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ONE OF THE ALL RIVERS & SALTWATER CHARTERS BOATS HEADS OFFSHORE. (ARSC)

‘Express Style’ Bottomfishing Trips Begin In April For Westport’s All Rivers & Saltwater Charters

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM ALL RIVERS & SALTWATER CHARTERS

Westport, WASH.–Spring 2015 marks an exciting opportunity for sportsmen to experience an “express style” bottomfishing charter from All Rivers & Saltwater Charters.

ARSC coined the phrase some six years ago when the founder brought into service a fast, 30-foot, twin-outboard pilothouse charter boat designed for six anglers.

ONE OF THE ALL RIVERS & SALTWATER CHARTERS BOATS HEADS OFFSHORE. (ARSC)

THE REEL TIGHT, ONE OF THE ALL RIVERS & SALTWATER CHARTERS BOATS, HEADS OFFSHORE. (ARSC)

The reasoning behind using such a craft was to allow for a small group of anglers to reach the albacore tuna grounds 40 to 70 miles offshore in less than two hours. This proved a success, and so the company now owns and operates three express-style charter boats.  These vessels are built locally near Bremerton, Wash., by Defiance Marine.

The popularity of express style charters goes beyond just albacore tuna fishing, however. Anglers have enjoyed outstanding rockfish, lingcod, salmon, and halibut trips in the same fashion.

ARSC has always had a strong reputation for having premium Okuma fishing equipment, state-of-the-art Raymarine electronics, and safety standards that exceed the stringent requirements of the United States Coast Guard.

Express-style bottomfishing trips are offered from April through July, and a salmon/rockfish outing is offered in June and July.  But don’t wait too long to experience one of these trips, because when tuna are within range (typically early July), the ARSC team with focus exclusively on that.

More information can found by visiting the companies website: www.AllWashingtonFishing.com or calling 425-736-8920.

ANGLERS ENJOY GOOD ROCKFISHING ABOARD AN ARSC BOAT. (ARSC)

ANGLERS ENJOY GOOD ROCKFISHING ABOARD AN ARSC BOAT. (ARSC)

THE WEST COAST'S LARGEST BOAT SHOW - THE SEATTLE BOAT SHOW, INDOORS + AFLOAT - KICKS OFF JANUARY 25 AND RUNS THROUGH FEBRUARY 3, 2013. THE SEATTLE BOAT SHOW FEAURES 1,000 BOATS FOR EVERY BUDGET DESIGNED TO MEET EVERY RECREATIONAL NEED FEATURED AT CENTURYLINK FIELD, PLUS WORLD CLASS YACHTS, TRAWLERS AND MORE AT SOUTH LAKE UNION. THE SHOW, THE LARGEST ON THE WEST COAST, FEATURES A FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE BETWEEN THE TWO VENUES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.SEATTLEABOATSHOW.COM. (SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)

Seattle Boat Show, Largest On West Coast, Begins Jan. 23

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION

From stand up paddleboards to superyachts and everything in between, there’s lots to take in at the Seattle Boat Show (Indoors +Afloat). The 2015 show drops anchor on Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 1. The largest show on the West Coast, it features some 1,000 boats and yachts in two locations, more than three acres of accessories, electronics and boating gear, 430+ exhibitors, 225 free seminars and advanced training classes for a fee. There’s also tons of fun to be had at the show. Highlights this year include:

THE WEST COAST'S LARGEST BOAT SHOW - THE SEATTLE BOAT SHOW, INDOORS + AFLOAT - KICKS OFF JANUARY 25 AND RUNS THROUGH FEBRUARY 3, 2013. THE SEATTLE BOAT SHOW FEAURES 1,000 BOATS FOR EVERY BUDGET DESIGNED TO MEET EVERY RECREATIONAL NEED FEATURED AT CENTURYLINK FIELD, PLUS WORLD CLASS YACHTS, TRAWLERS AND MORE AT SOUTH LAKE UNION. THE SHOW, THE LARGEST ON THE WEST COAST, FEATURES A FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE BETWEEN THE TWO VENUES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.SEATTLEABOATSHOW.COM. (SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)

