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    Today, 07:55 AM
    I am aware of three companies that produce knives in the U.S.A. Warther, produced in Ohio CutCo, made in New York
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    11-09-2020, 08:46 PM
    One of the better lines in their series. We have the Blackwood Ikon version and prefer it to the Classic Ikon. The Blackwood has a slightly heavier handle which shifts the balance closer to my wife’s hand giving a bit more control to the user. ...
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    11-08-2020, 08:07 PM
    A good steel will straiten the edge of your knife when it goes wobbly after use. Any round round will work but so will the back of another knife. The way I show people how to use a steel is to hold the handle in your non dominant hand, place the end...
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    11-08-2020, 03:51 PM
    FYI, Henckels International are not made in Germany. They have been made in Spain (excellent, possibly better than the German knives), Brazil, Thailand and now China. Kevin
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    11-08-2020, 03:49 PM
    Yes, the dimension is the blade length. Sabatier is an interesting brand. There are roughly 16 makers that use it. Most are made in France but some are made in China. Do your homework before buying. Japanese knives are usually made thinner...
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    11-08-2020, 03:43 PM
    I get to handle a bunch of knives every day. The most important part of art of any knife is the way it fits your hand. I can sharpen any knife brought to me. I can not turn an uncomfortable handle into something comfortable. Stainless steels have...
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Started shooting @ 8, competition @ 10, handloading @ 14 - all a long time ago
NE Ohio
Handloading, Shooting, Reading, Cooking
Proprietor of a custom knife sharpening business.


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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check