Custom Knifemakers Support American Knife & Tool Institute’s First “Giving Back” Event

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Knives donated by Ron Lake, Ken Onion, D’Holder, Bob Terzuola and other well-known custom makers will be auctioned to support AKTI and the maker’s favorite charity.

“At the event knives from custom makers will be available on a live auction, giving people who otherwise would not have the opportunity a chance to own a knife by one of these great makers.”

The American Knife & Tool Institute (http://www.AKTI.org) is pleased to announce the first AKTI Giving Back event will be held on Friday evening, June 3rd in Atlanta, Georgia.

Handmade custom knifemakers Tony Bose, Ron Lake, Ken Onion, D’Holder, Jim Hammond, Matthew Lerch, Kiku Matsuda, Brian Tighe, Bob Terzuola, Lucas Burnley, Alan Folts and Tony Marfione have committed to donate a knife to be auctioned during the Blade Show at the Renaissance Waverly, Atlanta.

“We’re excited about the many AKTI supporters eager to donate to our first ‘Giving Back’ fundraiser,” said event chair Bill Raczkowski of Gerber. “At the event knives from custom makers will be available on a live auction, giving people who otherwise would not have the opportunity a chance to own a knife by one of these great makers.”

Knives will be auctioned and 50% of the proceeds from the custom knife will go to the charity of maker’s choice. The remaining 50% will go to AKTI to help fund legislative and educational efforts. There will also be several specialty knives donated by company members offered as silent auction items.

The original concept was conceived by well-respected knifemaker Ron Lake to “Give Back” something to the knife industry that has been very good to him for many years and to AKTI for making a difference in ensuring his ability to make and sell his creations.

“The American Knife & Tool Institute quietly and diligently works for everyone in the knife community promoting knives as essential, valuable tools, working with legislators at the state and the federal level to clarify knife laws, and providing valuable educational information,” said CJ Buck, AKTI President. “We cannot thank these makers enough for their tremendous support.”

Details about the makers, the donated knives and how to get tickets to attend the Friday evening event, June 3rd from 7 pm – 9 pm, will be available soon on AKTI’s website at http://www.AKTI.org.

ABOUT:
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 http://www.akti.org.

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