Walter Wells "Blackie" Collins(1939 – July 20, 2011) was an American knife maker who designed and popularized theassisted opening mechanism and variousautomatic knifedesigns within the art of knifemaking. He is cited by other knifemakers and collectors as one of the most innovative knife designers in the worldand was an author and the founder of what becameBlade Magazine. Collins died July 20, 2011 in a motorcycle accident nearNorth, South Carolina.
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