A Birthday-Worthy Blade

[su_heading size=”30″]Zero Tolerance 0301 A Perfect Knife For Zombie-occupied Zones – And Just About Everywhere Else[/su_heading]

REVIEW AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY RICK ROSS

 

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]I[/su_dropcap]’ve had my share of knives, and the selection has run the gamut. There have been a pair of versatile Victorinox Swiss Army knives I picked up while backpacking through Europe and some really nice Cold Steel models, as well as a few cheap imports that didn’t last a week. No offense to the cheaper knife makers, but my father always told me that you get what you pay for. Maybe not in those exact those words, but you know what I mean.

When I first saw the advertisement for the ZT 0301, I didn’t know what to think. The knives appeared thicker and a bit odd shaped for a traditional, self-diagnosed machirologist (yes, there is a word for “knife collector”) as myself. But something spoke to me. So as a gift to myself for my 50th birthday (as I knew my wife wouldn’t get one for me), I ordered one. With a retail price of $340, I knew I was going out on a limb, having never held one in my hand. But my dealer assured me that he would take it back if I didn’t like it.

That will never happen now.

You can see that this hunk of steel is unique from a photograph, but what you can’t see is the extremely high-quality fit and finish of this edged beast. The patented Speedsafe Ambidextrous assisted opening system thrusts (yeah, baby!) the heavy blade out and it locks with a satisfying click. And by “click,” I really mean a noise like when the door of a truck slams shut. You can feel the “thunk.”

The Quad-mount system allows four different ways to attach the pocket clip.

The 3.75-inch Ken Onion-designed blade is made of S30V steel, and wears a tiger-striped tungsten DLC (diamond-like coating) that not only looks really cool, but also actually serves a purpose by enhancing blade hardness and reducing friction and drag.

The handle is also very unique. The “front” side is made of G-10, machined with a green scale pattern, while the black back, or lock, side is made from titanium and has the same scale pattern cut into it. I had always thought that a knife with rubber-type grips would have the best feel. I was wrong, but who’s counting? The knife as a package just feels right.

The 3.75-inch Ken Onion-designed blade is made of S30V steel.

And here’s another great point: A portion of the titanium back acts as the blade lock, keeping your fingers safe. I have never had this blade even budge a tiny bit while using it.

Ever. Period. End of story.

The knife also has Zero Tolerance’s Quad-mount system that allows four different ways to attach the pocket clip. Right handed, left handed, point up, point down – you name it. Oh. I just did.

Looking for a great knife? Of course you are. So visit the company web site and check out all the top quality models from Zero Tolerance.

The Zero Tolerance 0301.

Heck, if it’s the right time of year, you even can buy yourself a nice birthday present – just in case someone else won’t. 

Editor’s note: For more information, visit zt.kaiusaltd.com.

Karambit Knife – Impact Weapon

The Karambit knife built from Italian made FOX Knives. Founded by Oreste Frati in Italy, FOX Knives are known worldwide for their innovative quality and solid craftmanship in cutlery since 1977. They have taken this Malaysian origin plantation tool and engineered it into a pragmatic personal defense weapon. A tool that can be used as an impact weapon for less lethal or edged if the threat is life threatening.
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FOX Knives features:

  • Ergonomic Handle Design fits Forward and Reverse Grip perfectly
  • Can be carried for Reverse or Forward grip deployment
  • Total Ambidextrous opening

Blade specs for the serious Knife carrier:

  • Blade Style: Talon
  • Blade Edge: Plain (V Grind)
  • Blade Finish: Teflon Coated Black Finish
  • Blade Length: 2.25″
  • Steel Type: N690 Co Stainless Steel
  • Length Open: 7.0″
  • Thickness: 0.12″
  • Weight: 3.5 oz.
  • Pocket Clip: Ambidextrous Tip-Up
  • Handle Material: G-10 (Composite Material)
  • Lock Mechanism: Liner Lock

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In our past Karambit article highlights Doug Marcaida demoing the application with the blade side. This segment we want to explore a little more on the impact side, there are instances where you do not need to deploy the blade.

