Today is a day where America celebrates its recipients of the Purple Heart. This prestigious award is given to members of the military who have been wounded, killed, or died from wounds caused by an enemy attack.
These service members deserve all of our praise- how can we celebrate them today?
Some Engraved Kershaw Knives are made in the USA, and some are imported. Even the imported ones are high quality, and are made according to the specifications of the Oregon office of Kershaw. For the last 12 months, these are the most popular ones, by far.
The Volt has a beautiful bead blasted finish. Two other features that make this one a favorite are: SpeedSafe® assisted opening mechanism, and a fine grade of steel for the blade, 8CR13MOV. It comes with a reversible pocket clip.
The Ember is also a favorite, probably because of its compact size. Even though it is a small one, it still has the SpeedSafe® assisted opening and a convenient, built-in flipper to get the opening started.
People use a fruit knife to sample the inner area of watermelons, cantaloupes, and other fruits. They also use them to design tasty displays on serving trays. A great fruit (and vegetable) knife will have these qualities…
Size. The length of the knife, closed, runs from 4 5/8″ to 5 3/4″. People in the fruit business choose the size best suited for their products.
Material of the Blades. Stainless steel is the best, longest lasting blade material. The acid environment is hard on other metals.
Material of the Handle. Usually the handles are stainless steel, but to guard against the acidity of the fruits, some are made of plastic.
Number of Blades. They come with one or two blades.
Kind of Blades. Smooth or wavy are available. The wavy ones will cut easier through the tough skin of a cantaloupe.
Carry Pouch. Some fruit workers like to keep their knife handy, by having a pouch attached to their belt.
The most popular selection is the 5 3/4″ fruit/vegetable knife 95-113e.
Starting in 2019, Leatherman has now (in 2020) released their entire new line. FREE Leatherman Engraved Tools. I visited their factory in 2013 and 2014. That’s when they started to plan this new line of “easier-to-use” multitools. Their plan was to make their tools more user friendly. The design engineers watched how the average customers used their tools, and asked them how the tools could be improved. One major factor was the task of using your fingernails to open each tool, using its “nail nick”. For hundreds of years, pocket knives have used nail nicks in the blades to grab the blade and open it. But what if you don’t have the right kind of fingernails? Or no fingernails? You were out of luck.
The engineering team focused on this opening function to make a better tool…one that is fun to use. The implements are easy to open and easy to close. You can, but you don’t have to use your fingernails. After you get the hang of it, you will find it is easier to use your finger pad to push against the tool flippers to open them. You can even open and close the parts of the FREE tools with one hand.
Leatherman has 3 styles of their new FREE tools. The P series (with pliers), the K series (a multi-knife), and the T series (the multi-tool without pliers).
I really don’t know how Leatherman came up with this name. Maybe you have a sense of freedom when you switch from a regular multi-tool to the new FREE series. You have the freedom of using your finger pad instead of your finger nails. Even when you release the lock, to put each implement away, your finger doesn’t suffer from a sharp edge of any release mechanism. The Leatherman FREE line is a whole new fun experience in using your favorite multi-tool.
Many business leaders like to show their appreciation to their employees, and folding knives are a great way to do that. Personalized pocket knives are knives that have the person’s name somewhere on them, besides the company’s logo. Here are 3 tips to make your project a success.
Put the recipient’s name on the outside, where it can be seen, instead of on the blade. The handle or the metal bolster are the best places. Your logo can go somewhere else on the knife.
Instead of engraving their first name and last name, engrave their first name and number of years of service. That adds more depth to your gift.
Packaging is everything. If you can order a metal or wood presentation box, your gift will be much more impressive. Case knives have optional presentation containers that add to the perceived value of the gift knife.