hard Anodize.
About Joe: Joe Caswell has been pattern welding steel, designing and making knives and tactical equipment full-time since 1995. He has a background in art and in journalism, having worked in the motorcycle industry for 15 years under the byline “Moto-Joe”. For six years, he was periodic co-host on a popular motorcycle-related weekly radio talk show in Los Angeles, California. Joe is active in shooting sports/firearms training and is an Olympic-style competitive fencer, having maintained a USFA rating of “A” in epee for more than 10 years.
Silent Auction Items