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NEMO Equipment Is Your Link to Outland Equipment Axes

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

MMA 1901 and MMA 1501

The Axe
After two years of intense development and testing, Outland Equipment unveiled its first multi-purpose tools: the Point Man Axe, the FireFighter Axe and the Multi-Mission Axe. The PMA is a specialized combat instrument for LE and Special Operations Forces, built to hold an edge and withstand the rigors of battle. The FFA and MMA are forcible entry tools, with optimized materials and features for cutting and prying through just about anything in your path. The FFA and MMA have unique engineering that allows for interchangeability in the axe head. A range of different components are being developed now that will be able to mount on the back side of the axe head. Outland is committed to setting a new standard of quality and innovation in tools for combat, rescue and survival. The MMA tools are currently in stock.

Axe Sheaths

Multi-Mission Axe Features:
-19 and 15 inch versions are available
-Full tang S7 steel construction (S7 is an exceptionally durable steel that can withstand the stresses encountered during impacts and maintain a sharp blade edge)
-G10 handle grips
-Multiple grip positions
–Bottom, for swinging the blade and hammer
–Middle, at the finger notch, for more controlled use of the blade
–Top, on the forward angled grip, for fine manipulation of the blade and an off-axis grip for controlling the pry and seatbelt cutter
-4 inch chopping blade
-Modular S7 steel hammer
–Specialized accessories will be available that mount in place of the hammer, making the axe configurable for different missions
-Pry feature at the bottom of the handle uses the entire length of the handle for leverage
-Seat belt cutter is positioned at the bottom of the handle to extend reach into vehicles
-Hex nut tools in the head and pry end
-A CNC machined high strength Delrin blade guard is included. A highly engineered, MOLLE compatible, belt-worn, CNC machined Delrin sheath is available as an accessory.
-All axes come in a custom zippered case

The Connection
I was introduced to Outland Equipment’s axes by Cam Brensinger, of NEMO Equipment. I’ve known Cam for several years and he has always impressed me by his innovation and dedication to quality. I know the standard he sets for himself so when he decides to present another brand alongside NEMO I know it is going to be something special. I asked him about how this had taken place and he said this:

“We were introduced to Outland through our connections in the industry,” said Cam Brensinger, NEMO’s founder and CEO, “and I was immediately struck by the design of these tools. The quality of execution is the best I’ve seen. I felt a partnership with Outland would give us another strong solution to offer our customers alongside our own Shield™ products, and it would give Outland the connections they need to increase visibility in the SOF community.” NEMO has agreed to be the exclusive distributor of Outland products to U.S. Special Operations. If you’re an active duty member of SOF, please contact NEMO for best pricing:

The Maker
Now that we have established the bonafides, let’s talk about Outland Equipment. Outland Equipment was founded by Christopher Aiston to provide people with the tools they need to survive and save lives in hostile environments. For the past 10 years, Chris has been a design consultant to companies that manufacture firearms and accessories. He built relationships in the law enforcement and fire fighting communities and discovered that firefighters are typically heavily burdened by carrying around single-purpose tools. It was clear that firefighters needed a streamlined, lightweight, multi-purpose tool that could be carried at all times. This new solution would need to withstand the harsh environments firefighters work in, and prove to be useful every day on the job, across a wide range of applications. Once development began on the tools, it quickly became apparent that these new tools could also benefit law enforcement and armed forces. That’s where the military focus came into play. Cam at NEMO saw the designs and new that they would be a perfect fit for the SOF community.

Update – You can contact Chris Aiston at

Benchmade Announces Ultimate Experience Contest

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Benchmade Knife Company, manufacturer of premium sports cutlery for over 26 years, is pleased to announce the Benchmade Ultimate Experience Contest.


Benchmade owners will have opportunity to share their “Benchmade Story” with the company for a chance to win a trip for two (2) to Oregon City, Oregon to visit the Benchmade Factory. Included in the grand prize is airfare for two (2) to Portland, hotel accomodations in Downtown Portland, a personal tour of the Benchmade factory, and a “meet & greet” with members of the Benchmade staff including founder and President, Les De Asis. In addition, the winner of the Benchmade Ultimate Experience will work with the Benchmade Product Team to design their own, one of a kind, prototype knife that will be built and sent out following the trip.

To enter visit and submit a highly detailed explanation about the history of your Benchmade knife(s) over time and provide a large image of our Benchmade knife(s) and pictures from the field. Stories must be factual.

All entries must be received by 11:59 pm PST on April 1st, 2015 to be eligible for the grand prize selection. Limit one (1) entry per person.

