Bass Pro Shops Acquiring Cabela’s for $5.5 Billion


*Attached: an open letter from Johnny Morris.





Springfield, Mo. and Sidney, Neb. – October 3, 2016 – Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB), two iconic American outdoor companies with similar humble origins, and with a shared goal to better serve those who love the outdoors, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Bass Pro Shops will acquire Cabela’s for $65.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $5.5 billion. Read more

Michigan: Outdoors Gear Inventor Celebrated in Lansing

Webster Marble’s marketing included catalogs for both dealers and direct-sale customers, like this one from 1915.

Webster Marble’s waterproof matchbox kept matches contained and dry in any conditions.

Perhaps the most influential of Webster Marble’s inventions was the Ideal knife, which set the standard for hunting knives throughout the 20th century. It could be customized with varying handles, blade lengths, guards and sheaths.

Last chance to see ‘Inventing the Outdoors’ in the Lower Peninsula

The story of Michigan’s famous inventor runs through Sept. 11

A hundred years ago everyone, including Theodore Roosevelt and Admiral Perry, knew the name of the Gladstone, Michigan, inventor who made exquisite knives, a box that kept matches dry, and countless other outdoor tools. Outdoors enthusiast today still know the Marble Arms name, though few know the whole story told in the special exhibit “Inventing the Outdoors” at the Michigan History Museum in downtown Lansing.

Running through Sept. 11, the exhibit explores the life and work of Webster Marble, who started the company that would become an outdoor powerhouse, outfitting legions of hunters, anglers, campers and hikers. Read more

Wells Fargo Refuses Service to Hogue Inc.

We were informed on Friday, July 29, that Wells Fargo Bank would not process Credit Card Transactions for online sales of “weapons” (aka knives). Incredibly, this refusal came after THEY initially pursued us to gain our business. They then pulled the plug saying they could not provide these services to us because of the knives. Needless to say, we are shocked – considering their logo is a stagecoach and driver with a shotgun! We feel it is our responsibility to inform the firearm and knife communities of this discriminatory stance Wells Fargo has taken. Please share this message.

AKTI Partners with West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League to Pass WV House Bill 4145

Cody, WY – The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) Friday, in partnership with the West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League (WVCDL), applauded the passage of HB 4145. The legislation allows a law-abiding citizen of West Virginia, who is 21 years of age or older, to lawfully carry a knife, open or concealed, without needing to first obtain a government-issued permit.

AKTI is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization which represents all segments of the knife industry and knife users, promoting reasonable and responsible knife legislation and enforcement. We believe that law-abiding citizens should be able to carry their essential and valuable tools without the fear of arbitrary, inconsistent and ineffective governmental restrictions.

“We are extremely pleased to see HB 4145 pass the West Virginia Legislature,” said AKTI’s Executive Director, Jan Billeb. “We believe that HB 4145 will be beneficial to all citizens in the State of West Virginia. It allows for eligible persons to carry the knife of their choice. This positive legislation would ensure that law-abiding West Virginia citizens are not criminalized for possession and carry of a tool.”

AKTI worked closely with WVCDL, who was instrumental in the momentum behind the legislation. WVCDL is a non-partisan, non-profit, all-volunteer, grassroots organization of concerned West Virginians who support our individual right to keep and bear arms for defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use.

“The West Virginia Citizens Defense League is proud to have authored HB 4145 and is extremely pleased with the legislatures decision to support the rights of West Virginians,”

said Art Thomm, WVCLD’s Vice President. “The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature. The WVCDL urges the Governor to support West Virginians and sign the bill into law”

More About AKTI
The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) is a non-profit organization (501(c)6) representing all segments of the knife industry and all knife users. Formed in true grassroots fashion by concerned industry leaders after considerable discussion with individual knifemakers, knife magazine publishers, and a broad section of the knife community, AKTI has been the reasonable and responsible voice of the knife community since 1998. AKTI’s mission is to ensure that Americans will always be able to make, buy, sell, own, carry and use knives and edged tools. To learn more, please visit

