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Ruger Introduces Hollow-Point Knife by CRKT

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The Hollow-Point™ knife is designed by Ken Onion for the exclusive Ruger® knife line by CKRT®. This knife combines the IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system for efficient opening with retro-styling and modern knife features such as a frame lock mechanism, molded plastic scales, two-position pocket clip, lanyard hole and blade flipper for quick one-handed deployment. This uniquely styled knife is ideal for hunting treks and great for every day carry in the pack or pocket.

The Hollow-Point™ is part of the exclusive Ruger knife line; the line includes designs for everyday carry, hunting, tactical uses and self-preparedness. The knives are crafted in varying sizes and finishes, with an assortment of blade edges. Developed by six master knife-smiths who combined their knowledge of the art with the aesthetic details from Ruger® firearms, the line offers unique knives with the important features that every good knife should have. These knives are purpose built to be durable and highly functional in the environments where Ruger customers will expect them to perform.

Blade Length: 3.17”
Edge: Plain
Steel: 8Cr13MoV, 58 – 59 HRC
Finish: Satin
Thickness: 0.125”
Closed Length: 4.25”
Open Length: 7.5”
Weight: 4.40 oz.
Handle: Stainless Steel w/ Inserts
Style: Folding Knife w/ Frame Lock

Additional models available:
Ruger® Hollow-Point™ +P (R2301) MSRP: $79.99
Ruger® Hollow-Point™ Compact (R2303) MSRP: $59.99
Ruger® Hollow-Point (R2302) MSRP: $69.99

For more information on the Hollow-Point™ models or the entire Ruger® product line go to ruger.com/crkt.

SOG Knives Introducing Made In USA Line

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

SOG® Specialty Knives and Tools, is announcing a new line of knives completely made in the U.S.A.; with the initial products to be released in 2017, including a fixed blade, and three folders. This USA Made production series of knives from SOG showcase the superior materials used when creating these premium products – such as CPM S35VN steel and Micarta handles.

Banner, a fully equipped, heavy-duty folder with a SAT® assisted-opening CPM S35VN blade in a black Cerakote® coating housed in an anodized aluminum handle with steel liners. For a 3.5-inch blade, it weighs in at a relatively light 4.5 oz.

Strat Ops, is a heavy-duty folder with an automatic CPM S35VN blade, with a black Cerakote® coating, housed in a linen Micarta handle with stainless steel liners. Measuring 8.0 total inches, with a 3.5-inch blade, the slim Strat-Ops weighs 3.7 oz.

Tac Ops, a durable and sturdy folder with an automatic CPM S35VN blade, with a black Cerakote® coating housed in a linen Micarta handle with stainless steel liners.  With an overall length of 8.2 inches, with a 3.5-inch blade, the Tac-Ops is relatively lightweight at 4.6 oz.

Pillar, a fully equipped, full tang CPM S35VN steel fixed blade, with a stone wash and machine ground finish. This workhorse is built to handle any task. The canvas Micarta handle offers superior grip in wet or dry conditions and looks better the more it is used. Added with the Kydex sheath and adjustable low profile locking mount, this makes for a perfect choice for carry.

SOG will also be releasing a new line of multitools, folders, fixed and more during the show.

See SOG Knives and Tools at SHOT Show in Booth #425.

Breakthrough Clean Technologies Sharpens Edge On Newest Kit With Jake Hoback Knives

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

January 5th, 2017: Breakthrough Clean Technologies & Jake Hoback Knives are pleased to unveil their newest collaborative kit: The F23 Knife Maintenance Kit. The F23 addresses a need that has been absent from the end-user’s mindset, the ongoing care and maintenance of an important utility tool – the knife.

At the heart of this collaborative project lies the main product that was previously unavailable, the Formula 23 Knife Oil. The oil is designed to lubricate and maintain the knife so it operates correctly. Being a true “student of the blade,” Jake Hoback envisioned a product that could cater to specific needs that knives have and firearms don’t. Breakthrough delivered this product (and more) by designing an edged-tool lubricant that features a boundary additive that aids in lubricating, protecting, and enhancing the operation of all types of knives.

