Behind the Scenes at Rowen Manufacturing, Home of ESEE Knives | RECOIL OFFGRID

Rowen Manufacturing didn’t start out in the knife business, but for the last 12 years, this family-run machine shop has been crafting ESEE survival knives.
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Patrick McCarthy writer and some great inside info on Esee Knives

America knife & Tool make progress in Ohio

Ohio SB 140 to Become Law
Very positive changes are coming to Ohio knife laws. SB 140 has been (signed/allowed to become law) by Governor Mike DeWine and will be effective in 90 days.
“Ohio is a good case study in the process of making meaningful and common sense changes to knife laws,” said CJ Buck, AKTI Legislative Chair and CEO of Buck Knives. “It takes time, patience, partnerships and cooperation, especially bipartisan. No one can claim any piece of legislation and there are a lot of thank-yous owed for the success in Ohio to provide clarity for knife owners and allow the manufacture and sale of automatic knives.”
The American Knife & Tool Institute was engaged in advocacy efforts from the bill’s inception, working with sponsors on crafting the legislative language and securing coalition partner support, through the end, submitting testimony at last month’s committee hearing and meeting with the Governor’s office just weeks ago. Our efforts to change Ohio knife laws began on the ground during 2013 and, while the actual bill language has changed through the years, the final result is definitely positive in two key areas. First, clarity will be provided that a concealed item is not a weapon unless it is actually used as a weapon. Second, while automatic knives are legal to own in Ohio, they are now also legal to manufacture and sell.
“We thank all of those involved in the knife law success in Ohio, including our members and knife industry businesses in Ohio, our partners including the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, supporters such as the ACLU, and others involved at various stages,” said John Sullivan, AKTI President and Director of Compliance at W.R. Case & Sons. He added, “We sincerely thank Senator Roegner and Senator Obhoff for their work this session on SB 140, and for joining former Senator Uecker as cosponsors. We would also like to thank Representative Wiggam and Representative Lang for their tremendous efforts in the House to pass the bill and Governor DeWine and his office.”
The Ohio Knife Laws will be updated on the AKTI website shortly to reflect the official details and effective date.
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A Different New Year

Well to anyone following my blog, this has been a difficult year for the knife industry. Few shows, and only a few outlets to sell custom knives and even then, nothing has been moving too fast.

Commercial knives are still moving but not exactly a record pace as many reconsidered priorities in life.

We also lost many knifemakers who we featured on this blog. Some true pioneers in the industry…even saw one company change hands.

Many knifemakers custom as well as commercial have switched from Facebook to Instagram to Patlor, MeWe or who knows.. I am followed by a few on Instagram and have two reviews to do in the new year. Yes actually reviewed by me, written by me and pictures by me.

On a personal note my Dad wound up getting COVID which led to pneumonia and now it’s 50/50 if he’ll make it. So very difficult for me. Appreciate any prayers as we struggle through this with the help of a Loving God.

Stay safe this New Year Eve and have a better 2021