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Blade-Tech Partners with Kiesler Survival Solutions for Tourniquet Duty Holster

January 28, 2013

Blade-Tech Partners With Kiesler Survival Solutions for Tourniquet Duty Holster

After extensive development, Blade-Tech Industries, the leading manufacturer of custom thermoplastic and injection molded tactical holsters, knife sheaths and magazine pouches is proud to announce it has partnered with Kiesler Survival Solutions, a division of Kiesler Police Supply and Kiesler Defense, to manufacture a Tourniquet Holster Duty Rig especially for Frontline responders. This new design allows officers to have a life-saving tourniquet easily accessible when and if the need arises.

This new Tourniquet Holster is based on a concept and design by Chip Kruer, Kiesler’s Vice President, and Kiesler Survival Solutions Director who is TCCC certified (Tactical Combat Casualty Care) designer. It is made to be worn on the duty belts of virtually all First Responders, from Law Enforcement Officers to Emergency Medical Technicians. The Tourniquet Holster is engineered to carry the SOFT-T, SOFT -T Wide and CAT Tourniquets.

The new Tourniquet Holster is a molded thermal plastic, hard sided carrier that can be worn vertically or horizontally on the belt using Blade-Tech’s popular Tek-Lok hinged attachment. To secure the Tourniquet, the carrier is molded to have a friction fit with additional retention added with a sewn nylon snap strap across the top of the holster. The retention strap is clearly marked with a Red Cross for quick identification.

This new Tourniquet Holster is proudly made in U.S.A. by Blade-Tech Industries and sold exclusively through Kiesler Police Supply. If you would like to purchase or know more about the Tourniquet Holster, please visit: http://WWW.KIESLERPOLICESUPPLY.COM

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Best Gifts to Give in 2012: You Call That a Knife? This is a Knife [Gift Guide]

December 5, 2012

Best Gifts to Give in 2012: You Call That a Knife? This is a Knife [Gift Guide]

A good knife is a wise investment for the outdoor enthusiast. It is a handy, practical tool that pays for itself many times over. Whether you are a devotee of hunting, angling, hiking or any other great outdoor activity, the right knife will never let you down.

But with so many brands and types to choose from, picking the right blade will more often than not give you a headache, especially if you’re in unfamiliar territory. I’m writing this guide so that you don’t resort to getting the outdoors lover in your life the same 16 pack of knitted black socks again this year.

You’ll be getting them the world’s oldest and most distinguished tool, and here are seven to get you thinking.

CRKT Free Range Hunter Series ($50)

Columbia River Knife and Tool makes a upstanding knife, and the Free Range Hunter series is no exception. Designed by Alaskan hunting and fishing guide Russ Kommer, these knives were meant to be used and not displayed. The Free Range Series comes in both fixed and folding formats with extremely sharp hollow grind 8Cr13MoV blades. The finger groves provide great grip whether field dressing game or cutting a wheel of fine Taleggio cheese back home. Just be sure to give the knife a wash first.

Details:

  • 8Cr13MoV steel construction
  • Comes in clip point or gut hook, with folding or fixed blade variants of each

Benchmade 375 Fixed Adamas ($140)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NBe23ANnis

Benchmade quality. Designed with input from seasoned Army Rangers. 5.60 ounces of solid D2 Air Hardened Steel, which scores a 60-62 on the Rockwell scale of hardness, this knife is ready for the job, any job. Sporting spine serrations and a lanyard grip, the Adamas was designed to handle a multitude of applications. There are no fancy gimmicks here, but the simplicity of this skeletonized knife holds a certain beauty of its own.

If that wasn’t enough to complete your holidays, Benchmade has announced that a portion of all sales will go to the Ranger Assistance Program so you can give some veterans a nice holiday too. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the gesture.

Details:

  • Blade length: 4.20″
  • Blade material: D2 Tool Steel
  • Blade style: Drop-Point
  • Weight: 5.60oz.
  • Lock mechanism: Fixed
  • Overall length: 9.03″
  • Sheath material: Injection Molded

Sog Tactical Tomahawk ($64)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIQif1b7K3g

The Sog Tactical is a great example of what a modern tomahawk brings to the table: a tool that can both save your life and make it easier.

Being essentially a lightweight axe, the tomahawk has seen use on the battlefield for a very long time, and was basic issue in some units up until after the Vietnam War. However, its non-tactical uses are not to be underestimated. Weighing 24 ounces, it makes for a great camping tool to include in your pack. Having one of these is like carrying a knife, axe, spade and hammer all at once. In a pinch, the tomahawk can also act as a last resort against dangerous or wounded game. Don’t forget, tomahawks can be thrown.