“The F23 Knife Oil is a specifically-designed knife and cutlery lubricant. We spent months testing different formulations and additives in search of an effective, long-lasting lubricant that won’t evaporate. Our goal was to create a lubricant that will protect edged weapons and enhance the bearing and pivot movements on a folding knife. Special attention was also paid to the capillary effect that is present when joining two pieces of steel together;it is critical to provide and retain sufficient lubrication in those capillary spaces.”– Jake Hoback

The F23 Knife Maintenance Kit will be available for purchase in February, 2017 at JakeHobackKnives.com and will have a $35.00 MSRP.

To learn more about the F23 visit:JakeHobackKnives.com or visit Breakthrough Clean’s SHOT Show booth (#109) during January 17-20.

Kelly & Michael Rodriguez, A Knife Making Family

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Not only do Michael and Kelly Rodriguez currently have knife designs with CRKT but they are both Soldiers. Michael is a medically retired SF NCO and his wife Kelly is still serving as a Senior NCO at the 44th Med Bde. Incidentally, they’re also both great Americans and have great sons. One of them is also serving in the Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd. I’m very proud to call them friends and I’m also very proud of the work they are doing in the knife industry. Like I said earlier, both of them have designs under manufacture with CRKT as part of the Forged By War Program. Mutual friend Ryan M Johnson of RMJ Tactical taught Michael how to forge knives and worked with Team Rodriguez to get their designs to CRKT where he has a few designs as well. Recently, they shared their designs and told friends about CRKT’s Forged By War program’s donation to charities. It’s always cool to hear the background story behind a product and they are sharing that with us now.

Kelly’s Story

I can’t believe the day has finally come! About two years ago, on the way home from Blade Show in Atlanta, Michael asked me a question that he had once been asked by Ryan M Johnson. “Is there a tool or knife you wish you would have had when you were down range?” In fact, there was, and so I started thinking and putting those thoughts on paper. The Combat Stripping Tool was born. I was blessed that CRKT included me and my design in their Forged By War program.

I’ve always hated traditional trauma shears. Don’t get me wrong, they work, and for some things, they are the best tool out there. But for me and for most as my 18D husband agrees, I normally used them to strip clothes off of patients. And for that I thought there had to be a better way. Once shears get dirty with mud, blood, dirt or oxidation, they become difficult to open and close, and I know I’ve gotten a few hand cramps from some mascal (mass casualty) situations that I’ve been in. So I wanted to design a tool that was easy to use, easy to keep sharp, and didn’t take up to much space.

The CST does just that. It has an exaggerated bull-nose and thumb guard to prevent injuries to yourself or your patient. It has a textured grip to prevent slipping, a built in oxygen wrench, and a centimeter scale to verify tube placements or wound size. It’s also easily cleaned.

There will be a great video coming out soon that demonstrates how well it works. I admit that I was pretty amazed at how fast it strips uniforms off! I’ll share it when it’s out.

I’ve chosen Operation One Voice to receive 10% off all profits from the CST. Please check them out! They are a great organization that has helped my family a great deal.


Utility Blade for Cutting Fabric During Emergency Situations
Oxygen Wrench
Built In Measuring Scale

Blade Length 2.125″ (53.98 mm)
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Steel Feather Safety Razor Blade; SS, HRC 56-63
Blade Finish Satin
Blade Thickness 0.005″ (0.13 mm)
Weight 1.5 oz
Handle Glass Reinforced Nylon
Style Fixed Blade Knife w/Sheath
Sheath Feature Replacement Blade Included In Woven Polyester MOLLE Gear Compatible Sheath
Sheath Material Weaved Polyester; Black
Overall Length 8.0″ (203.2 mm)

Michael’s Story

This is the first official look at my design and a project from over 3 years ago. I gave a sneak peak last year . Meet my “Tecpatl”. I was asked by a good friend of mine (Ryan M. Johnson) if there was ever a knife I wished I had during my deployments that didn’t exist. I knew there was, I had always carried a push knife that was lightweight, easily deployable, didn’t take a lot of space on my kit, many different mounting options and had one purpose, to create space between me and a target so I could get to my secondary, support arrived or situation changed.