THE WEST COAST’S LARGEST BOAT SHOW – THE SEATTLE BOAT SHOW, INDOORS + AFLOAT – FEATURES MANY FISHING BOATS. (SEATTLE BOAT SHOW)

Uncorked— Opening Night, Friday Jan. 23, 5pm – 9pm

Showgoers can sniff, swirl and sip their way through the show, tasting a variety of award-winning Washington wines. Tasting stations will be set up throughout the indoor location. Tickets are $27 and include show admission, tasting tokens and a souvenir glass.

Inaugural Seattle Boat Show SUP-er Joust Tournament

Pairing one of Seattle’s most popular water sports with a medieval pastime, competitors in outrageous costumes will jab, poke, bump and shove each other and attempt to outwit their opponents and knock them off their stand up paddle boards and into the water in the jousting pool. Competitors can sign up in advance for a spot or try their luck during Open Jousting times throughout the show. The champion will be crowned on SUPer Joust Sunday, Feb. 1 and will win an adventure cruise for two in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés.

Boatless in Seattle – Free admission Monday – Thursday after 5pm

Those who don’t own a boat but would like to learn more about how to get into boating shouldn’t let the ticket price get in the way of deciding whether to attend the show. They can simply show up any weeknight of the show after 5pm, announce that they are Boatless in Seattle and they will be admitted for free.

Biggest and Most Expensive Boat in the Show’s 68-Year History

Built locally in Westport Wash., the ‘Evviva’ is 164 feet of pure luxury for $25 million. She features: six luxurious suites; helicopter landing pad; elevator; hot tub; gourmet galley; marble and granite heated floors; spa tub for two in the master suite; and a yacht garage housing a 23’ ski and dive boat. Tour her and a host of other luxury boats at South Lake Union.

Kids Zone

There’s tons of fun for the little boaters too. Kids can enjoy time on the water using the Aqua Paddler boats, build a wooden toy boat with help from the Center for Wooden Boats and learn some fundamentals of boating while having fun with Plankton Races, Tug o’ War, the Rain Gutter Regatta and more. See http://www.seattleboatshow.com/kidszone for a schedule of activities.

Wakeboard trampoline tricks and demos

Members of the Central Washington University wakeboard team will be demonstrating tricks on a 13×13 Springfree trampoline. Showgoers can watch them do whirlybirds, 720s, grabs, glides and other impressive moves. When not being used for demos, kids and adults can test jump the world’s safest trampoline.      

Most Unusual Boats in the Show

For those who have always daydreamed of being James Bond, they have a chance with two unusual amphibious boats at the show. Quadski: an ATV that converts to a jetski, is powered by a high performance BMW engine and can reach speeds of 45 mph on both land and water. (At CenturyLink Field.) Sea Legs: an amphibious 20’ dinghy that goes from land to water and vice versa with the simple push of a button and can top 60 mph on the water. (At South Lake Union.)

Is it a Boat or is it a Plane? It’s both.

The MVP is a revolutionary amphibious aircraft that transforms from an airplane into a fishing and camping platform. When you get to a marina you taxi up, shut down the engine, fold the wings, and propel the MVP towards the slip with an on-board trolling motor. Hinged panels create a flat platform large enough for two people to stretch out and sleep in the custom tent fitted to the platform.

Women’s Day – Monday, Jan. 26

By downloading a special Women’s Day pass, women can attend the show for free on Jan. 26th and enjoy a slate of seminars designed specifically for women, by women boaters. Starting at 5 pm, women can enjoy also complimentary libations, live music and tons of great giveaways in the Boater’s Lounge.

