paypal logo

The Story of the Knife (Company Histories/Steel Types)


•AL MAR

Al Mar Knives is a production knife company headquartered in Tualatin, Oregon, United States. Al Mar Knives was established in 1979 by Al Mar, and has a reputation for making tactical knives of innovative design. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Mar_Knives

Since 1979, Al Mar Knives™ has been committed to making unique designs at quality levels that rival custom, hand-made knives. Today, each knife crafted by Al Mar is hand-finished and hand-sharpened by craftsmen dedicated to creating the very best possible. Each Al Mar knife features flat-ground blades for strength and superior performance - and that’s just one reason to trust the Al Mar name. At Al Mar Knives, A Warrior’s Edge™ means Factory Perfection™. (From Al Mar Knives Linked In Page)

https://www.linkedin.com/company/al-mar-knives

•KITCHEN KNIVES

The Al Mar All Stainless Steel Ultra-Chef™ Knives Family uses modern design and state-of-the-art performance. The ergonomic, hollow, one-piece stainless steel handles are not only beautiful and perfectly balanced, they are also impervious to just about everything found in today’s kitchen environments. Each blade is 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10 Cobalt stainless steel *(see note below) which is heat treated to a Rockwell c-scale hardness of 60-62 (The Bread Knife is 420J Stainless Steel). Strong and light in weight, the All Stainless Steel Ultra-Chef™ Knives are hand sharpened to an incredible edge and each knife is individually gift-boxed. The 8” Bread knife features a one-piece, comfortable, user-friendly design with stainless steel handle, and the blade is made of 420J stainless steel. The 9.5” Gyuto (Chef) knife features a one-piece, comfortable, user-friendly design with stainless steel handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 8” Gyuto (Chef) knife features a one-piece, comfortable, user-friendly design with stainless steel handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 7” Santoku (Vegetable) knife features one-piece, comfortable, user-friendly design with stainless steel handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 5” Honesuki (boning) knife features a one-piece, comfortable, user-friendly design with stainless steel handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 3” Paring knife features a one-piece, comfortable, user-friendly design with stainless steel handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 6” Utility knife features a one-piece ergonomic design with stainless steel handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 4.75” Utility knife features a one-piece, comfortable, user-friendly design with stainless steel handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel.

The Ultra-Chef™ Knives Family in Cocobolo uses classic design with state-of-the-art performance. Each blade is 33 individual layers of stainless steel – 16 layers per side plus the center layer of VG-10 Cobalt stainless steel*(see note below) hardened to a Rockwell of 60-62 (The Bread Knife is 420J Stainless Steel). These knives are unbelievably strong, light in the hand, perfectly balanced and extremely sharp. The handles are made from select Cocobolo, long considered one of the world’s most beautiful exotic hardwoods. The Ultra-Chef™ Knives in Cocobolo – arguably, the finest chef’s knives made today. Each knife is individually gift boxed. The 8” Bread knife features a comfortable, user-friendly design with a cocobolo handle, and the blade is made of 420J stainless steel. The 9.5” Gyuto (Chef) knife features a comfortable, user-friendly design with a cocobolo handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 8” Gyuto (Chef) knife features a comfortable, user-friendly design with a cocobolo handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 7” Santoku (Vegetable) knife features a comfortable, user-friendly design with a cocobolo handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 5” Honesuki (boning) knife features a comfortable, user-friendly design with a cocobolo handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 3” Paring knife features a comfortable, user-friendly design with a cocobolo handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 6” Utility knife features a comfortable, user-friendly design with a cocobolo handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. The 4.75” Utility knife features a comfortable, user-friendly design with a cocobolo handle, and the blade is made of 33 layers of stainless steel with the center cutting layer made of VG-10* Cobalt stainless steel. * If you are looking for a good knife, consider buying one with VG10. It would be expensive compared to lower end metals like 440 steel but it is well worth it. With VG10 you get the hardness of carbon steel but the corrosion resistance of stainless. This makes it great for cooking knives as well as knives that will be abused a lot (such as EDC knives). VG10 is never used in machetes. (From Knife Up Magazine) http://www.knifeup.com/what-is-vg-10-steel/

The Al Mar Chef Knives Family offers outstanding edge retention and incredible strength. They have black pakkawood handles, and the VG-5 stainless steel *(see note below) blade is laminated between two layers of 400 series stainless for increased strength which surpasses other kitchen knives made from single layer steels. Each knife is individually gift boxed. The 8.25” Chef’s knife features a VG-5 stainless steel blade laminated between two layers of 400 series stainless for increased strength and a black pakkawood handle. Comes individually gift boxed. The 6” Chef’s knife features a VG-5 stainless steel blade laminated between two layers of 400 series stainless for increased strength and a black pakkawood handle. Comes individually gift boxed. The 4.75” Utility knife features a VG-5 stainless steel blade laminated between two layers of 400 series stainless for increased strength and a black pakkawood handle. Comes individually gift boxed. The 3” Paring knife features a VG-5 stainless steel blade laminated between two layers of 400 series stainless for increased strength and a black pakkawood handle. Comes individually gift boxed. *VG-5 is a high-carbon stainless steel with a carbon content of between .7 and .8 percent in comparison to the much more abundant 440 series which averages less than .7 percent. This gives the steel a much harder edge, making it ideal for knives and cutting tools. Read more: http://www.ehow.com/list_6743521_properties-vg_5-steel.html

•EVERY DAY CARRY (EDC) KNIVES

The diminutive Osprey™ an Al Mar Classic since 1979, offers timeless design and peerless craftsmanship usually found only on the finest custom handmade knives; all in the smallest, highest quality, front lock made today. The Osprey™ features a 1.65” blade of AUS-8 stainless steel hardened to a Rockwell of 57-59, a total length of 3.9”, stainless steel bolsters, brass liners and comes with a finely crafted leather pouch embossed with the Al Mar logo. Several options of handle material are available.

The Hawk™ Classic, an Al Mar Classic since 1979, is a perfectly sized “gentleman’s knife” reflecting timeless design and peerless craftsmanship in a larger size than the Osprey™. Made with the same attention to detail that you expect to see in a handmade custom knife, each Hawk™ Classic features a 2.5” blade of AUS-8 stainless steel hardened to a Rockwell of 57-59, a total length of 5.75”, stainless steel bolsters, brass liners and includes a finely crafted leather pouch embossed with the Al Mar logo. Several options of handle material and color are available.

The Eagle, largest in our Classic line, is offered with the option of two blade configurations, (both 4” blades made from AUS-8 Stainless steel hardened to Rc 57-59) our “Classic” with its full-faced flat ground blade; it is the original blade configuration found on all of our Classic Series knives, and the Talon™ blade model which has a false edge and dual stainless steel thumb studs. There are also options offered in handle material. The total length of the Eagle is 9”.

Whichever model you choose, you’re choosing a knife built for more than a lifetime of use, a knife you can use and pass along for generations to come.

*AUS-8 (8A) is comparable to 440B with a carbon content close to 0.75%.[8] AUS-8isoftenusedinsteadof440C.[8](fromWikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_blade_materials

•TACTICAL

The SERE 2000™ and Mini SERE 2000™ are known worldwide as two of the strongest tactical folders in existence. Originally designed by Al Mar and Colonel Nick Rowe in the early 1980’s for the U.S. Army’s SERE (Survival-Evasion-Resistance-Escape) school, today’s updated models are stronger, lighter and the most precision versions we’ve ever made. Blades are available in 3” (Mini) and 3.6” made of VG-10 stainless steel hardened to Rc59-60 in satin finished or matte black with our new ceramic coating – the most corrosion and scratch resistant finish we’ve found. The SERE 2000™ has a total length of 8.5” and the SERE 2000™ is 7”. The SERE 2000™ features pillar construction, flow through design, dual thumb studs and our reversible Deep Pocket Clip for discrete carry and delivers the kind of performance you need in the real world.

Columbia River Knife & Tool, Inc. (CRKT) is an American knife company established in 1994, and currently based in Tualatin, Oregon, United States. The company's president and sales executive is Rod Bremer and the finance executive is Peggy Bremer.[1] Though based in the United States most of its products are manufactured in China and Taiwan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River_Knife_%26_Tool

CRKT - Columbia River Knife and Tool. Confidence in Hand. We've built our reputation on creating innovative, top quality knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, that are competitively priced. We work with the world's leading knife designers and this year we offer a number of new and exciting designs for your life. CRKT offers hunting knives, pocket knives, sport & work knives, multi-tools, and tactical knives built "For Those Who Serve". (From CRKT LinkedIn Page) https://www.linkedin.com/company/crkt-columbia-river-knife-&-tool-

•EVERY DAY CARRY

Folding:

The Fossil™ combines the best from designer Flavio Ikoma of Presidente Prudente, Brazil. The knife has a distinctive look. But it goes through jobs easily courtesy of a hollow drop point blade style that makes virtually anything in its path history. The blade is 3.96” long (3.41” in the small version) and made of 8Cr13MoV Steel* hardened to Rc 59-60. The knife has a total length of 8.88” (7.69” in the small version). A one-of-a-kind looking pocket knife, it features the IKBS™ ball bearing pivot system, combined with an opening flipper the result is blade deployment that is smooth and fast. A thumb hole cutout in the blade gives you a second option for opening the knife. The flipper also turns into a handsome finger guard when the blade is open. In the features department, it's survival of the fittest. While the Fossil™ is hardcore on the inside, it's gorgeous on the outside. The handles are made of stain-less steel with a unique hammered finish. Contoured multi-colored G10 handle overlays make it look like a gator. But the blade won't come down and bite you in the open position thanks to a frame lock. Reach for the next evolution in well-crafted everyday carry knives - The Fossil™.

The K.I.S.S.®, there's nothing like the real thing. It stands for "Keep It Super Simple." It's one honey of a knife, precision fine blanked for superior fit and smooth operation. Used in all folding knives in the K.I.S.S. family, Ed Halligan's unique two-piece construction features an integral frame lock, and a breakthrough design which seals the cutting edge against the handle. One hand opening is accomplished with a thumb stud, and as the 2.25” blade is fully rotated open, the frame lock snaps crisply in behind the blade to give a sound lockup, and a 5.75” total length. The blade can be closed with one hand, simply by releasing the frame lock. The Original K.I.S.S.® blade shape is Tanto-inspired—Chisel-Point grind on the front and flat on the backside—so that when the blade is closed onto its handle/frame, the precision fit effectively "seals" the cutting edge to the frame, even though it's exposed. Both Razor-Sharp and Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edge grinds are available. Both blade and frame are 3CR13 stainless steel in a fine bead-blast finish or tactical black finish. The design of the K.I.S.S. series pocket/money clip permits them to be used in a variety of ways: clipped to the pocket; as a money clip knife; and with split-ring or lanyard, as a key chain knife. In the wake of the success of the K.I.S.S., a flock of imitators has appeared; none offers the simple elegance of Ed Halligan's original design, and none offers the value of CRKT quality manufacturing. In fact, the more Ed's design is imitated, the better it looks.

Our new NIRK-Tighe™ folder: It all began in 2010 when Glenn Klecker approached Brian Tighe to raise the possibility of collaborating on a knife design incorporating his new NIRK™ Lock mechanism because its unique construction allows for a design freedom that traditional liner locks do not afford. The collaboration resulted in the NIRK-Tighe™ custom knife which immediately won the Most Innovative Custom Design Award at the 2010 Blade Show. Our version of the NIRK-Tighe™ features 420J2 stainless steel frames which are stamped, then machined and coated with blue titanium nitride. Finally, the frame exterior is satin polished, leaving the blue interior coating, a stunning effect. The total length of the knife is 9.13”. Like the original NIRK, the knife is a lock back folder in which the spring, release bar and lock detent are all integral with the frame structure. Two pronounced finger notches provide a secure grip. Their blade is a graceful but strong drop point design with subtle re-curve, and weight-saving reliefs cut into the spine for balance. The blade can be opened with one hand, by using a thumb on the reliefs, or by pressing the blade flipper. The 3.875” blade is precision cut from premium AUS 8 stainless steel. At the blade pivot, a special caged mini ball bearing system gives fast and smooth opening action. The tighter the grip on the handle, the tighter the lockup, making this an exceptionally safe design. A custom removable stainless steel clothing/gear clip is provided.

M16® knife designs by Kit Carson have been our most popular series for many years. And our Z version has built the largest user base of all. These knives are built for function, and they are exceptional values. There are 7 models to choose from in the M16® Z series. The hefty M16®-04Z and M16®-14Z Big Dogs offer larger dual grind Tanto-style blades. These are full-size working knives suited to large hands and heavy-duty tasks. They use our very successful InterFrame construction, tough, textured glass filled nylon scales over a 420J2 stainless steel liner InterFrame. We overbuild it for rigidity, using solid glass filled nylon back spacers. And we assemble the handle with superior offset Torx® fasteners. The handle is exceptionally rigid and fills the hand perfectly. We use our tough AUS 8 high-carbon stainless steel hardened to Rc 58-59 for the blades (in multiple options with lengths from just under 3” to 3.99”) to give greater everyday utility, and offer both Razor-Sharp and Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges. All models feature the Carson Flipper, which is not only an aid to opening the blade, especially when wearing gloves, but acts as a blade guard when the blade is open. We've also incorporated our patented AutoLAWKS™ automatic knife safety into all models, which converts the M16® Z series into virtual fixed blades when their blades are open and locked. All styles have a removable stainless steel clothing/gear clip. Think of the M16-Z as a Clydesdale—ready to rush a knight into battle or pull a beer wagon. Every day. Day after day.

The Pazoda™ is a stylish frame-lock folder with a 2.625" premium 8Cr14MoV* blade, hardened to Rc 58-59, finished in gray titanium nitride coating. The stainless steel frames are also given a gray titanium nitride coating, and then a brushed finish on the outer surface only, leaving an ample bright area for imprinting. The oval blade hole allows fast either-hand opening. A stainless steel clip is included. The Pazoda is available in both Razor-Sharp or Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges.

