In the knife capital of Kentucky is the world’s largest pocket knife and one of the most recent Guinness Book of World Record holders celebrated the feat on Wednesday.
At Red Hill Cutlery in Radcliff, which is also home to the American Pocketknife Museum, a crowd gathered outside to celebrate the newly confirmed world’s largest pocket knife that sits on the property along with local dignitaries, people involved in the project and community members at hand.
“It couldn’t just be a knife store,” said Jason Basham, co-owner of Red Hill Cutlery, in remarks to the crowd on the idea of the knife. “It had to be a destination. It had to be a place that brought people to Radcliff.
The knife officially measures 34 feet 6 inches, as confirmed by Guinness. The blade alone weighs around 1,500 pounds and sits on a 20-foot pedestal, according to Red Hill Cutlery co-owner Lonnie Basham, Jason’s father. Lonnie’s other son, Josh, was also involved in the project.
The previous record holder was a knife with a 111 inch handle and a 97 inch blade. It is on display at the Pink Square shopping center in Jaipur, India.
Jason Basham credited in his remarks several people who contributed to the project, including Radcliff / Fort Knox Tourism Commission, who donated for the construction of the knife; Glenn Bieber of Glenn’s Auto Body, who painted the knife; Modern Welding in Elizabethtown, who built the steel knife; Ward Frahler, who conceived the illustration for the design; and WR Case & Sons, which allowed the Bashams to fashion the knife after Barlow’s classic pattern from the company’s blueprints.
“It’s really a testament to Hardin County, the people of Hardin County and the businesses in Hardin County that we can do something like that here and break a world record,” he said. “I hope this will lead to a lot more to come for the region.”
Radcliff Mayor JJ Duvall reminded the crowd of a story about the day the state legislature voted to designate the city as the Knife Capital of Kentucky. Duvall said a senator seated behind him expressed cynicism over the attempt.
Duvall said after the senator heard how much the Bashams and their knife business had contributed to the local and state economy, he changed his tone.
“When the vote took place, guess what this senator did? Duvall said. “He voted for it because he actually heard how important the Basham family is to the economy here in the state of Kentucky and how important they are here locally to Radcliff.”
Ahead of the presentation, Duvall said in an interview that having the world’s largest pocket knife is an asset to the city.
“To have something here in our community that can attract people… I think this new thing is something that will be great for Radcliff in the future and great to be a part of as current mayor,” he said. declared.
Case Associated vice president of marketing Brent Tyler said that while some in the company had doubts about the project at first, particularly outside of its headquarters in Bradford, PA, the knife has become a centerpiece for the company.
“Anytime someone comes up with an idea for a 30-foot-tall knife, you meet them with a bit of skepticism,” he said, adding that the company trusted the Bashams and their vision. “As we started talking about it and the opportunity and (Jason) told us what was going on in the area, we thought this would be the perfect way to help him crown Radcliff as the Knife Capital of Kentucky. . “
The location of the knife also helps Case in his marketing efforts, Tyler said.
“Case’s heart is beating here in the South right now,” he said. “Having that in such a high profile area and knowing what’s going on in that community and that area, the growth they’re seeing here, means a lot to us as a business to have that kind of representation for residents and tourists passing through this region.