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American Handgunner May/June 2010 - Page 48
RAGING BULLS! PAT COVERT T 48 he bulls not only run in Pamplona, Spain, they run in Clinton, Mississippi in the shop of custom knifemaker Jim Burke. Instead of horns they have relentless blades, instead of legs they have titanium grips. Once they leave their corral, Burke’s knives roam all parts of the world, trampling anything getting in their way. Keeping it simple, Burke’s knives are rock-solid, over-built cutters with an attitude. In a very real way, they are a reflection of the knifemaker himself. Before becoming a full-time knifemaker Jim spent a good bit of time paying his dues. “I worked as a full time law enforcement officer for 10-plus years,” Jim tells us. “During that time, I was a member of SWAT and the Fugitive Apprehension Team. I also trained personnel in the art of pressure point control tactics, knife fighting and defense. I continue to work in the fields of personal protection, asset protection and recovery. I firmly believe my background and training has positively influenced my knife designs and their overall function. I strive to make a knife that is not only visually WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MAY/JUNE2010