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Benchmade NSNs

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Often, I’m told by service members who read SSD, “yeah, that item is cool, by does it have a National Stock Number?” When I question them about this, I’m told that their supply office won’t buy the item, unless it has an NSN. Although, nothing could be more Cold War (and lazy) than that approach, I’ve been keeping my eye out for gear that has an NSN. For example, here is a chart from Benchmade that has NSNs.

2016 NSN Flyer

SHOT Show – Benchmade

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

As is usual, Benchmade had a great lineup of knives for the new year on display at SHOT Show. Here’s some of the highlights:


This is the Axis Stryker II. It’s a limited edition folding knife which features black and red carbon fiber, anodized red hardware accents, and a Damasteel Odin Heim blade. The blade length comes in at 3.57″, with a total length of 8.29″ and a weight of 4.76 oz.


The Nestucca Cleaver is based on the traditional Alaskan Ulu. It’s intended for use as a skinning and prep knife for big game. The blade is constructed of CPM-S30V steel, and the handle and finger hole provides users the option to utilize multiple hand positions. Additionally, the Nestucca Cleaver comes complete with a leather sheath.


The SOCP Rescue Tool is the rescue tool variant of the Greg Thompson SOCP Dagger. It features the Benchmade rescue hook design, a carbide glass breaker, oxygen wrench, and the finger loop and integral sheath as with the original SOCP dagger.


This is the Protagonist. It’s a fixed blade knife designed for use by Military and Law Enforcement. The blade is constructed of 154 CM stainless steel, while the handle is constructed of Grivory with black Versaflex over-mold with an olive drab accent. The sheath is black injection molded with a tension screw and MOLLE compatibility. Seen above is the Tanto-style blade; it also comes in a Drop Point blade.


SHOT Show – Winkler Knives

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

I’ve got three cool things for you from Winkler.    

First off, any Winkler knife is now available in a training version which is made from nonmarking plastic.

This is the new Extrication Axe.  It’s longer and beefier than the Rescue Axe.  

Finally, is a new version of the Dagger.  This NSW Dagger has a rubber handle for grip.


SHOT Show – MoraKniv Garberg

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Offered in two versions, one with a leather sheath and one with a multi mode sheath, the Garberg is MoraKniv’s first full tang knife.


The 109mm long blade is made from 14C 28N Sanvic steel paired with a single mold polyamide handle that is very shock resistant. That handle means there are no spacers. It weighs 9.6 oz.


The multi mode sheath has several components including the sheath itself, a cradle which allows the sheath to be attached to PALS, belts, or more permanent fixture such as to a boat or vehicle, as well as a frog and Velcro mounting straps.


SHOT Show – Spartan Blades

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

This is the Spartan Harsey Folder which is a collaboration with Bill Harsey.  These are the two base models.  One is stone washed and the other is Black PVD coated body and blade with uncoated (shiny ) hardware.  

Everything except the blade, pivot and stop pin are titanium.  The 4″ blade is made from S35VN with and an overall length of 8-13/16″.

Available mid Februrary from www.spartanblades.com.

SHOT Show – Talon FMC by Buck Exclusively for Unifire

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Designed as a machete alternative, the Talon FMC came about after last year’s jungle symposium in Hawaii.  The full tang design is made from 5160 spring steel convex design blade.  This design means you get three times the cutting strength over a standard design.  

The reverse features an open limb hook like a bolo style knife.  Additionally, the 1/4 backstrap incorprates a saw blade with opposite teeth for a square cut.  The blade has a Pry point at the tip and Two inch serrated edge near the grip. The butt can be used as a hammer.  Cerakote coating overall.  

The Talon has a Multi-layer Micarta handle.  It also has multiple lash points.  The tool weighs 1.4 lbs and the Kydex sheath is .7 lbs.  The sheath has a drain hole and can be worn at the belt or attached to PALS webbing.


American Knife & Tool Institute Increases Lobbying Efforts to Ensure Protection of Lawful Knife Owners

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Organization to Focus on Federal and State Efforts Including the Knife Owners’ Protection Act, Repeal of Restrictions on Auto-Open Knives, and Preemption

Las Vegas, NV – January 19, 2016 – The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) today announced its plans to increase its lobbying efforts in order to prompt reform of knife laws in 2016.

