Knife Brands Sponsor “Free to Carry” Fundraiser Event

Knife Brands Sponsor “Free to Carry” Fundraiser Event

Knife Brands Sponsor “Free to Carry” Fundraiser Event


CRKT, W.R. Case, Boker USA and Buck Knives Support the American Knife & Tool Institute’s Annual Blade Show Fundraiser


May 8, 2017 – Cody, WY – The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) is pleased to announce that its second Blade Show fundraiser, “Free to Carry,” is supported with sponsorships from four leading knife brands – CRKT, W.R. Case, Boker USA and Buck Knives.


The “Free to Carry” Fundraiser will be held on Friday evening, June 2rd from 7 pm to 9:30 pm in Atlanta, Georgia. Knives from widely acclaimed custom knife makers will be live auctioned to raise funds to support the American Knife & Tool Institute’s legislative efforts.  There will also be several specialty knives donated by company members offered as silent auction items.


“We’re excited that CRKT and W.R. Case are Platinum Sponsors, Boker USA is a Diamond Sponsor and Buck Knives a Gold Sponsor of the “Free to Carry” fundraiser,” said Jan Billeb, AKTI Executive Director. “These companies are making possible an enjoyable evening with delicious food, drinks and prizes for attendees.” 


At the event knives from well-known custom makers including Tony Bose, Russ Kommer, Steve Jernigan, Tom Veff, Lucas Burnley, Brian Tighe, Ken Onion, D’Holder, Ed VanHoy, Ken Steigerwalt, Alan Folts, Jesper Voxnaes, Robert Carter and Brad Zinker will be on live auction, giving people who otherwise would not have the opportunity a chance to own a knife by one of these great makers.


“Sponsoring the ‘Free to Carry’ fundraiser is just one more way that the industry and companies like Boker, Buck, CRKT and W.R. Case ensure that the American Knife & Tool Institute can continue to diligently work for everyone in the knife community by promoting knives as essential, valuable tools,” said Rod Bremer, event chair. “We thank them sincerely for supporting the knife advocacy organization that works to solve industry problems and give individuals the confidence to carry and use their knives.”


Details about the custom makers, the donated knives and how to get tickets to attend the Friday evening event, June 2nd from 7 pm – 9:30 pm, are available at




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