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Blade Show 19 – Overland Renegade Fixed Blade by Emerson Knives

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Emerson Knives has introduced fixed blade designs to their lineup.

The Overland fixed:
Overall Length: 9.0 in
Blade Length: 4.3 in
Blade Thickness: .125 in
Hardness: RC 57-59
Handle: G-10
Blade: 154 CM
Finish: Stone Washed or Black Coating
Handles: Richlite or Black G-10

The Overland is part of Emerson’s Renegade series and is also available as a folder.

emersonknives.com

Blade Show 19 – Spartan Blades ZELOS

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

The ZELOS is Spartan Blades’ first automatic knife. It features an aluminum frame and a 3.25” blade made from S35VN along with Mil-Spec anodizing.

Mil and LE have been asking for an auto design and they’ll get their with this Fall.

spartanbladesusa.com

DoubleStar Exhibiting Full Blade Line at BLADE Show 2019

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

The entire DoubleStar blade line, including the newest addition, the Ahab Knife, will be on display at Booth 310 at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Centre, June 7 – 9, 2019.

Winchester, Ky. (June 2019) – DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles, pistols, and blades, will be exhibiting its complete blade line in Booth 310 at BLADE Show 2019, to be held in the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, June 7 – 9, 2019. DoubleStar’s newest addition to its blade line, the Ahab Knife, will be on display, as well as collaborations from Kim Breed, Hakim Isler, and Darrin Sirois. Product staples such as the Brimstone Folder Knife (with a new OD color), Drakon™ Blade, Fang™ Blade, MOTAC™ Blade, Fury™ Machete, Wrath™ CrashHawk, and Noogie™ Bottle Opener will also be at the booth. There will also be some unique one-offs designed by Blade Division Director Rob “Filo” Cabrera on display.

The Ahab Knife, made from 1084 Carbon Steel, is an everyday carry designed by Filo Bladeworks to be discrete and compact without sacrificing relevance. Elements like the oversized ring and precision thumb break provide the best amount of retention for quick deployment. The Ahab’s strong, lightweight construction makes it the perfect duty belt utility that will be there when you need it most. An oversized ring allows for gloved deployment, while a swedged spine at the point provides for better penetration. The Ahab Knife has precision jimping for proper thumb braking and screwed handle hardware for easy maintenance. Equipped with versatile eyelet locations, they provide adaptability to other attachment systems. It is PVD coated for a clean, sharp, durable finish. MSRP $84.99.

BLADE Show, hosted by BLADE Magazine, the world’s number one knife community and publication, is the destination for the best selection of knives and knife products found anywhere. Globally recognized exhibitors and legendary makers gather under one roof to introduce attendees to the largest selection of blades, knives, and outdoor gear and accessories in the world. Over 700 tables, 450+ booths and 40 display tables of the world’s best and most in-demand knives will be on display. From renowned custom knife makers to the industry’s best in mass production, BLADE Show is a cut above the competition. Tactical, utility, hand-forged, camping, art, folding, hunting, kitchen, Damascus, military and other knives, as well as the equipment and materials to make, sharpen and maintain them; Japanese, European and other swords; tomahawks, collection displays, sheaths, multi-tools, antique bows and other cutlery collectibles will all be on display at the world’s largest knife show.

Ahab Knife

For more information about DoubleStar, visit www.star15.com.

Blackhawk Releases Knife Collaboration with Custom Knifemaker Andrew Arrabito

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Blackhawk has announced its latest product to arrive on the market: a line of five blades designed by custom knifemaker Andrew Arrabito, a former Navy SEAL (ret.) most well-known as the founder of Half Face Blades™.

The line of blades consists of a Combat Filet, EDC, Field Knife, Karambit, and Combat Dagger with very limited quantities – only 10 per style – available for sale during the initial launch. Customers wishing to purchase one of these limited blades can do so directly through www.blackhawk.com as of Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00AM Eastern Time.

The blades are made from CPM ® (Crucible Particle Metallurgy) 154CM steel with a Rockwell steel hardness of 59-60 HRC. Each blade varies in length and all feature a stone-washed finish with skeletonized black G10 textured grips and full tang construction. One side of the blade is etched with the Blackhawk trident logo while the other is etched with Andrew Arrabito’s name, marking these knives as part of this exclusive collaboration. Included with each knife is a friction-fit sheath.

For additional details and to purchase one of these Blackhawk + Andrew Arrabito knives, visit www.blackhawk.com.

