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The following registration agreement is part of the requirement for registering new accounts on this forum. It has been largely unchanged since the beginning. This agreement is a combination of our forum rules and code of conduct, the standard cookie-cutter agreement that came with the SMF forum software, and a few other provisions. From time to time, changes may be made to the agreement as needed if new issues arise that need to be addressed. Please check back from time to time to see if the "last edit" time and date at the bottom of the post hasn't changed since the last time you read the agreement, to keep aware of any changes.


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You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. User generated spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum.

Note that it is impossible for the staff or the owners of this forum to confirm the validity of posts. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages, and as such, are not responsible for the content contained within. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of this forum, its staff, its subsidiaries, or this forum's owner. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator or moderator of this forum immediately. The staff and the owner of this forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, please realize that they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your posted messages. Furthermore, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of this forum, any related websites to this forum, its staff, and its subsidiaries. The owners of this forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum.

You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person except an administrator, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person's account for any reason.  We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.

After you register and login to this forum, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the forum owner or staff determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable.

Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.

Also note that the forum software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser's cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The forum software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.

Advertising Cookies Privacy Policy: Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visit to bladesandbushlore.c om and/or other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the advertising opt-out page. http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/

A list of third party ad vendors can be found at this link: https://support.google.com/dfp_sb/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=94149

Users may opt out of most third party ad cookies by visiting this link: http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/

Users may opt out of the remaining third party ad cookies by visiting the individual ad vendors listed at this link: https://support.google.com/dfp_sb/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=94149

Affiliate link disclosure: In order to comply with FTC guidelines, bladesandbushlore.c om hereby discloses and acknowledges that it uses the Viglink affiliate link service, which monetizes links in the forum content.

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We reserve the right to take corrective action up to and including termination of your account for rules infractions. **Participation in this forum implies an understanding of, and agreement to abide by this agreement, whether or not you have actually read it.**


Politics: Keep your political opinions to yourself. We'll do the same. Nothing causes online fights faster than talking politics. There are people from both sides of the political spectrum who are passionate about knives and the outdoors and we want all of them to feel welcome here. There are plenty of political forums online where you can discuss politics.

Religion: There are many different and distinct religions in this world. We want people to feel comfortable here regardless of their religion. To that end, we ask our membership to refrain from posting things of a religious nature.

Pornography: Let's keep it clean. There are plenty of porn sites on the internet. This is not one of them. Don't test the limits to see what is or isn't acceptable. If you aren't sure, then just don't post it.

Gore: We don't want to see images of dead people, blood and guts, body parts, wounds etc. It's ok for hunters to post pictures of their harvest. But be tasteful about it and let people know what to expect in the thread title. We might set up a separate section specifically for shop accidents and cautionary tales where you will be allowed to post you own injuries as a way to remind others to be careful. But we will not tolerate gratuitous gore just for the sake of grossing people out.

Illegal activity: Don't discuss it.

Personal attacks:  We don't want to hold anyone's hand here. Be courteous to your fellow members. We don't want any name calling and insults. It's ok to point out when someone is wrong, but be diplomatic and tactful about it. By the same token, if you are wrong and someone calls you on it, take your lumps with dignity. We don't want to waste time and resources settling petty disputes. Best thing to do is if you disagree with someone, don't post anything here that you wouldn't say in person. And remember that we all share a common bond. Don't burn any bridges with other members, you never know when they might be able to help you out. Ultimately we want people to feel welcome here, so with that in mind, lets not run new members off by giving them a hard time. Administrators may choose to remove posts containing personal attacks from the board. Please don't make us have to do this.

Foul language: Keep it to yourself. This is a public forum. We don't want to project the kind of image a profanity ridden website would. We're not particularly uptight people, but we want this place to stay classy. Do not attempt to circumvent the software censor.

Search Function: Other forums like to scream "Use the search function" at new members every time they see a repeat post. Here's our take on it. We would prefer that you search for the information before starting a new thread. But we understand that sometimes finding the right keywords to get the desired results can be a challenge. Some forums have a strange paradoxical attitude where they frown upon new threads about old topics, and at the same time discourage digging up old long-forgotten threads. So while we'd prefer not to see 10 new threads started on the same topic within a few days of each other, we understand if your search doesn't yield useful results. We want you to find the answer you seek so don't be afraid to ask an old question. There are plenty of people who enjoy sharing their knowledge, even if it's the same knowledge over and over again.

