RIP Charlie Mike

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by VernonRemington, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    RIP CM.
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  2. smuiradise

    smuiradise Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Oh man this is sad. I haven't read through all of the comments and not sure what happened, but I always enjoyed Matt's instagram profile. I didn't know him personally but interacted with him here and on instagram. RIP Charlie Mike.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2019
  3. bhyde

    bhyde UNNECESSARY EVIL Staff Member Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Found out about this somewhat late last night. Looked at the comments here and elsewhere many times as if it were some dream and not a reality.
    Personally have interacted with Matt only a handful of times over the years..Watched him grow in his knifemaking skills from the very beginning.
    Found solace in his determination to move beyond the vices many fall victim to. Grew excited for him when he received his tormach CNC. Enjoyed his realism and spirit with his Youtube videos. Snickered a little when he had made some kydex sheaths for a ball peen hammer.

    Rest in peace Matt, you have touched so many in a positive way and for that I am grateful.
  4. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    I first saw the tragic news of CM's passing on the Shop Talk section of this Site before I had noticed this much deserved tribute dedication thread to Charlie Mike. Like many on here, I only knew of CM because of his postings on here and some other social media foot prints. I always found him to be both funny with an unabashed sense of humor combined with his thoughtfulness and the sharp presence of of mind.

    Although the news of his passing is very numbing, it's great comfort to see that many, many, many care about him and are expressing their sorrow by sharing their fond memories, whether the connections were made in ether or IRL.

    Here's Blade Forum's Charlie Mike's YT channel for those interested, if for nothing else than to celebrate and to appreciate his contributions:

    Pass through the Universe calmly fellow Californian knife hobbyist.
  5. hexenjager

    hexenjager Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2016
    Dammit. :(

    I didn't know him nearly as well as many here, but he was one of my favorite contributors to the forum. He shared his knowledge of and passion for knives, he shared his kitties and wonderfully warped sense of humor, his triumphs and the times he fell a bit short of triumph... he shared himself and made the forum a better place for it. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones, both 2 and 4 legged.

    You will be missed, CM.
  6. Chariotz4

    Chariotz4 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    I haven't been around here too long compared to most, but shortly after my introduction to the site, I began noticing a lot of posts from someone with the screen name "Charlie Mike". Usually filled with a good dose of wry humour and equal parts honest opinion and helpful advice. As I spent more and more time here, I came to see those regular posts from him as a part of the forum itself; that's just the tip of the iceberg regarding how much he was contributing back to the community here.

    His passing is definitely a loss for BladeForums and while I'm happy to have been here while he was a regular contributer, it's a bittersweet feeling knowing that newcomers to BF won't be able to experience his personality first-hand like I was fortunate enough to be able to. Sending some thoughts and good vibes his way/his family's way.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2019
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  7. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    We are sad. You will be missed. Thank you for leaving posts and videos by which we can remember you.
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  8. riversidedep

    riversidedep Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 27, 2007
    Very sad. He was way too young. Condolences to his family and friends.

    I always enjoyed his posts. "Knives on my cat" is a Bladeforums classic. A huge loss to all of us on the forums and to the entire knife community. I'm sure he'll be packing his blades through the pearly gates. Heaven will just have to get used to him putting a "wave" on everything up there.
  9. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I agree 100%.
  10. Corvus Corax

    Corvus Corax Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    A decade or so ago, I first got into knife collecting via an interest in balisongs. CM was one of the active authorities on that subject back then and though I was always just a lurker, I really valued his opinion. Though I never really interacted with him, he played an important role in developing my passion for blades and I'll never forget him for it! I guess sometimes we don't get to see all the little ripples that stretch out from the splash we make in this life.

    Rest easy Matt. You will be remembered!
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  11. lonestar1979


    Mar 2, 2014
  12. awh


    Oct 20, 2010
    Matt modified my Spyderco Szabo - turned the spydie hole into a wave and put a double edge on the top portion of the blade. Taught me that his preferred waving technique was to mount the pocket clip on the opposite side of the knife and open by drawing into a reverse ice pick style grip. I'm pretty sure he was the world's foremost user of the wave feature. Anyways, that Charlie Mike modified Szabo is one of my all time favorite knives and makes me feel like a badass every time I carry it. Matt was an original and will be missed.
  13. Makael

    Makael Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 17, 2015
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  14. Slauterhause

    Slauterhause Best Rob on BF. Way better than those other Robs. Platinum Member

    Aug 28, 2015
    Very very sad indeed. I only knew him from here, but very much enjoyed looking at his big overbuilt blades. RIP brother.
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  15. DRLyman

    DRLyman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2016
    Sad news. RIP
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  16. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Thanks for the link.
    I can see that CM touched a lot of people.
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  17. razor-edge-knives

    razor-edge-knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2011
    wow this is a sad, sad day. Could not believe it when I heard the news. You will be missed Matt.
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  18. ric75


    Jun 2, 2017
    Sad news :(

    He was a cool guy. Always nice to watch his channel.
    Reminds me to use my shit and live in the moment.

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  19. imdianemichelle


    May 12, 2012
    This is Matt’s ex-wife. I was devastated by the news of his passing. The world lost a talented kind man. RIP Matt, it breaks my heart to know you are gone.
  20. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    My condolences, Diane. All my best to you, his friends and family.
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