The Ripple™ folding pocket knife has become the anchor of the popular "gentleman's tactical" knife series from Ken Onion and CRKT. There are optional blade lengths of 2.7”, 2.78” and 3.16”, and are made from Acuto 440 Steel* hardened to 57-58 HRC. The total length on these knives is 6.5”, 5.56” and 6.38” respectively. There are two options in handle material, aluminum and the new 2013 stainless steel handle versions which ride low profile due to the considerate clip position and are designed to be used as an everyday carry pocket knife. There are also options in handle color. With their unique look these knives will complement the refined taste of the discerning gentleman. They slide in and out of a suit pocket easily and are also comfortable at home in your jeans in the garage. Stylish curves and smooth flowing lines help to create the Ripple™ effect that defines the look of the handle. These distinctive frame locks feature an ambidextrous blade flipper for easy opening. The flipper style opener moves the blade with ease thanks to the smooth IKBS™ pivot system. The IKBS™ innovation is arguably the strongest, smoothest pivot system on the market. The Ripple™ modified drop point blade with its high hollow grind affords the user a razor sharp edge with plenty of ability to cut across a wide variety of everyday tasks.

*Attributed to Fred in Foodie Forums "Just a note. The 440 used in Japan is not like our 440A,B and C stainless steels. It is called Acuto 440 and heat treats to a harder state than our 440C. The Japanese AUS series is more comparable to our 440 series.” … (From Knife Forums.com) *

8Cr14MoV is equivalent to AUS-8

Fixed Blade

The Obake™, designed by Lucas Burnley of Albuquerque, NM, is an artful combination of classical style built with modern materials and techniques. It's another example of Burnley's belief that knives are a personal expression of independence. And this one makes a statement when you bring it out for action. With a nod to a traditional Japanese Kwaiken design, it features a full tang fixed 3.64” 8Cr13MoV Steel* blade hardened to Rc 56-58 with a unique gray titanium nitride finish that's acid-etched to give each knife a distinct look. It's like he made the blade exclusively for you. The Obake™ has a total length of 7.63”. The handle has a Katana style nylon cord wrap over a black faux ray-skin for an exceptional and secure all-weather grip. When storms or trouble are brewing, you'll be ready. The sheath of the Obake™ is made from glass-reinforced nylon that provides consistent retention even in humid environments. A paracord lanyard on the sheath is designed to attach to your belt loop and keep the sheath in place when you deploy the knife. A skull bead adds a not-so-subtle accent to the paracord lanyard. The Obake™ isn't looking for work, but it's ready to show up looking like a boss when it's time to get the job done.

*8Cr13MoV Steel is equivalent to AUS-8

•HUNTING AND FISHING

Free Range™ Hunter

Longtime professional hunting guide and custom knife maker Russ Kommer hunted more than 160 days last year. And that's where his designs for this series originate: in the field. Outdoorsmen choose their knives based on a variety of reasons: function, feel, looks, and overall value considerations—which is exactly where the Free Range Hunters come in. This series of fixed blades and lock back folding hunting knives feature high hollow ground satin finished blades in clip and drop point blade styles, with the option of gut hook models if desired. The blades are made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel* hardened to Rc 58-59. The blade length is 3.75” on the folding knives and 4.25” on the fixed blade knives. The overall length is 8.875” on the folders and 9.062” on the fixed blade knives. Handles are comfortably shaped with optimally sized finger grooves to help provide grip equally well for both large and small hands. A double injection mold process of both hard and soft polymers creates an ideal all-weather, textured handle surface. All Free Range hunting knives come with their own high strength reinforced nylon fabric belt sheaths for convenient, comfortable carry. If you enjoy adventuring outdoors, you owe it to yourself to have the right cutting tool to make life outdoors more enjoyable. The Free Range™ Hunter series of hunting knives is designed to be a part of many an outdoor adventure for years to come!

•TACTICAL

Folding:

M16® line

We have produced Kit Carson's popular M16® line in many variations over the past decade. Our glass filled nylon version has built the largest user base of all. These knives are built for function, not fad, and they are exceptional values. Our new M16 ZLEK line uses our very successful InterFrame construction, with tough, textured glass filled nylon scales over a 420J2 stainless steel liner InterFrame and solid glass filled nylon back spacers. We assemble the handle with superior offset Torx® fasteners. For professional use, we've added a seat belt cutter to the Carson Flipper, and a tungsten carbide window breaker at the butt. Automobile side windows shatter with one quick whack from the butt of the knife. All components receive a tough tactical black coating. The Flipper can be pressed for fast one-hand opening, and creates a blade guard when open. We use our premium AUS 8 high-carbon stainless steel for the blades, (in 3”, 3.375” and 3.75”lengths) which have Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges to easily cut rope, cord, canvas, and vegetation. All three models are fitted with our exclusive patented* AutoLAWKS™ safety, which automatically makes them into virtual fixed blades when the blade is opened and locked. Full professional features. Non-reflective black finish. Exceptional affordability.

Kit Carson rides again.

Our SF and SFG folders share a unique design offering a combination of Carson M16 Series features requested by military procurement specialists. The dual grind Tanto blades were specified because they offer maximum strength. The open build allows two Carson Flippers to be incorporated, resulting in a true hilt— very rare in folding knives. Blade, frame and hardware are non-reflective tactical black, except the Special Forces Desert Tanto with the blade and scales finished in non-reflective Desert Tan and the Desert Tanto with a bead blast finish on the blade and Desert Camo pattern glass filled nylon scales. The blade finish (except the Desert Tanto’s bead blast finish) is titanium nitride coating for extreme corrosion resistance. Kit's trademark dual checkered thumb studs are standard. One-hand opening and closing is quick and smooth. They also feature the exclusive patented AutoLAWKS™ automatic safety, which turns the folder into a virtual fixed blade automatically. Our InterFrame build aluminum frame SF models feature contoured scales of textured, hard anodized 6061 T6 aluminum, with a perimeter radius for a comfortable grip with or without gloves, stainless steel liners with friction grooves, and 3.5” or 3.99” premium AUS 8 stainless steel blades. Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges are standard. Our G10 (SFG) models feature scales of black G10, stainless steel liners with friction grooves, and 3.5” or 3.99” premium 8Cr14MoV* stainless steel blades with our Combination patented Veff™ Serrations. G10 is often preferred for its aggressive gripping texture, light weight and superior insulating properties. . All knives in this series are equipped with clip options that allow four-position carry on belts or webbing. Caution: These knives are not designed for tip-up in-pocket carry. They are special knives, designed by the military for special forces use.

The M21™ series offers up unsurpassed cutting power featuring deep-bellied spear point blades, and lightweight, insulating, tough G10 or contoured 6061 T6 aluminum handles. Retired Master Sergeant and legendary custom knife maker Kit Carson of Vine Grove, KY designed the M21™ series. Made of high carbon stainless steel (AUS 8 or 8Cr14MoV depending on the model) this deep-bellied spear point-style blade is swedged and recurved, with a length of3.125” to 3.99” depending on model. It's like having a bulldozer with laser-like cutting precision. A non-reflective titanium nitride finish in black or tan offers maximum corrosion resistance or some models come in a non-reflective frost finish. So they can still look good even after the messiest of jobs. We're sure you've done a few of those. Many of these models come with two Carson Flippers incorporated in the blade, resulting in a true hilt, some use just a single Carson Flipper which aids in opening and acts as a finger guard. The M21™ series features the innovative and super strong AutoLAWKS™ knife safety. This sets a pin against the locking liner which converts it into a virtual fixed blade when the knife is open and locked. To disengage the blade, simply pull the red pin back, slide the locking liner over and close the knife. To deploy quickly, press your finger on the Carson Flipper, the blade flies open, and this innovative safety system automatically has your back. The handle of the M21™ Series is built as tough as the blade but that doesn't mean we sacrificed comfort with it. An InterFrame build with stainless steel liners makes this baby virtually indestructible. The scales are made of G10 in black or tan, or anodized aluminum.

*8Cr13MoV Steel is equivalent to AUS-8

Fixed:

Hisshou Means "Certain Victory." Shinbu Means "Divine Valor." And Sakimori means..."Noble Defender." These are the modern embodiment of the close-quarters battle sword of the Samurai. Veteran and current martial arts practitioner/instructor James Williams developed these fixed blade knife designs to meet user specific requests of coalition forces overseas for a more powerful tactical tool. These knives are deployed when the operator's firearms cannot be used, as often happens in entry and search operations Historically, military swords have been sized to fit the fighting environment. Long swords, such as the English broad sword and Japanese katana, could only be used effectively on open fields of battle. Fighting in close or confined quarters required shorter swords, such as the sailor's cutlass and the Japanese wakizashi, which is similar in size to the Hisshou. These fixed blade knives are designed for multiple carry options (all come with a versatile Kydex and/or Molded PVC sheath) to suit the operator. The Hisshou's 13" full-tang dual grind Tanto blade is YK-30 high-carbon steel, high satin finished. The long, tapered tip grind is designed for maximum slashing power combined with superior penetration. At 16.4 ounces, the Hisshou also offers superior slashing ability as compared to the Hissatsu. The Shinbu dual grind Tanto blade is YK-30 high-carbon steel, high satin finished. The long, tapered tip grind is designed for maximum slashing power combined with superior penetration. At 13.3 ounces and a 9.25" blade, the Shinbu also offers superior slashing ability as compared to the Hissatsu. The Sakimori dual grind Tanto blade is O-1 high-carbon steel, high satin finished. The long, tapered tip grind is designed for maximum slashing power combined with superior penetration. At 9.1 ounces and a 5.78" blade, the Sakimori also offers superior slashing ability as compared to the Hissatsu. Each knife has its own advantages of size with their full-tang dual grind, high-carbon steel modified Tanto blades in a high satin finish. These are high performance blades that necessitate keeping the blade well maintained. We recommend you keep these blades (in particular) well oiled to be ready in the field at a moment's notice. O-1 high carbon steel is NOT stainless steel and WILLl rust if improperly maintained. James followed centuries of Japanese tradition in designing these classic cord-wrapped handles with ray skin underlays, which compares well to more modern handle materials, giving excellent grip under all conditions. Sheaths are custom-fitted molded Kydex and/or PVC with their own convertible belt-mounting system. Grip detents and flared entry lips allow the knives to be re-sheathed securely with one hand. A belt clip can be attached, and there is also a quick-release retaining strap. The Hisshou®, Shinbu™ and Sakimori™ knives command great respect, and are truly meant for today's military professional.

The No Bother™ is a small fixed blade tactical knife designed by Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical that has a full tang and a 2.19” blade with a non-reflective, black oxide stone wash finish and a reverse tanto tip. The knife is 5.29” long overall, lightweight and and the non-removable black ABS handle scales offer a secure grip. There's jimping (a series of grooves across the blade) on the thumb ramp that's both aesthetic and functional. The knife includes a pressed leather lanyard for quick draw applications. CRKT worked with Ryan Johnson to develop a unique carry system for this tactical fixed blade. A Molle compatible polypropylene sheath has excellent retention to keep the knife secure when carrying it tip-up. Nylon webbing designed to fit Molle gear and a quick release buckle leaves the webbed carry system in place if the knife and sheath need to be detached. The included paracord lanyard is designed for neck knife carry and features a quick release safety fob to avoid choking. Looking for a strong fixed blade knife that's compatible with all your gear? Roger that. The No Bother™ has got you covered.

The Synergist is an MJ Lerch design that is simple in appearance, yet substantial in purpose. A fixed blade knife with a slim profile that can be carried discretely on a pack, clipped on your belt, or boot strapped. The 3.63”, satin finished spear point blade is well excellent for piercing tasks and has a dual cutting edge for slicing. The knife has a 7.63” total length, full tang and features G10 scales for exceptional grip and strength. The Synergist includes a pressed leather sheath with a clip to easily attach to any carry system. The Syngergist is a no-frills knife; it's tough, tactical and it's got your back.

Tomahawk:

The Kangee™ T-Hawk from designer Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical in Chattanooga, TN. Mr. Johnson has been honing his tactical tomahawk designs for over 30 years earning him a dedicated and loyal fan base, particularly among Special Forces troops. Crafted from a single slab of SK-5 high carbon steel* hardened to Rc 54-55, it's strong enough to handle most anything you can dish out. The 2.93” long blade has tapered cutting edges for efficient splitting, chopping or shaving and overall toughness. Meanwhile, a spike on the other end ensures victory over whatever you may come up against in the line of duty. This tomahawk is 13.75” in overall length and does more than cut. It carves out a unique place in your tactical gear bag. But let's not forget the most important aspect of a work tool—how it feels in hand. To that end, this T-Hawk features a curved handle and a finger grip choil along the front for enhanced control. Full-length handle scales of glass filled nylon in black or orange are checkered for added grip security, and they can be easily removed for cleaning. It's a useful tool to have and to hold from this day forward. Finally, a Molle compatible Kydex® sheath can be slipped over the head for easy, secure attachment to all your Molle gear. Well balanced and easily controlled, the Kangee™ will make you look good by destroying anything in its path.

The Chogan™ T-Hawk is identical except it does not have the spike ground on the back of the blade.

