Just a quick note on round 2 of the BladeOps Writing Contest. We had a small glitch in our system and were unable to close out the round properly. Things have been corrected and to make it right for those who didn’t have a chance to enter, we are leaving the contest open to new entries until Feb. 15th, 2015. The winners will be announced on Feb. 19th, 2015. We look forward to reading your stories, reviews and articles. Thanks.
You Can Win Great Prizes!
BladeOps has an ongoing non-fiction writing contest. The writer of the top three contributed article in the next 45 days will receive prize packages valued at more than $500.00.
To be eligible, your submission must be an original piece of work. Detail is encouraged. You can write on any knife topic or subject that would be of interest to readers of the BladeOps blog. Please proofread your entry. Every entry must be completely original and upon submission the copyright becomes the property of BladeOps, LLC.
Once you have submitted your article on the BladeOps Blog, you may not submit it anywhere else. Along those same lines, do not submit articles that you have submitted to other places already. Every entry must be completely original. Upon submission, the copyright belongs to BladeOps, LLC. We reserve the right to edit articles for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and length as well as for any other reason we deem necessary.
Plagarism is completely unacceptable. This must be your own original work. It may include brief quotes that are properly enclosed in quotation marks and where full attribution is given to the original author of the quote material. Any instance of plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification from this contest.
Winners must have a legal US address. Contest not valid where prohibited by law. You must be at least 18 years old to enter and you must be eligible to legally own the prizes.
Submit as many articles as you would like. Pictures are encouraged, please include them if possible.
Contest ends December 27th, 2014. Winners will be announced by December 31st, 2014.
Thanks and good luck.
Post your contest entry below.
We all have heard the saying ” Never bring a Knife to a GunFight ” maybe a better saying would be, Never bring ONLY a Knife to a GunFight! Here is why I think that is a better rule to live by…
In 1995 I found myself transplanted from the gun unfriendly state of New Jersey to the Great Wild West of New Mexico. Almost immediately, I applied and was accepted to work for the state and went to the state’s law enforcement academy in Santa Fe.
On one of the last Fridays during the academy, a fellow cadet named Marquis, asked if I could take him to Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque on my way home. Marquis was in the National Guard and his drill was at 0600 Saturday, so he wanted to stay in the bases lodging overnight to ovoid the early morning hour-long commute.
Being new to Albuquerque, I didn’t know that the area around the base was not a very good one. This area is frequently mentioned during the news due to the high violent crime occurring there.
After dropping off Marquis, I pulled out of the base and onto the main road to get back home. Unfortunately, before I hit the main road I had to stop for a red light. Not exactly paying attention to anything except the light I was waiting on, I did not notice the man coming up from behind my vehicle. He came up the side and hit me in the head with a brick through my open drivers window. I blacked out for maybe one or two seconds and came to finding myself in the middle of the intersection with blood in my eyes. As I’m trying to figure out what just happened, I start to get pulled by 3 men out of my window. I instantly tried to get to my pistol, a Glock 27 that I kept in my vehicle’s center console. But as hard as I was being pulled, I could not reach it! Then one of the men tried to open my car door to get me out. As he started to try to work my door open, I grabbed my Benchmade AFCK out of my pocket and slashed his arm. This gave me the opportunity to finally be able to grab my gun. I fired three shots at the men, and as I did, one of them slunk down. Instantly, all the aggression stopped and their main concern was to get themselves out of there! The two others half dragged the other guy back across the street to their car and took off! It was over! I called both 911 and my father who lives about 20 minutes away. Wouldn’t you know it, my father made it to me first and after looking at me, decided to take me to the hospital and have the police meet me there.
I recovered from a concussion and later learned that none of the men involved were ever apprehended! Just a lifelong lesson learned, to always be vigilant, pay attention to your surroundings, and ALWAYS carry a gun and a knife!
I’ve been a fan of knives since I was a little kid. Ever since my older brother gave me his boy scouts knife, I’ve been hooked. Where I went, so did that knife. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I abused that thing, but it held up to the rigors of what a young outdoors lover could dish out. I learned to appreciate what a fine instrument a knife could be. In a pinch, or to just to whittle on a stick, or to carve my name in a tree out of boredom.
Over the years my collection has grown. Family and friends never seemed to understand or to appreciate my love of a fine blade. I still to this day carry a knife with me wherever I may roam. And I still own that first boy scout knife which my brother handed to me nearly forty years ago now. No I no longer carry it, but that knife will forever hold a place deep inside my heart.
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