Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Celebrate Knife Day with Atlanta Cutlery!

It's National Knife Day! Every August 24th, people can collectively celebrate the wonderful invention that is the knife. From knapped stone to fine surgical steel, the knife has mimicked the evolutionary progress of humankind. While knives have certainly served as a weapons, they are far more valuable as tools. Helping make civilized society possible, knives save far more lives than they endanger when put to work. Also counter intuitive about knives is that they are more dangerous the sharper they are. While a sharp knife makes an easy cut, a dull knife will be more difficult to use and will often lead to accidents when too much force is applied to compensate a lack luster edge. Not only can you find great knives at Atlanta Cutlery, we offer a sharpening service to keep you keen edged as well!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

10 knife safety tips for your health and others

When working with sharp tools it's always smart to be mindful of safety concerns. Even every day knife users can become inattentive, and that usually leads to accidents. So here are 10 commonplace guidelines that every knife wielder should practice.

  1. Keep your knives sharp. Dull blades frequently cause accidents because they are harder to work with and require more pressure. Sharp knives do not slip as easily and cut smoothly.
  2. Keep knife handles free of grease or other slippery substances. Clean knives are safer to use and last longer.
  3. Keep knives away from table edges to lessen the chance of being knocked off. Step out of the way if a knife is dropped. Never try to catch a falling knife or blade.
  4. Use knives for their intended purpose. Do not use knives as pry bars, screwdrivers, staple removers, or toothpicks.
  5. Cut away from your body, not toward it.
  6. Do not use a knife on “live” electrical items like appliances.
  7. Don’t throw a knife to anyone. Hand it to them, handle first.
  8. Carry knives with the cutting edge angled slightly away from your body, with the tip pointed down to your side.
  9. As with scissors, don't run with open knives.
  10. Concentrate on what you’re doing when using a knife. Pay attention to the task at hand.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!

The United States Coast Guard has been serving the interests of America since it's inception in 1790. Previously known under different names such as the Revenue Marines or Revenue Cutter Service, it adopted it's current name in 1915 when Congress united the Revenue Cutter Service with the Life-Saving Service. A military force of professionals, the U.S. Coast Guard is a national instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship. Aside from saving life at sea and enforcing law, in 1939 President Roosevelt transferred the lighthouse service to the Coast Guard. In 1946 Congress permanently transferred the Commerce Department's Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation to the Coast Guard, placing merchant marine licensing and merchant vessel safety under their jurisdiction. In 1967 the U.S.C.G. adopted the racing stripe design while being transferred to serve under the Department of Transportation. Then in 2003, it was transferred again to the Department of Homeland Security, where it has remained. After more than two centuries of service Atlanta Cutlery is happy to say HAPPY 226 BIRTHDAY UNITED STATES COAST GUARD!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Civil War History: The Battle of Bull Run

Today in 1861 the first major battle of the Civil War took place in Virginia, the Battle of Bull Run. Both the Union and the Confederacy had inexperienced, fledgling armies at this early start of the war, which resulted in numerous mishaps and severe casualties. This battle also set the tone of the war, showing it would be a long and bloody war. Primarily led by Brigadier General Irvin McDowell on the Union side and Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard leading the Confederate forces. Both sides were plagued by difficulties like poor communication and an inability to execute overly complex commands. After receiving reinforcements, the Confederates won the battle, forcing the Union soldiers into massive retreat. Although ultimately the South would lose the war, this is also a significant battle in that it is where Confederate Colonel Thomas J. Jackson would earn the moniker "Stonewall Jackson".

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Slicing history, the Khukuri way

In today’s times, fossils from eons ago, mummified bodies from a hazy past, and other relics from history feel like time capsules. The aura of objects from the past permeates through and thrills us, perhaps, more strongly than the legends, the stories and their documented histories. The touch of something old holds a memory, and its possession an experience.
The khukuri knife from Nepal, an outstanding item curated by Atlanta Cutlery, is one such weapon from a distant time period that continues to fascinate ardent lovers of knives and collectors. Sourced from 19th century Nepal, these khukuris are best held bare in your hands to soak in their latent power and past energies.
Nepal resisted colonization by the British, with its ferocious Gurkhas (Nepali soldiers) and a rugged terrain protecting her pristineness. The grandness of the British weapons and their fighting mechanism were no match for them or the rawness of the khukuri knives and local guns. A legend goes that the Gurkhas were once even willing to supply ammunitions on loan to the British troop which had surrendered after running out of ammunitions!
These pieces of the past hold secrets for those who care enough to dig deeper. Atlanta Cutlery offers you khukuri knives, bayonets, spare parts and accessories, which bear bruises of history, buried under the sands of time, dust and earth, oil and grease. Ironically, these would be startling departures in any weapon collection amidst shiny blades and refined mechanisms. Rule your inner world, and reclaim a piece of history to make it exclusively yours!