For those that study Filipino Martial Arts, this article may be slow for you. We wanted to approach this for someone that’s an LEO or private citizen with an average personal defense skill knowledge level.

ASJ approach is to convey this skill set to any level of expertise so they can train and have fun quickly. Doesn’t require you to practice 20 hours a week to be proficient, only 5 minutes to learn. But, does require you to put in some hours of hands on time. That’s just the reality of it, if you want to be better.

coverBlock & Strike
Here’s the meat of the article, block and strike. There are many types of blocks, we are only using a basic cover by bringing the hands up to cover the face with elbows pointing forward. From there you work the timing of block and hit with the Karambit. Targeting the typical facial area. Concentrate on doing multiple strikes that combines the use of Karambit and your other hand. Strikes with Karambit aren’t meant to be knock out punches, these are designed to inflict pain with their hard surface and can possibly cut the facial area.

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Defanging the Snake
The term “defanging the snake” comes from the Filipino martial arts system to neutralize the hand (arm) that wields the stick, knife or punch by attacking it directly. This part of the strike is to target the hands, wrist, forearms, biceps and shoulders with hard points of the Karambit. There is nothing mystical about this concept, we are not going after any pressure points, which you can if you have been trained. Again, we are going after these areas as secondary targets and this is what drives the attackers punch delivery system. These tactics are used to supplement your blocking with a little pain inflicting strikes. These strikes to the limbs are not designed as a knock-out blow. If you put some pain into these areas the attacker won’t bite you as hard.
A final note on training with the Karambit always train with trainer knife version such as the FOX 599TK. This will mitigate injuries and accidents against using live blade.

For more information on the Karambit from FOX Knives, go to TheUltimateKnife.com.

Sources: Eskabo Daan Filipino Martial ArtsSF

Karmabit Technique: Hook & Destroy

karambitfox599The Karambit knife is becoming more popular in the U.S. thanks to Doug Marcaida as one of the pioneers to spearhead the knife through training law enforcement with various government and local agencies.


In this segment Doug demonstrates the use of the Karambit to control by using the hooking motion to trap and counter with a strike or maintain control. In the Filipino Martial Arts style of training once a technique is learned, it is then applied to a flow drill such as the hubbad.

This drill is used at the close quarter range. This segment Doug highlights the function of using the karambit natural blade curvature to hook (capture), deflect a limb and using the point on the top blade for pressure point in joint locks control. The pressure point control demonstrated in this video is used to temporarily control to get the arms out of the way, its not meant to hold the attacker in their place.

For more info on Doug Marcaida go to Doug Marcaida Facebook

9 Concealed Weapons You Didn’t Know Existed

Doug Marcaida is one of the world’s elite knife fighters – he is also a military contractor helping elite units navigate through complex CQB tactics relating to weapons of opportunity. In this video, he takes us through part of his collection of unique concealed weapons.

Many of these concealed weapons were gathered by Doug as the travels across the globe training and cross training with elite fighting units and old masters of the art.

The Karambit Knife

The karambit is a small Southeast Asian hand-held, curved knife resembling a claw. The origin is believed to have originated among the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra where, according to folklore, it was inspired by the claws of big cats. As with most weapons of the region, it was originally an agricultural implement designed to rake roots, gather threshing and plant rice.

This claw knife is similar to the sickle that Okinawans used on their rice field, also known as the Kama. The karambit made its way into the Silat martial arts of this region which later spread to nearby countries.

Filipino Martial Arts instructor Doug Marcaida a military contractor in edge impact weapons systems demonstrates techniques using the karambit.

Holding the Karambit – The karambit is held with the blade pointing downward from the bottom of the fist, either curving forwards or 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 one’s grip.

