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Buck Knives’ roots trace back to 1902, when 13-year-old blacksmith apprentice Hoyt Buck developed a method of heat-treating steel so that hoes and other tools would hold their edges better. But the business wasn’t launched until more than four decades later, when Hoyt and his son, Al, started handcrafting knives. Hoyt’s grandson, Chuck, began helping out when he was a teenager. Now 75, Chuck is company chairman, and his own son and grandson work for Buck Knives. We spoke with Chuck Buck after touring the knifemaker’s Post Falls facility/Michael Guilfoil, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka's SR photo: Chuck Buck says Buck Knives has sold “close to 20 million” of its most popular knife, the Model 110)
Question: What kind of a knife to you own?
A Berry Picker sends along this photo from Buck Knives, where controversial Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arapaio, right, talks with Kellie Palm of the Kootenai County Republican Women Federation and Chuck Buck Sr. of Buck Knives. Arpaio will be the guess speaker at the Republican Women’s annual Women In Red event at the Coeur d’Alene Resort tonight.
At a press conference that ended a few moments ago at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Sheriff Joe Arpaio endorsed Raul Labrador’s candidacy for Congress. Labrador was in attendance with his wife, Rebecca. At one point, Arpaio was asked if he was endorsing Labrador. And he said simply that he liked the Republican legislator and that he was. As you may recall, there was quite a brouhaha among Republican women when Labrador sought one-on-one face time with Arpaio before tonight’s Women in Red event.
Question: Why was Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s endorsement so important to Raul Labrador?
Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick is being lauded by the National Rifle Association for his work to protect spring-assisted pocketknives from being reclassified as switchblades, an issue that prompted Minnick to display his own such pocketknife at a congressional committee hearing last summer. The change has now been written into the appropriation bill for the Department of Homeland Security. “This amendment was necessary to prevent commonly-used pocketknives from being branded as illegal switchblades,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. “The National Rifle Association would like to thank Congressman Minnick, whose leadership helped fix a provision that would have criminalized millions of law-abiding Americans – including many hunters and sportsmen in Idaho.”
Minnick said, “Like most Idahoans, I carry a pocketknife. That shouldn’t make me a criminal. Passage of this bill means that the kinds of knives we use while rafting Idaho rivers or fishing its streams or hunting its mountains – or even just to open a stubborn package at the office – will remain legal and free of regulation.” You can read our full story here from today’s Spokesman-Review on the legislative change and the role of Post Falls-based Buck Knives in it, and click below for Minnick’s full press release. The new language was first championed by Minnick and Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio; Minnick also thanked Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, for their work on the issue.
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.