What’s your life game? I discovered long ago my life plan involves knives. Folding knives, fixed blades, pocket knives, survival knives, tactical knives, it doesn’t matter to me. As long as it has an edge, I’m interested. Join me as I write about life, knives and the things seen from the knife edge.
If you don’t agree with that statement it is probable because
no one ever gave you a pocket knife.
Recently I’ve been gifted with two.
Honestly, it’s impossible to determine if I like one more than the
other. It’s quite possible I like both
of them equally.
My friend Tom sent me a nice Buck Slimline from customer
appreciation days at Buck HQ. As I
understand it, many of the knives available at these days are of limited
production and one and done uniqueness.
The Buck Slimline is a nice one hand opening lock
blade.The steel is 420HC that has been
cryogenically quenched.Buck likes this
steel a lot and with good reason.It
makes a great blade for general use.420HC
contains 0.45% carbon and 13% chromium.The cryogenic heat treatment helps ensure the best combination of steel
phases.This all adds up to a stainless steel
blade with a RHC of 58.The blade is
stain resistant and is hard enough to hold an edge, not be brittle and can be
sharpened with ordinary stones.
I love the black handle with blood red drizzle. My love of Bucks started in college with the
Buck 110. I can’t tell you how many camp
fires I’ve built with that Buck. Now I
have another, but it’s just too pretty to use!
I’m deeply touched by this Buck.
1996 Bullet Knife
My friend Paul passed on a number of years ago. I met him because I was a shooting buddy of
his wife and we grew close. Paul was a
soft spoken man and I always found him to be dependable and keeper of his
word.These are virtues I value.
I recently got his Remington 1996 bullet
knife. It’s in great shape, Paul seldom
carried anything he thought was too fancy.
The knife has a master blade as well as a smaller blade. It also comes with an awl, corkscrew, bottle
opener/straight blade screwdriver and a nasty looking can opener. The blades
are 440 stainless and the bolsters are nickel silver, a copper alloy containing
copper, nickel and zinc, but despite its name, no silver.
The boxed knife lived in a drawer mostly because Paul, I
suspect, was saving it for when he would really need it. But I saw a very different connection. The knife is called the Trailhand and Paul
was a good man to ride the trail with.
P.S. That is pretty tacky of you, Kevin, to post your price list as a comment on my blog without asking me. If I had to guess, I would suspect you're friendless and will probably die alone and forgotten. Make changes now while you still can.
Originally, like so many
martial art weapons, the karambit originated in southeast Asia. Inspired by the
claws of big cats, the natives initially used this design for mundane
activities, like raking roots, gathering threshing and planting rice.Over time. circumstances forced the
development of farm and every day implements into weapons of self-defense.
“The karambit is held with the blade
pointing downward from the bottom of the fist, usually curving forwards however
occasionally backwards. While it is primarily used in a slashing or hooking
motion, karambit with a finger ring are also used in a punching motion hitting
the opponent with the finger ring. Some karambit are designed to be used in a
hammering motion. This flexibility of striking methods is what makes it so
useful in self-defense situations. The finger guard makes it difficult to
disarm and allows the knife to be maneuvered in the fingers without losing
has found some favor in the Westbecause
such proponents allege thebiomehanics
of the weapon allow for more powerful cutting strokes and painful
"ripping" wounds, and because its usability is hypothesized as more
intuitive, though there continues to be debate about this matter.”
It takes hardly any effort to find self-promoting YouTube
videos of how to use a fightin’ karambit.
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The problem with fixed knives is they are not easy to
conceal, a necessary condition of modern society. Shadow Tech
has been making fixed blade karambits for some time now. They are currently, in a secret
laboratory/dojo, developing two folding karambits. And joking aside, they look pretty
great. I’ve only seen prototypes but
they were very close to production models.
Make that 2 to go, please.
I expect a there will be a little
tweeking before and possible after release.
After all it is only mythology in which Venus springs forth from the
ocean in all her perfection. I do know
the knives will be made from Crucible’s 154CM steel. Some of the best knife companies use 154CM
steel for their blades. ST is using it
for liners, liner lock and clips also. The
clip will be reversible and the knife rides tip up. At least that was the plan when John and I
talked about it.
Many knives, many fine knives have only a portion of the liner lock behind the blade
The liner lock will throw its
complete thickness behind the blade spreading out the force of folding over a
wide surface. My limited experience
suggests that may require a little more effort on your part to unlock the knife. Pushing the liner lock over may require you
to dig your thumb a little deeper in the lock, but you can image the painful
consequences of having the lock fail.
ST tells me they will have
two sizes, a large aggressive blade,
And a smaller blade.
The small size
John tells me there will be several ways of snagging the
blade’s opening stud and/or geometry to open the blade as you draw it from your
pocket. That’s very cool.
Still remember what one veteran told me:
“I carry in my pocket.
If there could be trouble I move the knife from my pocket to behind my
belt. If I think there is going to be
trouble, the unopened knife is carried in my hand.”
A karambit has the
potential to increase even an unskilled person’s survival potential. Give that and Shadow Tech some consideration.