Source: Wikipedia, Doug Marcaida

“First Aid for Your Blade” is here! Check out the BlademedicTM Knife Sharpener

Blademedic-PS-MED01_(3)Lansky Sharpeners new Blademedic TM was designed to be the first responder for all field repairs on all types of knife blades. Featuring four different sharpening elements  in one small portable package, the Blademedic TMincorporates diamond, ceramic and  whetstone material into one tool.

The compact design makes the Blademedic TMideal for travel and outdoors use and gives users the ability to tackle any blade type and steel with ease. Carrying the BlademedicTM is like having an entire sharpening kit right in your pocket. With the ability to tackle regular or serrated blades, gut hooks and any number of other blades, the BlademedicTM Knife Sharpener utilizes each of its sharpening elements in any ideal combination.

The sharpening elements on the BlademedicTM Knife Sharpener include a Diamond Tapered Rod for fast reconditioning and material removal. Use the Diamond Tapered Rod to remove nicks and burs on machetes, axes and knives or to gently sharpen a hard to reach gut hook. The Tungsten Carbide Sharpener is ideal for lightning quick repairs and the Ceramic Sharpening Rods polish a finished edge in three or four strokes. Both the Tungsten Carbide and the Ceramic Sharpening Rods make quick work of small repairs and honing your favorite blade. The Blademedic’sTM final sharpening element, the Serrated Knife Sharpener, is designed to get inside and repair even the smallest serrations and also functions as a small bench stone for your straight blades. This full sharpening system is small enough to fit in your change pocket and tough enough to handle even the most intense repairs. MSRP is $15.99.

For more information, visit: lansky.com.

The Ontario Knife Company Wins 2014 Field & Stream Best Of The Best Award

 

What’s New at Ontario Knife Company® for August 2014!

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Just in time for Ontario’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations, the Bushcraft Field Knife                          Secures OKC its Second “Best of the Best” Award in Four Years

Every year Field & Stream expert field testers evaluate hundreds of the best new outdoor products in several categories, narrowing down the list to the equipment that stands apart as the “Best of the Best.” For the second time in the past four years, an Ontario Knife Company product has been selected for this great distinction, with the Bushcraft Field Knife designed by OKC’s Blademaster-in-Residence Dan Maragni chosen for 2014’s survival knife category.

“Our staff spent the better part of the past year finding and testing the gear that will make readers’ time in the woods more productive and more fun,” says Slaton White, Deputy Editor of Field & Stream. “The winning products not only withstood our tough testing, but they stood head and shoulders above the rest displaying absolute excellence in their field. The Best of the Best is the highest honor Field & Stream bestows on gear and the winning products are the best of the year; worth your time, worth your money.”

“Ontario Knife is honored to receive Field & Stream’s ‘Best of the Best’ award for the 2014 class,” said President and CEO Kenneth D. Trbovich. “The Bushcraft Field Knife is an outstanding mix of our traditional American craftsmanship and value-added product features, all at a great price with an MSRP of $139.95.”

Featuring a five-inch (10.12 inch overall) full-tang 5160 carbon steel blade and ergonomic American walnut handle, the Made-in-USA Bushcraft Field Knife boasts a ruggedly simplistic design that is clearly built for work. The high off-center point, flat-ground blade, and long cutting surface allows for greater fine-woodcarving and meat cutting ability. Designed as a bushcraft and survival system, the knife comes with a fire-starter and striker, over 20 feet of paracord, and a durable nylon sheath by renowned holster manufacturer DeSantis®.

Dan Maragni designed the Bushcraft Field Knife as the first of a new series of classic bushcraft knives and tools. In addition to serving as a manufacturing consultant at OKC, Maragni has also designed several other products including the acclaimed SPEC PLUS GEN II series.

“I’ve been a student of the art of knife making for over 40 years,” said Maragni. “Blade design has been my life’s work and my passion; I view my designs as my children and they are my legacy. I am very proud of the Bushcraft Field Knife and greatly honored by this recognition.”

The award-winning Bushcraft Field Knife is available for purchase at dealers across the USA and in over 30 countries including Canada, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. It is also available for US customers to purchase at ontarioknife.com.