My only issue was that I could not operate my weapon without dropping the push knife. There are several knives that are called “Fighting Knives” which are very effective, but without spending countless hours of training they just look cool, are extra weight and take up space on your “lightweight” kit. All Combat leaders know training time is precious and should be prioritized. Rex Applegate understood this and I urge you to read his manuals not just on his techniques but his philosophy. I discussed at length with another great friend of mine (Bill Harsey) who worked with and knew Rex very well about my design. There were very few to zero flying knife attacks with a blade flashing back and forth as portrayed in movies, Rex referred to them who practiced this as the “Flowing Robe Boys” yes that is an actual quote. Combat has evolved, there is a reason we don’t charge into battle carrying a sword, battle axe and crossbow under a hail of arrows today. I do believe however Combatives or hand to hand should always be part of your training regimen. Knife fighting is an art, just like gun fighting, both are a beautiful art that require a lot of training. If you can afford the knife fighting training great, but if you find yourself in a situation where you need to wield a knife in combat I pray your well prepared. If you’ve ever been there, you know what I’m talking about, you rely on your training and instinct.

I wanted a knife that monopolized more than instinct, but your anatomy and physiology. Everyone can throw a punch (some better than others), its part of the fight instinct we are born with, not to mention the greatest transference of force is generated with a punch in line with a blade in a small space. A straight punch or downward slash with your wrist locked in its anatomical position uses the largest muscle groups in our upper body and if your trained in combatives or fighting your much more effective because you are trained on how to use your whole body in those movements. Your reach is increased because you are not forced to focus the cutting edge of a hand held conventional knife and guess where it will reach its intended target. Just picture it in your mind. This knife is an extension of your fist, your own body. The knife edge and point are always pointed forward towards the target (sound familiar?), mag changes with weapon and blade in hand present no danger of self inflicted wounds unlike other knives. The handle rests solidly in your palm giving the knife a stable foundation during use, but not too bulky which drastically changes the feel of gun in hand. The profile of the blade was designed utilizing several historic combat proven bayonets and the subsequent body movements necessary for their employment.

After I sketched it, Ryan Johnson noticed if you turned the blade upside down it resembled a skull, the resemblance is a complete after thought which I think is pretty cool. All I had to do was add a nose. So utilizing my culture I sketched up a version using Mexican Sugar Skull Art, with a mixture of warrior culture symbols. Which is what our Warriors are today, the evolution of Warrior Cultures from around the world and times past.

10% of total profits will be donated to the Special Operations Care Fund and the George W. Bush Institute, visit their websites and see how else you can contribute.

I want the thank Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) for taking this “Forged by War” project on and working on bringing Civilians and Military together. We are all American Citizens… De Oppresso Liber


Black Powder Coat with Sugar Skull Laser Marking
Multiple Hand Deployment Options
Kydex® Sheath with Spring Loaded MOLLE Compatible Gear Clip

Blade Length 3.375″ (85.73 mm)
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Steel SK5 Carbon Steel, HRC 53-55
Blade Finish Black Powder Coat
Blade Thickness 0.203″ (5.16 mm)
Weight 5.6 oz
Handle Stainless Steel
Style Fixed Blade Knife w/Sheath
Sheath Material Kydex; Black
Overall Length 5.813″ (147.65 mm)

American Knife & Tool Institute Announces Prefiling of Virginia House Bill 1432

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Legislation Would Remove Concealed Carry Restrictions for Law-Abiding Citizens Using Automatic Knives for Professional and Recreational Uses

December 19, 2016 – Cody, WY – The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) today announced the prefiling of Virginia HB 1432 by Delegate Lee Ware. HB 1432 will reform current state laws to allow for the concealed carry of an automatic knife when the knife is carried for the purpose of engaging in a lawful profession or recreational activity when the performance of such task is aided by use of an automatic knife. HB 1432 also removes automatic knives (also referred to as switchblades) from the list of weapons the selling, bartering, giving, or furnishing of which is a Class 4 misdemeanor. The legislation has been referred to the House Committee on Courts of Justice, and will likely be heard before the Committee in the beginning of 2017.

