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BUILT WITH TAC­TI­CAL DNA, DE­FENDER-FLEX GIVES YOU THE COM­FORT OF YOUR FA­VORITE PANTS WITH 7 HIGH-CA­PAC­ITY POCK­ETS SO YOU ARE AL­WAYS READY.

with some of the best peo­ple in the world and the world is a lit­tle sad­der place with­out many of them in it. I don’t per­son­ally be­lieve that peo­ple should know the full ex­tent of our ex­pe­ri­ences from war be­cause that de­feats the pur­pose of pro­tect­ing them from it.

As for the tran­si­tion back, [I ask for] pa­tience and knowl­edge that th­ese peo­ple have had hard­ships a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than the com­mon per­son’s. Don’t look at or treat them like any­thing other than an­other per­son. Don’t ask a bunch of ques­tions, but let it be known that you will lis­ten if asked.

CT: What does the fu­ture hold for Black­guard Cus­toms? What projects do you have in store, and where do you want to the see the com­pany go in the next few years?

LF: This is an in­ter­est­ing ques­tion be­cause we have started to make moves to­ward our next ob­jec­tive. We plan on build­ing a new and larger shop, adding equip­ment to help us scale up fab­ri­ca­tion as well as add to the ser­vices we of­fer. We are also work­ing on a few more char­ity items for the year to in­clude some new Da­m­as­cus steel work that we haven’t done in the past. It’s our hope that by mid-2018 we will be in the new lo­ca­tion with a staff of at least 6 work­ing on the fab­ri­ca­tion shop floor.

We are also con­sid­er­ing do­ing more or­na­men­tal and struc­tural nat­u­ral art for busi­nesses and prop­er­ties. It’s my per­sonal hope to start work­ing with other smiths and artists and start host­ing craft­ing and ed­u­ca­tional events geared to­wards vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies. Like any­thing else, you get what you pay for. In the case of Black­guard Cus­toms, Fuller’s work is not in­ex­pen­sive. How­ever, es­pe­cially in the case of his trib­ute items, putting a price on his hand­crafted work that em­bod­ies the mem­o­ries and trib­ute in­tent of sur­vivor fam­i­lies is im­pos­si­ble. Black­guard’s cus­tom­ized work ranges from or­nate Mans­pot-branded belt buck­les and accessories, to artis­tic yet 100% func­tional fight­ing tom­a­hawks, to cus­tom kitchen cut­lery.

Check out Black­guard Cus­toms’ work at black­guard­cus­toms.com and on Face­book and Instagram at @black­guard­cus­toms.

Func­tional artistry— each cus­tom piece from Black­guard Cus­toms is just as at home in a shadow box as out in the field. No mu­seum props here.

Re­fined sav­agery— Fuller art­fully jux­ta­poses a beau­ti­ful satin fin­ish and rough-hewn forg­ing on this beau­ti­ful blade.

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