*The sk-5 high carbon steel blade is of the highest quality for making blades. It is the Japanese equivalent to American 1080. It is hard steel that makes it create high quality blades and tools. Sk5 high carbon steel gives a knife the ability to cut through practically anything. It is very tough steel. (From Knife Up Magazine)

•DMT

Founded in 1976, DMT is the leading innovator of manual diamond sharpening technology for people and industries dependent upon high performance edges. Incorporating diamond’s ability to abrade hard metals, DMT's engineering and product development expertise and patented processes have evolved and expanded to service industrial, commercial and consumer markets. The company offers sharpening solutions for virtually every user-from do-it-yourselfers to professionals and large commercial operations. DMT® continues to be an entirely ‘Made in the USA’ company with all products manufactured in the company’s facility in Marlborough, Massachusetts and distributed throughout the world. (Now there is) an available alternative to the traditional methods of sharpening that requires no messy oil, never grooves or hollows, and lasts and lasts. It is an unbreakable, clean-cutting, and super-fast sharpener, a tool that can sharpen any material, including the toughest composites, ceramics and any metal, including tungsten carbide and even polycrystalline diamond (PCD) inserts. (From DMT’s history section of their website:

http://www.dmtsharp.com/about-dmt/dmt-history/

At PnD we use DMT products, and recommend them highly due to their ability to maintain a flat surface and excellent cutting qualities. We are proud to offer them as part of our product line.

DMT Grit Chart

•Bench Stones

Diamond Whetstone™ Bench Stones Diamond Whetstone™ Models are made using the interrupted diamond surface with recessed holes that collect the metal fines during sharpening, this prevents loading and makes sharpening fast, easy and clean. Options include: two sizes, 8" x 2 5/8" x 1 1/4" and 6" x 2" x 3/4", four grits/grades, in plastic (6”) or hardwood box(6” or 8”), with mounting tabs (8”), and a Three Stone 6" Diamond Whetstone™ Set in Hardwood Box. Sharpening with diamonds is quick and easy. No oils needed—sharpen dry or with water. Durable construction will provide years of consistent performance and reliable service. For proper tool maintenance, woodworkers, chefs and other professionals rely on the superior quality and versatility of DMT® products. Made in USA.

DuoSharp® and DuoSharp®plus™ Bench Stones

Innovative, multi-patented DuoSharp® Bench Stone is a precision flat, two diamond surfaced sharpener guaranteed to provide consistent, even sharpening every time. Both the DuoSharp® and DuoSharp®plus™ are made using the interrupted diamond surface with recessed holes that collect the metal fines during sharpening, this prevents loading and makes sharpening fast, easy and clean. The DuoSharp®plus also has a continuous zone for small and pointed tools on one end of each side. Choose from the following grit combinations: coarse/extra-coarse, fine/coarse, extra-fine/fine or extra-fine/coarse (extra-fine/coarse not available in Duo-Sharp Plus) Other options include size, 8” or 10” (DuoSharp®plus™ not available in 10”) and with or without base. Sharpening with diamonds is quick and easy. No oils needed—sharpen dry or with water. Durable construction will provide years of consistent performance and reliable service. For proper tool maintenance, woodworkers, chefs and other professionals rely on the superior quality and versatility of DMT® products. Made in USA.

Dia-Sharp® Bench Stones

These stones are guaranteed not to hollow or groove. DMT®’s precision engineered Dia-Sharp® Bench Stone with continuous diamond surface assures consistent, even sharpening every time. Options include 6, 8, 10, 11 ½ and 12 inch sizes, up to 6 grit choices, (depending on size) and double sided ( in the 6 and 12” sizes) or single sided. May be used to flatten conventional and water stones. Includes non-skid rubber feet. Diamond grit clearly marked on side of stone. Sharpening with diamonds is quick and easy. No oils needed—sharpen dry or with water. Durable construction will provide years of consistent performance and reliable service. For proper tool maintenance, woodworkers, chefs and other professionals rely on the superior quality and versatility of DMT® products. Made in USA.

DMT Grit Chart

•Folding Models

Diafold® Sharpener Convenient and lightweight, this portable 4" x 1" Diamond Whetstone™ sharpener works well on knives, garden and specialty tools. Convenient size measures 9 1/2" long when open and 5" when closed. Folding plastic handles protect sharpener when not in use. Options include single or double sided and 4 grits or grit combinations, and a model with fish hook sharpening groove available in two grits. No messy oils needed -- sharpen dry or with water. Durable construction will provide years of consistent performance and reliable service. These stones sharpen in a fraction of the time required by conventional stones and are great for home, camper, tool box, gardening shed and more.

Diafold® Serrated Knife Sharpener

The Diafold® Serrated Knife Sharpener maintains serrated edges, and also serves as a mini-steel, gut hook sharpener and conical file. The taper of the sharpener measures 1/4" at its widest point down to 1/16" at the narrowest, and is available in coarse, fine and extra-fine grits. Convenient size measures 9 1/2" long when open and 5" when closed. Folding plastic handles protect sharpener when not in use. No messy oils needed -- sharpen dry or with water. Durable construction will provide years of consistent performance and reliable service. These stones sharpen in a fraction of the time required by conventional stones.

Diafold® Diamond Flat Folding File

For confined, narrow applications, reach for DMT® Diafold® Flat File. Only 1/16" thick, diamond surface on one side, tapers from the base 3/4" to 1/4", available in coarse, extra-coarse and fine diamond grit. Convenient size measures 9 1/2" long when open and 5" closed. Folding plastic handles protect file when not in use. No messy oils needed -- use dry or with water to hone in a fraction of the time required by conventional files.. Durable construction will provide years of consistent performance and reliable service.

Diafold® Diamond Chain Saw Files

Diafold® Diamond Chain Saw files for quick and easy chainsaw maintenance as well as the right honing steel for sharpening any curved edge. Folding plastic handles protect file when not in use. Coarse diamond grit (45 micron/ 325 mesh) quickly restores a neglected edge. Choose from the following sizes: 5/32", 6/32", and 7/32". File measures 9 ½” long when open and 4” when closed. No messy oils needed -- sharpen dry or with water. Durable construction will provide years of consistent performance and reliable service. These stones sharpen in a fraction of the time required by conventional stones.

Diafold® Roll Kit

The DMT knife and tool sharpening kit for just about every edge—straight, concave, convex or serrated and all rolled up in a convenient Cordura storage pouch. The Diafold® Kit includes (2) Double Sided Sharpeners (FWFC, FWEEE), a Serrated Knife Sharpener (FSKF) and a Flat File (FFC). All Diafold® models measure 9 1/2" long when open and 5" long when closed. The folding plastic handles protect the sharpening surfaces when not in use.

DMT Grit Chart

•Pocket Sharpeners

Diamond Mini-Sharp® and Angler Mini-Sharp® Sharpeners

The Diamond Mini-Sharp® Sharpener - a Diamond Whetstone™ that travels with you (available in choice of 4 grits), and the Diamond Angler Mini-Sharp® Sharpener (available in a choice of 2 grits) with special fishhook groove is easy to carry and makes it easy to maintain hooks and fillet knives! The folding handle protects the stone when not in use. It is lightweight and ultra portable, with a handy key chain swivel ring for your keys or you can attach it to your zipper pull or backpack. A handy size for a variety of uses, it measures 5 1/2" long when open and 2-11/16" x 15/16" x 3/16" when closed.

Diamond Whetstone™ 70 mm Mini Diamond Stones

The Mini Diamond 70mm stone in DMT®’s signature polka-dot pattern is a portable enhancement to any tool kit. Stone measures 2-11/16” x 15/16” x 3/16”. This stone comes in a choice of 4 grits, or as a 3 stone kit in coarse, fine and extra fine grits.

4" Diamond Whetstone™

The 4” Diamond Whetstone™ sharpener is a convenient pocket model, and is available in several options. The options include the 4” Diamond Whetstone™ in a choice of 6 grits, the 4” Machinist Diamond Whetstone™ with a 1" continuous diamond area in a choice of 3 grits, and a 4" Diamond Whetstone™ Deluxe Kit of 4 Assorted Models (1 machinist and 3 standard stones in 4 different grits). The 4” Diamond Whetstone™ comes with a protective leather sheath for easy access to a variety of sharpening, honing or filing needs. The the 4” Machinist Diamond Whetstone™ comes without a cover, and the kit of Diamond Whetstone™ and Machinist sharpeners includes a convenient black fabric tool roll for quick and easy access. The stones measure 4-1/3” x 7/8” x 3/16”.

2.5" Dia-Sharp® Diamond Mini-Hone®

Working in a tight space—no worries! The Dia-Sharp® 2.5” Diamond Mini-Hone® and offset Dia-Sharp® 2.5” Diamond Mini-Hone® sharpeners with offset handles. All have ergonomically designed handles providing comfortable sharpening, de-burring and honing in tight spaces. They have the options of 3 grits, and 3 piece sets including all 3 grits. Easy access tip measures .033” thick. Diamond surface measures 2.5" x .75".

4" Dia-Sharp® Continuous Diamond

The Dia-Sharp® 4” Continuous Diamond Sharpening Stones deliver full-size sharpening while maximizing work and storage space. Perfectly suited for small contact area and pointed tools, the stones measure 4" x 7/8" x 3/16". Options include choice of 3 grits. Diamond grit clearly marked on side of stone.

3" Dia-Sharp® Credit Card Sized Sharpeners

You can now take your sharpening anywhere with the ready-to-go Dia-Sharp® credit card sized diamond sharpener. They fit easily in pocket or wallet. Options include a choice of 3 grits, or a kit with all 3 included. Each sharpener comes in a convenient vinyl color-coded carry case. Measures 3-1/4" x 2" x .05"

DMT Grit Chart

•Guided Sharpening

Diafold® Magna-Guide™

It’s a natural! Our Double Sided Diafold® Sharpener offers portable, two-stone sharpening at its best, the Aligner™ Blade Guide (ABG) provides 7-Angle adjustability for the right edge every time, and the MAG – Magnetic Angle Guide joins the two! The Double Sided Diafold® Sharpener provides two 4" x 1" Diamond Whetstone™ surfaces in one lightweight, portable sharpener and is conveniently sized at 9 1/2" when open and 5" when closed. Folding plastic handles protect the sharpener when not in use. Options available include 2 choices of grit combinations, an accessory kit to use any Double Sided Diafold® Sharpener as a Diafold® Magna-Guide™ System, and a Diafold® Magna-Guide™ Kit with 2 Double Sided Diafold® Sharpeners in a case. Both novice and professional users will appreciate the Aligner Blade Guide to create precise, professional, consistent sharpening results. This system accommodates wider blades as well as standard blade thicknesses. Easy-to-follow instructions included.

Aligner™ System

The Aligner™ system incorporates 4" Diamond Whetstones™, a Fine Diamond Serrated Knife Sharpening Accessory, a 7 angle Aligner™ Blade Guide (ABG) and an Aligner™ Interchangeable Stone Holder. Options available include: 1. The individual 4” stones in 6 choices of grit, the aligner and blade guide as a single item 2. The interchangeable stone holder with a fine diamond whetstone as an individual item 3. An aligner kit with a fine diamond whetstone 4. The Aligner™ Quick Edge Kit with aligner, interchangeable stone holder, two 4" Diamond Whetstones in choice of 2 stone grit combinations and a fabric storage pouch 5. The Aligner™ Deluxe Kit with aligner, interchangeable stone holder, three 4" Diamond Whetstones, a Fine Diamond Serrated Knife Sharpening Accessory, and a fabric storage pouch 6. Aligner™ Prokit with aligner, interchangeable stone holder, three 4" Diamond Whetstones and a Fine Diamond Serrated Knife Sharpening Accessory in a rugged plastic carry case. Easy-to-follow instructions are included. Sharpening with diamonds is fast and easy. No messy oils needed -- sharpen dry or with water. Durable construction will provide years of consistent performance and reliable service. For proper tool maintenance, woodworkers, chefs and other professionals rely on the superior quality and versatility of DMT® products. Made in the USA.

DMT Grit Chart

•Gerber

Gerber Legendary Blades is a manufacturer of consumer knives and multitools headquartered in Tigard, Oregon, United States, within the Portland metropolitan area. Currently Gerber is a sub-division of Fiskars Brands Inc, owned by the Fiskars company of Finland. Pete Gerber established Gerber in 1939. Gerber was the first Production knife company to collaborate with a custom knife maker. (Information from Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerber_Legendary_Blades

Founded in 1939 and based in Portland, Oregon, Gerber is an American brand whose products have global reach and relevance. Carried extensively by hunters, soldiers and tradesmen, Gerber’s heritage runs deep. And we are now looking toward the future, where tomorrow’s problems will be solved by the next generation of innovations. All Gerber products are designed and engineered in Portland, OR where many are produced. We also tap our global supply chain to create a wide range of activity specific gear for wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is backed by our famous lifetime warranty. (Information from the Gerber Website)http://www.gerbergear.com/Meet-Gerber/About-us/Who-We-Are

Essentials

The Contrast

The Contrast’s strong lines and sculptured shape are striking, but the real statement comes from how it feels in your hand. The combination of very light, deeply textured G-10 and steel in the handle means it stays put no matter how wet the conditions get, with a handy balance point between very light and sturdy. Already popular as a rugged daily carry knife, this evolution of the Contrast includes our advanced Assisted Opening 2.0 mechanism, providing fast, one-handed opening of the 2.88”drop point blade. Options include combo serrated/plain or fine edge black blade of 7Cr17 stainless steel*

The Outrigger

With the Outrigger, Gerber blended elements of three of their most popular clip folders from the past 10 years into a 4 ounce assisted open wonder. The Assisted Opening 2.0 technology uses a ball-bearing pivot for super smooth, one-handed opening. For added safety, the thumb Plunge Lock on the handle means easy closing, keeping your fingers free of the blade’s path. The open frame design strips weight out, while adding texture to the body for increased hold. Grippy without feeling sticky, the Outrigger is handle is finished with a soft grip rubber keeping the knife right where it’s supposed to be, in your hand. Options include the Outrigger XL model with a 3.4” partially serrated blade, the Outrigger with a 3” partially serrated or fine edge blade and an Outrigger Mini with a 2.5” blade. All blades are satin finished 7Cr17 stainless steel*.