"Give Aways" and Contests: We understand that some folks may wish to celebrate forum milestones with giveaways. That's fine by us, but the person conducting the giveaway and the "winner" or recipient are responsible for complying with all applicable laws. Don't give away contraband, make sure it's legal to transfer ownership of the items, make sure the person receiving them can do so legally in their jurisdiction, etc. We admire the generosity of folks in the outdoors community, and we want to make sure that generosity isn't punished because of a legal technicality. Also be aware that raffles are not legal unless the proceeds go to charity.

Advertising and Selling: We like to hear about new outdoor products from our members. We like to see things people have made themselves. But what we don't want to see is a knife you made yourself, with a bunch of close-up pictures, then a link to your knife making website in the signature line of your posts, and other members posting about how they bought a great knife from you. Basically if you profit from a post you made on this forum, then that would constitute advertising. If you wish to advertise a product or service, you may contact an administrator to make arrangements. We welcome and encourage knife makers and makers of other outdoor products to join and participate in our forum. We will provide a venue for you to advertise your products if there is a demand for it. And we will strive to keep a level playing field by requiring the same fee from anyone wishing to advertise here, from the smallest backyard bladesmith, to the biggest corporation. We understand how frustrating it can be to pay for advertising only to compete for customers with folks who do not pay to play. That's not how we do things here. That said, the administrators of this forum are knife makers and businessmen, and we reserve the right to give our products (and only our products) preferential treatment. We pledge that we will not give any breaks to our friends, or give anyone a pass on advertising fees. Outright spam will be dealt with swiftly and surely. Update: We will now allow members to sell new and handmade items through our classified section, up to 12 items per year. That will allow you to sell one item per month. If you wish to sell more than 12 items in a one year period, you may get a vendor subscription. We want to allow our members to sell the odd item here and there, but are limiting the total in order to be fair to our vendors. Please conduct all transactions in the classified section. Reselling new items as used for off-site businesses in order to circumvent the vendor subscription is prohibited.

If you are contacted by another member interested in either selling or buying something "under the table" outside of our barter, trade and classified forums, please inform an administrator immediately.

Post Signatures: Please make sure that the signature line of your posts is in compliance with the rest of the rules. Links to blogs and youtube channels are ok. Links to "for profit" websites where you advertise products are not ok without first making arrangements with an administrator.

Multiple User Accounts: Multiple user accounts are prohibited.

Content: Members, visitors and guests of Bladesandbushlore.c om, agree to use the content of this website at their own risk, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless it's owners, administrators, staff and members for any damages arising from the use and/or misuse of this website or information contained within. Bladesandbushlore.c om, it's owners, administrators and staff are not responsible for content posted by members and assume no liability for damages arising from the use and/or misuse of that content. Members, guests and visitors to this site agree to indemnify and hold harmless bladesandbushlore.c om, it's owners, administrators, staff and other members for any damages arising from the use or misuse of this site, it's content or information contained within. Once content is submitted, Blades and Bushlore reserves the right to preserve, copy, publish, reproduce, monetize or delete the content. This applies to any content stored on our server, including uploaded attachments and avatar images. Individual members are required to comply with all copyright and trademark laws. Copyright and trademark infringement liability is the responsibility of the individual member who posts the copyrighted or trademarked content. All members posting content hereby certify that they have the right to reproduce said content and transfer usage rights to bladesandbushlore.c om. Make sure any media or content you post is either created by you, or is public domain, for example. Owners of copyrighted or trademarked material who post it on this site agree to give bladesandbushlore.c om, it's staff and administrators unrestricted use of that material for any and all legal purposes. The intent of this provision is to assure current and potential members, guests, and visitors that they alone are responsible for using information from this site in a safe and responsible manner, and to protect the site from copyright and trademark infringement liability. Nothing herein constitutes an intent or obligation to use, distribute or publish any content provided by users of this site.

Conflicts of Interest: In the interest of maintaining a fun and relaxed atmosphere, it is important that B&B members have the forum and their fellow members' best interests in mind. We will not tolerate intentional attempts to undermine or sabotage the forum community. Inter-forum espionage is forbidden. Member accounts being used for the benefit of competing websites will be deactivated. We do not care if you are a member of other websites. However, helping those websites disrupt our forum, or relaying privileged information is forbidden.

Scamming members: Deceiving, scamming, or taking advantage of other members for personal gain will result in a banned account.

Bladesandbushlore.c om reserves the right to terminate (ban) any user account at any time for any reason.

In the event any of the above rules are in conflict with one another, the more restrictive rule shall control.

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