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Comment by RicK on February 21, 2013 at 12:20

Doesnt get much better than this master dean rostohar designer of spec wog warrior knife shows off perfect ninjutsu !https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF_L9GZGxbQ&list=UUPVg1_TdJCz53...


Comment by Clint Thompson on February 12, 2013 at 16:27

As promised the picture here is the knife which looks very much like the Yuna's Assassin but in a fixed blade.  It was made by Ed Mehler who owns Artistry In Steel. Ed is an experienced jewelry maker and dealer.  He decided to branch over into making knives.  He makes folders as well.  Each knife is a one of a kind.  Don't look for a web site as he does not have one. There are a few more knife makers called Artistry In Steel so don't get confused.  Ed lives in McKinney, TX.

The steel is 540/550 high carbon steel heated and pressure rolled together.  The steel is heated to 2,400 degrees and folded in half.  The folding process is repeated till there are 512 layers.

Contact is:

Ed Mehler, 909 N Graves St., McKinney, TX 75069  214-551-2761.

This fix bladed knife costs $450.00 Cheap for the quality bought.

Comment by Pat ChoKo on February 10, 2013 at 19:39

I dig it, Rick. Looks like a excellent combat user.

Comment by Clint Thompson on February 10, 2013 at 16:04


I bought a one of a kind fixed blade made by a Jewelry maker turned knife maker out of Texas.  The blade design is the same but straight.  I will post a pic tomorrow.  I am talking to him about making a knife for one of my articles.

Comment by Guy Fleetwood on February 10, 2013 at 15:45

'm with you Rick on this blade. It reminds me of Yuna's Assassin. The blade is similar in design. Yuna's cost 500.00 and up. Here's a pic of  assassin blade.

Comment by Steve Hanner on February 10, 2013 at 15:21

That is downright nice RicK ...hmmm Fox knives....

Comment by RicK on February 10, 2013 at 12:10

Not a tops shock horror !!! my 2nd favourite knife company FOX KNIVES MD this new girl is a pure fighter / offensive cutting tool designed by a former spec ops operator and ninjutsu master Dean rostohar .

Comment by Clint Thompson on November 29, 2012 at 9:08

Jan yes your right. The HEST 2.0 is on the small side of medium tactical folders. I have spent considerable time in the woods and to build a fire you don't need to split wood. What he was doing would expend too much precious energy. Ok this horse is dead so I guess I can stop beating it.

Comment by Jan Carter on November 28, 2012 at 20:43

Not Crazy about Nutnfanc's reviews myself.  It is not as though they were marketing it as the one knife that will get you out of any situation.  They made a fairly broad statement actually.  Heck Clint a good rock can save your life in the right situation.  But a review is still just that users opinion.  My opinion of the review is, if you need to split wood and thats the only knife around, it will get you out of a tough situation. I just probably wouldnt want it to be the only knife I had in that situation, it is a 3 inch folder for goodness sake

Comment by Clint Thompson on November 28, 2012 at 14:38

I kept calling and still no answer...even accounting. I guess all monies due have been paid to them.

As far as the review I can't believe the Lt. Col. (USAF) paid for both knives. I take the photos first then abuse them. So he must have convinced someone at DPX Gear to send him two knives. I bet they regret that move.

Comment by Steve Hanner on November 28, 2012 at 14:25

Interesting Clint, could be why this reviewer gave the knife a bad review. perhaps his check bounced?

Comment by Clint Thompson on November 28, 2012 at 11:34

I called DPX Gear at 0930 hours there California time and found no one home. My guess is there going out of business. I will endeavor to check further.

Comment by Clint Thompson on November 28, 2012 at 9:37


I have not reviewed or tested this knife or any of the DPX Gear knives or products. I watched the video from beginning to the end. First I would say the reviewer spends too much time with useless chatter. The HEST 2.0 seems to be a well designed knife. I would prefer a 3.75 to 4 inch blade but this knife is clearly designed as an EDC (Every Day Carry) so the 3.10 inch blade would pass most State laws.

