Recent history of Neck Knife ??

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Hallo all:

A friend of mine asked me to write an article about neck knives for his knife related web page. I would like to include a bit history about neck knives so I am looking for any online info about them. I do not live in USA so the internet is my only source of info. I am interested in modern history only (20th century
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). What company (knife maker)produced knife that could be called neck knife, when was it and other similar info.

I know that there were small FBs like Outdoor edge or CS Ready Edge that could be used as neck knives. But I am looking for the first one especially equipped with neck sheath. Was it CRKT Stiff KISS??

I would appreciate if you could look into your old knife catalogs, magazines and try to find the oldest info about the term "neck knife".

I would also appreciate if you could direct me to other sources if possible.

Thank you.

David


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Hey David...

I think you'll find that custom makers such as possibly Dozier, Nealy and a few other pioneers in the field of synthetics were doing Neck Rigs,, Long before Any knife company even thought of doing commercial neck rigs..

Neck Rigs became very popular when Kydex started being used for sheathing...Up until then neck rigs were pretty much unheard of except for the custom market...


Hope that helped..

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Thanks for the info
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From reading knife-related magazines in US I remeber only Dozier and Nealy (and only Nealy advertised his also as a neck knife)... But that was about 4 years ago. I have no info prior 1997.
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The BLACKIE COLLINS BUDDY SYSTEM is a neck knife set up and its been around for quite some time. The sheath[something Blackie is always good at is really neat[ its the system that AG Russell uses on the DEER HUNTER]. Not sure of the date off the top of my head, but it has been out for over 10 years.

Hope this helps,,,

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Another very early, purpose made, neck knife was the hideout neck knife Pat Crawford makes. It is more like a triangular cross-section spike than a knife though. The start of the current popularity among the tactical crowd as I remember it was the Woo neck knife by Newt Livesay. I think that really kicked off the current popularity of them. I don't know if they are the earliest, but they are important, and certainly deserve mention on the neck knife chronology.
 
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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Steve Harvey:
The start of the current popularity among the tactical crowd as I remember it was the Woo neck knife by Newt Livesay. </font>

Oh yes, I remember the ads in TK magazine. But was it before 1997??......

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Hey, David,

Your latest NK-1 by Gary B is a real beaty to behold.

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I am not a very good knife historian, so I don't remember the year that the Woo came out. I only remember that the Woo was the first neck knife that I can remember the journalists taking seriously. I think Newt was practically giving them away as business cards for a while, because everybody suddenly had one and thought they were great little cutting tools for the price.

I didn't get excited about neck knives until a couple of months ago myself. I thought they were too small for serious tactical use, they looked silly carried openly, and were illegal to carry concealed in CA. Then Darrel Ralph produced the ARC Lite, which I fell in love with. It has practically replaced the small pocket folder for me. I just carry it concealed most of the time and to heck with the law.
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It is just too convenient to let a little thing like going to jail stop me from carrying one.

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