The Ace of Blades, Revised and Updated
By: Ragnar Benson, revised and edited by Michael D. Janich

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SWITCHBLADE By: Ragnar Benson, revised and edited by Michael D. Janich

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    A great deal has changed in the world of switchblade knives since Ragnar Benson wrote Switchblade: The Ace of Blades in 1989. This new edition of the book - thoroughly revised and updated by edged-weapons expert Michael D. Janich - provides fascinating insight and solid information on switchblades as they have evolved into the 21st century. Presenting new research and new photos throughout, Switchblade: The Ace of Blades brings automatic knife collectors, historians and users up to date on such topics as:
    • the revival of the switchblade market in the United States during the late 1980s and early 1990s
    • the beginning of modern commercial U.S. production by Microtech, Paragon, Pro-Tech, Benchmade and other specialty manufacturers
    • the evolution of brilliant new locking and release mechanisms
    • the demise of once-popular switchblade kits
    • interpretations of switchblade statutes today
    • modern gravity, butterfly and one-handed-opening knives and their relationship to switchblade law
    The mystique of the switchblade makes it one of the most interesting and collectible knives ever made. The value of a reliable one-handed knife has become increasingly recognized by professional military, police, medical and rescue personnel. Now anyone with an interest in these unique knives has a valuable reference on their history, mechanisms, maintenance and use. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, softcover, photos, illus., 104 pp.

    Ragnar Benson is the author of a number of books on such diverse topics as survival medicine, gunrunning and mantrapping. Michael D. Janich is the designer of the Tempest switchblade for the acclaimed Masters of Defense series of tactical knives. He has written two books and produced five videos on knife-related topics.