Paraframe

The Paraframe series is based on a minimal frame-lock design. It’s a beautifully simple, open frame knife with a locking blade that is lightweight, easy to clean and opens effortlessly. Built with a smooth stainless steel handle and a clip for secure travel, the Paraframe is everything that an everyday carry folder should be. The Gerber Paraframe walks the line between full-size functionality and compact size for discreet carry. Options available include: 1. Drop point or tanto blade, made from 7Cr17 stainless steel*. 2. 5 blade lengths: 2.13”, 2.22”, 2.88”, 3” and 3.5” 3. Partially serrated or fine edge blade 4. 3 finishes: Satin stainless, Black Titanium Nitride and Grey Titanium Nitride 5. The less angled, more angled handle on the 2 Powerframe models, with partially serrated or fine edge blades and a titanium finish The first thing noticed when you handle this knife is the balanced feel. The skeletonized metal handle complements the weight of the blade to provide a positive, confident feel for a smaller knife. Equally as important, it’s a pleasure to carry. Clip it to your pocket or belt, and it literally disappears until you know you need it.

*7Cr17 stainless steel is roughly equivalent to 440A stainless.

•Hunting/Fishing

Folding

The Gator™Folder employs advanced Glass-filled nylon thermoplastics with Gator Grip over mold to deliver a stunningly reliable, ultimately comfortable grip. Who could have guessed that the feel of reptile scales would be so satisfying? Anyway, there are seven models to choose from. Each has a lock-back mechanism. The model dependant options include a 154CM* or 420HC stainless steel blade, 3” or 3.76” in length, in drop point, clip point or gut hook style, with a fine edge or partially serrated cutting edge, and the standard Gator Grip handle or a more ergonomically designed handle in the Gator II model. Additional accessories in the Gator line include a hatchet, an axe, several models of machetes, and several models of saws.

The Myth™ Folding Knife’s comfortable, soft rubberized handle offers a secure grip in any hunting conditions. Available options include a sheath knife in 3.5” drop point or gut hook blade styles with a low-profile hard plastic sheath complete with a built-in carbide sharpener and a Pocket Folder model with 3” blade. The blades are made using 7Cr17 stainless steel and finished with Titanium Nitride coating. Additional accessories in the Myth line include a hatchet with a coated 3cr13 stainless steel blade and shock absorbing handle, a rechargeable LED spotlight, a field sharpener, fixed and folding saws with coated SK-5 steel* blades, an archery multi-tool and a shotgun multi-tool.

Fixed Blade

The Gator™ series has a handle with a core of glass-filled nylon, chemically bonded to the outer surface, which is molded Santoprene rubber...creating a soft, tactile grip over an extremely strong structure. The blade is made from 420HC steel. There are 4 models in this series, a 6” Fillet knife, a 7.5” Fillet knife, a 4” drop point hunter and a 4” gut hook hunter. Additional accessories in the Gator line include a hatchet, an axe, several models of machetes, and several models of saws.

The Moment™ series incorporates a molded rubber grip installed over a full tang with a guard, thumb traction jimping and a stout choil to provide a dependable balanced grip and feel. The blades are made of 5Cr15MoV* stainless steel in 3.63” drop point or gut hook styles, a field dress kit including a gut hook knife combined with a 3.2” caping knife and a nylon double sheath, and 3 additional kits with various combinations of the gut hook knife, caping knife, bone saw with a 7.5” blade of SK-5 steel and a handle made like the knives handle (also available separately) and a rib spreader, each with a nylon sheath or roll sheath for convenient carry.

The Myth™ series incorporates a steel core handle with nylon and rubber over-mold with a guard, and thumb traction jimping to provide a dependable balanced grip and feel. The full tang blades 7Cr17 stainless steel* and finished with Titanium Nitride coating. Options include 3.75” drop point or gut hook blade in the Fixed Blade Pro models, a 3.5” gutting blade with a hard plastic over-mold protective ball tip in the E-Z Open Gutting Knife model, a 3.25” blade in the Myth Compact model and a field dress kit with the Fixed Blade Pro Gut Hook and Compact models with a piggy back style sheath. The Fixed Blade Pro’s puncture-proof hard plastic sheath has a built-in carbide sharpener as well as a unique dual-lock system that uses both friction-lock technology and a pommel rubber lock that ensures quiet and secure travel wherever your hunt takes you. Additional accessories in the Myth line include a hatchet with a coated 3cr13 stainless steel blade and shock absorbing handle, a rechargeable LED spotlight, a field sharpener, fixed and folding saws with coated SK-5 steel* blades, an archery multi-tool and a shotgun multi-tool.

* 154CM: An American-made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for tough industrial applications. Known for its best all-around qualities, it offers great corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality.

*7Cr17 stainless steel is roughly equivalent to 440A stainless.

*5Cr15MoV stainless is apparently similar to 420HC

*SK-5 steel is a high carbon steel similar to 1080

*3Cr13 stainless steel is identical to domestically produced 420J

•Tactical

Folding

The Applegate–Fairbairn™ series models we carry offer options including 2.91” and 3.79” blades in single or double bevel, black or satin finish, of 154CM* stainless steel, or a 4.48” blade of satin finished 420HC stainless steel, fitted with G-10 or glass-filled nylon handles with a pocket clip, and are equipped with the Gerber Roto-Lock blade lock. Some models also incorporate the Gerber F.A.S.T. assisted open system. The Applegate–Fairbairn fighting knife is a combat knife that was designed by Colonel Rex Applegate and William E. Fairbairn as a version of the Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife. Applegate took the design to custom knifemaker Bill Harsey, Jr. who made several prototypes for Al Mar Knives.[2] In 1995, Harsey would design a folding version for Gerber Legendary Blades, which won the 1996 International Blade Show "American Made Knife of the Year" award.[3] (Information from Wikipedia)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applegate%E2%80%93Fairbairn_fighting_knife

The Evo™ Series feature fine edge or partially serrated blades of 440(A?) or 7Cr17* stainless steel, in clip point or tanto styles, finished in titanium nitride. The handles are made of aluminum with cutouts to lighten the knife and provide an excellent grip and a liner lock provides safety in the open position. The blades are available in 2.75”, 3.4” and 3.5” all with dual thumb studs and a finger flip for easy opening.

Fixed Blade

The Guardian Back-Up™ comes with a black finished 3.4” blade that is reportedly made of 425M* stainless steel in spear style (double fine edge) or partially serrated tanto style, and has a Gerber Tac Hide (glass filled nylon covered with Santoprene soft grip material) handle on a ¾ tang. These knives come with a molded plastic sheath that lets you adjust the withdraw tension to suit your individual style. Clip it to your boot or belt or your strap, and you'll never be without a reliable back-up.

The LMF II™ series feature 4.84” drop point blades of 420HC steel in a black finish and a handle of glass-filled nylon with TPV over mold The LMF II Infantry comes in coyote brown, black or green, the LMF II Survival comes in Coyote Brown only, and has a safety knife included. All knives in the LMF II series include lashing holes for use as a spear, a ballistic nylon sheath with fire retardant coating, 2 leg straps and are MOLLE compatible.

The Prodigy™ series was inspired by the LMF II™ and features a smaller 4.75” full tang blade of 420HC steel with a black ceramic or black oxide coating, in partially serrated drop point or tanto styles. The handle is made of Tac Hide (glass filled nylon covered with Santoprene soft grip material), and the MOLLE compatible sheath is of ballistic nylon with a leg strap.

*425 Modified slots in between 420 HC and 440A

* 154CM: An American-made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for tough industrial applications. Known for its best all-around qualities, it offers great corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality.

*7Cr17 stainless steel is roughly equivalent to 440A stainless.

*5Cr15MoV stainless is apparently similar to 420HC

*SK-5 steel is a high carbon steel similar to 1080 *3Cr13 stainless steel is identical to domestically produced 420J2

•H & K

For more than a half century, Heckler and Koch has been a leading designer and manufacturer of military, law enforcement and civilian firearms. HK’s commitment to quality, innovation and safety makes them an industry leader in reliability and technology. This dedication continues with HK Knives, where superior edged tools combine leading technology with practical design. These advancements are deployed throughout the product line with technologies like Nitrous® Assist and OTF. In addition, aerospace industry tolerance standards provide a complementary fit and finish. Our customers live the HK motto – No Compromise – and for this reason you have our commitment that we will continuously pursue innovation and performance in all of the products we offer. (Information from Benchmade website, Benchmade is the company that manufactures H & K branded knives)

http://www.benchmade.com/products/product_list.aspx?category=27

The Benchmade Knife Company is a knife manufacturer run by Roberta and Les de Asis in Oregon City, Oregon, United States. Its products are geared toward many niche markets, such as outdoor sporting cutlery, rescue, law-enforcement, martial-arts, and military. The company has collaborated with a number of custom knife makers since its inception.

(Information from Wikipedia)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benchmade

The H & K Axis series is made in the USA, features 2.88” or 3.69” tanto , clip point or drop point blade of D2 tool steel*, hardened to RC 60 – 62, with a partially serrated or plain edge, and a black finish. The G10 handles in black or sand over a stainless frame. This series has a tip up pocket clip, ambidextrous thumb studs, and use the patented Benchmade exclusive, AXIS® locking mechanism.*

The H & K Pika series features a 3.5” 9Cr13 Stainless Steel* Blade in drop point or tanto style, with a partially serrated edge and a black finish. This series features an ambidextrous thumb hole or thumb studs, a lock back blade lock and black glass reinforced nylon handles.

The H & K Nitrous Blitz series features an excellent 3.4” blade of 154CM* stainless steel in modified clip point style with plain or partially serrated edge and satin or black coated finish. This series comes with a thumb stud, stainless liner with liner lock, G10 handle scales, removable tip down pocket clip and Nitrous®* spring assist, which assists the deployment of the blade after the user has opened it 30 degrees with the thumbstud.

The H & K P30 series features a 2.95” modified drop point, black coated, 8CR13* stainless steel* blade with a liner lock, plain or partially serrated edge, a patented Optimiser® spring assist which assists the deployment of the blade after it reaches 30 degrees open using the thumb stud. The Optimiser® spring assist allows the user to select either assisted or manual opening. The knives in this series come with textured thermoplastic handle scales in black, OD green, or tan, and have tip down removable clip attached.

* 154CM: An American-made premium grade stainless steel originally developed for tough industrial applications. Known for its best all-around qualities, it offers great corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality.

* D2 is a high-carbon high-chromium tool steel manufactured for high abrasive wear applications. D-2 can be heat treated to RC 64. This steel has a low tempering temperature. Many of the common coatings cannot be applied because the process temperature used to apply the coating is higher than the tempering temperature of the D-2 tool steel. The high chromium content gives this grade some stainless properties, although, it is not classified as a stainless steel.

*8Cr13 Steel is similar to AUS-8

*9Cr13 Stainless Steel is similar to AUS 10

*AXIS® A 100 percent ambidextrous design, AXIS® gets its function from a small, hardened steel bar that rides forward and back in a slot machined into both steel liners. The bar extends to both sides of the knife, spans the liners and is positioned over the rear of the blade. It engages a ramped tang portion of the knife blade when it is opened. Two omega-style springs, one on each liner, give the locking bar its inertia to engage the knife tang. As a result, the tang is wedged solidly between a sizable stop pin and the AXIS® bar itself.

*NITROUS® Another patented Benchmade exclusive, Nitrous® spring assist. As the blade is closed, the two torsion arms that run the length of the handle liners are secured in place and make contact with the blade tang. As tensioned against the blade tang, the user rotates the blade open to a 30-degree angle, the torsion arms take over and continue the blade opening process on its own. The huge advantage to the Nitrous® design over other similar concepts is that the blade must be rotated open to beyond a 30-degree angle which offers added user control.

•Ka-Bar

Ka-Bar (trademarked as KA-BAR, capitalized) is the contemporary popular name for the combat knife first adopted by the United States Marine Corps in November 1942 as the 1219C2 combat knife (later designated the USMC Mark 2 combat knife or Knife, Fighting Utility), and subsequently adopted by the United States Navy as the U.S. Navy utility knife, Mark 2.[1][2][3] Additionally, KA-BAR is the trademark and namesake of a related knife manufacturing company, KA-BAR Knives., Inc. (formerly Union Cutlery Co.) of Olean, New York, a subsidiary of the Cutco Corporation. Although KA-BAR Knives, Inc. currently makes a wide variety of knives and cutlery, it is best known for the KA-BAR Fighting/Utility knife, which has traditionally used a 7 in. (178 mm) 1095 carbon steel clip point blade and leather-washer handle. Other, more modern versions of this knife feature single or dual-edge blades and synthetic handles made of Kraton (a non-slip rubber substitute).[4]  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ka-Bar

We are KA-BAR or more formally, KA-BAR Knives, Inc., a subsidiary of Cutco Corporation. You may know us from our high quality military, hunting, sporting, all-purpose utility, and outdoor survival knives. We offer more than 100 quality cutlery products and accessories sold through independent retailers, distributors, mail order catalogs and our online knife store. We've been making knives since 1898 and each knife undergoes our unique manufacturing processes and testing to ensure corrosion resistance, strength, edge holding ability, and an out-of-the-box razor sharp cutting edge. The USMC KA-BAR is an icon and a legend in the world of knives. It was one of the general issue knives to the United States Marine Corps in World War II and quickly gained popularity. This knife remains the first choice for many men and women of service who carry it as their personal option knife still today. Our name dates back to the early 1900's from a fur trapper testimonial. He wrote that while trapping, his gun jammed leaving him with only his knife to kill a wounded bear that was attacking him. He thanked us for making the quality knife that helped him to kill a bear, but all that was legible was "K a bar". Honored by the testimonial, the company adopted the phrase KA-BAR as their trademark.  http://www.kabar.com/about

The Fighting/Utility Knife series started with the USMC as the USMC Mark 2 combat knife in World War 2, and later was adopted by the Navy and the Army, the difference between the models used by different services is the ricasso stamping: USMC, USN or USA. There are now many models in this series, with choice of handle made of Black or Foliage Green Kraton or of stacked leather, a black epoxy coated blade of 1095 Cro-Van steel* or D2 steel*, with a length of 5.25” , 7” (standard) or 9-3/8”. They are available with a plain edge, or partially serrated, and in clip point or tanto style. The current models include the USMC, Army and Navy, short and long, along with a very large selection of commemorative knives with blade art in models for all 3 Service branches. All knives in this series come with a sheath of leather, nylon or Kydex.

