Knife Rights’ annual Freedom’s Guardian™ award honors a production knife manufacturer or industry partner that has demonstrated their commitment to a Sharper Future™ by their support of the fight to protect or enhance our knife rights.
Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter said, “Les and Roberta are being recognized for their leadership in support of Knife Rights. Since I first broached the concept of Knife Rights, Les and Roberta have been supportive of my efforts and have continued to generously support us through thick and thin. When Knife Rights initially proposed filing its Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., Les led the way by committing to our top level Platinum pledge to the Sharper Future Legal Fund on the first conference call. Having completed that pledge, Les was the first to roll that substantial monthly pledge over to support the Sharper Future Legislative Fund. Benchmade’s leadership has been critical to Knife Rights’ extraordinary success.”
“Knife Rights success in passing 13 pro-knife bills and defeating four anti-knife bills in just five years is in part due to the industry support we have received. We sincerely appreciate those in industry, like Benchmade, who have helped us to create a Sharper Future for our members–their customers. This award is a way to publicly acknowledge and honor these guardians of our freedoms,” said Ritter.