From 1992 to 2003, The Automatic Knife Resource Guide and Newsletter was a unique resource for automatic knife collectors, makers and sellers. “The Newsletter” documented the development of the most noted names in the automatic knife world: names like Pro-Tech, Microtech, Mikov, Al Mar, and Benchmade, including vintage automatic dating back to 1780. It did so with enlightening articles and features by people like Prof. Dan Fuller, Pete McMickle, Bubba, Bill DeShivs and of course Sheldon Levy’s insights and observations. Then, and now, no serious automatic knife collector should be without the essential compilation of information on spring steel.
The Newsletter Archives gives you access to articles and features that not only cover the development of automatic knives, but actually helped shape the environment of automatic knife collecting that exists today. As a bonus, each issue has been meticulously restored with original photos from the files of Sheldon Levy, meaning that in many cases the photography is significantly improved from the original print editions – some photographs are now in full color!
In early 1992, spring steel became an object of my fascination. For the record however, this was not a novel fascination. As a kid in the 1950’s, I’d been seduced by the colorful counter displays at local hardware stores offering an array of Sure-Snaps and Schrade double-enders along with the Imperial push-buttons that were as ubiquitous as leaders and weights in our fishing tackle boxes.
Unfortunately however, the intervening years had demonized such a simple concept, an incredibly useful tool that could be utilized by one hand while the other was perhaps holding a piece of rope, cardboard or errant thread, was now seen by many as an iconic weapon — too vile, too dangerous, with no redeeming value in contemporary society. After rediscovering a couple older knives from my youth, I was curious to see if there were others who shared my fascination for these mechanical wonders. Well, gad zooks! Not only were the knives themselves as scarce as hen’s teeth, any information on the subject was elusive as well. From your humble editor, Enjoy." -- Sheldon
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