The Stacked Leather Handled Hunter series are classically styled knives that feature blades made from DIN 1.4116 Stainless Steel* with a brass guard, aluminum butt and a polished stacked leather handle. This series offers a Game Hook (gut hook/skinning knife) with 3.25” blade, a Hunter with a 4” clip point blade, a Marine Hunter with a 5 7/8” clip point blade, a Skinner with a 4 3/8” blade, the Little Finn with a 3 5/8” straight point blade, and a Bowie with a 6 15/16” clip point blade. Each knife in this series comes with a leather sheath. Ka-Bar has carried this style of knives since the early 1900’s.

The Dog’s Head series is a salute to the early 1900’s when the company was known as the Union Cutlery Company of Olean, NY. In those days before the USMC fighting knife, the company was largely known for hunting and folding knives, and used the dog’s head inlay as a logo and trademark. The knives in this series are made in the USA, include handles of natural materials including “root beer brown” smooth jigged polished bone or reclaimed American Chestnut, blades of 440C Stainless steel or 14-4 CrMo* stainless steel, exterior is available in 2 finishes: stainless or copper (Coppersmith line) on the inlay and bolsters with stainless steel liners. They are equipped with a slip lock. There are several models available including the 3 blade Stockman with a 3” clip point,and shorter spey and sheeps foot blades, the 2 Blade Trapper with 3 1/8” clip and spey blade, the Trapper with a 3 1/16” clip point blade and the 2 blade Barlow with Wharncliffe Barlow blades the larger of which is 2 ½” long.

The Becker series knives are made in the USA and feature Ethan Becker’s* ergonomic designed handles of GFN*, Zytel or Micarta, fastened with hex socket screws and nuts to a full tang blade of 1095 Cro-Van steel* in a black finish. This line includes the Necker, a neck knife with a 3 ¼” drop point blade and skeleton handle (optioal handle scales are available), 2 modestly sized field knives in the Short Clip Point or Short Drop Point with 4 3/8” blade, the Companion with its 5 ¼” drop point blade and choice of 2 handle materials, the Short Trailing Point with its 5 ½” blade, the Combat Utility with a 7” clip point blade, the Magnum Camp with a whopping 8” trailing point blade, and the Combat Bowie with a massive 9 1/4” Bowie clip point blade! Also included in the Becker series are the Machax with its 9 3/8” Kukri blade and the TacTool, a design collaboration between Ethan Becker and John Benner of TDI, with a partially serrated 7” chisel shape blade with a belt cutter built into it. “The Tac Tool smashes, bashes, prys, hammers and cuts. It is equally powerful at lifting stubborn hinge pins, prying open doors or windows, and hammering out glass as it is efficient at cutting 550 cord.” Quote from KaBar web site. http://www.kabar.com/knives/detail/7 Made in the USA.

The Dozier series are designed by Bob Dozier, have blades made from AUS 8A stainless steel. Included in this series are:

1. the Bull Dozier a hunting knife with a fixed black 6 ½” clip point blade and Kraton inserts in the black Zytel handle

2. the Dozier Folding Hunter with a lock back, thumb stud actuated 3” satin finish hunter blade and Zytel handles in optional colors of pink, black, blaze orange, coyote brown, foliage green and zombie green

3. the Dozier Folding Thumb Notch with a lock back, thumb notch actuated 3” satin finish hunter blade and Zytel handles in optional colors of pink, black, blaze orange and zombie green

The KA-Fillet knives feature 9 3/16” or 6 3/16” flexible rust-resistant blades of 440A stainless steel and ergonomically shaped slip-resistant Kraton G handles to ensure easy filleting. These come with a glass filled nylon sheath. Both the knife and sheath are made in the USA. These knives along with the Little Finn leather handled hunter give a customer a good choice in fishing knives from Ka-Bar.

The Johnson Adventure series of knives are designed by Steve Johnson, an industrial engineer who became interested in metallurgy and knife-making as a young boy and began making hand-made pieces for friends. He now designs for Ka-Bar, who offers eight of his designs through its KA-BAR Master Series. The knives in this series include )

The K2 knives offer a nice looking, inexpensive knife that feature a 420 stainless steel side lock (liner lock) blade with non glare finish and a G10 handle. The blade options include ambidextrous thumb holes on the 2 7/8” drop point or 3 5/8” clip point styles and thumb studs on the 3 1/2” sheep’s foot style.

The Machetes feature black finished blades of 1085 carbon steel in 11” Cutlass or 11 1/2” Kukri styles, black Kraton handles and leather/Cordura sheath.

The Mule line of folding lock back knives features blades of AUS 8 stainless steel in black or gunmetal grey finish. The blades are offered in clip point and tanto styles with plain or partially serrated edges, in 3 7/8” length. The handles are are available in grooved black G10 with a metal bolster, or in grooved Zytel in black, desert tan and black or zombie green and black. All feature a pocket clip and the Zytel handled models come with a polyester sheath.

The Warthog line of folding liner lock knives feature 3.06” 420 stainless steel blades with a black (Warthog) or gunmetal grey (Warthog II) finish, in what Ka-Bar refers to as a warthog shape, or warthog with tanto tip. Options include plain or partially serrated edges. All come with a grooved G10 handle and pocket clip, the Warthog II also has gunmetal grey bolsters. There are also machined ridges on the rear edges of the handle.

*14-4 CrMo is a Timken Latrobe alloy which has the exact same percentages of Chromium and Molybdenum ( Cr and Mo ) as does Crucible's 154 CM. Crucible's 154 CM is 440C with 4% Mo added to it. This gives it better corrosion and wear resistance as well as better edge retention and a higher attainable hardness. (From knifeforums.com)

http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/220189/

* D-2 is a high-carbon high-chromium tool steel manufactured for high abrasive wear applications. D-2 can be heat treated to RC 64. This steel has a low tempering temperature. Many of the common coatings cannot be applied because the process temperature used to apply the coating is higher than the tempering temperature of the D-2 tool steel. The high chromium content gives this grade some stainless properties, although, it is not classified as a stainless steel.

*DIN 1.4116 Stainless Steel is German steel similar to 425M

*425 Modified slots in between 420 HC and 440A

*1095 Cro-Van steel- “ … Yes, our steel is indeed, the now defunct, Sharon Steel Co. 170-06. Long ago the knife industry did in fact call Sharon 170-06 : Cro-Van or 1095 Cro-Van or 1095CV. Not just as a marketing name but actually on POs and specs and shop documents. … If you look at the Chemical composition of 170-06, it is basically AISI 1095 with the addition of small amounts of Chrome, Vanadium, and smaller amounts of Nickel and Moly so the term 1095 Cro-Van is not off base. …”(Reportedly from Paul Tsujimoto, Sr. Engineer, Product Development & Quality, Ka-Bar Knives)

*GFN (Fiber)Glass Filled Nylon

* Ethan Becker is an American knife maker. He is the son of Marion and John William Becker and grandson of Irma Starkloff Rombauer, the original author of The Joy of Cooking. Ethan studied at Cordon Bleu in Paris in 1971 and "was entrusted with" authorship of "Joy" in 1976 from his mother.[1] In the 1980s he founded Becker Knife and Tool which in time partnered with BlackJack Knives. Becker Knife and Tool later partnered with Camillus Cutlery Company (until Camillus' bankruptcy in 2007) to produce Ethan's knife designs which are currently produced by Ka-Bar Knives and manufactured in the USA.[2] (From Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethan_Becker

•Kershaw Knives, KAI USA Ltd.

Kershaw Knives designs and manufactures a wide range of knives, including pocketknives, sporting knives, and kitchen cutlery. Kershaw is a brand of Kai USA Ltd., a member of the KAI Group. Kai USA Ltd. is headquartered in Tualatin, Oregon, United States.

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kershaw_Knives - cite_note-1>

Kershaw Knives was started in Portland, Oregon in 1974 when knife salesman Pete Kershaw left Gerber Legendary Blades to form his own cutlery company based on his own designs.[2][3][4] Early manufacturing was primarily done in Japan. In 1977, Kershaw became a wholly owned subsidiary of the KAI Group.[2][4][5] In 1997 the U.S. production facility was opened in Wilsonville, Oregon. Due to an expanding market, the facilities were moved to a larger production site in 2003. Currently, Kai USA manufacturing facilities are located in Tualatin, Oregon with some goods coming from their Japanese and Chinese factories.[4]

Kai USA Ltd. has three lines of products; Kershaw Knives brand of sporting and pocketknives, Shun Cutlery, handcrafted Japanese kitchen cutlery,[4] and Zero Tolerance, a line of premium and professional knives. (Information from Wikipedia)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kershaw_Knives

Kershaw was founded in 1974 by to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own, carry, and use. This means that every Kershaw knife must be of the highest quality. Whether it’s a pocketknife, a special collectors’ edition, or a precision kitchen knife, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high-quality materials and is dedicated to intensive craftsmanship. Along with extremely tight tolerances and modern manufacturing techniques, this ensures that Kershaw knives provide a lifetime of performance.

Kershaw means value and plenty of it. With Kershaw, you get incredible bang for your hard-earned buck. Even our inexpensive models are impressive. In fact, everything about a Kershaw is solid, crafted and reliable. That’s why we can back each of our knives for the life of its original owner against any defects in materials and construction with our famous Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Kershaw Knives is a brand of Kai USA Ltd, a member of the Kai Group. For over 100 years, Kai has been Japan’s premier blade producer. Kai takes an innovative approach to product development based on the close coordination of research and development, production, marketing, and distribution functions. While many of Kershaw’s quality products are made in our 55,000 sq. ft. facility in Tualatin, Oregon (just south of Portland), we also draw on Kai's resources to provide the very best for the customer. (Information from Kershaw/ KAI website.

http://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/about

Assisted Open Folders SpeedSafe® assisted opening, accessed with the built-in flipper or thumb stud. Just pull back on the flipper blade protrusion or push on the thumb stud to start the blade out of the handle. Then the SpeedSafe torsion bar takes over and the knife opens easily, ready for use.

The Blur series of knives feature a 3.4” drop point or modified tanto style blade of Sandvik 14C28N* stainless steel with DLC coating, Blackwash oxide or stonewashed finish, and anodized aluminum handles with Trac-Tec grip tape inserts. They also offer various handle color options, and plain or partially serrated edges (tanto is only available partially serrated). All knives in this series incorporate liner lock, reversible pocket clip, dual thumb studs and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system.

The Brawler features a 3 1/4” 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel modified tanto style blade with a plain edge and black oxide finish, along with a black GFN handle. This knife incorporates a liner lock, 4 position pocket clip, dual thumb studs, a flipper and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system.

The Camber is so named because of its ergonomic handle curve and features a 3” drop point blade of S30V* stainless steel in a stonewashed finish. The knife incorporates a liner lock, black anodized aluminum handle with Trac-Tec tape inserts, a reversible pocket clip, a flipper and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system. Made in Tualitin, Oregon, USA.

The Clash features a 3” drop point blade made with 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel in bead blasted or black oxide finish. It comes with plain or partially serrated edge (black oxide is only available in partially serrated) a GFN handle with an index finger indentation and texturing for a secure grip,a reversible pocket clip, a liner lock a flipper and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system.

The Cryo series, designed by Rick Hinderer, features a 2 3/4”or 3 1/4” blade of 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel, in Titanium carbon-nitride coating, Blackwash black oxide or Stonewashed finish, with a plain edge. They come in modified tanto and drop point style, and are furnished with both flipper and dual thumb studs. The handles are available in Blackwash or Titanium nitride finished stainless steel or G10. These knives are all furnished with a tough frame lock with lockbar stabilization, 4 position pocket clip, thumb stud, a flipper and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system.

The Kuro features a partially serrated 3 1/8” modified drop point tanto style blade made of 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel with a black-oxide coating, and a black GFN handle with reversible pocket clip. The included liner lock and flipper work with the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system to provide safety and ease of use. The Kuro offers standout looks—and standout function.

The Knockout has a 3 1/4” modified drop point blade of Sandvik 14C28N* stainless steel in a satin finish or DLC coating, equipped with a flipper, thumb stud and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system for easy deployment. The Knockouts are provided with steel liner lock installed in the aluminum handle. The handles are anodized in Olive or Black, ad have a 4 way pocket clip attached. Made in Tualitin, Oregon, USA.

The Manifold has a 3 1/2” drop point blade made from 3Cr13MoV* stainless steel, with blackwash black oxide finish and plain edge. It comes equipped with a Blackwashed machined stainless steel handle, flipper, thumb stud, SpeedSafe®* assisted open system, frame lock and pocket clip.

The Rake has a 3.4” clip point blade made of a stonewashed finish composite of Sandvik 14C28N* (in the main blade)and D2* (in the edge portion) steels to use the benefits of each for long wear, corrosion resistance and easy sharpening. The rake-like tines of the joint between the metals lead to the name Rake, and give the blade an exclusive look that Kershaw claims “looks cool and is sure to spark plenty of conversations.” The textured G10 handle with textured index finger indentation, liner lock, flipper and thumb stud along with the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system provide a good looking and practical knife for hunting, fishing or the jobsite. Made in Tualitin, Oregon, USA.

The Scrambler, designed by RJ Martin has a 3 1/2” 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel drop point blade with a plain edge, frame lock and a flipper. All metal on the knife is Blackwash finished. This knife comes with textured G10 handles with 410 bolsters and back, a reversible pocket clip and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system.

