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Michael Rodriguez – Push Dagger

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

These are four different versions of a new push dagger design called the “Throat Punch” or Tecpatl, by SF Veteran Michael Rodriguez. It’s a design that CRKT will be launching soon with proceeds of sales benefitting the George W Bush Military Service Initiative and the Special Operations Care Fund. He recently presented them to a very special group of friends on a particular personal security detail. They are made of layered G10 fiberglass making them lightweight, functional and concealable.

MDM – SERE Industries OM27-S

Friday, September 30th, 2016

I saw a lot of interesting gear at Modern Day Marine but the OM27-S from SERE Industries stuck out for a couple of reasons. First off, is the obvious; it’s a multi-functional tool, but creator Tim Langan is also a Marine Corps Veteran and based the design on need. Items built fulfill an operational need always garner my attention.  Langan says, in addition to its use a tool, the OM27-S can also be used for fitness applications. Those of you who participated, may recognize the tool from type US Army’s 2016 Advanced Warfighting Experiment.

The OM27-S consists of the OS-100 Operational MultiPurpose Support Bar which serves as the tool’s shaft, OG-1 MultiPurpose Survival Tool which resembles the spearhead, M5 MultiPurpose Utility Handle which looks like a hammerhead, CCW-101 Cervical Counterweight and MutiPurpose Shovel which is the hexagonal item, and the Tactical Survival Bag/Field Litter-Splint.

The SERE OM27-S Survival Tool is a one-of-a-kind hybrid multi-functioning tactical tool designed for infinite combinations of use and brings the individual a system of over 50 solutions for a variety of operational applications in multiple threat environments in 7.7 pounds.

There’s a lot of capability here. I’m going to try to purchase one to enhance the BII for my Pinzgauer. The SERE Industries OM27-S is available for unit and agency purchase through Federal Resources.

American Knife & Tool Institute Presents “Common Sense Award” to Senator Martin Heinrich and Congressman Kurt Schrader

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

“Common Sense Award” Recognizes the Senator and Congressman’s Bipartisan Leadership on a Federal Initiative to Better Protect Citizens from Complex and Burdensome Government Regulations

September 19, 2016 – Cody, WY – The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) last week presented Senator Martin Heinrich, D-NM, and Congressman Kurt Schrader, D-OR 5, with the “AKTI Common Sense Award.” The award is designed to honor Members of Congress who have worked across party lines to further common sense legislation.

AKTI Presentation to Congressman Kurt Schrader D-OR

AKTI Presentation to Congressman Kurt Schrader D-OR

In today’s annual presentation, AKTI honored Senator Heinrich and Congressman Schrader for their bi-partisan work on the Knife Owners’ Protection Act (KOPA), a bill that will ensure federal protection for lawful knife owners from the current patchwork of state and local knife laws.

“I would like to thank the American Knife and Tool Institute for this award, recognizing the growing bipartisan support for the Knife Owners Protection Act,” said Senator Heinrich. “This legislation will protect law abiding knife owners from being arrested or fined when they are traveling with hunting or pocket knives. Sportsmen and hunters who are safely transporting their knives from one location where they are legal to another should not fear unfair prosecution when they cross state lines and jurisdictions. With the patchwork of knife laws across the country, this legislation is just common sense.”

“When responsible knife owners transport their knives across state lines, they are very often met with drastically different laws regulating their knives from state to state,” said Rep. Schrader. “This creates a lot of legal confusion that no other group is forced to face. We worked together to find a common sense solution to alleviate a lot of that confusion.”

AKTI Presentation to Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM

AKTI Presentation to Senator Martin Heinrich D-NM

Under current U.S. code, lawful gun owners are allowed to transport firearms legally in both the state of origin and the state of destination, provided they are properly stored and in accordance with all federal restrictions. However, no such protection exists for knife owners wishing to transport knives to and from states in which they are legal, but through jurisdictions with varying requirements. KOPA would allow legal interstate travel for knives, provided the knives are transported to and from states where the law allows possession of said knives, and they are transported in closed containers. In the Senate, the bill, S. 1315, has passed the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and is sponsored by Senators Mike Enzi, R-WY, and Ron Wyden, D-OR, and co-sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin, D-WV, Martin Heinrich, D-NM, Mike Lee, R-UT, John Thune, R-SD, Jon Tester, D-MT, Jerry Moran, R-KS, Tom Udall, D-NM, Steve Daines, R-MT, Maria Cantwell, D-WA, Mike Crapo, R-ID, Jeff Merkley, D-OR, and Jim Risch, R-ID. In the House, H.R. 419 is sponsored by Congressman Matt Salmon, R-AZ 5, and co-sponsored by Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-OR 5, Thomas Massie, R-KY 4, Trent Franks, R-AZ 8, Paul Gosar, R-AZ 4, Cynthia Lummis, R-WY At Large, David Schweikert, R-AZ 6, Martha McSally, R-AZ 2, and Rob Bishop, R-UT 1.

