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      by Published on 05-12-2011 10:39 PM

      Knife Rights is pleased to announce its 2011 BLADE Show Fundraising Knife is being donated by acclaimed knifemaker Rick Hinderer. You could win this extraordinary knife with a donation to Knife Rights!

      Click here to enter to win this incredible knife.

      The Hinderer XM-18 is known the world over as one of the toughest tactical folders, regardless of your mission. While Rick is deeply entrenched these days in building no nonsense tactical tools, when he was asked to make a folder for the Knife Rights, he pulled out all of the stops! Rick is combining his 25 years of experience building world class art knives using old-world knife making techniques and use of the latest CNC precision machining to make his tactical knives. This unique custom Hinderer XM-18 3.5" Framelock Flipper is a true "One-Off" custom.

      The 3.5" blade will feature a full hand-rubbed satin finish, something never before offered on an XM-18 Folder. The titanium framelock and liner will be meticulously hand file-worked by Rick in great detail. Rick's file work will be topped with polished hardware throughout and finished with a smooth midnight black carbon fiber handle scale.

      This will be the most unique Hinderer XM-18 ever available with an estimated value of $3,400. Click here to enter to win this incredible knife.

      Posted with permission from Spark who asked me to note that BladeForums.com supports Knife Rights.

      EDITOR'S NOTE: Knife Rights is fighting for our future. Please do what you can to support them!
      by Published on 04-04-2011 10:12 PM  Number of Views: 6451 

      We're still chasing down the last few bugs, but we've successfully upgraded the site from vBulletin 3.8.7 to version 4.1.2.

      Why did we upgrade when things were working just fine before?
      Good question. In their infinite wisdom, vBulletin decided that they were no longer going to support the 3.x series of their forum software and declared it End of Life. When that happened, we had several choices

      • Wait, and hope for the best
      • Update the software immediately
      • Switch platforms to another forum software solution

      Of the 3 choices, we decided to update immediately, the reasoning being that it would be better to tackle this hurdle now rather than wait longer and fall further behind.

      Nothing. Comes. Easy. With. BladeForums.
      You may have noticed some downtime last week. Yeah, about that... in order to upgrade to 4.1.2, we first had to update MySQL and PHP on the servers. Normally this would be accomplished by using some sort of package manager, however CentOS (which is the operating system our servers run on) didn't have updated MySQL and PHP packages ready... so that required manual recompiling. Resulting in downtime for parts of Tues, Wed and Thurs. We finally got PHP and MySQL configured correctly, and were set to update the software, which took place late Thursday / early Friday. April fools everyone, your forums experience changed!

      Since then, I've been bug stomping and I think we have just about everything covered that's going to be at this point.

      I've given up on trying to get mod rewrite to work properly on the site. It wasn't worth having the thread display options not functional for the last few days, so I switched the forums to an advanced rewrite URL mode.

      Mobile Users should be pretty happy: Berryblab and Tapatalk have both been installed. Wootles for you guys. I should force all mobile users to pay for a premium membership.

      Anyhow, there's loads of new features now:

      • New and improved search
      • Threads are marked unread until you've actually read them
      • New attachments feature
      • Blogs
      • Facebook integration
      • User customizable styles
      • more stuff I can't remember.

      It's been a long few days. I'll write more when I can.
      by Published on 04-01-2011 01:32 PM

      As you can see, we're busy revamping the site. Please be patient as we continue to tweak and revamp everything. I appreciate ...