Hill People Gear – Coyote Knife

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

The Coyote Knife is inspired by a custom knife belonging to the Hill brothers’ had, who had made the late 1960s by Robert’s Roost in St. Ignatius Montana. To this day, that knife is the archetype for what they like in a knife. The HPG Coyote knife, made by LT Wright Handcrafted Knives to their design.

Just like its namesake, the HPG Coyote knife is a generalist – eminently suited to a wide variety of tasks and uses. It’s equally at home in the wilderness of the high Rockies and the nocturnal streets of Los Angeles.

Features:
? 3.5″ blade length
? 8.25″ overall length
? 5/32″ thick A2 full tang with lightening holes under the scales
? micarta scales
? brass guard and pins
? leather sheath with dangler and firesteel loop

The Coyote Knife is not currently in stock. To be placed on the notification list, email info@hillpeoplegear.com. To learn more, visit hillpeoplegear.com.

By Eric Graves

Darley Defense Days 19 – Benchmade Turret

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

BLADE LENGTH 3.70” [9.40cm]
BLADE THICKNESS 0.124” [3.150mm] OPEN 8.60” [21.84cm] CLOSED 4.90” [12.45cm]
WEIGHT 5.81oz [164.71g]
HANDLE THICKNESS 0.67” [17.02mm]

Available with plain or serrated blades in coated or satin finish.

Benchmade are available for unit and agency orders through Darley Defense.

SCUBAPRO Sunday – How to Choose a Dive Knife

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

A dive knife is an indispensable tool. Offered in a variety of styles and sizes, corrosion-resistant metals and featuring a choice of cutting edges to handle different cutting tasks, a diving knife is a must-have item. A good dive knife is a must-have when you go thru underwater knife fighting school.   

Dive Knife Sizes

Dive knives range from the traditional full-sized knife’s that you generally strap to your lower leg, to compact ones that can be mounted on a BCD pocket or secured to an HP hose.  

The K6 is an excellent example of a traditional-style full-sized all-purpose diver’s knife.  Its large six-inch blade and ergonomic grip handle comes with an injected molded sheath and two quick-adjusting buckle straps that mount easily on the lower leg.

 

 

At the other end of the spectrum is a diver knife like the White Tip.  With a blade length of about 2.5 inches and an overall length of just under six inches, this type of knife is compact enough to attach to a hose or a BCD as a primary knife or to stow in an easy-to-reach pocket as a back-up cutting tool.

 

 

Diving Knife Materials

Stainless Steel Diving Knives

Stainless steel is the most common alloy used in the manufacturing of dive knife blades.  The majority of dive knives are made of either Grade 304 stainless steel or Marine Grade 316 stainless steel. 

Grade 304 hard-tempered stainless steel is a very versatile metal that is used in a variety of outdoor applications.  It offers resistance to surface oxidation and provides an excellent cutting edge.  Because it is a little softer than Marine-Grade 316 stainless steel, a Grade 304 blade needs to be sharpened more frequently to maintain its right cutting edge.  The stainless steel version of the Mako is an excellent example of a diving knife made with Grade 304 stainless steel. Marine Grade 316 stainless steel is similar to Grade 304, but it has one crucial extra ingredient: molybdenum. This is a hard, silver-white metallic element used to toughen the steel. This enables Marine Grade 316 dive knives to maintain their super-sharp edges for longer periods, plus it increases corrosion-resistance. SCUBAPRO’s premier dive knife, the TK 15, offers a six-inch Marine Grade 316 stainless steel blade.  The blade surface is polished explicitly so that water can drain quickly to prevent oxidation further.  Also, the thickness of the knife’s stainless steel is consistent from one end to the other, creating a high level of stiffness and strength.

 

Titanium Diving Knives

Another popular material for dive knife blades is hardened titanium.  A titanium dive knife blade is entirely corrosion-resistant, it is lightweight yet extremely strong, and it can hold a sharp edge for a long, long time, all of which make titanium dive knives excellent cutting tools for use in saltwater environments.  The lightweight, multi-function X-Cut titanium dive knife is an excellent example of a titanium cutting tool.  Measuring just over five inches in overall length, its 2.5-inch blade is specially designed to maintain a highly-durable cutting edge for a long life of corrosion-free performance.

 

 

Diver’s Knife Cutting Edges, Tips and More

Dive knife blades come with either a plain edge, a serrated edge or a combination of both to handle a variety of cutting jobs.

A plain edge is good for making clean slicing cuts, or when using more of a pushing motion when control and accuracy are required – like filleting a fish.  This type of cutting motion is especially useful if the cutting edge is curved.  Plain edges are also easy to maintain.  Anyone with a basic sharpening tool can keep a plain edge razor sharp with little effort.