“Since our inception, AKTI has been a bi-partisan organization that looks to partner with legislators operating above partisan politics and interested in bringing sound, practical solutions for people who depend on knives in their daily lives,” said CJ Buck, AKTI President and Co-Founder. “It has been an honor to work with Senator Heinrich and Congressman Schrader on common sense legislation that brings clarity to people who travel with knives as part of their daily professional and recreational activities.”

For nearly 20 years, AKTI has served as the go-to resource for knife owners looking to ensure that they comply with all local, state, and federal laws related to knives. One of the biggest complaints and points of confusion AKTI hears about from lawful knife owners involves the interstate transport of knives. While citizens are making every effort to comply with patchwork state and local laws, it has become clear that there is the need for a federal protection for sportsmen, hunters, and other law-abiding knife owners that does not interfere with state and local restrictions on knife use.

Skallywag Tactical – Gladium Knife

Monday, September 19th, 2016


Skallywag Tactical has released a brand new ‘affordable’ blade, the Gladium Knife. The Gladium is forge from 440 stainless, with a black stone wash finish. It comes complete with a kydex sheath, and is only 5″ OAL and 3mm thick, making it a good addition to an EDC configuration.

5.11 Tactical – Operator Axe

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Created in conjunction with Viking Tactics’ Kyle Lamb (SGM, USA Ret), the Operator Axe incorporates 24 features.

SCM 435 Stainless Steel
Subdued black oxide finish
Overall length: 15″/38.1cm
Weight: Without sheath: 1 lb,10oz/.74kg; With sheath: 1lb, 15oz/.88kg

Spartanat Interview With Rustick Knives

Saturday, September 17th, 2016




SPARTANAT: What is the idea behind Rustick Knives? What is you motivation?

Jack Stottlemire: As a Craftsman I made Archery equipment (Longbows and Recurves) for 17 years while in the Military. After retiring I picked up knife making and it became an overnight success. The name Rustick comes from my nickname “Rusty” and the “Stick” bows that I used to make. Combine the two and you have Rustick. So when I began knife making I switched the names from Rustick Archery to Rustick Knives.


SPARTANAT: If you had to pick a Rustick knife for military duty: Which would it be and why?

Jack Stottlemire: That’s a hard question. I would carry a 6” bladed Kraken and a Ripper Flipper tactical folder. A knife to a Soldier today is a working tool, not a killing instrument like you see in the movies. A knife is used to open meals, ammo cans, cut brush, cut paracord, etc… It must be strong and be able to keep a keen cutting edge. My knives are built to take abuse, keep a cutting edge and to be easily resharpened in the field. In fact, my youngest Son is an Infantryman in the US Army and carries a Kraken and a 4” Utility/Fighter on his kit.


SPARTANAT: What differs Rustick Knives from other tactical knives/brands?

Jack Stottlemire: Every knife that I make is hand ground by me. I do not farm my knives out to a machine shop to do all of the work or have CNC milling machines in my shop to do all of the work. A Rustick Knife is truly a handmade cutting tool. Also every person that is involved with the making of each knife is a Combat Veteran to include my leather maker Donnie Harper of Harp Leather.

SPARTANAT: How did you come into knife making? Which knifemaker/brand inspired you the most?

Jack Stottlemire: I have always made things with my hands. It was natural after serving 30+ years as a Soldier, Marine and Government Contractor to start my own business working with my hands. I apprenticed with Chris Williams of Wilmont Grinders/Knives for about 6 months. Chris said that I was a natual, gave a grinder and told me to go home and make knives. So I did! I love the old bone and antler handled hunting knives that were sold in my hometown outdoor store as a kid. Those are my favorite to make.

