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Idaho could get stuck in this knife fight

There’s a switchblade fight going on in Congress. Depending on who wins, North Idaho could bleed jobs at some point.

This is not some latter day version of the Sharks and the Jets, minus the choreography. It’s even nastier than some back alley knife fight, because it takes place in an even more dangerous neighborhood: Federal regulations.

The U.S. Customs Bureau recently proposed rewriting the rules governing imported knives to broaden the definition of switchblades. It would expand the ban from the classic switchblade — think James Coburn in “The Magnificent Seven” — to any knife that can be opend by one hand with “inertia, gravity or both.”

In other words, a knife that can go from fully or partly closed to open with the flick of a wrist. They’d be illegal, just like the classic springloaded switchblade that opens with the press of a button.

That definition, in the words of C.J. Buck, covers a lot of knives. And as the president and chief executive officer of Buck Knives, he’d know.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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