A serrated edge has a series of mini-edges or teeth similar to a hand saw.  A serrated edge is excellent for sawing-type cuts through heavy materials like wood or rope or stubborn kelp fronds.  For example, using a plain edge it would take forever to cut through a three-quarter inch anchor line, but a serrated edge would make quick work of it as the teeth bite deep into the material with every sawing motion.  A serrated edge also stays sharp for much longer than a plain edge, but it is a bit more difficult to sharpen.

Because these different blade edges excel in cutting different types of materials, most dive knives offer both, often on the same cutting plane.  Normally, the plain edge can be found closer to the tip of the blade, beneath the curve or “belly” of the blade, whereas the serrated portion can be found closer to the handle for better leverage when leaning into the tougher cuts.

Since a scuba diver’s knife blade’s cutting efficiency increases in relation to its length, dive knives that sport long blades, like the TK15 and K6, separate their cutting edges, devoting the entire top length of the blade to serration, and the entire bottom length to the plain edge.  This maximizes the length of each cutting edge and the overall efficiency of the knife.

When it comes to blade tips, dive knives normally come with either a blunt tip, a tanto tip, or some variation of a pointed tip.

On one end of the spectrum is the blunt tip.  As its name implies, the blunt tip is flat and dulled.  It is designed to be more of a prying tip than a piercing tip.  It is considered safer than other tips because you can’t accidentally stab your leg or puncture your BCD when returning it to its sheath.

On the other end of the spectrum is the pointed tip.  These tips come in a variety of shapes.  For example, the TK15 comes with a drop-point tip.  This is where the blade’s upper edge, or spine, gradually “drops” as it reaches the tip of the blade to form the tip.  This is considered a strong tip that is easy to control when cutting or piercing. 

The K6 and X-Cut have clip-point tips, so-named because the spine of the blade is “clipped” as it approaches the tip.  This creates a narrow tip that can be very useful for piercing a line wrapped tightly around a boat propeller in preparation for a slicing or sawing cut.  While not quite as strong as the drop-point, the clip-point is considered a very sharp and controllable point.

Falling in between the blunt tip and pointed tip is the tanto tip.  Combining elements of blunt and pointed, the typical tanto tip offers more of an angled tip which is sharpened for cutting, like on the Mako.  However, sometimes the tanto tip provides a small blunt spot as well as you’ll find on the White Tip.  Both versions produce a very strong and durable tip, enabling you to do a little prying with less chance of snapping the tip, with the added ability do some cutting when working in tight spaces.

Most dive knife blades also include a notch for cutting fishing line and, depending on design, and you can sometimes find additional tools like a bottle opener (Mako), a stainless steel handle-end for hammering (K6) or a shackle key (TK15).

 

Unique Cutting Tools You Won’t Want to Overlook

Not all scuba cutting tools look like a dive knife.  Take, for example, the innovative stainless steel Mesh Cutter.  While traditional dive knives are most effective when used with a pushing motion, the Mesh Cutter is designed to be used with a pulling motion.  This is a safer motion, plus it provides great leverage and lots of cutting power with minimal effort.  The ultra-sharp hooked blade is ideally shaped for slicing through line and netting.

 

What’s the Best Dive Knive?

Like with most types of dive equipment, the ideal knife depends on your individual diving style, and how you like to carry your gear. The choices are many. The good news is that with the variety of dive knives available in different sizes, shapes, materials and mounting options, finding the best dive knife to suit your unique diving needs shouldn’t be too difficult. 

 

The Sicario II – Toor Knives / REFT Collaboration

Monday, April 29th, 2019

The Sicario II is a collaboration between RE Factor Tactical and Toor Knives, both Veteran owned companies.

Toor knives are hand made in their facility out of California. The Sicario II is based on the Persian Fighting Blade style which offers the user both slashing and stabbing capabilities. The 4.25″ blade is long enough to offer the user the ability to reach vital organs while still having a small enough blade to conceal if needed. For this version they also widened the blade to allow it more prying capabilities. The CPM3V blade is hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 60 and is coated in H-series graphite black Cerakote. The handle is a layered walnut that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is useful.

All knives come with a durable kydex sheath with a 5lb draw retention.

Each knife features an individual serial number that will be given to customers based on the order in which the knife is purchased.

Available until May 13th, all knives will ship no earlier than June 18th.

www.refactortactical.com/products/the-sicario