For more details regarding OKC’s Bushcraft Field Knife ‘Best of the Best’ distinction, see the full article in Field & Stream’s September Issue or on their website at: fieldandstream.com/botbhunting2014.

For more information about Ontario Knife Company and its industry-leading line of advanced knives, machetes, edged products and specialty tools, contact Ontario Knife Company at P.O. Box 145-26 Empire Street · Franklinville, NY 14737 · Telephone (716) 676-5527 · Or visitwww.ontarioknife.com. The Ontario Knife Company is a subsidiary of publicly traded Servotronics Inc. (NYSE MKT – SVT).

Idaho Knife Works ~ Celebrating 25 years in business!

Deb & Mike on their 30th Wedding Anniversary
Deb & Mike on their 30th Wedding Anniversary

Mike Mann made his first knife in 1965 high school shop class in Illinois, where he grew up fishing and hunting with his brothers on the family farm. He continued to make knives as a hobby because he used them as a tool on the farm and “couldn’t find a good knife in a store anymore.”

Attired in Mountain Men era clothing
Attired in Mountain Men era clothing

He met Debbie in the late ‘70s, they married in 1983 on their remote mountainside property in Northern Idaho, and built a log home with help from family and friends.  His passion for making knives as a hobby gradually developed into their full-time business, Idaho Knife Works. The mountain logo is Mike’s initials, MM, and they live in the remote mountains of North Idaho.

The buck skinner
The buck skinner

In 1986, they met some folks at a black powder shoot and started going to small ‘mountain man rendezvous’ (re-enactments of the fur trade era). Mike took about a dozen knives to a big national rendezvous and came home excited because he traded some knives and sold some knives. That was it! More equipment was purchased and eventually a larger shop was built, which was a challenge on independent solar power panels and generators!

Then in 1989, they participated in a large outdoor sports and rec show, featuring a line of hunt, fish and camp knives displayed in a 10×10 booth decorated with hides and furs. They even dressed up in buckskinner regalia! What FUN! Next was gun shows, followed by juried arts & crafts shows, knife shows, and of course more rendezvous, where Mike and Debbie were known as Padre and Coyote Woman!

fishing knife
fishing knife

In 2000, they got involved with cowboy action shoots, which is a HOOT! And that’s where the line of knives expanded to include cowboy-era bowies.

Idaho Knife Works’ big break came when ‘The Cliff Knife’ was born from a collaboration effort with Cliff Jacobson, canoe guide and author. The collaboration prompted an article called “Mountain Man Masterpiece,” which appeared in 1997 Tactical Knives Magazine. Idaho Knife Works has also been featured in Backwoodsman, Blade, Knives Illustrated, Guns of the Old West, and Muzzle Blast Magazines, among other publications. Mike has also won ‘Best Primitive Knife’ awards at Professional Knifemaker Shows in Denver.

The cliff knife
The cliff knife

After years of laughing around a campfire at rendezvous, telling stories (some of them true) and talking about such things as ‘the Internet’ and ‘web pages’, Mike and Debbie met a guy who set up a web page for Idaho Knife Works in 1999. They did not have Internet up on the mountain, so Coyote Deb would go to the library for email. Then the development of satellite Internet access made it possible for her to communicate with customers around the world from the cabin!

All Idaho Knife Works blades are high carbon steel that is flat ground, heat treated and tempered to hold a good working edge and sharpen easy for use. Large blades are hand-forged and smaller blades are stock removal. Various natural materials are available for full tang handles. Mike custom builds a sturdy, tight-fit leather sheath for each knife.

Gentleman's dress bow
Gentleman’s dress bow

Mike’s years of experience as an outdoorsman, and his appreciation for our historical past, guide his artistic expression in the functional knives he builds. The evolution of Idaho Knife Works has been amazing and they’ve had the pleasure of meeting the most awesome people, some of whom they’ve come to know personally through the years as folks have ordered and re-ordered quality custom knives from Idaho Knife Works by Mike & Debbie Mann – The Mountain Manns.

