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NY Giveth & NY Taketh – New NY Knife Ban Signed Into Law

by critter » Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:20 pm (Initially To: Spyderco Forums)

While we were successful in repealing New York’s Gravity Knife Ban in an effort to solve the problems with New York City’s unconstitutional enforcement scheme…

Added by Black Swan Tactical on August 7, 2019 at 7:31pm — No Comments



I don't know about you, but I collect knives of all kinds for practice and personal protection.  Have been doing so for a fairly long time.

Bark River Knives (BRK) makes a very nice Moro Borong, but it in A2 steel. A2 steel is a good steel but because it is a tool steel there are much better steels out there to be had.

I called BRK and they told me that if I wanted to see the Moro Barong in CPM 3V, which is…


Added by Black Swan Tactical on June 13, 2017 at 4:03pm — 2 Comments

Doug Marcaida on History Channel, "Forged In Fire" member Doug Marcaida is on a History Channel cable show regarding bladesmithing called, "Forged In Fire." I highly recommend you watch this show. My brother is busy taping all of them!!!Doug Marcaida

Added by Black Swan Tactical on April 8, 2016 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

FULL TEXT: Transcript of oral arguments on Philippines vs China arbitration case

China is stealing land and sea, with some very valuable mineral rights from Brunei, Japan, Philippines, S.Korea, and Vietnam, and the Philippines is bringing the first case against Xi's government to the Tribunal at the Hague.

FULL TEXT: Transcript of oral arguments on Philippines vs China…


Added by Black Swan Tactical on December 27, 2015 at 1:26am — No Comments

South China Sea Ruling in Hague Could Be Mid-2016: Philippines Lawyer

South China Sea Ruling in Hague Could Be Mid-2016: Philippines Lawyer

WASHINGTON — The chief counsel for the Philippines in its…


Added by Black Swan Tactical on November 1, 2015 at 2:57am — 2 Comments

Technical Walk Through of Hangout on Air System

Hello All!

As I write this there are nearly 3,000 members of  I know most of you come here to enjoy the gathering of ideas between FMA martial artists, and to watch videos, not to talk shop about computers but a few of you may be interested in a technical walk-through the system used to perform the "Google+ Hangouts on Air" (HoA) interviews.

Approximately 4 months ago while chatting with Guro Carlito Bonjoc on the phone, I asked him why he didn't use…


Added by Black Swan Tactical on November 9, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Chicago Fil Festival - Wednesday - Harana The Movie

Travel to the Philippines this week with our FREE screening of HARANA with Q&A, Wednesday, 6:30pm.

Harana The Movie

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Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.,
Chicago, IL 60602

Added by Black Swan Tactical on June 11, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Free Books On Filipino Culture

Hello All!

I hope that the year 2013 brings new opportunities for you!

I was chatting with a friend of mine, Lhina, from Batangas, Philippines and she was interested in something to do so I recommended the Free texts at the Gutenberg Press.

Some of the books are written in Tagalog, but many are written in English, and if you want to know about Philippino…


Added by Black Swan Tactical on December 30, 2012 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Movie sword-fight master Bob Anderson dies at 89

LONDON (AP) — Olympic fencer and movie sword master Bob Anderson appeared in some of film's most famous dueling scenes — though few viewers knew it.

Anderson, who has died at age 89, donned Darth Vader's black helmet and fought light saber battles in two of the three original "Star Wars" films, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."

Anderson, who worked with actors from Errol Flynn to Antonio Banderas during five decades as a sword master, fight director and stunt…


Added by Black Swan Tactical on January 2, 2012 at 10:26am — No Comments

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas,

To my friends, family and associates here on or wherever you may be in the U.S.A., Europe, or Asia, I wish you a Merry Christmas!

I wish that I could be with all of you in this special time.

Thomas Ivers

Added by Black Swan Tactical on December 25, 2011 at 12:25am — 1 Comment

Perilous Paradise

A link provided to me by GM Yuli Romo in the PI.


Perilous Paradise


Perilous Paradise is a documentary filmed in the southern Philippines in the early 1930's. Produced by "Official Films" it shows no other credits. Much of the film footage appears in a film titled "Zamboanga" which was directed by my grandfather Marvin Gardner (Eduardo de Castro) which was released internationally in 1937 by Philippine…


Added by Black Swan Tactical on August 29, 2011 at 9:55pm — No Comments

GM Taboada Illness

Hello all!


I just found out that GM Bobby Taboada of World Balintawak Arnis Escrima,Charlotte, North Carolina has been hospitalized for over one month through Virgil Cavada.  Allegedly Dan Inosanto asked Virgil to check in to it and he is.  I have an email out to Virgil and if I find out any more I will let everyone know what happened.





Added by Black Swan Tactical on August 25, 2011 at 1:25pm — 7 Comments

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