AKTI is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization that represents all segments of the knife industry and knife users, promoting reasonable and responsible knife legislation and enforcement. We believe that law-abiding citizens should be able to carry their essential and valuable tools without the fear of arbitrary, inconsistent and ineffective government restrictions.

“We are extremely pleased to see HB 1432 pre-filed, and look forward to the bill passing the General Assembly in 2017,” said AKTI’s Executive Director, Jan Billeb. “We have worked closely with Delegate Ware on this bill, and are thankful for his leadership on the issue. Delegate Ware is a true champion of responsible knife owners in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

“Ensuring that the Code of Virginia while providing for the safety of the public does not impinge on the rights–and needs–of law-abiding citizens is one of the most important obligations entrusted to a member of the General Assembly. I am pleased to be patron of House Bill 1432, I am grateful for the indispensable assistance in preparing it of AKTI, and I look forward to advocating for passage of the bill during the upcoming 2017 General Assembly.” [Delegate Lee Ware (R-65)]

This and other pro-knife legislative efforts can be followed on the American Knife & Tool Institute’s website www.AKTI.org.

Hardcore Hardware Australia – BFK-01

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The BFK-01 was Hardcore Hardware Australia’s first fixed blade knife. This update to the design is still intended for use as a general purpose tool to cut, chop, saw, slash, dig, baton, smash, stab, pry, skin or spear.

Tool Specs:
Code: BFK-02 GEN II
Type: Knife (Fixed Blade)
Point: Mod. Tanto Point
Steel: D2 (BOHLER K110/AISI) HRC: 58-60
Finish: Teflon Coating
Blade Length: 172 mm (7.77”) OAL: 308 mm (12.12”)
Blade Width: 41 mm (1.61”) OAW: 53 mm (2.08”)
Overall Thickness: 26mm (1.02”)
Handle: G10 (Scales)
Grip Screws: T8 Torx Weight: 484 g (17.07 oz)

Sheath Specs:
Material: Kydex
Attachment: Pals/Molle + Belt/Strap
Blade Retention: Friction Lock
OAL:* 318 mm (12.51”)
OAW:* *91 mm (3.58”)
Weight:* 638 g (22.50 oz)
*Dimensions and weight of sheathed BFK-01 GEN II


(h/t to RB at Risk Protection Group)

ZU Bladeworx Australia – 1RAR Evaluating New Knife

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

The order for the Nomad Mk2 is a trial for the Australian Army, being conducted by 1RAR and consists of metal live blades and 6061 Aluminium trainers (Army HQ specified Aluminium with a type 2 red anodizing).

The Mk1 had a standard tip on it but the Mk2 has a reinforced tip for penetrating harder targets.

·100% Made In Brisbane, Queensland Australia
·Steel used is Cryodur 2363 (German made A2 imported in 15mm plate)
·The Nomad weights about 170grams
·A new kydex sheath was designed specifically for the Australian Army to be more compact than standard Mk1 sheath and to fit under a shingle
·Ever knife is machined out of the solid 15mm thick plate steel
·Each knife is one piece (integral) with no separation between handle and blade
·Each knife is heat treated in Brisbane to about 57-58RC
·Each knife is cerakoted in flat black
·The knives are hand sharpened by either myself or Dirty Harry and are all double edged

The knife is currently not restricted to Army purchase and is available for civilian use (without the unit markings).

ZU Bladeworx Australia

Victorinox – Knife Combat Utility – Special Offer For SSD Readership

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Knife Combat Utility

The Knife Combat Utility is an update to the classic Demo Knife. It is designed to be low profile, with black anodized tools, including:

  • Partially Serrated Blade
  • Awl / Reamer
  • Phillips Screw Driver / Punch
  • Small Screw Driver w/ Can Opener
  • Large Screw Driver w/ Cap Opener / Wire Stripper / Wire Bender
  • Wood Saw / Dual Cut
  • The Windrose Group is offering a special deal for the SSD readership. Get the Knife Combat Utility for $62.50 delivered, anywhere CONUS.

    You can email jrinder24@gmail.com for more information.