Contact them at idahoknifeworks.com or call (509) 994-9394.

San Francisco Bowie knife
San Francisco Bowie knife

Kai USA Announces Exclusive Partnership with Duck Commander & Buck Commander

kai usa• Kai USA brands Kershaw Knives and Pure Komachi 2 will team up with Duck
Commander and Buck Commander to create a series of new knives

• The new series will include every day carrying knives, hunting knives, kitchen cutlery,
and more
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TUALATIN, OREGON—Duck Commander, makers of best-selling duck calls, and Buck Commander,
makers of quality deer-hunting gear and apparel, are partnering with Kai USA ltd. on an exciting series of
new knives.

Duck Commander owners, the Robertson family, have become famous through their phenomenally popular
A&E cable television show Duck Dynasty. The show’s fourth season premier recently became the number
one nonfiction series telecast in cable TV history. The Buck Commanders have their own popular television
show on the Outdoor Channel.

Kai USA brand Kershaw Knives, Duck Commander, and Buck Commander will work together on a
selection of every day carrying knives and hunting knives, in both fixed-blade and folding styles, as well as
a selection of machetes and accessories. Kai’s Pure Komachi 2 brand will partner with Duck/Buck
Commander on a kitchen cutlery series, which will involve the “Duck wives” of Duck Dynasty.

“Kai USA, Duck Commander, and Buck Commander are all well known for the quality and innovation of
their products,” said Jack Igarashi, Kai USA Chief Operating Officer. “That makes our partnership a natural
fit and we are very proud to be the Official Knife of Duck Commander and Buck Commander.”

The first three to four knives in the series will be available by mid-year 2014. Prototypes will be shown at
the important industry trade show, the SHOT Show, in Las Vegas in January. Successive years of this
multi-year licensing agreement will feature an expanded lineup of products, from hunting knives and
kitchen cutlery to accessories and apparel.

The co-branded knives will be distributed through all Kai USA channels as well as through Duck
Commander and Buck Commander outlets. Promotional displays and sales materials will be available to
assist retailers in successfully merchandising these must-have product lines.

• Kai USA brands Kershaw Knives and Pure Komachi 2 will team up with Duck
Commander and Buck Commander to create a series of new knives

• The new series will include every day carrying knives, hunting knives, kitchen cutlery,
and more
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
TUALATIN, OREGON—Duck Commander, makers of best-selling duck calls, and Buck Commander,
makers of quality deer-hunting gear and apparel, are partnering with Kai USA ltd. on an exciting series of
new knives.

Duck Commander owners, the Robertson family, have become famous through their phenomenally popular
A&E cable television show Duck Dynasty. The show’s fourth season premier recently became the number
one nonfiction series telecast in cable TV history. The Buck Commanders have their own popular television
show on the Outdoor Channel.

Kai USA brand Kershaw Knives, Duck Commander, and Buck Commander will work together on a
selection of every day carrying knives and hunting knives, in both fixed-blade and folding styles, as well as
a selection of machetes and accessories. Kai’s Pure Komachi 2 brand will partner with Duck/Buck
Commander on a kitchen cutlery series, which will involve the “Duck wives” of Duck Dynasty.

“Kai USA, Duck Commander, and Buck Commander are all well known for the quality and innovation of
their products,” said Jack Igarashi, Kai USA Chief Operating Officer. “That makes our partnership a natural
fit and we are very proud to be the Official Knife of Duck Commander and Buck Commander.”

The first three to four knives in the series will be available by mid-year 2014. Prototypes will be shown at
the important industry trade show, the SHOT Show, in Las Vegas in January. Successive years of this
multi-year licensing agreement will feature an expanded lineup of products, from hunting knives and
kitchen cutlery to accessories and apparel.

The co-branded knives will be distributed through all Kai USA channels as well as through Duck
Commander and Buck Commander outlets. Promotional displays and sales materials will be available to
assist retailers in successfully merchandising these must-have product lines.