POINTS OF INTEREST
THE LONE STAR STATE REGAINS THE RIGHT TO CARRY A PIECE OF ITS HISTORY
It reportedly caused some $125 billion in damages and killed more than 100 people. While not nearly as catastrophic as the damage it caused to Houston, Hurricane Harvey also impacted the knife industry.
Knife Rights’ founder and Chairman, Doug Ritter, and Director of Legislative Affairs, Todd Rather, were in Austin, Texas recently, to celebrate last year’s enactment of HB 1935 that eliminated from Texas statute the prohibition against carrying “illegal knives,” including throwing knives, daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, spears and most notably, Bowie knives—as well as blades longer than 5.5 inches, except in a few locations. The presentation was originally scheduled to be held last September at The Alamo, but tragically, Hurricane Harvey intervened.
On the last Monday in January 2018, a presentation ceremony was held at the Texas Capitol in the House of Representatives chamber.
Ritter noted, “It only seemed appropriate to do the presentation under the historic portrait of Jim Bowie, hero of The Alamo, whose eponymous knife was finally made legal to carry in Texas by enactment of HB 1935.”
Representative John Frullo, primary bill sponsor, along with a small group of friends who helped this bill pass, was presented with a specially engraved Bowie donated by Bear and Son Cutlery. To recognize his signing of the bill into law, on the day after the presentation, Ritter and Rathner had the honor of being invited to the Texas Governor’s Mansion to present Governor Greg Abbott with a very special Texas Heritage Bowie forged by Texas Knifemakers’ Guild President Jason Fry, a sixth generation Texan who generously donated his efforts.
With an overall length of 15 inches, the 9 5/8-inch blade of W2 steel donated by Aldo Bruno, features a distinct hamon. The handle is spalted sycamore from the grounds of the Texas Capitol, dyed and stabilized by Terry Dunn of Lavernia, Texas. The guard and spacer are wrought iron from a rail of the first railroad into Dallas in 1872, which was donated by Will Frary of Grapevine, Texas. The coined spacers are 1836 capped-bust silver half dollars, signifying the year Texas won its independence from Mexico.
The stand is mesquite from Abilene, Texas, donated by one of Fry’s cousins, also a sixth generation Texan. The wrought iron square nails forged to shape for the stand are from the house of 1840s settler Allen Urquhart, who founded Jefferson, Texas, and were donated by Don Millhouse of Fredericksburg, Texas.
Ritter said, “I sincerely appreciate Jason’s efforts on our behalf and the contributions of all involved. Job well done!” KI