|Laci Szabo, the man behind the weapons.|
Szabo is a lifetime martial artist, a USMC veteran, and a law enforcement professional (though I'm not sure in what exact capacity). Apparently he's the type of guy who has the talent to try just about anything, he has his own single-film page at IMDB (Internet Movie Database). In 2005, Szabo starred alongside MMA & kickboxing legend Bas Rutten & Diana Lee Inosanto. Ms. Lee Inosanto is the daughter of the late Dan Inosanto, one of Bruce Lee's original students, and a leader in the world of Jeet Kune Do who helped promote martial arts all over the world during his lifetime. Diana Lee Inosanto also happens to be the goddaughter of the Legendary Bruce Lee. You don't just get cast in a film with Bruce Lee's goddaughter, and one of the most successful early forerunners of mixed martial arts like Bas Rutten if you're just some guy. It's safe to say that Laci Szabo's real world experience contributes to his knife & weapon designs.
|Szabo is a dedicated martial artist, a USMC veteran and a law enforcement professional, not to mention having starred with MMA legend Bas Rutten and Diana Lee Inosanto (daughter of FMA legend Dan Inosanto) in an action film in 2005|
So, we know that Laci Szabo is probably a total badass. I've never met the man, but he's been around in the knife world for a long time. Szabo not only makes his own weapons & knives (in the USA), but he also has other makers produce his designs as well. I mentioned the elusive & hard to find Black Cloud knives, but Szabo has teamed up with many other custom makers including the well-known Frenchman, Mr. Fred Perrin. Szabo has also done various projects with James Keating, and even sells Keating's awesome ComTech Stinger on his site, Szabo Inc .com.
|the Szabo Custom kubotan pictured with a tube of lip balm for size reference.|
|I wouldn't want either of those ends contacting my skull or joints at high speeds.|
|Szabo custom in front, Inova Bolt flashlight in the center and an Alpha Innovations flat-ended Kubotan in the rear.|
All of Laci Szabo's wares are USA made, and his site is a treasure trove of awesomeness in personal weapons, both knives and impact devices, along with things you've never even heard of! It would be weak to say he offers a large selection, Szabo Inc. offers a HUGE selection of personal defense devices. Many items are priced very reasonably, and of course some are more limited, and use exclusive materials, so they can get a tad pricey, but even then, most of his prices are beyond fair. I ended up paying a bit more for my kubotan, as it was shipped from Arizona Custom Knives, which ironically, is located in Florida. I believe the business once was located in Arizona. Today the web based business is owned by a woman named Julie Hyman, Julie stocks an amazing array of custom knives and tactical toys, and she's also very nice & easy to deal with. She is apparently the sole owner & operator of ACK, and she is definitely a "knife person". The site is one of my favorite places to browse and I have watched the selection improve almost weekly for a long time. You're looking for an out of production limited edition Emerson folder? No problem, Julie just may be able to find one for you. ACK buys knives as well, so every once in awhile you'll see lots of mint condition knives for sale that used to be a part of somebody's collection, that they have sold for credit on ACK. Most of the items are new from the maker or factory, but it isn't uncommon to see collector's pieces from other time periods, be it two years ago, or even ten. When I placed my order for the kubotan, I dropped Julie a note. She seems like a very unique & pleasant person, and some time in the near future I'd really like to do a short interview with her, so keep an eye peeled, and check out Arizona Custom Knives, it's a great site to browse. In addition to prohibitively expensive (for most of us) custom knives & collector pieces, you'll be surprised by the amount of affordable gear Julie sells on the site as well. Items like Rick Hinderer's Kubotans and tactical pens are big sellers, and as I mentioned Laci Szabo's wares are usually within reach of the average guy like me. Arizona Custom Knives also often stocks Benchmade and Microtech and a few other higher end factory knives, in addition to the fancy custom stuff.
|The Szabo Custom below an inexpensive Kershaw Oso Sweet knife. I would think if faced with scary odds like multiple attackers, a knife and an impact device might be a great comfort!|
|Szabo's site's menu buttons are decked out in a cool skull motif.|
|another variation of Laci's Custom kubotan, this time, more aggressively textured.|
|Szabo's Mega Koppo stick in anodized Titanium! Wow!|