Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Idaho's SCAR Blades, New Company, Outstanding Quality...Review En Route.

I caught myself a Grizzly at a very fair price on one of the well-known knife retail sites...& I love it.

SCAR Blades is a very young, family-owned company out of Idaho, USA.  I get excited about new knife companies emerging, because the industry is growing all the time.  It's sort of fun to guess at a company's intentions, & then watch what happens as they become more well-known.  Is a new company huffing & puffing "Cold Steel" style, about their products?  (Don't get me wrong, I own LOTS of Cold Steel, their marketing is just silly).  Or are they the real deal?  SCAR Blades, brainchild of the Radford brothers, seems to be the real deal indeed!  These are thick, military/police grade knives built for a beating, working knives, you know what I mean.  These are US made, purpose built blades.

     After checking out SCAR's website, I checked around, & my favorite retail knife site was seemingly one of a small handful of sites carrying them.  I took a chance.  I got my SCAR Grizzly today, & I have to say...really well done.  Everything you'd expect from say, another great Idaho firm, Tops Knives USA, but, in my opinion, priced a bit more fairly...but similarly constructed.  The sheath system is great, the design is great, the compact size is great.  I am seriously looking forward to putting this knife through its paces.  Look for my review in a few weeks, & check these guys out.  I'll be carrying my Grizzly on the belt, & just dropped into the side pocket of my Ranger pants, to see what my carry preference will be.  Small batch production,  family owned & operated, USA made.  Can't go wrong.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

knife Pr0n...Elishewitz is, and will always be...The Man...The Saboteur.

Photo borrowed from True North Knives....they carry lots of awesome stuff...not just knives...but then, most of the knives they carry are not simply "just knives" either, they're works of art.

SpecificationsBlade Length: 4 1/2"
Cutting edge: 3 3/4"
Overall Length: 8 1/2"
Closed Length: 4 7/8"
Handle Material: SUPER AMBOYNA BURL Bolster/Guard: Polished Titanium
Sheath Description: TNK Ballistic Logo Pouch
Weight: 6.2 ounces / 173 grams

     New reviews & stuff are in the works, (slowly, but seriously).  I just caught this on True North Knives...stunning.  

You're probably familiar with his name & unique logo stamp, Mr. Elishewitz has been doing awesome things for a long time.

     My intro into the whole "custom collaboration" world, long, long ago, was when I saw Benchmade's original Elishewitz Stryker folder, & the original (original original) Elishewitz Benchmade Nimravus fixed blade...ya know, back when Allen's name & logo were on both?  My Nimravus is still with me, & in good shape & has served me well, but both of my original Elishewitz BM Strykers changed hands somewhere along the way. I still have a classic, albeit beat-up, Benchmade Elishewitz Sentinel as well, with the gorgeous blue anodized ti liners.  Somewhere I also traded away my Sentinel "2.0" as I called it, the Elishewitz/Benchmade mini "Dark Star", which had killer gold anodized liners.  The pic below appears to be a Sentinel, yet has the "star" cutout in the G10, like the later knife, the Dark Star series.  The original Sentinels had black aluminum slabs atop the ti liners, whereas the Dark Stars used G10.
Benchmade's old Elishewitz Sentinel-inspired "dark star", circa probably 1996? Maybe 1998? Out of production, but still awesome.  I wish they'd bring it back.

     Those past collabs with the Big "B" are cool, & those knives hold a special place in my heart, & also in my out-of-control knife collection, but nothing is more jaw-dropping than any one of Mr. Elishewitz's custom pieces.  Like many of us, knives like the one pictured above are out of my reach, financially, for an indefinite period of time, but I will own an Elishewitz custom folder some day...until then, I'll be drooling on sites like True North Knives & at Elishewitzknives.com.  

     Allen also makes amazing writing instruments & is a first-class Watchmaker, as well.  A true renaissance man in the world of fine, functional art.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Important words on our KNIFE & gun rights from Sandy Froman.

Please hang with the 20m & watch this...join knife rights if you haven't

Sandy Froman, past president of the National Rifle Association and one of the nation's foremost Second Amendment activists, was the keynote speaker at Knife Rights' Second Annual Sharper Future™ Awards Breakfast held June 11th during BLADE Show in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Froman spoke on "How To Win a Knife Fight--Lessons Learned in the Crucible of the Second Amendment"