Sails & Ales – Friday Jan. 30, 5pm – 9pm

What better combination than hops and props? That’s what’s on tap for Sails & Ales Craft Beer Night at CenturyLink Field. Attendees will be able to cruise the show with ale in hand and enjoy the best of NW beers and boats. Tickets are $27 and include show admission, tasting tokens and a souvenir beer glass.

New for 2015 – See the floating portion of the show from the water with complimentary boat rides

The 20-minute guided tours in all electric 21′ enclosed, heated Duffy boats will point out fun facts about South Lake Union and the unique qualities of the spectacular yachts in the show. It’s a great way to see the show from a new perspective. Blankets are provided for an added snuggle factor.

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Elephant Boys Hosts 2015 Spokane Valley Boat Show, Jan. 28-Feb. 15

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM ELEPHANT BOYS

During our “2015″ Boat Show there will be lots off SPECIALS plus **FREE** Boaters Safety Class for Washington and Idaho. This 2 day class will run Saturday Feb. 7th  9am-3pm to Sunday Feb. 8th 10am-4pm.

Class will be open to ages 12 years to 59 years. Stop by or call in for details and to sign up!! 509-926-6894

There will also be over 32,000 sq. ft. jammed pack full of boats and boating supplies. The Elephant Boys Display is the largest True Discount Marine Boating Store in the State. The store has established that a discount marine store was needed and it has found that it draws customers from a large radius around Spokane.

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“We are well worth the trip, whether you are traveling from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, British Columbia, or Alberta.” Says parts counter expert Alana Noel.

The Spokane Valley Boat Show allows the Elephant Boys to set up a Boat Show display of its own that is larger, lower priced with a better selection then they could offer if they were at a higher priced per square foot local boat show.

The boating store offers full service for your boat and outboard from the trailer up.

The service shop has three certified marine technicians on duty and is a Evinrude BRP Platnum Certified, Mercury Outboard Premier and Tohatsu/Nissan TFI Certified Dealership.

In addition to adding on to the Valley Elephant Boys Store the KingFisher boats have recently been added to the Lineup. “The KingFisher brand clearly resonates with our loyal customers as being the reputable builder of choice for tough heavy-gauge aluminum boats with class leading responsiveness and fish ability.  “When I learned about how their product range grew under the KingFisher umbrella, it made perfect sense for the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene angling and boating markets” says Ed Conley owner and manager.

Headquartered in Spokane Valley, WA, the dealerships carries a wide range of boating accessories in addition to the full range of KingFisher, River Hawk, Lowe welded boats for lake, river and offshore fishing. You will also find Lowe Pontoon Boats, Utility boats, Jon boats for the best in family recreation, Campion Marine High-tech, high-performance, luxury, sport, runabouts. ARV All Response Vassals for Government and Commercial Use, Old Town – Ocean Kayaks, Canoes in all sizes.

To carry your boat home Elephant Boys carries Carnai Boat Trailer (formally Calkins) and Boat Loaders for you truck.

“ Make sure you drop by Elephant Boys on East Sprague next to Conley’s Place Restaurant. We have everything you would find in a marina-style business—boats, motors, trailers, and accessories or visit our website to learn more about us www.elephantboys.com ” adds Ed Conley, owner of The Elephant Boys.

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Husky Liners Reluanches X-act Contour, Premier Line Of Vehicle Floor Liners

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM HUSKY LINERS

Husky Liners, a leading manufacturer of aftermarket products designed to protect a vehicle’s interior and exterior, has re-launched their premier line of vehicle floor liners; the X-act Contour.

Blind research was conducted in early 2014 putting four floor liners in front of 43 consumers and asking them to choose which liner they preferred. Of the four liners reviewed, two were top competitor liners, one was the Husky Liners WeatherBeater and one was the Husky Liners X-act Contour.

After examining each liner and their advertised features, the research revealed that nearly 65% of consumers chose the X-act Contour as their top choice. When asked why, participants of the study noted the rubberized texture felt richer, softer, and more likely to settle into the contours of the vehicle than the more rigid, plastic liners.

