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April 19, 2011

Smiths Whetstones at Its Expanded Facility

By KI Staff

Smith’s Whetstones Gets a New Home

Smith’s announces the opening of its new headquarters, warehouse, and distribution center, located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. A grand-opening celebration was held on Friday, July 9, 2010 with a barbecue lunch for the employees following a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We needed to expand our operations and chose to renovate this 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. It was important for us to keep the business here in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where the company was founded over 124 years ago,” said Dan Glidden, CEO of Smith’s. “The new facility not only serves as a warehouse and distribution center, it is also the headquarters for the U.S. and international sales team, customer service, and in-house marketing and product development personnel for the Smith’s, Edgeware, Edgesport, and new Edgework product lines.”

In support of its company value of operating in an environmentally sustainable manner, the facility features energy efficient lighting options throughout, as well as a unique, environmentally friendly warehouse cooling system. In addition, Smith’s reused as much material as possible in the renovation process.

Buck and TOPS Combine Talents to Produce Rescue Tool—F.D.X. Cutter

Buck and TOPS Combine Talents to Produce Rescue Tool—F.D.X. Cutter

The new F.D.X. tool serves two purposes: One, as an effective seat-belt cutter inset in a 4 1/2-inch body, and to quickly operate an O2 tank, there’s no need to hunt for another tool. The F.D.X. Cutter has an integral oxygen wrench. The frame is made of Buck’s 420HC stainless steel. The Model 695 F.D.X. Cutter is 0.160-inch-thick and weighs 2.4 ounces and is made in the U.S. Suggested retail is $50.

Tom Krein Pocket Bowie by Boker Plus

The Pocket Bowie is a popular Tom Krein design for Boker Plus. The short, stout blade features a hollow grind and versatile shape. The handle features contoured G-10 scales with white fiber layers and also boasts an index finger choil. The blade is 440C stainless.

Tom Krein Pocket Bowie by Boker Plus

The knife comes with a Tek-Lok–compatible Kydex sheath with ball chain (Tek-Lok lock not included). Blade length is 2 1/2 inches with an overall length of 5 3/4 inches. Suggested retail price is $49.95.

The Tom Krein Pocket Bowie by Boker Plus, model 02BO266, is available for purchase through Boker USA Inc. Additional information can be found at

Triple Eight Professional Introduces the TalonKnife

Triple Eight Professional’s tools are small but powerful, and can be used as an EDC (everyday carry). Each knife weighs in at 2 ounces and is the size of a car key when folded. The knife also has a pocket clip and an AUS8 steel blade, and scales are 420 stainless. Overall open length is 4 1/4 inches. The TalonKnife features an integrated line cutter that is a little hook curve on the top of the blade. The knife was designed Greg Lightfoot. Suggested retail is $34.95.

Triple Eight Professional Introduces the TalonKnife

For more information regarding Triple Eight Professional tools or to view its complete line of products, visit

Bob Terzuola Design Joins the Spyderco SLIPIT Series

Bob Terzuola has made handmade knives since the 1970s, and collaborated with the top production companies, and has been acknowledged as the one of the founders of tactical knifemaking. His fourth collaboration with Spyderco is the Bob T SLIPIT. SLIPITS are non-locking one-hand-open folders with pocket clips. Bob T’s SLIPIT has a CMP-S30V modified Wharncliff blade that, to close, must overcome the resistance of a small ball bearing. Bob calls this a ball joint a “non-locking system.”

Bob Terzuola Design Joins the Spyderco SLIPIT Series

The ball joint also half-stops the blade when closing. The blade is less than 3 inches, keeping it legal in most jurisdictions and countries (England and Germany to name two). The handles are carbon fiber handle. A folded leather lanyard comes with it, tied off with a silver crimp. Overall length is 7 inches. For more information, please contact: Spyderco, Dept. KI, P.O. Box 800, Golden, Colorado 8040;

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