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Blast from the Past

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by Cold Steel Knives, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. Cold Steel Knives

    Cold Steel Knives Moderator Moderator

    Apr 16, 2013
    I figured some of the guys on this forum might get a kick out of seeing these old pics.
    We found these photos in the archives, and our social team are sharing them for #ThrowBackThursday

    These photos are from the Gunsite Academy Edged Weapons Symposiums in the late '90s
    Lynn Thompson taught bladework alongside Rich Ryan, Michael Janich, Steve Tarani, Tim Wegner, Steven Dick, Kelly Worden and others.


    Lynn and Robert doing cutting demos. I think Lynn is using an old school serrated Kobun in this pic

    Gunsite Edged Weapos 90s.jpg
  2. ursamajor


    Oct 27, 2010
    Lynn still rocks those shorts in some of the proof videos.
  3. The Whip

    The Whip

    Jan 28, 2007
    CS, those photos are very cool! Thank you for sharing! (I'm not on any social media, so I never would have seen them if you hadn't posted them. Please continue to share such things here.) You mentioned that they were taken in the late 90s. Do you know the date, or at least the year?

    While I was certainly aware of Cold Steel's association with Gunsite, I had no idea that Lynn had actually instructed at the academy. He's in some renowned company in that first picture! This is yet another example of Lynn Thompson refusing to publicize an accomplishment that anyone else in the industry would have crowed about from the rooftops. The man has class.

  4. Cold Steel Knives

    Cold Steel Knives Moderator Moderator

    Apr 16, 2013
    I'm not sure which years they are from. I think that's two different Edged Weapons Symposiums
    Lynn said he thought the group photo was from 97-98, but he couldn't remember for sure.

    Our crew used to teach a lot back in the day. Some of our team (Ron Balicki in particular) still teach regular seminars all over the world.
    Lynn only teaches a couple of times a year these days. Some private lessons for his long time students, some military / LEO stuff, and then one camp that's open to the public here at CS HQ.
  5. The Whip

    The Whip

    Jan 28, 2007
    OK. Thank you for the information.

    This is good to know. I thought that the training camp had been discontinued, so I'm glad to learn that I still have the opportunity to attend. I will look into it.

  6. Cold Steel Knives

    Cold Steel Knives Moderator Moderator

    Apr 16, 2013
    Check out the annual M.A.R.S Camp
    It's Martial Arts Research Systems
    Lynn is often a guest instructor, alongside some really incredible Martial Artists
    That is the only training camp currently open to the public
    I can highly recommend it

  7. upnorth

    upnorth Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Interesting, thanks for the pics.
  8. Kwon Kwang

    Kwon Kwang

    Jul 7, 2013
    I didn't know the Kobun was ever serrated! That sounds awesome!
  9. The Whip

    The Whip

    Jan 28, 2007
    Yes, the model 17.1S, shown on the cover of the 1996/7 catalog. It wasn't offered for very long. I'm sure it made for one serious self-defense knife, as evidenced in the photo above of Lynn putting it to work. But serrations are one of those love 'em/hate 'em features and I'm guessing they didn't resonate with most Kobun purchasers. I know I didn't buy one because a serrated fixed blade isn't as utilitarian as I'd like it to be.

    I couldn't find a good picture from the catalog (Cold Steel has a .pdf on the Web site). So here's a reference photo from the Internet.



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