SPARTANAT: Which knife did you carry in duty/combat?

Jack Stottlemire: I carried the tried and true Marine Combat Knife (KaBar) for just about my entire time in the Military. For about the last 10 years I also carried a Horrigan Fighter that was handmade and given to me by my dear friend Robert “Bob” Horrigan who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005.


SPARTANAT: Please tell from your own experience, what are the jobs or the main purposes of a tactical knife carried by soldiers in the field today.

Jack Stottlemire: As I stated before, a knife to a modern soldier is a cutting instrument, a prybar, a shovel, a hammer, it is used daily for a myriad of chores. In my opinion daggers and other killing knives are useless on today’s battlefield. A Soldier needs a strong cutting tool that can be called upon to complete any task and not fail.

SPARTANAT: Whats the role of Rustick knives and Conflict Forge in helping veterans batteling ptbs (the projects and the mission)?

Jack Stottlemire: I started Conflict Forge with Chris Williams of Wilmont Grinders/Knives. He and I served in combat together and are close friends. We wanted to give back to the Veteran community by making functional art out of steel from our Nation’s Battlefields. All monies raised from our artwork goes to benefit Veteran Charities.

Rustick Knives is a one man shop run by Jack Stottlemire. Jack served 26 years as a US Marine, Army Paratrooper and Special Operations Soldier retiring as a Sergeant Major at Fort Bragg, NC. He uses military experience along with 12 combat tours to design what works and is practical in a hard use blade. Each blade is handcrafted over a long process by Jack, 100% Combat Veteran made in the U.S.A.


Opinel No12 Explore

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Opinel folding clasp knives are quite traditional. They’ve have been around for over 125 years, but for the No12 Explore model, Opinel has updated materials as well as design.

Blade: 12C27 Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade: 10 cm (4’’) length, 2.7 cm (0.8’’) thickness

Handle: Fiberglass reinforced polyamide to withstand shock, water and extreme temperatures. Comfortable: Soft elastomer grip

Survival whistle: 110 dB (300 m)pealess
Sturdy hook blade: Cut by drawing (gut hook)
Fire starter: Ferro rod in handle

Currently available in Orange and Green for pre-order.

CJ Buck Inducted Into Cutlery Hall of Fame

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Co-Founder and President of the American Knife & Tool Institute Honored for His Contributions to the Knife Community

CJ Buck, CEO and Chairman of Buck Knives, Inc., Post Falls, Idaho, was recently honored for his extraordinary service and contribution to the knife community. He was inducted at the 2016 BLADE Show into the Cutlery Hall of Fame©. Active members of the Cutlery Hall of Fame elect an annual inductee by a vote prior to each show.

Hall of Fame member Goldie Russell, President of A.G. Russell Knives, and Jan Billeb, Executive Director of the American Knife & Tool Institute, shared how CJ Buck’s foresight and commitment in the formation and work of the American Knife & Tool Institute insured that a forum for the industry was in place to develop solutions to problems when needed.

“As an ambassador of the knife community and AKTI, CJ Buck has elevated the knife industry’s image to the greater world at large and fostered partnerships with labor unions, congressional caucuses and conservation and outdoor groups,” noted Jan Billeb.

CJ Buck challenged the organization to be multi-faceted and proactive – protecting the American heritage of knives in daily lives, promoting growth in the industry and encouraging the next generation of knife users.

“CJ’s grandfather Al and father Chuck, also Hall of Fame members, would be proud of him – the man he is, heritage he successfully continues and his accomplishments to ensure that everyone in the knife community can continue doing what they love – making knives and sharing them with others,” said Goldie Russell.

“The Cutlery Hall of Fame includes individuals who have had such a strong and passionate impact on the industry I love,” said CJ Buck, “and the fact that those same individuals have accorded this recognition to me is almost overwhelming.”

He added, “I continue to enjoy my involvement with the American Knife & Tool Institute and am so pleased with how much progress we have made by working together. From the closed and short-sighted 1958 Federal Switchblade Act to the visionary Knife Owner’s Protection Act, we have brought outdoorsmen and women together with the building trades in a frank dialogue based on logic and reason and not fear. We have partnered with legislators and law enforcement rather than just be adversarial and have brought about change in how knives are regarded. That momentum continues.”