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MDM – Outland Equipment – Kryptos K1 Knife


Outland Equipment developed the Kryptos K1 in collaboration with a US SOF customer (as in unit). The K1 is designed as a concealable carry knife, with a covert sheath which can be worn horizontally on a 1.5″ tactical belt. It’s an ambidextrous sheath design and can be positioned anywhere on a belt. The K1 is designed optimally for a swift and natural draw, with a pinky hook which helps index the hand and provides a secure location for a draw, and a solid base for thrusting. The handle of the blade has G10 scales, and jimping, for a more secure grip. The K1 is constructed of CMP 3V steel, with a full tang. The blade is double edged, with a 3.75″ primary cutting edge.

Also included with the K1 is a blue stainless steel training knife. Naturally, the handle geometry and sheath draw are designed to feel exactly like the live knife.

Warrior East - Concept Model

We first encountered the K1 at Warrior East, as a proof of concept while they dialed the design in with the customer. Although largely the same as the final production model, you can see a couple of features still being worked on, such as the design of the sheath, and the smooth scales on the handle, compared to the textured scales on later models.

OR - Pre Production Sample

Later, at Outdoor Retailer, we got to see the Pre-Production Sample Model. Here you can see it serves as the basis for the production knives, including the blue trainer, and the finalized sheath.

Production of the Kryptos K1 for this initial run was limited to 10 kits. At the time of writing, only four kits remained for sale.  There are more coming.


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17 Responses to “MDM – Outland Equipment – Kryptos K1 Knife”

  1. Joe says:

    Reminds me of the Rat blade

  2. NP says:

    Looks real clean – I like it.

  3. Steve says:

    just spoke to them and purchased the blade. Nice guys who answer their phones and who are ready to do business.

  4. PJ says:

    What do you mean by there are more coming? Are these going to be a regular production item? Or are they going to do another small run with some slight change to keep these limited edition?

    More than zombies and “used by ForceReconRangerDeltaSealSpecialForcesCommando” advertising, the industry “trend” I hate most is limited production of interesting gear.

    • SSD says:

      Well, these are actually going to used by someone that most guys wish they were while driving their minivans.

      • PJ says:

        I get that from the article. That doesn’t answer my question. Are these just gonna sell limited numbers from those runs or will this be put into regular production? Looks like an interesting design and it seems a waste not to.

        • SSD says:

          I’m not sure how big the production runs will be but you shouldn’t have any problem buying one.

      • Robert says:

        So what? Just about any company has an item that is used by insert unit name here. Whether that’s true or not doesn’t add or take away quality to the product.

  5. Brian says:

    Couple of SF guys I know use a Gerber that looks similar, except the finger hook at the end, but also costs 1/10th. Though I guess that unit has money to spend and some connection to these folks.

    • "Bob" says:

      The Ghoststrike? I had one, the handle scales fell off after a decent bit of standard use. So I went up a few steps in quality. I wrapped them in 550, but it’s a car knife now.