To accomplish this reform, AKTI has brought on ADS Ventures, a Boston, MA and Washington, DC-based government and public affairs firm with a practice specializing in defense and national security issues. The team, headed by Liesl Grebenstein and supported by Savannah Kelleher, has been working with AKTI for several years, but the new contract will enhance efforts focused on federal efforts to pass the Knife Owners’ Protection Act (KOPA), and state efforts to ease restrictions on auto-open knives, as well as preemption. The legislative reform agenda will ensure the protection of knife owners’ Constitutional rights.

“AKTI has an aggressive legislative reform agenda in 2016,” said CJ Buck, AKTI’s Board President. “We are confident that through AKTI’s leadership, and the work of ADS Ventures, it will be a successful year for the organization as we further our mission to ensure your right to own, carry, and use knives and edged tools.”

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 patchwork laws related to the ownership and possession 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 comprehensive reform.

“AKTI and its members have been successful in clarifying and correcting poorly conceived and ambiguous legislation and educating legislators on knife issues on behalf of all knife owners,” said David Fee, AKTI’s Legislative Chair. “We support reasonable, responsible legislation and measured non-partisan efforts to resolve issues. We’re excited to see how we can further this objective in this and coming years.”

More about AKTI

The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) is a non-profit organization (501(c)6) representing all segments of the knife industry and all knife users. Formed in true grassroots fashion by concerned industry leaders after considerable discussion with individual knifemakers, knife magazine publishers, and a broad section of the knife community, AKTI has been the reasonable and responsible voice of the knife community since 1998. AKTI’s mission is to ensure that Americans will always be able to make, buy, sell, own, carry and use knives and edged tools. To learn more, please visit www.akti.org.

SOG Issues a Pair of 30th Anniversary Knives

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Limited number of commemorative Tech Bowies and Tridents will be available                                                                                                                                                                               ?
Lynnwood, WA. – SOG® Specialty Knives and Tools will kick off 2016 by celebrating its 30th anniversary, and as part of the salute to three decades of producing some of the world’s most used knives and tools, SOG will be issuing special commemorative editions of two of its most iconic knives.

SOG’s commemorative fixed-blade offering is the Tech Bowie, a 6.4”-inch bladed beast of a knife with an easy gripping Kraton rubber handle. Made with AUS-8 steel, the sleek lines of the Tech Bowie harken back to the original SOG knife used by U.S. special operation forces in the jungles of Vietnam. Retail price for the special edition Tech Bowie is $280.


 The tried-and-true Trident will be SOG’s folding version of its commemorative knife. Featuring SOG’s patented SOG Assisted Technology for a quick and smooth opening, a 3.75-inch AUS-8 steel blade and a seatbelt cutter built into the handle, the Trident has gained legions of fans for its versatility and practical applications. Retail price for the special edition Trident is $216.


 Both special edition knives feature tiger stripe camouflage pattern on the blades – an homage to the camouflage pattern used by the MACV-SOG group. Each blade has the pattern etched and engraved giving a multi-layered design that is both visual and tactile. In addition, knives are numbered, engraved with 30th anniversary logo, and have both the current and original SOG logos. Each knife comes in a wood presentation/display box with commemorative patch, challenge coin, and certificate signed by SOG founder Spencer Frazer.

There will be a production run of just 300 for both commemorative knives and they will only be available at www.sogknives.com and select retailers beginning in February 2016. 

““The Tech Bowie and Trident have consistently been among our most popular knives,” said Nando Zucchi, SOG’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “It makes sense to put this anniversary twist on two of our exemplary favorites.”

Frazer began SOG in 1986 by selling a replica version of the Japanese Bowie Knife used by an elite Special Forces military group from the Vietnam era – the Studies and Observation Group. That one knife, first advertised in Soldier of Fortune magazine, launched a company that now produces the favorite models of specialty knives and tools used by the military, law enforcement, industrial tradesmen and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. As SOG turns 30 in 2016, SOG brings to the market new offerings in knives, multi tools and tactical transport packs.

“It’s amazing to see how SOG has grown from its humble start 30 years ago,” said Frazer. “My goal in the beginning was simply to produce quality products that honored their military history. It still is, and I never would have dreamt that SOG would become what it is today – a brand synonymous with high end men’s gear and distributed throughout the world. It’s thanks to our customers that made this possible.”

For more information, please visit www.sogknives.com.