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“We were blown away by the response to the X-act Contour,” stated Doug Johnson, Sr. Design Engineer at Husky Liners. “We’d had great performance from our Thermo-Formed WeatherBeater liners, but were not initially quite sure how to position the X-act Contour. Based on the results of this study, we feel very confident in our re-launch strategy.”

As a result of the key findings from the market research, Husky Liners made some improvements to the X-act Contour product line and created new packaging that encourages consumers to “feel the liner” through a hole that was die cut into the box.

Also, Husky Liners commissioned a new advertising campaign. The campaign has already been launched in print, digital and in-store marketing. One of the most notable pieces is a tongue in cheek product demonstration video called “Comparison.”

Here is a link to the video.

The video focuses on four unique selling propositions of the X-act Contour; The premium look and feel of the product, the FormFit Edge, the StayPut Cleats, and Husky Liners’ Lifetime Guarantee.

JIM OWENS. (C.A.S.T. FOUNDATION)

Jim Owens Announces Retirement From C.A.S.T. Foundation

By Jim Owens, Catch A Special Thrill Foundation

June 30, 2015 will be almost 24 years since I, along with the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Washington State BASS Federation, held the very first C.A.S.T. for Kids event.  It will also mark the day that I retire as Executive Director.

It has been a long and wonderful ride.  I have met many wonderful and caring people that have given so much of themselves in helping make this organization a huge success. I have also been fortunate to have very dedicated and hardworking employees over the years that have done a tremendous job making sure this program ran smoothly and stayed on track.

JIM OWENS. (C.A.S.T. FOUNDATION)

JIM OWENS. (C.A.S.T. FOUNDATION)

I especially want to thank Art Pasley, who as National Event Director, has done so much to help me, C.A.S.T., and all of the Event Coordinators stay on track and continue to produce quality events that we are all very proud of.  Art and the rest of the staff aren’t planning on going anywhere.

The biggest joy of my job, and one of the biggest of my life, has been the kids.  Working with wounded military personnel over the last few years has also been very rewarding, and an honor, but the kids will always be the closest to my heart.  That’s the reason I started C.A.S.T. and the reason that I have put in all of the time and effort over the years.

You’ve heard the phrase “labor of love”. Well, this wasn’t really a labor, but it certainly was love. What I, and C.A.S.T., have done for these kids is nothing compared to what they have given to me.  They have given me a sense of worth that I never had before.  They have given me a sense of self and caused me to continually reassess myself.  They have taught me to care, to love, and to understand at a level that I had never known.  They helped me to grow to be a better and more compassionate person to my family and to those around me.  They gave me so much compared to the little that I gave them.  I will miss all of these special kids so much.

I will also miss all of the Event Coordinators and the volunteers.  These are the folks that make C.A.S.T. work.  Their caring, hard work, dedication, and devotion to these kids and their families are the true backbone of this organization.  I have made many lifelong friends within this group and have hundreds of wonderful memories.  Some of my favorite memories are of seeing the tears in the eyes of a crusty old bass fisherman after a young special needs child, that he has just taken fishing, gives him a big hug and tells him that this is the best day of his or her life.  That’s why they do it and why I love them.

I do plan on hanging around a little bit and volunteering at local events or if they are in a bind, heading to an event out of state.  But mostly I plan on spending time with my grandkids, traveling, and fishing.  I have not done nearly enough of any of those things recently and would like to catch up. Who knows, maybe I will show up at one of your events with my boat and take one of the kids fishing.  That would be very cool.

Until then…………Thank you all for being Special People That Help Special Kids Catch A Special Thrill!

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NSIA Buoyed By Strong Salmon Forecasts

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

Members of NSIA met with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to review how the major fisheries performed in 2014 and how the managers predict the same fisheries will shape up in 2015.

There was a tremendous amount of good news at the meeting, which was packed with sportfishing industry leaders eager to hear how they can best prepare for the 2015 fisheries as they enter their buying season in January.