Knife Rights’ Wisconsin Knife Law Reform Bill Passes

Knife Rights’ Wisconsin Knife Law Reform Bill including Knife Law Preemption, AB 142, passed unanimously by voice vote yesterday evening in the Senate and is off to Governor Scott Walker for his signature!AB 142 removes all restrictions on switchblades (automatic) knives and concealed carry of knives from Wisconsin statutes with the single exception that a person who is prohibited under state law from possessing a firearm may not go armed with a concealed knife that is a “dangerous weapon.” Read more

Buck Knives Launches “Edge Of A Legend Fishing Sweepstakes”

Buck Knives announces the “Edge of a Legend Fishing Sweepstakes” now through June 30, 2016. The sweepstakes, presented by Buck Knives, includes prize packages from leading outdoor brands, with the grand prize G3 aluminum boat with trailer & Yamaha VF150 SHO outboard loaded with add-ons valued at over $60,000.

List of Prizes:
Grand Prize: G3 Boats® Angler VI85F aluminum boat with trailer & Yamaha VF150 SHO outboard, decked out with Raymarine® electronics, a Power-Pole® Shallow Water Anchor, Astral life vests and fishing supplies from Strike King®, Lew’s®, Seaguar®, Plano, Frabill®, Lucas Oil, Vicious® Vision sunglasses, an iON camera and of course many Buck knives. Over $60,000 in value! Read more

New Models of Storm Front Damascus Knives from Browning

For 2015, Browning has added a pair of new knife models to the Storm Front Damascus fixed blade knife line. Renowned for its beauty, strength and edge-holding ability, Damascus steel is a unique expression of the knife maker’s art. These new knives are part of Browning’s High Grade knife line designed for demanding sportsmen.

Both new knives feature genuine stag handles with stainless steel bolsters. The Damascus blades on the Stag Clip Point and Stag Drop Point both have hollow ground blades that are 4 ¼” in length. Suggested Retail $333.00. Read more

New Ignite Fixed Blade Knife From Browning

The Ignite Fixed Blade Knife from Browning helps outdoorsmen be more prepared when heading into the wilderness. This addition to the 2015 line-up is made of 7Cr stainless steel with a 4″ blade length. It has a sparking bevel on the blade spine and comes with a fire starting flint with polymer handle that is conveniently carried in the sheath.

Available in two color schemes, the Black and Gray Ignite has a Titanium blade coating and the Black and Orange Ignite features a black oxide blade coating. Both models include a rugged polymer sheath. The Ignite handles are made from tough polymer with molded, contrasting grip inserts and lanyard eyelet.

Overall length of the Ignite Knife is 8 ½”. Suggested Retail $33.00.

For more information on new Browning knives for 2015, please visit

Browning’s New 4-in-1 Survival Pen

Browning’s new 4-in-1 Survival Penfeatures an innovative combination of flashlight, cap light, writing pen and a tactical glass breaker with hardened tungsten carbide point.

The body of the 4-in-1 Survival Pen made from rugged aluminum. The pen features a lock on/lock off twist switch to prevent accidental operation of the flashlight and a pocket clip for easy access.

The white LED has an effective distance of 22 yards, and four LR41 button batteries give the pen an 8-hour run time.

Suggested Retail: $22.00. Read more

Knife Rights: Freddie Gray Arrested on Illegal Knife Charge

Knife Rights Update on the Freddie Gray Knife Arrest

Gilbert, AZ: In the case of the arrest on a knife charge and subsequent death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged that Freddie Gray was falsely arrested and that the knife in his pocket was not an illegal switchblade. Mosby is filing murder charges against one officer while others are being charged with crimes including manslaughter and assault.

According to news reports and court documents, Freddie Gray was arrested after a police officer supposedly found a “switchblade” in his pocket. But, the court documents reveal something else: “The officer noticed a knife clipped to the inside of his front right pants pocket. The defendant was arrested without force or incident,” the documents say. “The knife was recovered by this officer and found to be a spring-assisted, one-hand-operated knife.” (Emphasis added.) Note that the officer did not refer to the knife as a “switchblade.” Read more

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