Winkler Knives Tribal and Sculpted Handles

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015


You can get your Winkler Knives with Tribal or Sculpted handles. Pictured above is the Winkler Knives II Belt Knife with Maple Handles. Sculpting adds $15.00 to the base cost of knives and $25.00 to axes. Tribal Decoration adds $35.00 to knives and $75.00 to axes. As pictured the WK II Belt Knife with Sculpted Handle and Caswell Finish is $365.00 and WK II Belt Knife with Tribal Decoration is $385.00.

Bawidamann Blades All Lined Up

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Monkey Edge created this image to show you how the various Bawidamann Blades size up with one another.


For size comparisons, the Skraeling is 9-1/8″ long, with a 3-7/8″ blade.

Mykel Hawke HASP

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Designed by Mykel Hawke, Survival Expert, TV personality and Retired US Army SF Officer, the HASP features a High Carbon Steel shaft and blade and Micarta handle. A multipurpose tool, HASP stands for hatchet, axe, shovel, and pick. Hawke used it on at least one of his shows.


- Axe blade
- Spade blade
- Pick head that doubles as a brush hook
- Hand Made in the same factory as the legendary Condor machetes.
- Leather belt sheath
- Bead blasted finish
- Micarta handle scales
- Lanyard hole

- Handle Length: 10.325″
- Overall Length: 19.625″
- Blade Width: 5.5″

Gough Custom – Making a Custom Knife for the Antarctic Research Mission

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Custom knife maker Aaron Gough crated this special version of the 5″ Resolute for an EMS Lieutenant, and will shortly be who was headed to Antarctica to work as a Communications Tech for the research base. Aaron documented the process which is a boon for those of us intereted in design and manufacturing. About 11 hours of footage was was shot during the creation of the knife, and then that was condensed down to the video. It took them almost four days to edit the footage. The knife itself took Gough Custom about 14 hours to finish.

Model name – 5″ Resolute
Blade steel – A2 tool steel @ 62.5HRC
Handle – Black and Toxic Green laminated G10
Sheath – Black Kydex
Overall length – 9.6″ (243mm)
Blade length – 5″ (127mm)

for full details on the materials and tools used in the build visit

Hakim Isler’s Tengu Ono Axe

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Former Army PSYOPS NCO Hakim Isler was featured in the show “Naked and Afraid” and now teaches martial arts and fitness at Elevo Dynamics in Fayetteville, NC. During the show he used a tool of his own design called the Tengu Ono (Forest Spirit) Axe.


RMJ Tactical is now doing a production run of these for Hakim and they should be available soon. An outdoor tool, it incorporates a blade for sawing, an edge for skinny and the ability to chop.

Pinkerton Knives – Ditch Dart

Friday, January 30th, 2015


The Ditch Dart is a small, general purpose utility knife made by Pinkerton Knives in collaboration with retired US Army MSG Grady Burrell. This particular model is made from D2 tool steel, with an OAL of 4.6″, a 2.5″ primary edge, and a 2.25″ secondary edge. Serrations are optional. The handle features grooves, which would allow for the addition of a parcord wrap, and a lanyard hole. After extensive testing, it was determined that the knife’s thickness of .125″ is the best thickness for strength, weight, and edge geometry relative to its size.

Models made of 154CM steel have also been made, and are marked accordingly.

SHOT Show – HK Knives

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Hk Knives are manufactured by Benchmade.


The fixed blade Feint is made from 440C stainless steel with a black santoprene handle. It features a 9.5″ blade with an overall length of 14.5″ and a thickness of 1.25″.

Prometheus Design Werks – The Griffin

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015


Prometheus Design Werks has just come out with their first in-house knife, The Griffin. Precision machined from Bohler M390, a premium Austrian blade steel, The Griffin is a skeletonized fixed blade design. The blade is 4″ long, and the spine of the blade features PDW’s proprietary Strikeback feature, a CNCed multi-bevel and arch, function-specific design which is intended to effectively strike ferrocerium rods.


The skeletonized handle features dual lashing points, as well as a combination pry tip/cat’s paw nail puller, which has use with opening cans, breaking glass, reusing nails for emergency shelters, and more. Full length jimping insures a solid grip even with a wet hand, and full chamfering around all the perpendicular edges adds comfort and ease in the hand.


The Griffin comes complete with a Kydex sheath with Tek-Lok mounting hardware.

Available in four finishes: FDE, Matte Black, Milspec OD Green, and Stonewash. The Griffin is made in the USA.