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HOT EDGES! own economy? You sure couldn’t tell it by the masses who attended the 2012 Blade Show & International Cutlery Fair in Atlanta, Ga., in June. Joyce Laituri, Spyderco marketing director, aptly compared the health of the cutlery industry to that of the firearms market. “All knives are selling hot right now, from small gent’s folders to large fixed blades,” Laituri said. “Firearms customers are highly likely to purchase accessories — and knives are an ‘almost required’ accessory for shooters. For every type, style and quality firearm, there is an equivalent knife. Although not completely joined at the hip, traditionally when the firearms industry is healthy, the knife industry is flourishing, too.” Laituri points to Spyderco’s Native — now in its fifth generation — as a crowd pleaser, a status it has held for years. The Native 5 lockback has a slim cross section and is just shy of 4 inches The Spyderco Native 5 lockback is a crowd pleaser that features a slim cross section and measures just under 4 inches when closed. Radical Designs & Unique Collaborations Heat Up Knife Sales D By Pat Covert Attention-Grabbing Offerings when closed. Visit Alicia Hunt, Benchmade Knives’ public relations coordinator, agrees that cutlery sales are booming. “All of the Benchmade brands are thriving, and we’ve seen major growth and success in the HK (Heckler & Koch), HarleyDavidson and Lone Wolf product lines,” Hunt said. One of Benchmade’s hot sellers is the HK Conspiracy. A bit over 4 inches closed, the Conspiracy has a wide profile and onerous drop-point blade. Visit CRKT’s Ken Onion designs have been major sellers since the custom knifemaker came on board as a collaborator. “The knife industry has been growing consistently, and we’ve been trying to meet the demand for innovative, quality products with items such as our new Ken Onion Foresight,” said Lindsey Phelps, CRKT sales manager, international markets. At 8.69 inches overall — 3 1/2 inches of which are all blade — the Foresight is a large tactical folder. Visit Pat Covert Hogue has gotten into knives in a big way. Neil Hogue exhibits the EX-02 designed by Allen Elishewitz. CRKT’s Lindsey Phelps holds the new Foresight tactical folder, a Ken Onion design. OCTOBER 2012 45 Pat Covert

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