Details:

  • Blade length: 2.75″ x .26″
  • Overall length: 15.75″
  • Weight:24 oz.
  • Edge: Straight
  • Steel: 420
  • HRC: 51-53
  • Handle: Fiberglass/Nylon
  • Finish: Hardcased Black
  • Sheath: Nylon or Hard Nylon (optional)

Gerber Myth Field Dress Kit (Knives: $27-84, kit: $84) 

What you see is what you get here. Gerber’s Myth series offers an affordable, yet high quality set of hunting knives. I like them for their compact nature, value, and the integrated sharpener that comes nearly standard on Gerber hunting knives. These are tools designed specifically to field dress game and it shows. The Myth Field Dress Kit is an especially attractive offer.

Details (Myth Field Dress Kit):

  • Small Fixed Knife:
    • Overall length: 7.25″
    • Blade length: 3.25″
    • Weight: 1.0 oz.
  • Fixed Gut Hook Knife:
    • Overall length: 8.5″
    • Blade length: 3.75″
    • Weight: 4.9 oz.
  • Once used by Bear Grylls to fight off twenty predatory cougars at the bottom of a ravine surrounded by deadly pit vipers. Afterwards he made stew.

Warthog V-Sharp XE Knife Sharpener ($70)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIrwm17dYxA

The Xtreme Edge from Warthog Sharpeners is wonderfully easy to use. This intuitive and adjustable system is great for the novice knife sharpener or for those that have an irrational hatred of sharpening stones. The V-Sharp XE’s proprietary sharpening method fits almost any blade and if properly bolted down, is one of the few sharpeners that can handle larger machetes and even swords. If you’re feeling feisty, throw a halberd in there as well.

You can read my review of the XE Sharpner here.

Details:

  • Durable, High-Impact ABS plastic frame only weighs 10 oz.
  • Four Quick-Snap Angles (17°, 20°, 25°, 30°)
  • 325 Grit Diamond Rods

Spyderco Junior ($220)

A great little knife with a great little feature, the Spyderco Junior features a choil (guard) built into its design. Very few folding knives of this size have an effective guard, and the Spyderco Junior was conceived as a safe training tool for children being introduced to outdoor activities.

For adult use, the Junior fits snugly in the palm of most hand sizes and is an ideal self defense weapon. Its small size makes it unobtrusive and easy to deploy stealthily in tense situations.

Details:

  • Length overall: 7.25 ” (184 mm)
  • Blade length: 3.218 ” (82 mm)
  • Blade steel: VG-10
  • Weight: 2.9 oz (82 g)
  • Blade thickness: .125 ” (3 mm)
  • Handle material: G-10

Coldsteel Kukri Machete ($30)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaTbOGcsXoE

What can you expect from a $30 machete? If you’re talking about the Coldsteel Kukri Machete, you expect it to do everything and do everything flawlessly. That might be setting the bar a bit high but consider this: the Kukri is the most inexpensive blade on this list, the largest, and has the most cutting power due to its carbon steel, kukri design, and sheer size. When the inevitable zombie apocalypse comes, expect these to be worth their weight in gold.

You can read Outdoorpros.com’s review of the Coldsteel Kukri here.

Details:

  • Blade length: 13″
  • Overall length: 18″
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/ Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
  • Weight: 16 oz
  • Blade thickness: 2 mm
  • Handle: 5″ Long Polypropylene
  • Sheath: Cor-Ex

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AmChar Announces Gerber as New Supplier

October 17, 2012

AmChar Announces Gerber as New Supplier

AmChar Wholesale, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Gerber as a new supplier in its firearms and outdoor product offerings.

Gerber has been a brand synonymous with leadership, innovation and dependability for over seventy years. As the category leader in knives and multi-tools to the US Military, Gerber has a large assortment of hard-core items designed specifically for men and women in uniform, and the retailers that support them.

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MidwayUSA Now Shipping Over 2,000 Knives and Tools for Free

October 8, 2012

MidwayUSA Now Shipping Over 2,000 Knives & Tools for FREE

Over the past few weeks, MidwayUSA has announced FREE SHIPPING on popular brands such as Sitka Gear, Leupold, Under Armour and Crimson Trace. Today, MidwayUSA is excited to announce over 2,000 additional products now shipping for FREE!

Some of the most popular knife and tool brands offered at MidwayUSA are:

  • Benchmade
  • Browning
  • Buck
  • Cold Steel
  • Emerson
  • Gerber
  • GLOCK
  • KA-BAR
  • Kershaw
  • Leatherman
  • Remington
  • Smith & Wesson
  • SOG
  • Spyderco
  • Winchester

Between all these brand names, MidwayUSA offers a knife or tool for Just About Everything outdoors:

  • Axes, Saws, Shears & Shovels
  • Fillet Knives
  • Hunting Knives
  • Limited Edition Knives
  • Machetes & Tomahawks
  • Multi-Tools & Utility Knives
  • Pocket Knives
  • Tactical Knives
  • Throwing Knives & Stars

All eligible products will have the FREE SHIPPING icon. To view all items available for FREE SHIPPING, be sure to visit www.midwayusa.com.  Remember, all items ship for free when you pick them up at the MidwayUSA Customer Pickup Area!

