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American Handgunner Jul/Aug 2011 Digital Edition - Page 66
66 66 This! GriP hoGue PAT CoverT PhoTos: ChiCk PiTTmAn, inC. hat do handguns and knives have in common? In a word — Hogue. The popular firearms accessory manufacturer known for making some of the best handgun grips in the business, is now giving knife users something to wrap their hands around, and they’re doing it in a big way. Rather than stick a toe in the water to see if it was warm, Hogue chose to jump in feet-first by partnering with one of the biggest names among custom knifemakers, Allen Elishewitz; and their first salvo is impressive. Though the knives are new, the seeds for the Hogue-Elishewitz collaboration had been planted years back. According to competitive shooter Jim O’Young, who serves as an advisor and facilitator on the Hogue team, “In 1998, I started a knife company, SpeedTech, and met Allen at the SHOT Show that year. Unselfishly, he gave SpeedTech an incredible amount of his knowledge and support which allowed us to suc- w WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JULY/AUGUST2011 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JULY/AUGUST2011