The Thermite, designed by Rick Hinderer, has a3 1/2” blade of 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel in what Mr. Hinderer calls a spanto (cross between spear point and tanto) tip blade incorporating a liner lock, a flipper and a thumb stud, and sporting a stonewash or blackwash finish. The knife comes with a plain edge, textured G10 handles, 4 position pocket clip and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system.

The Volt II offers a 3 1/4” or 3 1/2” clip point blade of 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel in bead blast or black oxide finish, with a plain or partially serrated edge. These knives come with a flipper, frame lock, finger grooved bead blasted stainless or textured GFN handles, reversible pocket clip and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system.

The Whirlwind offers a 3 1/4” 14C28N* Sandvik steel drop point blade with a plain edge and satin finish, thumb stud, ergonomic black textured GFN handle with an inset liner lock and a single position pocket clip. The SpeedSafe®* assisted open system completes the package. Made in Tualitin, Oregon, USA.

Ken Onion (born January 16, 1963) is an American award-winning custom knifemaker based in Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA who invented the "SpeedSafe" assisted opening mechanism for Kershaw Knives.[1] Ken Onion was the Premier Knife Designer for Kershaw Knives.[2][3][4] (From Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Onion

The following assisted open knives were designed for Kershaw by Ken Onion.↓

The Chive line features a 1.9” 420HC clip point blade with a plain edge in bead blasted, black DLC or rainbow titanium-oxide finish. The handle is made from 410 stainless steel, with a choice of polished Black DLC, bead blasted or rainbow titanium-oxide finish, or of pink anodized aluminum. These knives employ a frame or liner lock, a single position pocket clip, a tip safety lock and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system. Made in Tualitin, Oregon, USA.

The Leek line features a 3” Sandvik 14C28N* or composite Sandvik 14C28N*/D2* drop point blade with flipper, thumb stud and choice of bead blast, stone washed, rainbow titanium oxide, black DLC or Blackwash finish. The handle is made of either 410 stainless and is finished in black DLC, bead blasted, Blackwash or rainbow titanium-oxide, or anodized aluminum in OD green, purple, orange, teal and black. All knives in this line incorporate a liner lock or frame lock, ambidextrous thumb studs, a flipper, a tip lock slider, reversible pocket clip and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system. Made in Tualitin, Oregon, USA.

The Scallion line features a 2.4” 420HC clip point blade with a plain edge in bead blasted or rainbow titanium-oxide finish. The handle is made from 410 stainless steel, with a bead blasted or rainbow titanium-oxide finish, black GFN or anodized aluminum in OD green, mossy oak, Navy blue or purple. These knives employ a frame or liner lock, a single position pocket clip, a tip safety lock and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system. Made in Tualitin, Oregon, USA.

The Shallot line features a 3 1/2” Sandvik 14C28N* clip point blade with flipper and choice of bead blast or black DLC finish. The handle is made of 410 stainless and is finished in black DLC or bead blasted. All knives in this line incorporate a frame lock, a flipper, reversible pocket clip and the SpeedSafe®* assisted open system. Made in Tualitin, Oregon, USA.

•Manual Open Folders

The CQC line is designed by Ernest Emerson of Emerson Knives, a martial arts instructor, and a custom knife maker since 1979. This line offers a 3” blade of 8Cr14MoV* stainless steel in plain edge drop point, modified clip point, modified tanto or single bevel tanto styles. They are available with black oxide or stonewashed & satin finish, and all are equipped with a thumb wheel and Emerson’s patented "wave shaped opening feature" which hooks on the pocket seam and opens the knife as it is removed from the pocket. They feature textured G10 handles in black, brown and OD green, a frame lock and reversible pocket clip.

The Injection is designed by custom knife maker Todd Rexford and utilizes a 3” or 3 1/2” drop point blade made from 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel finished with a bead blast, and incorporates a thumb stud. The handle is 3D machined, textured G10. The knives use a liner lock and a reversible pocket clip.

The Junkyard Dog features a 3 3/4” Sandvik 14C28N* (in the main blade)and D2* (in the edge portion) composite steel drop point blade with a bead blasted finish and plain edge. The composite blade combines the benefits of both steels to provide long wear, corrosion resistance and easy sharpening. The handle is textured G10, and the knife utilizes a liner lock, a single position pocket clip and a flipper for easy deployment.

The Nura is designed by Belarusian knife maker Dmitry Sinkevich, and has a 3” or 3 1/2” clip point blade of 8Cr13MoV* steel with a plain edge, titanium carbo-nitride coating, a flipper and mounted with a KVT ball-bearing system for assisted like opening without a spring assist. The machined 410 stainless steel handle has a titanium carbo-nitride coating and is then sanded to provide a two tone finish. The knives incorporate a frame lock and single position pocket clip.

The Skyline features a 3.1” drop point Sandvik 14C28N* blade with dual thumb studs, a flipper and utilizes a liner lock. The handle is textured G10 with a deep index finger contour for a secure grip and utilizes a reversible pocket clip. Made in Tualitin, Oregon, USA.

The Strobe takes the sweeping lines of the Diskin Hunter and turns them into a smaller, folding pocketknife. The 3.3” 8Cr13MoV* steel clip-point blade with stonewash finish and plain edge offers a deep belly, opens on a KVT ball-bearing with a handy flipper, and locks in place with a frame lock. It has a 410 stainless handle with K-Texture™ grip overlays and has a reversible deep carry pocket clip.

Fishing

In the K-Texture™ line the handles are glass-filled nylon for durability and have a rubberized over-mold with our exclusive K-Texture™ grip. The K-Texture™ pattern ensures you always have a secure hold—even in slippery conditions. The models in his line include blades of 420J2 stainless steel for superior corrosion resistance and ease of sharpening. The styles include a 12” curved breaking knife, a 9” curved breaking knife with granton grind, 9 1/2” and 7 1/2” fillet knives, a 7” boning knife with a spoon in the end of the handle to help with cleaning your catch. All of these models include a blade protector.

The Fillet knives with co-polymer handles come with a flexible 9” or 7” fillet blade of 420J2 stainless steel in satin finish for corrosion resistance and ease of sharpening, and an injection molded handle with a contoured soft/firm texture for a great grip and neon highlights to aid finding it. These knives come with ABS sheaths.

Hunting

The Diskin Hunter, designed by Matt Diskin has a 4.4” stonewashed finish drop point blade of 14C28N* stainless steel, with a plain edge and full tang. The handle is textured G10, and the knife comes with a leather sheath. Made in Tualitin, Oregon, USA.

The Lonerock series feature 3 3/4” or 4 1/4” drop point, 4 1/4” gut hook blades or 3.4” zip-it blade of 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel with grey or brown titanium carbo-nitride coating. The handles are GFN with K-Texture™ grip over-mold in orange/brown (Buck Commander) or grey/black colors. The other option offered in this series is the Lonerock RBK which has the grey/black GFN/ K-Texture™ handle with replaceable #60A scalpel blades, 15 of these blades and an extra “buddy handle” are included with this model. All knives in this series come with a nylon sheath.

The Strobe takes the sweeping lines of the Diskin Hunter and turns them into a smaller, folding pocketknife. The 3.3” 8Cr13MoV* steel clip-point blade with stonewash finish and plain edge offers a deep belly, opens on a KVT ball-bearing with a handy flipper, and locks in place with a frame lock. It has a 410 stainless handle with K-Texture™ grip overlays and has a reversible deep carry pocket clip.

•Kitchen/Culinary

The Pure Komachi line of knives feature blades of 420J2 Stainless steel with a color coded non stick coating and matching molded resin handles. KAI says the color coding can help prevent cross contamination. The colors also make it easy to identify any one knife quickly. Options available include a 9” Slicing Knife, a 5 1/2” Nakiri Knife, a 4 1/2” Cheese Knife, a set of (4) 5” Steak Knives, an 8” Chef’s Knife, a 4” Citrus Knife, a 6” Multi-Utility Knife, and a 4” Tomato Knife along with a 9 piece set consisting of:

• 3 1/2”. Paring Knife

• 6” Multi-Utility Knife

• 8” Chef's Knife

• 8” Bread Knife

• 4” Tomato Knife

• 6” Bagel/Sandwich

• 6 1/2”Hollow-Ground Santoku

• 4” Citrus Knife

• 8 Slot Acrylic Block

The Black Wasabi line of knives feature traditional single bevel and Americanized double bevel blades of Daido 1K6* high carbon knife steel with what KAI calls a graze finish, which is described as an attractive brushed look. The Japanese characters for wasabi are stamped in the steel as a finishing touch. The handles are black polypropylene with a metal ferrule at the blade end designed in a traditional Japanese style. The knives in this line include 8 options including:

• 9” Serrated Bread Knife with large serrations to gently cut through breads without crushing.

• 8” Yanagiba Knife, the traditional single bevel Japanese slicing knife used for the fine slicing needed for sushi and sashimi.

• 8” Chef’s Knife, a double bevel knife designed the manner of American / European chef’s knives for general cooking and prep work, while blending with the Japanese style of the Wasabi line.

• 6 1/2” Nakiri Knife, a traditional blunt tip vegetable knife with a double bevel, used for shredding, slicing and dicing all kinds of veggies.

• 6 1/2” Santoku Knife, Santoku means “three virtues” in Japanese. This is an all purpose, double beveled knife with a downturned tip and shorter blade, usedn for vegetables, fish, poultry and meat.

• 6” Single Bevel Deba Knife, a heavier single bevel knife used for breaking down and filleting fish and sometimes poultry.

• 6” Utility or Petty Knife, a double bevel knife used for peeling and trimming when the job is too small for a chef’s knife and too large for a paring knife.

• 4” Paring or Petty Knife, a double bevel knife used for peeling, coring and precision cuts.

•Outdoor

The Camp series includes an Axe is made of high carbon tool steel, drop forged in a single piece incorporating a rubber over-mold handle with a 3 1/2” head and an 11” overall length. There are also 3 machetes with powder coated blades of 65Mn* steel, in lengths of 10”, 14” and 18” with full tang handles with built-in hand guard, drilled front and rear for a lanyard and a rubber over-mold for good grip.

The Siege is a tomahawk that is coming out soon, we are anxiously waiting on its release! It features a one piece design using 3Cr13 steel with black-oxide coating. The blade is 4” long with the back spike and the ‘hawk has a 16” total length. The full tang handle has riveted glass-filled nylon scales with K-Texture™ and the pommel includes a nail-puller and a sturdy pry bar.

The Taskmaster line consists of: the Taskmaster Shears, a kitchen/ poultry shear that has a built in bone notch (excellent for cutting flower stems, a nut cracker, jar opener, a lid lifter and 2 screwdriver bits, one built into each handle. Kershaw claims these are high carbon stainless steel, and the knives they use this term on are made of 420J2. One shear blade is serrated, the blades separate for easy cleaning and the handles come with a non slip plastic over-mold. The other item in this line is the Taskmaster Saw, a folding saw with a 7” Japanese style (shark tooth) blade of nickel plated high carbon steel, a GFN* handle with a rubber overlay, and a push-button lock to keep it open while in use. The saw comes with a grey and black handle, or in orange and brown in the Buck Commander model.

*GFN (Fiber)Glass Filled Nylon

*SpeedSafe assisted opening, accessed with the built-in flipper or thumb stud. Just pull back on the flipper blade protrusion or push on the thumb stud to start the blade out of the handle. Then the SpeedSafe torsion bar takes over and the knife opens easily, ready for use.

* 3Cr13MoV is similar to 420J

*8Cr13 Steel is similar to AUS-8

*65Mn* is equivalent to 1065

* sandvik 14c28n steel is ideal for the manufacturing of knife blades This Steel grade allows for the highest attainable hardness without the compromising of micro-structure integrity. This steel is often used in high end knives by top shelf manufacturers. It is also a good choice for custom knife makers.(from KnifeUp)

http://www.knifeup.com/sandvik-14c28n-steel-review/

* D2 is a high-carbon high-chromium tool steel manufactured for high abrasive wear applications. D-2 can be heat treated to RC 64. This steel has a low tempering temperature. Many of the common coatings cannot be applied because the process temperature used to apply the coating is higher than the tempering temperature of the D-2 tool steel. The high chromium content gives this grade some stainless properties, although, it is not classified as a stainless steel.

*Daido 1K6 is similar to 440C

*S30V (CPM S30V) is considered a premium grade knife steel. It is so expensive that it strongly affects the price of the knife, and is largely used in higher-end production and custom knives. Buck Knives calls it "the absolute best blade steel available".[5] Joe Talmadge claims it might be the ultimate high-end all-around stainless steel, due to high performance coupled with easier machinability and sharpenability than the other steels in this class.[6] (from Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPM_S30V_steel

•SOG

SOG was founded in 1986 by Spencer and Gloria Frazer and was inspired in its choice of name by the Joint Services Special Operations unit known as the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group.

SOG Specialty Knives manufactures an array of tools available for military personnel and civilians. SOG also makes several other military style knives including a tactical switchblade which is only available to military/law enforcement personnel. SOG has developed fixed blade knives for survival and outdoors such as the Tech Bowie as well as folding knives, many of which feature assisted opening technology such as the Aegis, Twitch and Trident. SOG also manufactures multi-tools including the Paratool, PowerLock, and PowerAssist.