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James Gilliland Joins Digital Concealment Systems

September 18, 2012

James Gilliland Joins Digital Concealment Systems

Digital Concealment Systems, LLC., makers of A-TACS Camo, are proud to announce that James Gilliland has joined their team where he will serve as Director of Special Projects. Jims primary responsibilities will include interfacing with new and existing manufacturing partners to bring new and innovative products to market utilizing both the A-TACS AU and A-TACS FG Camo patterns. Additionally, Jim will assist the DCS Marketing team with content creation and with the development of specialized media projects. Jim will also coordinate with various Government Agencies with respect to utilizing the A-TACS Camo platform.

Jim brings over 15 years of practical military experience to the A-TACS Camo team. He Joined the Army in 1996 where he served in the 3rd Batallion of the 75th Ranger Regiment as an Indirect Fire Infantryman (Mortar Gunner), Forward Observer, Sniper, Spotter, RTO, Team Leader, and a Squad Leader. He later deployed twice to Afghanistan with C company 3/75 as a Squad Leader where he participated in the highly televised night combat Airborne Assault in the Helmand providence on 19 Oct 2001.

Jim went on to instruct at the NCO academy for 18 months before being assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. While there, Jim selected and trained a Sniper Section from scratch in 2004 and deployed for one year as a Sniper Section Leader. Jim’s sniper section was recognized as the best Sniper Section in Iraq in 2005 by the Joint Chief Counter IED Task Force. Jim is accredited with taking a record successful single shot engagement with a 7.62 rifle.

Jim was later assigned as a Ranger Instructor at Mountain Phase of the Army’s Ranger school for three years as both tactics and mountaineering instructor. Following that, Jim returned to the 3rd ID and completed his second tour in Iraq as a Platoon Sergeant leading a quick Reaction Force and counter IED/Post blast section Leader finishing his time in the 3d ID as a First Sergeant.

Jim was assigned to Fort Benning in the summer of 2011 to serve in the Soldier Requirement Division, Small Arms Branch as the Senior Enlisted Adviser and Branch NCOIC. In this role Jim was directly involved in the selection, refinement and development of all future Army small arms. Jim is currently assigned to Cco 2-29 IN as the Rifle Marksmanship Proponent where he is tasked with the update and rewrite of the Rifle Marksmanship Manual.

Jim also founded and runs Shadow 6 Consulting. Through Shadow 6, he focuses on individual and group firearms training with emphasis on Weapons Handling, Marksmanship Training, Tactical Maneuver scenarios, Home Defense Training, Equipment Selection and Use, and Industry Consulting.

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Kristine Gittins Hired as New Benchmade Vice President of Finance

September 13, 2012

Kristine Gittins Hired as New Benchmade Vice President of Finance

Benchmade Knife Company has named Kristine Gittins as the new Vice President of Finance. She will be responsible for overseeing all financial and accounting policies and procedures at the Benchmade headquarters in Oregon City.

Ms. Gittins brings over twenty-five years of financial experience with a strong background in strategic planning and operations management. Prior to joining Benchmade, Ms. Gittins was the Director of Finance and Operations at Sokol Blosser Winery. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

“We’re thrilled to have Kristine join the Benchmade senior management team,” says Les de Asis, founder and CEO of Benchmade Knife Company. “Her extensive knowledge and leadership experience will be invaluable to Benchmade’s continuous growth and improvement.”

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Cut Off Attackers with the Choker

September 13, 2012

Cut Off Attackers with the Choker

The all American made Camillus Choker www.camillusknives.com is a quick-reaction self-defense knife. The near indestructible Camillus Choker is not only ready for quick reaction use its fixed-blade full-tang design is inherently much stronger than a folder.

The Camillus Choker has an easy to grip ultra-tough canvas Micarta handle with weight-lightning high-traction grip slots milled through it. The Choker’s Tanto-tip blade design is recognized by experts as the best self-defense design due to its strong sharp point design and immediate wide-opening hollow-ground edge.

The Choker is made from 1095 high-carbon powder coated steel. 1095 carbon steel is well known to high-dollar custom knife makers for its aggressive cutting edge. The small Kydex sheath is designed to be worn around the neck like a necklace outside or underneath a blouse or shirt. The sheath comes with a long steel bead chain.

