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Make Mine Automatic

By Tim Stetzer, Tactical Knives Magazine, January 2014Blackie Collins Signature SeriesAutos and Keychain blades that continue the legacy of a lost craftsmanColonial Knife has a long history of producing both commercial and military knives. It has had greatsuccess with its M‐724 autos, which are essentially updated MC‐1 parachute knives that Colonialrevamped with modern materials and construction techniques. As popular as the knives were with themilitary, Colonial’s Steve Paolantonio knew there was more potential in the design for the commercialmarket. He just needed the touch of an expert designer to bring it the next level.Fast‐forward to 2011 and a fortuitous meeting with renowned knife‐designer Walter “Blackie” Collinsduring a popular East Coast knife show. Steve and Blackie hit it off, and along...

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Quick Flick Series, Assisted Opening Knives

By Denis Prisbrey, field tester for Tactical Knives magazine These Colonial Knife Corp. fast one–handers are appropriately named. One of the lessons my grandfather learned early, and passed on down to me, was the necessityfor a man to have a knife on board during daily life. The knife Grandpa took with himeverywhere, every day, whether in bib overalls or church suit, wasn’t fancy. No super steel, noexotic handle materials, no tactical leg harness, no trendy brand name and certainly no 12–inchblade. It was a very simple and basic three–blade stockman folder with jigged bone slabs, and ifhe paid more the $1.00 for it at the hardware store 14 miles from his home, I’d be astounded.Even in this modern era with...

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