This is one of only a small known handful of custom knives made with a cross-guard by Harry K. McEvoy, Jr. of the Tru-Balance Knife Company. It came with a very interesting origin story that says it was made for the controversial martial artist figure, Frank Dux of Bloodsport fame that, unfortunately is just not true. Frank Dux made no such claims himself, but others tried to tie this knife to him, perhaps in order to boost it’s reputation. Continue reading The Odd History of the Tru-Bal “C. W. Dux Combat Bowie”
I acquired this pair of Tru-Bal Model No. 11 CIRCUS THROWERS in 2009 from a gentleman who first posted them in a comment on this site. He wanted to know what they were and eventually we were able to make a trade for an undisclosed (but large) number of new Tru-Bal throwing knives. Something I am willing to do occasionally for something this special.
Continue reading Model No. 11 CIRCUS THROWER Throwing Knives
This knife came from Bobby Branton’s collection. I bought it from Dave Jester. Though there are several others in his collection that have the same blade shape this is a one-of-a-kind version with stag handles.
Continue reading Stag Handled Tru-Bal Throwing Knife
This is a Tru-Bal Bowie-Axe that came from the factory without handles. It is fairly rare though I’ve seen a couple come up on eBay over the years.
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I picked up this pair of Tru-Bal shurikan throwers on eBay a while back. You see these come up once-in-a-while so I’m pretty sure that Harry McEvoy has made at least a handful of them over the years. They are small and very fun to throw by the handle. They are sharp but I can throw them by the blade if I pinch the back of the blade.
Continue reading Tru-Bal Shurikan Throwers
In 1984 Harry McEvoy struck a deal to sell off two or three models from the Tru-Balance Knife Company to a company in Oklahoma called Tru-Bal West. The models they took over from Harry were the Model No. 1 PROFESSIONAL, the Model No. 3 THROWING BOWIE and a modified Model No. 80 SUPER-PRO with the wings cut off that they re-dubbed the Model No. 82 INDIAN LANCEHEAD throwing knife.
Continue reading Tru-Bal West Catalog from 1984
Stephen McEvoy told me that this is an early version of the Model No. 91 Stinger Bowie throwing knife made by Harry McEvoy in late 1991 or early 1992 at the latest. Sometimes Harry would put serial numbers on the first 50 but certainly not more than 100 knives when he released a new model. He evidently stamped serial numbers on the first 100 of the Stinger Bowie. This is number 57.
Continue reading Model No. 91 Stinger Bowie Throwing Knife Serial Number 57
The Tru Bal Model No. 44 Battle Master came along after I stopped selling Tru-Bal knives the first time. So to fill in the gap in my collection I purchased this knife from a collector in 2011. He had purchased it from Bobby Branton earlier when he sold out his Tru-Bal collection.
Continue reading Model No. 44 BATTLE MASTER Throwing Knife
The Tru Bal Model No.9 Champion came along after I stopped selling Tru-Bal knives the first time. So to fill in the gap in my collection I purchased this knife from a collector in 2011. He had purchased it from Bobby Branton earlier when he sold out his Tru-Bal collection.
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In 1983 I received the new Tru-Bal catalog but unfortunately by that time I had started to move on to other things and so I was not able to purchase this model or the new Model No. 83 SUPER-PRO (same knife, no handles) that came out that year. So to fill in the gap in my collection I purchased this knife from a collector in 2011. He had purchased it from Bobby Branton earlier when he sold out his Tru-Bal collection. In Bobby’s old Tru-Bal catalog pages it says this was made from 1983 to 1988.
Continue reading Model No. 8 PRO-MASTER Throwing Knife by Harry K. McEvoy