FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 1,2004, Hawaii, World renown knife designer Ken Onion to launch the “Onion Fund” on January 16th it was announced today.
Designed to raise the artistic level of the knife industry, the non-profit aims to provide the following services to its members: education/training, health insurance, low-cost loans, and access to equipment.
The organization will initially be funded through the donation and raffle of one of Ken Onion’s most prized prototype’s, the HABU. Valued at over $5,000.00, this is an extremely rare event, since his prototypes are not typically available for sale. Over the next few months the knife will travel, making appearances at the following events and shows: Vegas Classic (January 16-18, 2004 at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino) (Shot Show, Febuary 12 through 15th in Las Vegas). Priced at $100.00/each, raffle tickets will be available at all events, as well as online at (www.bladeart.com/onion fund).
“With most knife groups focusing on the collector, I wanted to focus our attention on the designers and makers,” remarked Onion. “This is a way for me to give back to a community that has been nothing but good to me.
“It’s our hope that the ability to foster low cost equipment loans, educational assistance and health care opportunities will encourage the youth of our industry to maintain their interest and desire in the field.,” said Larry Brahms, Onion Fund co-founder and owner of www.bladeart.com. “Our goal is to develop the vehicle that will assist up-and-coming designers to further their creative and technological advancements that are needed for the industry to prosper”
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