Many of SOG's folding knives and multi-tools are made or assembled in the USA, with the higher priced folders and fixed blades being made in Seki, Japan. Some of SOG's lower priced knives, such as the Fusion line are manufactured in Taiwan or China. (Information from Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOG_Specialty_Knives

SOG’s story began in Vietnam, where members of a US special ops unit - known as MACV-SOG - carried a unique combat knife into the jungle on covert missions. Years later, in 1986, that knife inspired a designer, Spencer Frazer, to found SOG Specialty Knives. His mission: to reproduce the original SOG Bowie knife and pay tribute to the special ops unit that created it. What started as a single commemorative model soon became a full line of innovative tools - field-proven by US Special Forces, even honored as the Navy SEAL knife of choice. Today, SOG knives are carried with confidence into the most demanding situations. Forged out of tradition, hardened in the field, honed for you. (Information from SOG’s website)

http://www.sogknives.com/sog-story.html

•Multi-Tools

SOG’s answer to the Leatherman! SOG was one of the original Multi-tool manufacturers. All SOG Multi-Tools are assembled in the USA (except the PowerDuo and Crosscut)

The PowerLock line of multi-tools blades and chassis (pliers and body) are made of 420 stainless steel, with patented gear driven Compound Leverage™ mechanisms. This gear assist in the pliers provides ease of use and a tighter grip on your work. These tools also include handle covers to protect your hands from the handle edges while using the pliers and a total of 18 tools (17 on the Fuzewell model), including 1/4” drive (except on the Fuzewell model) so you can use the SOG hex bit accessory kit*. The specific models determine what tools come with the chassis. The Traveler comes with no knife blades so you can take it with you on an airplane, the EOD 2.0 (explosives ordinance disposal) has choice of v-cutter, scissors or Fuzewell spike and the standard PowerLock comes with a choice of v-cutter or scissors. All models can be customized by using replacement tools and parts to suit your needs. All the models in this line come with locking tools and blades, 3 sided file, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, awl, blasting cap crimper, bolt grip channel, bottle and can openers, a ruler and needle nose pliers. The PowerLock line comes with options of Satin or Black Oxide finish, and leather or nylon sheath.

The PowerAssist line of multi-tools blades and chassis (pliers and body) are made of 420 stainless steel, with patented gear driven Compound Leverage™ mechanisms. This gear assist in the pliers provides ease of use and a tighter grip on your work. These tools also include handle covers to protect your hands from the handle edges while using the pliers and a total of 16 tools (13 on the EOD models), including 1/4” drive (except on the EOD models) so you can use the SOG hex bit accessory kit*. The specific models determine what tools come with the chassis. The EOD (explosives ordinance disposal) models have a Fuzewell spike. The standard PowerAssist models have medium flat and Phillips screwdrivers along with a bottle opener and v-cutter. All models can be customized by using replacement tools and parts to suit your needs. All the models in this line come with locking tools and blades, 3 sided file, large and small flat screwdrivers, a Phillips screwdriver, wire crimper, blasting cap crimper, bolt grip channel, a can opener, a ruler, SOG Assisted Technology™ straight edge and fully serrated knife blades (start to open the blade and SAT finishes opening for you), slide lock blade safety locks and needle nose pliers with hard wire cutter. The PowerAssist line comes with options of Satin or Black Oxide finish, and leather or nylon sheath.

The Paratool has a chassis and blade made of 420 stainless steel, and features needle nose pliers that can be set at multiple angles (140 – 180 degrees) from the handle due to a patented opening system. This gives unique ability to work in tight spaces. The comfort grip handles are constructed to protect the hand with a smooth outside surface and SOGs classic ventilation holes for added grip. The Paratool offers 12 total tools consisting of the multi-angle needle nose pliers with bolt grip channel and hardwire cutter, an awl, a 3 sided file, a can opener, a bottle opener, a full serrated blade, medium and small flat screwdrivers, a Phillips screwdriver and a ruler. The tool comes in a choice of black oxide or satin finish and a nylon sheath is included.

The PowerDuo is a hybrid between a lock blade knife, compound pliers, and 9 other tools which all lock in the open position. The chassis is made of 420 stainless steel, and the full size straight edge blade is made of 9cr18mov* stainless steel, incorporating a thumb hole for easy opening. The other tools offered in the PowerDuo include a hard wire cutter, blasting cap crimper, bottle opener, can opener, medium and small flat screwdrivers, a Phillips screwdriver, a toothpick and tweezers. The PowerDuo is available in satin or black oxide finish and comes with a nylon sheath.

The Pocket PowerPlier is a more compact multi-tool (4” closed) that has a chassis and blade made of 420 stainless steel and has a total tool count of 11. The tools include a 1/2 serrated blade, 3 sided file, awl, compound needle nose pliers with bolt grip channel and hard wire cutter, bottle opener, can opener, large and small flat screwdrivers and a Phillips head screwdriver. This tool comes in satin finish and a nylon pouch is included.

.The Cross Cut offers a different kind of multi-tool. Instead of needle nose pliers, this tool offers spring loaded scissors with SOG's gear driven Compound Leverage™, along with 8 other tools including a straight edge knife blade, bottle opener, medium and small flat screwdrivers, ruler, toothpick, tweezers and nail file. This compact (4” closed) tool comes in a satin finish and with a nylon pouch.

* The Hex Bit Accessory Kit comes with a carrier and 12 interchangeable bits including slotted, Phillips, Torx and hex.)

*9cr18mov stainless steel is a Chinese steel equivalent to 440C

•Assisted Open Folding Knives

SOG Assisted Technology (S.A.T.) works through the balance of opposing high-tension coil springs. As you initiate the opening action spring action finishes the opening process, and the blade locks into position.

The Aegis (Greek for shield or protection) line of knives offer a 3” or 3 1/2” blade of AUS 8 steel, in clip or Tanto point with plain or partially serrated edge and finished in a choice of satin or hardcased black TiNi. The handle scales are made of GFN with grooves for grip and come in a choice of black or Digi-Camo. All knives in this series come with double thumb studs, S.A.T., a red for ready/black for safe safety, piston blade lock, a reversible pocket clip and are assembled in the USA.

The Flash line of knives offer a 2 1/2” (Flash I) or 3 1/2” (Flash II and Flash Rescue) blade of AUS 8 steel, in drop or Tanto point (the Flash Rescue has a partially serrated sheeps foot blade) with plain or partially serrated edge and finished in a choice of satin, black TiNi or Tiger Stripe TiNi. The handle scales are made of GFN checkered for grip and come in a choice of black, orange (used only on the Flash Rescue) or Digi-Camo (used only on Flash II). All knives in this series come with double thumb studs, S.A.T., a red for ready/black for safe safety, piston blade lock, a reversible pocket clip and are assembled in the USA.

The Flashback line of knives are touted as the fastest assisted open knives available and offer a 3” (Flashback Mini) or 3 1/2” blade of AUS 8 steel, in clip or Tanto point with plain edge and finished in a choice of satin or hardcased black TiNi. The handle is made of GFN with a stainless steel shell incorporating ribbed finger grips for strength and outstanding appearance. All knives in this series come with double thumb studs, S.A.T., a red for ready/black for safe safety, double thumb studs, piston blade lock, a reversible pocket clip and are assembled in the USA.

The Trident line of knives offer a 3.15” (Trident Mini), 3.7” (Trident Elite) or 3.75” blade of AUS 8 steel, in clip or Tanto point with plain or partially serrated edge and finished in a choice of satin (satin polished on the Trident Elite) Tiger Stripe TiNi, or hardcased black TiNi. The handle is made of textured GFN for grip and come in a choice of black, Digi Desert Camo(with copper hardcased TiNi blade) or Digi-Camo (the Trident Elite handle also has stainless accents and a glass breakerand textured rubber grips). All knives in this series come with double thumb studs,S.A.T., a red for ready/black for safe safety, piston blade lock, a reversible pocket clip and are assembled in the USA. The Twitch line of knives offer a 2” (Twitch I), 2.65” (Twitch II) or 3.25” (Twitch XL) blade of AUS 8 steel, in clip or Tanto point with plain or partially serrated edge and finished in a choice of satin or hardcased black TiNi. The handle is made of black or grey anodized aluminum or of rosewood. All knives in this series come with double thumb studs, a “kick” on the back of the blade similar to the flipper used on some CRKT knives, S.A.T., lock back blade lock, a pocket clip is included on the Twitch II and XL, and this series is assembled in the USA.

The Zoom line of knives offer a 3.15” (Zoom Mini) or 3.6” blade of AUS 8 steel, in clip or Tanto point with plain or partially serrated edge and finished in a choice of satin or hardcased black TiNi. The handle is made of black anodized aluminum with stainless steel liners. All knives in this series come with double thumb studs,S.A.T., blade lock, a reversible pocket clip and are assembled in the USA.

•Manual Open Folding Knives

The Access Card features a black 2.75” straight edge clip point blade of VG 10* steel with an ambidextrous arc lock blade lock. The handle is black stainless steel and has a fixed belt clip attached. This knife is very minimalistic in design, but maximizes use.

The Escape features a 3.4” partially serrated clip point blade of 9CR18MOV* steel finished in bead blasted or hard cased black with a lock back blade lock and dual thumb studs. The handle is black anodized aluminum with a line cutter (perfect for cutting cord, string, seat belts, etc.), a glass breaker for extreme emergencies, SOGs patent-pending wire stripper, and extra line cutter blades (which are stored under the handle slab), and has a fixed belt clip attached.

The upscale FatCat is SOGs largest folding knife and features a 2 tone satin/hard cased black TiNi finished 4.5” straight edge clip point blade of VG 10* steel with dual thumb studs and an ambidextrous arc lock blade lock. The handle is made of machined titanium and textured Kraton for light weight and sure grip. This knife comes with a nylon sheath and in a presentation case.

The Kiku Folder is the result of collaboration between SOG and Kiku Matsuda, one of the foremost tactical knife designers and one of the most famous blade grinders in Japan. The Kiku Folder is the first folding knife designed by Mr. Matsuda. This knife features a 3.5” or 4.6” straight edge tanto blade of AUS-8 steel finished in polished satin or hard cased black TiNi with a liner lock and dual thumb studs. The handle is green linen Micarta and has a reversible belt clip attached.

The Kilowatt is made for people who work with wiring and has an electrician theme. It features a 3.4” satin finish blade of AUS-8 stainless steel with an engraving of an outlet on it. Continuing the theme, the GFN handles have schematics molded into them, a hi voltage tower clip and insulator thumb stud are included. Three systems allow stripping wire from fine multi strand all the way up to cable. There is a stripper bar for wire sizes of 10-22, an adjustable spring-loaded UTP/wire stripper in the back, and just in case, SOGs patent pending hole stripper that uses the main blade.

The Micron line features a 1.5” or 2.25” blade of 420 stainless in clip point or tanto style, straight edge, a nail nick and a slip joint frame. The clip point has a bead blasted finish and the tanto a hard cased black finish. The handle is made of stainless steel with cutouts highlighting the SOG name and is bead blasted or black, matching the blade finish. These are the smallest folders in SOGs lineup, and are designed to be carried on a keychain or in a pocket.

The Pentagon Elite is a folding version of the Pentagon tactical knife that has a partially serrated spear point blade made of VG-10* Steel with a bead blast finish and a false edge on the top and is available in 4” and 5” lengths. This knife has dual thumb studs, an ambidextrous arc-lock blade lock, a textured GRN handle with stainless steel liners, reversible pocket clip and comes in a presentation box.

The Salute has a plain edge clip point blade made of 8Cr13MoV* Steel with a bead blasted or hard cased black finish in 3.1” and 3.625” lengths. This knife has a moveable thumb stud, a lock back blade lock, a machined black G10 handle with scalloped stainless steel liners and a reversible pocket clip.

The Sogzilla comes with a 3.8” or 3.25” clip point blade of 8Cr13MoV* Steel with a thumb hole and has options of satin or hard cased black finish. The satin finish blade has options of straight or partially serrated edge, the black has a straight edge. The handle is made of satin finish stainless steel or textured GRN and a reversible pocket clip is included.

The Tomcat features a 3.75” straight edge clip point blade made of VG-10* Steel with a satin finish. This knife has dual thumb studs, an ambidextrous arc-lock blade lock, a textured Kraton and stainless steel handle, a reversible pocket clip and comes with a nylon sheath and presentation box.

The Vulcan features a 3” or 3.5” straight edge clip point or tanto style blade made of VG-10* Steel with a satin or hard cased black TiNi finish. This knife has dual thumb studs, a kick (flipper), an ambidextrous arc-lock blade lock, a handle of textured GRN over stainless steel liners and a reversible pocket clip

* If you are looking for a good knife, consider buying one with VG10. It would be expensive compared to lower end metals like 440 steel but it is well worth it. With VG10 you get the hardness of carbon steel but the corrosion resistance of stainless. This makes it great for cooking knives as well as knives that will be abused a lot (such as EDC knives). VG10 is never used in machetes. (From Knife Up Magazine)

http://www.knifeup.com/what-is-vg-10-steel/

*AUS-8 (8A) is comparable to 440B with a carbon content close to 0.75%.[8] AUS-8 is often used instead of 440C.[8] (from Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_blade_materials

*9cr18mov stainless steel is a Chinese steel equivalent to 440C

*8Cr13MoV Steel is equivalent to AUS-8

•Fixed Blade

The Aura series was developed by study of the original Bowie knife made famous by Jim Bowie in the early 1800s then considered weight, ease of carry, utility, safety and comfort. The result was the Aura series, which includes a hunting knife with a satin finish 5” clip point blade with a gut hook, a camping knife with a satin finish 6” clip point blade and a SEAL Bowie with a 6.9” black TiNi finished Bowie style clip point blade. All blades in this series are made of 7CR13* stainless steel and incorporate a finger guard built into them. The camping and hunting blades have straight edges and the SEAL Bowie has a partially serrated edge. The handles are made of tough glass-reinforced zytel with a rubber overmold for excellent feel and grip regardless of the weather. They all come with a carbide sharpener in the handle and a nylon sheath.

The Bowie 2.0 tactical was based on the Bowie that helped found SOG, developed in Vietnam by the Studies and Observation Group and other elite soldiers. This rendition of the Bowie includes a sculpted cross guard, deep hollow grinds, a hard cased black TiNi coating, and faceted tip that make it stand out from the competition. The 6.4” blade is made of AUS-8 steel, the handle of epoxied leather washers and a leather sheath with a sharpening stone and a presentation box are included.

