POINTS OF IN­TER­EST

THE LONE STAR STATE RE­GAINS THE RIGHT TO CARRY A PIECE OF ITS HIS­TORY

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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

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