CAPT. JIM STAHL, RICK MORTENSON, RICHARD MORTENSON AND BRIAN LULL SHOW OFF THEIR BUOY 10 SALMON CHALLENGE CATCH. (BRIAN LULL)

ANGLERS HOPE THAT PREDICTIONS FOR STRONG CHINOOK RUNS IN 2015 PAN OUT. (BRIAN LULL)

A return of 232,500 is predicted for upriver portion Columbia River Spring Chinook, which would make it the 6th highest return since 1979. The 2014 run came back 107% higher than predicted at 242,600.

The mainstem Columbia River springer fishery truly sets the stage for the industry as anglers eagerly pursue their first salmon of the year.  Strong spring chinook forecasts means a boost in tackle and bait sales, as well as guided trips booked.

The Bright Fall Chinook runs are predicted to come back similarly strong as the 2013-2014 returns, and Sockeye runs are forecasted at 394,000.

The 2014 Fall fishery generated over a quarter of a million angler trips in the mainstem and buoy 10 fisheries.  With optimistic forecasts for returns again this year, NSIA is ready to optimize on this, as abundant fish returns mean tens of millions to communities along the Columbia River and to the sportfishing industry.

Idaho Fish and Game shared more good news, with information about new and expanding fisheries in Idaho, including Coho and Fall Chinook.  Additionally the mitigation and supplementation hatcheries are poised to release nearly 2 million more smolts.

At the same meeting, ODFW delivered the welcome news that Governor Kitzhaber’s budget request for the agency has restored a large chunk of general fund dollars.  This general fund increase will help lessen financial burden on license holders and more fairly distribute the costs of ODFW functions, many of which benefit the entire state, not just anglers and hunters.   Additionally the Agencies and the Industry discussed partnership opportunities to enhance sportfishing and improve promotion of these meaningful fishing opportunities.

REBEL MICRO CRICKHOPPER

Casting For Kiddos, Rebel Introduces New MicroCritter Lure Line

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM REBEL LURES

Statistics show that number of anglers in the country is growing at a slow-but-steady rate. These new fishermen need help and guidance from experienced anglers to make the jump from enthusiast to full-fledged angler, but one look at “kid-friendly” fishing equipment shows a big lack of quality. Cartoon character rods and low-quality lures with dull hooks don’t win over many hearts.

Ever inspect the “soft” plastic grubs that come in the “Free Tackle Pack!” that comes with those cartoon rods? They’re so stiff they don’t even swim. Many fishing gear companies talk a good game about reaching young anglers, but when time comes to put up or shut up, all you hear is crickets.

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REBEL MICRO CRAW

Rebel Lures knows kids, and crickets, too, for that matter. The company has long manufactured lures that kids naturally gravitate to, like little crawfish and amphibian floater/divers, small minnow imitations and assorted insect baits, including crickets.

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REBEL MICRO MINNOW

So it’s a natural that Rebel takes the first serious step to creating an industry niche for kids’ tackle. Unlike what’s currently available, though, Rebel’s new kids’ line of lures is not just cheap, downsized versions of larger baits. Rebel engineers looked at the problems kids face when making the transition from worm-and-bobber to artificial lures, and corrected those issues with the creation of the new Rebel MicroCritter lineup.

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REBEL MICRO CRICKHOPPER

“Young anglers need lures that are safe for them to use by themselves. That’s what we made with the MicroCritter series – a high-quality line of lures that are fun for kids to use and safer than what’s on the market,” said Rebel Lures general manager Bruce Stanton. “And, they catch plenty of fish.”

The MicroCritter series consists of a tiny MicroCrawfish, MicroMinnow, MicroHopper and a MicroPop-R. One problem with most ultralight lures is the tiny treble hooks, which often require needle-nose pliers to remove from the fish, and can end a trip in a hurry if one sticks in the angler’s skin past the barb. Rebel replaced these barbed treble hooks with a single, barbless hook. Many youngsters want to unhook the fish themselves, and a slippery, flopping fish with multiple treble hooks thrashing back and forth can be dangerous.

