July 25, 2014
KNIVES don't make the man. But in the case of Adam Balkovic, founder of BiltSharp, a man definitely makes the knives. Emphasis on the singular. In addition to being the creator of the Philly-based bespoke forgery, founded in 2012, Balkovic also serves as its CEO, creative director, marketer, chief fabricator and sales coordinator. He is the steadily growing company's only employee - and he's happy to report that he's got an excellent relationship with his supervisor. "When I come to work now, I do whatever the hell I want," he said.
June 8, 2014 |
SOMERS POINT, N.J. - When last we checked in with Andrew Latz, he was at war with his cantankerous father, Mack Latz, over the future of their family heirloom, the venerable Knife & Fork Inn in Atlantic City. Mack Latz was a formidable foe: "Nothing's enough for me. I gotta live. I'm a big liver," he said at age 86. Needless to say, Andrew Latz lost the war, despite an attack offense in which he sent out a news release detailing the "treachery, duplicity, and betrayal" allegedly carried out by Mack.
December 31, 2013 |
A 49-YEAR-OLD man spent the day after his birthday in the hospital yesterday after police say it took two blasts from a stun gun and two gunshot wounds to end his violent rampage. The chaos erupted about 5:30 p.m., when officers were called to the Tek Good Luck corner store on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 23rd Street in North Philadelphia, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Customers at the store told police that the visibly intoxicated man was wielding a knife, chasing them in and out of the store.
November 10, 2013 |
A woman was burned with a heated knife during a home-invasion robbery Friday evening in the city's Oxford Circle section, police said. Police were called at 7:13 to the 1500 block of Rosalie Street, where three adults' wrists and ankles had been bound with ropes and cords during the attack, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. Two small children also were in the house. Two young men, armed with at least one gun, entered through a rear door that had been left open by a 55-year-old man who was at the house performing electrical work, Small said.
May 30, 2013 |
Neil Jacob lives on the edge. And, yes, he occasionally cuts himself. The people who seek him out for help, or who happen across his stand at weekend farmers markets, often assume that his breed and his craft died out about the time of the Great Depression. Jacob is living proof otherwise - a traveling knife sharpener, a man who turns dull into pointed and whose growing market extends across the Pennsylvania suburbs, south into Philadelphia, and as far north as Hoboken and Brooklyn.
May 26, 2013 |
For the third time in one week, Philadelphia police shot and killed a man, this time early Saturday in the Northeast. One other man was shot by police and injured. In Saturday's death, someone reported that a 23-year-old man, whose name was not released, was wielding a knife about 7 a.m. Police responded at the 1400 block of East Robbins Street, in the city's Oxford Circle section, to find him in the street with the knife in his hand. Officers knocked him down, using the bumper of the police cruiser, then got out and told him to drop the weapon, according to Lt. John Stanford.
April 18, 2013 |
Two students were arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly carrying weapons - a gun and a knife - into their respective Philadelphia schools. A .38-caliber revolver was detected inside a backpack belonging to Shaheed Whack, 18, of the 200 block of West Clarkson Avenue, as it passed through a baggage scanner at Samuel Fels High School in the city's Lawncrest section, officials said. When school police tried to take Whack into custody, he struggled with the officers and fled, but patrol officers caught up to him about 500 feet from the school about 7:30 a.m. and arrested him on weapons charges, police said.
April 18, 2013 |
Two students were arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly carrying weapons — a gun and a knife — into their respective Philadelphia schools. A .38-caliber revolver was detected inside a backpack belonging to Shaheed Whack, 18, of the 200 block of West Clarkson Avenue, as it passed through a baggage scanner at Samuel Fels High School in the city's Lawncrest section, officials said. When school police tried to take Whack into custody, he struggled with them officers and fled, but patrol officers caught up to him about 500 feet from the school at about 7:30 a.m. and arrested him on weapons charges, police said.
April 5, 2013 |
Angela Chase, 18, in a pastel butterfly top and rhinestone glasses, doesn't look entirely comfortable wielding a giant bone saw over a bisected pig carcass. But on a recent Sunday, at a "Be Your Own Butcher" class at Wyebrook Farm in Chester County, instructor Janet Crandall coaxed Chase to use a smooth, confident, back-and-forth motion to cut through a bone. Tentatively, Chase worked the saw, struggling for a few long minutes as other students called out instructions and encouragement.
April 3, 2013 |
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA are leafleting at airports nationwide, including Philadelphia, urging passengers to support the effort to keep small knives out of the aircraft cabin. The leaflets encourage passengers to sign a petition to the White House and to call members of Congress to support legislation that would overturn the TSA's decision to allow passengers to carry knives with blades of up to 2.36 inches, beginning April 25. The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions, representing 90,000 employees, leafleted last week in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Norfolk, Va. They are in other airports this week, including Chicago, Denver, Miami, New York LaGuardia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Boston.