I read that article, The Father of 100 Million Rifles in Field & Stream:762BODYDROPPER said:I remember reading about those knives, They said when the maker presented them to Mr. kalashnikov, He took it out of the box and made a couple swipes and jabs with it then smiled and called it a toy or something like that, Said something about weapons being tools not toys....... It would be cool, but not for 3700 bucks
On this day a limited-edition series of decorative daggers had been released for public sale, each bearing Kalashnikov's signature and the unmistakable silhouette of the rifles he designed. The daggers, each of which would be offer for prices running into the thousands of dollars, seemed to have been created as much to boost profits for the Russian firm that makes them as to salute the general. And so when a craftsman presented him with the first dagger in the series, Gen. Kalashnikov seemed to recognize the incongruity of it all. He abruptly reached into the decorative box, withrew the diamond-studded weapon, and thrust and swung it a few times through the air. It was a reminder of just what a dagger does.
The gesture was playful, but its message was implicit: Tools are supposed to be used. Things are only as good as they work.