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REBEL MICRO POP-R

“Kids love these baits because they look just like little insects and fish, and adults appreciate how we made them safer,” Stanton said. “The single barbless hook gives anglers an easier hookset, easier hook removal, and no emergency room visits to get hooks unstuck from a youngster’s skin. With barbless, the hook pulls right out. Kids catch more fish, and in a safer manner, all by themselves.”

Rebel’s Micro Critters series catch almost all species of fish, another plus for young anglers who don’t care if it’s a bass or a bluegill. These super-realistic mimics of crawfish, grasshoppers and minnows represent common forage for fish everywhere they swim.

“We talk about these lures being safer for kids to use, but they’re also better for the fish, too,” said Stanton. “With easier hook removal, a youngster can get the fish back into the water faster, ensuring it’s there to help create another angler in the future.”

Head’s Up, Wingshooters, Hevi-Shot Issues Recall Notice

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE.

At temperatures below freezing, our 12-gauge, 3-inch HEVI-Metal® and HEVI-Steel® shotshell wads may crack on ignition. This may cause a “squib load”, with an off sound and reduced power.

While this squib load will not damage your gun in any way, it can result in a wad stuck in your barrel, because the force of some of these shells may not be strong enough to push the wad all the way out of the muzzle.

The danger comes if you fire again without clearing a stuck wad from your barrel. This can cause barrel damage or injury. If you hear an off sound with no power, please stop shooting! First, unload your gun – and then check your barrel for obstructions before you fire again!

Please do not shoot these shotshells. Instead, please contact us for replacement shells. We have fixed this problem in current production.

After we were contacted about squib loads, we began an intensive investigation that led to an understanding of the problem by the evening of 19 November. We want to get this notice out to our customers immediately. Please share it with your hunting friends.

The wads we bought between July and mid-November used a low-density polyethylene plastic. We switched yesterday to a linear low density polyethylene, which performs safely in all weather, including very cold weather. To understand the difference, please go to:

http://www.primepolymer.co.jp/english/technology/material/pe/05.html

Only 12-gauge, 3-inch HEVI-Steel or HEVI-Metal® shotshells with these lot numbers may have the problem:

201576 – 201584 301571 – 301609 401335 – 401345 500001 – 500016
201600 – 201637 301643 – 301659 401381 – 401422
201640 – 201659 301672 – 301689 401437 – 401463
201665 – 201671 301698 – 301701 401466 – 401486
201677 – 201680 301713 – 301722 401489 – 401504
201683 – 201699 301725 – 301726 401507 – 401519
201702 – 201722 301730 – 301734
201732 – 201736

The lot number is stamped on the inside top flap of your box of shotshells.

Our highest priories are your safety and your satisfaction with our products. We will do everything we can to get you the product you deserve if you contact us for replacement shells. For your safety, when you contact us we will arrange to have UPS pick up your unused shells (please put them in a shippable cardboard box such as our master carton) at no charge to you, and we will ship your replacement shells to you at no charge. Contact Kelly Sorensen, VP of Sales and Marketing by phone: 541.367.3522, or by email: sales@hevishot.com.

Ralph Nauman
CEO

Remembering Ed ‘Big Daddy K.I.S.S.’ Halligan

THE FOLLOWING IS A REMEMBRANCE FROM COLUMBIA RIVER KNIFE & TOOL

CRKT is deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, renowned knife designer, Edward ‘Big Daddy K.I.S.S.’ Halligan. Ed had been the second noted knifemaker to join the CRKT family when we released the iconic K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) in 1998.