The Forge was inspired by the era in Japan when honor was the most esteemed virtue, and things of value were hand made using meticulous care. In keeping with the traditional ways, this knife is made to last a lifetime. The 6” san mai (three layer) clip point blade is satin finished with a plain edge and is made with a VG-10* core, laminated with 420J2 outer layers. This provides excellent edge holding ability while the 420J2 increases the toughness of the blade. Hammer forging is used in building the blade providing strength and a distinctive pattern. The black GFN handle has a wood grain like appearance and is precisely fitted using a stepped topo design providing beauty, balance and feel. The sheath is of the same quality as the knife, crafted in Japan from thick leather, with a splash design stitched into its face. The SOG Forge is truly a beautiful collector’s item. A presentation box is included.

The Growl is an affordable fixed blade version of the Jason Brous Triple Threat. Designed in conjunction with Jason Brous, the Growl features a multi-faceted tanto blade of 9Cr18MoV* stainless steel and molded FRN handle in a stunning linear design. An injection molded plastic sheath is included.

The Huntspoint line of hunting knives comes in boning and skinning versions in options including: orange and black GRN handles with 3.6” point blades of AUS-8* stainless steel, and rosewood handles with 3.6” blades of AUS-8* or of S30V* stainless steel. All knives in this line come with blades in a satin finish with a serrated jimping on the ricasso and a finger groove for delicate work, a lanyard hole in the tang at the end of the handle and a USA made leather sheath.

The Jungle line includes three big knives (or knife/machetes), the Jungle Primitive with a 9.5” semi serrated black clip point blade with a limb saw on the back side, the Jungle Canopy with a 9.75” satin finish plain edge clip point blade and the Jungle Warrior with a 10” black finished drop point blade. All the blades are made of 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel, and all feature a textured Kraton handle with a built in “hammer” piece on the back end of the handle (tang) and a nylon sheath.

The NW Ranger is a general purpose outdoor knife with a 5.2” elongated clip point blade made of AUS-8* stainless steel in a satin finish. It has a plain edge, a black Kraton handle, an integrated finger guard, a lanyard hole and comes with a leather sheath.

The Pentagon and Mini Pentagon tactical daggers were designed as military and law enforcement backup weapons that have a 5” or 3.5”double edge dagger style blade made of AUS-8* steel in a satin finish with a plain and a serrated edge. The blade also has thumb notches on both edges of the ricasso for downward control, and the checkered black Kraton handle provides a secure grip. A Kydex sheath is provided with the knife.

The Revolver line has a blade that is a revolving combination of double tooth bone/wood saw and knife blade with options including the Revolver Hunt with 3.2” satin finished trailing point blade made of 8Cr13MoV* steel with a plain edge on the blade and gut hook in the saw blade and an orange and black handle of GRN with rubber over mold, the Revolver Hunter with 4.75” satin finished 5Cr15MoV* plain edge gut hook blade and a black GRN handle and the Revolver SEAL with a 4.75” black TiNi finish on a partially serrated Bowie style clip point blade with a black GRN handle. All knives in this line come with stainless liners and a sheath (Leather with the 3.2” and nylon with the 4.75”). The revolving blade switches from saw to knife and back with a button and firmly locks in place in either position.

The Rotohook is a hunting knife with a gut hook built into a blade guard that rotates out of the handle to cover the edge of the blade. It features a satin finished 4.5” drop point blade made of 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel, a GRN blade guard with a replaceable gut hook blade and spare gut hook blades stored in the handle. The handle is made of orange GRN (this helps in spotting the knife should it be set down or dropped) with a black rubber over mold for a secure grip. A leather sheath also comes with the Rotohook.

The SEAL Pup line of knives is a smaller version of the SEAL Team knife that includes the SEAL Pup and the SEAL Pup Elite. The difference between the Pup and the Elite is: the blade finish, with the SEAL Pup having a black powder coat finish and the Elite versions offering black hard cased TiNi or satin finish, the Elite versions offering plain or partially serrated edges while the Pup only comes with partially serrated edge and the Elite has light jimping on the back of the blade. They all feature AUS-8* stainless steel clip point blades (the Pup has a 4.75” blade, the Elite versions have 4.85” blades), black GRN handles with finger grooves and a raised diamond pattern for secure grip and options of nylon or Kydex sheath. The Kydex sheath increases the cost slightly.

The SEAL Team line of knives is an updated version of the original SOG SEAL Knife 2000, and includes the SEAL Team and the SEAL Team Elite. The difference between the SEAL Team and the SEAL Team Elite is the blade finish, with the SEAL Team having a black powder coat finish and the Elite version having a black hard cased TiNi finish and the Elite has light jimping on the back of the blade. They both feature7” clip point blades of AUS-8* stainless steel, black GRN handles with finger grooves and a raised diamond pattern for secure grip and options of nylon or Kydex sheath. The Kydex sheath increases the cost slightly. A presentation case is included.

The Snarl is a unique style of fantasy knife machined out of a single piece of 9Cr18MoV* stainless steel, with a short (2”) handle with two finger holes and a finger groove between them. Designed in conjunction with Jason Brous, the Snarl makes a diminutive (4.3” overall, 2.3” sheepsfoot blade) yet useful knife for daily use. It’s convenient for opening boxes, emergency defense, or most any light cutting or slicing. A molded nylon sheath is included.

The SOGfari line of machetes include the 13” and 18” blade SOGfari Machetes in black powder coat finish, the 10” blade SOGfari Tanto, 12” blade Bolo, the 12.88” Cutlass and the 12” Kukri all in hard cased black finish. All the blades are made of 3Cr13* stainless steel and have a sawtooth spine. The handles are black Kraton and all machetes come with a nylon sheath. Careful attention has been given to the SOGFari line to make sure that the weight was right and the handles were comfortable for extended use.

The Super SOG Bowie was launched in 2006 for SOGS 20th anniversary. Based on the Bowie that helped found SOG this adaptation has a 7 1/2” straight edge Bowie style clip point blade of AUS-8* Stainless steel in a hard cased black TiNi finish that will stun you with its precise construction and grind lines. This knife includes a sculpted cross guard, a handle of leather washers with finger grooves and a leather sheath with a sharpening stone and presentation case are included.

The Tech Bowie was designed for those who wanted the SOG Bowie with modern treatment. This version has a 6.4” straight edge Bowie style clip point blade of AUS-8* Stainless steel in a hard cased black TiNi finish. This knife includes a sculpted cross guard, a textured black Kraton handle with finger grooves and a Kydex sheath and a presentation case are included.

* If you are looking for a good knife, consider buying one with VG10. It would be expensive compared to lower end metals like 440 steel but it is well worth it. With VG10 you get the hardness of carbon steel but the corrosion resistance of stainless. This makes it great for cooking knives as well as knives that will be abused a lot (such as EDC knives). VG10 is never used in machetes. (From Knife Up Magazine)

http://www.knifeup.com/what-is-vg-10-steel/

*AUS-8 (8A) is comparable to 440B with a carbon content close to 0.75%.[8] AUS-8 is often used instead of 440C.[8] (from Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_blade_materials

*9cr18mov stainless steel is a Chinese steel equivalent to 440C

*8Cr13MoV Steel is equivalent to AUS-8

*7Cr13 is similar to 440A or AUS-6

*5Cr15MoV similar to 440A with less carbon and more chromium, less hardness, more stain resistance.

*3Cr13 stainless steel is identical to domestically produced 420J2

*S30V (CPM S30V) is considered a premium grade knife steel. It is so expensive that it strongly affects the price of the knife, and is largely used in higher-end production and custom knives. Buck Knives calls it "the absolute best blade steel available".[5] Joe Talmadge claims it might be the ultimate high-end all-around stainless steel, due to high performance coupled with easier machinability and sharpenability than the other steels in this class.[6] (from Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPM_S30V_steel

•Illumination

The Dark Energy line consists of 6 low weight, conveniently sized flashlights that use a Cool White Cree R5 LED bulb with a Optical Grade Polycarbonate Lens. For power they use 1 or 2 AA batteries, 1 or 2 CR-123A lithium batteries or a rechargeable battery depending on model. These bulbs achieve extremely high light output & long use between battery changes or recharge. The maximum lumen ratings on this line vary from 128 to 687 by model. As a comparison, the lumen rating on a 4 D cell incandescent MagLite is 98!! All models offer a single-button switch that allows users to go through 5 modes: momentary on/off, 100% power, 40% power, reading, and tactical strobe without the need to press and hold the button. They have Class III black hard anodized 6061-T6 aluminum bodies with aggressively checkered handles, vary in length from 3.8” to 5.95” and weigh a mere 2.89 to 4.80 ounces. As SOG says of them “Count on us when light is not enough, but when blindingly bright is.”

Specs:

Rated Battery Life between battery change/ charge:

120A model: 66 min @ 100% 67.3 hrs @ reading mode (AA battery),

220A model: 38 min @ 100% 45.3 hrs @ reading mode (AA batteries)

214A model: 77 min @ 100% 22 hrs @ reading mode (lithium battery)

247A model: 171 min @ 100% 89 hrs @ reading mode (lithium batteries)

550A model: 75 min @ 100% 63.95 hrs @ reading mode (lithium batteries)

750A model: 98 min @ 100% 97.73 hrs @ reading mode (rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery).

Max Lumen Rating:

120A model: 128 (AA battery)

220A model: 220 (AA batteries),

214A model: 188 (lithium battery)

247A model: 263 (lithium batteries)

750A model: 687 (rechargeable 18650 Lithium-Ion battery).

The BladeLight line of knives feature 4 to 6 LEDs molded into the GRN handles, providing 20 to 40 lumens (most of them provide 30) maximum lighting, depending on the specific model. Power is provided by 1 or 2 AAA batteries or 4 CR2032 Lithium batteries, and provides 84 to 288 hrs of use between battery changes depending on the model. The blades are made of 8Cr13MoV* stainless steel, with fixed blade options of 5.7” clip point, 4.5” drop point, 3.8” skinning and 6” or 7.5” fillet styles and folding clip point blade options of 3” or 3.9”. The blades are finished in satin, black or hard cased black TiNi depending on model. The GRN handles come in black, black and grey, black and light blue or black and orange determined by model. The 3” folder mini comes with a silver or black aluminum battery cover on each side of the black GRN handle. The BladeLight Folder Minis are rated at IPX-4 for water resistance suitable for use on a boat or near water. The fixed blade knives come with ballistic nylon, molded nylon or leather sheath, depending on model, the large folders come with a ballistic or molded nylon sheath and the Folder Minis come with a reversible pocket clip.

•Gear

The SOG Axe line includes the Backcountry, Base Camp and Hand Axes. The Backcountry and Base Camp models heads are forged from 1055C carbon (not stainless) steel in a raw forged finish and the Hand Axe is made of 420 stainless steel in a black oxide finish. The Hand axe is full tang with G10 handle scales and comes with a ballistic nylon sheath, the Base Camp is full tang with a thermal molded rubber handle and molded nylon sheath, the Backcountry has a GRN handle with a fiberglass core, a saw that stows in the handle and a molded nylon sheath. The Base Camp and Backcountry are 16” long with 3.4” heads with flat back for pounding. The Hand Axe is 11.1” long with a 2.4” head.

SOG’s Battle Axe is a modernized version of the traditional battle-axe. It is designed for use as a target throwing axe, SWAT tool or universal back up. The hard cased black finished 420 stainless full tang body and G10 handle scales make for a tough tool that will stand up to hard use. The balanced design makes for excellent swing control and accurate target use while the upswept pike helps achieve deep penetration. It has a 3.75” head and a total 12.25” length and comes with a ballistic nylon sheath.

SOGs line of Tomahawks feature: the Fasthawk, Voodoo Hawk, Voodoo Hawk Mini, Survival Hawk, Throwing Hawk and Tactical Tomahawk. The Fasthawk, Throwing Hawks (set of 3) and the Tactical Tomahawk share a blade design that includes a strong spike on the back, a slightly upswept blade with 2 holes that lighten the hawk while adding a distinctive style and side hammer checkering (not included on the Throwing Hawks). The Voodoo Hawk, Voodoo Hawk Mini and Survival Hawk share a blade design that included a strong spike on the back, is flat along the top with an extended cutting edge and decorative grooves cut along the lines of the blade. All the hawks in this line are finished in hard cased black with a satin option for the Fasthawk, Voodoo Hawk Mini and Tactical Tomahawk. The Throwing Hawks are made of 3Cr13MoV* stainless steel with a full tang paracord wrapped handle. The handles on the rest of the line are made of GRN and the Survival Hawk included reflective paracord wrapping on the handle, a nail puller, ferrocerium firestarter rod in the handle and side hammer checkering. The Survival Hawk, Voodoo Hawk and Voodoo Hawk Mini include and metal pommel cap. All the hawks in this line come with a nylon sheath. The Throwing Hawks have one sheath for all 3 hawks.

Specs:

Fasthawk: Length- 12.5”, Blade- 2”, Weight- 19 oz., Head- 420 stainless in satin or black finish

Tactical Tomahawk: Length- 15.75”, Blade- 2.75”, Weight- 24 oz., Head- 420 stainless in satin or black finish

Throwing Hawks: Length- 10.75”, Blade- 1.75”, Weight- 25.4 oz., black 3Cr13* stainless

Survival Hawk: Length- 12.1”, Blade- 3” , Weight- 19.5 oz., Head- black 2Cr stainless

Voodoo Hawk: Length- 12.56”, Blade- 3.5”, Weight- 28.5 oz., Head- black 3cr13* stainless

Voodoo Mini: Length- 12.5”, Blade- 2.75”, Weight- 23.10 oz., Head- satin or black 3Cr13* stainless

*3Cr13 stainless steel is identical to domestically produced 420J2

BACK TO TOP

English Spanish
Our website is protected by DMC Firewall!