The handle is positioned downward for quick reach and easy gravity assisted swift removal. The Choker’s overall 5 1/2 inch length makes it easy to maneuver and gives the user the advantage of a compact fixed-blade heavy-duty self-defense knife that is also very handy for other tough-cutting chores.

Specifications:

  • Blade: 21/2 inch long 1095 high-carbon; black powder coated
  • Blade design: Tanto-tip hollow-ground edge.
  • Hardness: 58 Rockwell C scale
  • Handle: 3-inch full-tang canvas Micarta scales with machined lightning and grip slots.
  • Sheath: Kydex with chain to be worn around the neck.
  • Overall length: 51/2-inches
  • Weight: 4 ounces
  • MSRP: $99.00
  • Made in the U.S. A. 

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Bear’s New 510D Sideliner Combines Performance with Distinctive Appearance

September 12, 2012

Bear’s New 510D Sideliner Combines Performance With Distinctive Appearance

The new 510D Sideliner from Bear & Son provides a full range of features that make it a special knife. From the handsome Genuine India Stag BoneTM handle to the Damascus steel blade, it has a distinctive look. And the smooth Sideliner locking system makes it so easy to use.

With Bear & Son’s ball bearing action, the 3-inch modified spear point blade opens easily with one hand and locks securely open for safe use. It folds neatly into its 4-1/8″ handle, perfectly contoured for comfortable feel. For convenient carry and ready for use the 4.5-ounce 510D has a belt clip.

Bear & Son is the only commercial knife manufacturer offering knives with Damascus blades. And it’s a very special 416-layer, high-definition Damascus steel, made in Alabama. It combines steels of different properties to produce blades with extraordinary toughness and edge-holding ability.

Beyond their distinctive look, Damascus blades have unique qualities that set them apart from other steels. The cutting edge has tiny saw-tooth carbides, formed by forging in a coal fire. This enables the blade to cut even when it feels dull to the touch. Every piece of Damascus steel is as unique as a thumbprint.

As are all Bear & Son knives, the 510D Sideliner is made in the USA, and has an MSRP of $159.99. For more information about Bear & Son knives, visit their web site, www.bearandsoncutlery.com

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Who Are Acme United, Camillus and Western Knives?

September 12, 2012

There is a lot of information out there about Camillus and Western knife brands. Many ask who is Acme United Corporation? We understand. This then is an effort to briefly set the record straight with a short accurate history of what has occurred and what is currently happening with these fine brands.

Acme United Corporation www.acmeunited.com which rescued, revived and owns both Western and Camillus brands also owns several diversified companies specializing in various types of cutting tools from gardening and construction tools and a line of home, office and auto first aid products. Acme is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and AMEX and manufactures and sells products the world over. Acme is also the largest importer of cutting steel in the U.S.

Since Acme is primarily involved in the manufacture of cutting instruments it took a liking to the potential of these two great old brands and bought both in a bankruptcy auction in September 2007 and launched Camillus in 2009; the rest is history. Acme will continue to import various models of high-tech steel knives as do most major brands. In addition the Western brand is now back in force and several fixed blade Camillus models are now completely made in the U.S.A..

Acme is not new to cutlery and their management and overall knowledge of (the cutlery) business will make the decisions that should move these two great old brands to a generation of folks who may only know of them from collector and gun shows. The reestablishment seems to be working as both brands are currently the fastest growing cutlery companies in the U.S. and feature incredibly aggressive pricing.

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Who Are Acme United, Camillus and Western Knives?

September 12, 2012

There is a lot of information out there about Camillus and Western knife brands. Many ask who is Acme United Corporation? We understand. This then is an effort to briefly set the record straight with a short accurate history of what has occurred and what is currently happening with these fine brands.

Acme United Corporation www.acmeunited.com which rescued, revived and owns both Western and Camillus brands also owns several diversified companies specializing in various types of cutting tools from gardening and construction tools and a line of home, office and auto first aid products. Acme is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and AMEX and manufactures and sells products the world over. Acme is also the largest importer of cutting steel in the U.S.

Since Acme is primarily involved in the manufacture of cutting instruments it took a liking to the potential of these two great old brands and bought both in a bankruptcy auction in September 2007 and launched Camillus in 2009; the rest is history. Acme will continue to import various models of high-tech steel knives as do most major brands. In addition the Western brand is now back in force and several fixed blade Camillus models are now completely made in the U.S.A..

Acme is not new to cutlery and their management and overall knowledge of (the cutlery) business will make the decisions that should move these two great old brands to a generation of folks who may only know of them from collector and gun shows. The reestablishment seems to be working as both brands are currently the fastest growing cutlery companies in the U.S. and feature incredibly aggressive pricing.

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