Ed’s K.I.S.S. knife, and its subsequent variations, has been an essential part of the CRKT line up since its first introduction. His designs have been exceptionally popular globally with knife enthusiasts and his K.I.S.S. won ‘Imported Knife of the Year’ at Blade Show in 1998. His most recent design, the Sweet K.I.S.S., was introduced earlier this year at the 2014 SHOT Show.

Ed’s passion for knifemaking and his zest for life were an inspiration to all. He will be profoundly missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Beverly Ann Halligan, and the rest of his family during this difficult time.

The following was taken from his obituary which was posted by Mississippi Press and is also found through Southern Mississippi Funeral Services. The entire obituary can be viewed at: http://www.smfs.us/obituaries/Edward-Halligan/#!/Obituary

Edward Francis Halligan, 81, of Ocean Springs, died Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Mr. Halligan was born on January 23, 1933 in Little Silver, New Jersey. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1953-1957 as an aircraft mechanic. He also worked for Delta Airlines for 37 years. He founded Halligan and Son Knives in 1985. In 1990, he became a member of the International Knifemaker’s Guild and the American Bladesmiths Society in 1992. In 1996 he received the Mastersmith rating in the American Bladesmiths Society and was the recipient of the B.R. Hughes award for Best Knife by a Mastersmith.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on November 22, 2014 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia under the direction of Gamble Funeral Service of Savannah. Southern Mississippi Funeral Services of Ocean Springs served the Halligan family with local arrangements.

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New Shizuka noh Ken Is Mission-proven Knife

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM COLUMBIA RIVER KNIFE & TOOL

CRKT and James Williams has released the new Shizuka noh Ken. A new compact version of the famous Otanashi noh Ken tactical knife, it features a Samurai style blade and the manual LAWKS safety innovation to perform its duty at the highest level when you need it most.

James Williams of Encinitas, CA is the designer behind the Shizuka noh Ken. A veteran and martial arts practitioner/instructor, his knives have been staples for military Special Forces and tactical Law Enforcement professionals around the world. The new compact version is easier to carry, more concealable, and is the perfect complement to your personal defense tools. In use by Special Operations warriors even before its introduction to the public, this design has proven extremely effective in high-risk environments.

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The knife, that’s name translates to “hidden blade”, features a  classic Osaraku style blade shape made famous by the 16th century Samurai warlord Takeda Shingen. This clip point blade design  provides you with an efficient and effective cutting tool and shows up when called upon for deep penetrating and slashing duties. At 3.75” it’s the perfect size for practical defense security wherever it’s put to use.

Structural integrity is paramount with this blade while it’s putting anything else at risk. That’s why the knife comes with the manual LAWKS safety innovation. LAWKS sets a pin against the frame lock, creating a virtual fixed blade that is safer and less likely to fail than most locks in hard use situations. Just fully deploy the blade, slide the LAWKS lever forward to engage the safety system and its game on. When you’re done, slide the lever back, disengage the frame lock, and fold the blade into the closed position

The Shizuka noh Ken also comes with a G10 handle for unmatched grip and a clip that allows for deep inconspicuous carry. You’d expect nothing less from a designer who has extensive classical Samurai training.

When you need a tactical folding knife that’s compact in size but packed with defensive power against any badguys, reach for the Shizuka noh Ken.

The knife is exclusively available at Blade HQ.com through January, 2015.

Also Available: Otanashi noh Ken and Otanashi noh Ken with Veff Serrations.

The Shizuka noh Ken knife manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $140.00.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
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Blade: Edge: Plain
Length: 3.670” (93.2 mm)
Steel: AUS8
Thickness: 0.150” (3.8 mm)
Finish: Black Corrosion Resistant Coating
Closed: 4.550” (115.6 mm)
Open: 8.250” (209.5 mm)
Weight: 4.2 oz. (119.0 g)
Handle: Black G10
Style: Folding Knife w/Frame Lock
U.S. Patent No. 5,596.808

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Founded in 1994, CRKT is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design. For more information, call: (800) 891-3100, email: info@crkt.com, on the web: crkt.com