The recent Wall Street Journal article titled, "How New, Deadly Pocketknives Became a $1 Billion Business," has served as a wake up call to knife owners everywhere who see in this a desire by "anti-everything" forces to quite literally take away our knives (read the WSJ article in PDF format (1 MB download) or in standard web format as published in another paper) The one knife used to illustrate the original WSJ article, Buck Knives' diminutive Metro, is essentially a bottle and soda can opener with a tiny 1 1/8-inch blade. What makes it "tactical" and such a deadly weapon that it should be regulated in the opinion of these fanatics is the safety feature of a locking blade and the safety and convenience feature of one hand opening and an "ergonomic" handle. If it weren't such a decidedly serious matter, it would be hilarious. But, there's nothing funny about this agenda.
Regardless of the errors and bias in this article, it was in one of the most respected and widely read newspapers in the nation. It has credibility that raises this issue from the back burner to the front. It is was put out on the wire services and was picked up by smaller newspapers and TV news.
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