I think the reviewer missed the mark on his whole premiss. The reviewer left in my mind he took it personal when DPX Gear marketed the HEST/F2.0 as, " the knife is made with the most austere environments in mind. It’s a lightweight, super-rugged field tool that might just get you out of your next dangerous situation, wherever and whenever that may be". It is clear to me he was out to destroy the reputation of this knife and its designer.

Just so I don't go rambling on I can say from watching this video that the knife did just what it was marketed to do. It performed all tasks he put it through and still did not fail. Yes the liner lock took some damage but if the reviewer had found himself in one of those unexpected "dangerous situations" he would have come out in good shape with a great story to give DPX Gear who would have gladly replaced this EDC knife/tool.  The bottom line....the knife did not fail, it just took some serious abuse and suffered some damage. The knife still functions as a knife and tool. Jan thanks for putting this video on our site as it is informative in that I will not waste my time watching this reviewer's B.S.

Comment by Jan Carter on November 28, 2012 at 5:07

This seems to be a very controversial review out there. over 42000 hits.  Anyone use this previously, can you share with us your thoughts on it?

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Comment by RicK on October 21, 2012 at 14:42

Cool pic clint , my thoughts on the backbite for CQB when taking out the undead / infected was temple , eye , base of skull with a twist and pull to the right !!! dirt knap pills always work well or with a double tap !!! dose up the undead , stay sharp bro .

Comment by Clint Thompson on October 21, 2012 at 14:34

Rick all of these are very cool for eradication of the Un-Dead...with the exception of the TOPS BackBite.  The BackBite is just a little too short of infected snapping Zombies.  Here is a picture of my Nephew Jackson, who is holding the Gerber answer for a Zombie fighting weapons kit.  Seven cutting devices with one...too small for fighting but good for cleaning game collected.  This day we also practiced with a handgun to sharpen out head shot skills and in administering the old CJDP or Copper Jacketed Dirt-nap Pills.

All rights to this photo are reserved by Clint Thompson.

Comment by RicK on October 21, 2012 at 14:10

More zombie killing kit/ monster hunting !!!!

Comment by RicK on October 20, 2012 at 12:31

If you have a combat tool or fighter come show them off here !

Comment by Pat ChoKo on October 18, 2012 at 13:28

Thanks Clint. It's the Fox ETK.

Comment by Clint Thompson on October 18, 2012 at 13:26

Very nice knife. Cool skull too.

Comment by Pat ChoKo on October 18, 2012 at 13:20

Comment by Clint Thompson on September 24, 2012 at 20:18


Later this week I will put up some pics.  I have to make a trip to Kansas for two days for my Dad.

Be safe.....

Comment by RicK on September 24, 2012 at 19:26

Clint any pics of your new tops? would love to see them up in tops group with rest of your tops collection , how you find the 154cm on the boarder crossing ? look forward to reading your article , take care stay sharp .

Comment by Clint Thompson on September 24, 2012 at 9:22


Great looking knives.  The Zombie Killer would be DCC (Direct Combat Contact) for sure.  Zombie breath would get you if the bites did not. LOL!  Thanks for the pictures.

Comment by Clint Thompson on September 24, 2012 at 9:18


Great knife my man.  I just received the Boarder Crossing and the C.A.T. #200.  Both knives are awesome.  I will be writing an article about both after the field trials are over.  The TOPS CUMA Evolution is shown in the article I wrote about the Apocalypse December 21st, 2012.  This article should be out the first of November.  The buyers guide should be out somewhere within this time frame.

Comment by Ron Migdal (a.k.a. tower) on September 24, 2012 at 0:52

Comment by Pat ChoKo on September 23, 2012 at 19:52

Killer, bro!

Comment by RicK on September 23, 2012 at 19:51

New combat / fighter added to my collection real fast and smooth in hand

Comment by Guy Fleetwood on July 14, 2012 at 10:35

Thanks for the membership Rick. Looking forward to seeing some of these cool blades and good info.

Comment by Jan Carter on July 9, 2012 at 20:16

I will be on the lookout for it

Comment by Clint Thompson on July 8, 2012 at 8:37


My guess you will get the next issue as they are mailed out around the third week of the month prior to them hitting the book stores. To get this issue you will have to go to B&N.  The knife "AXD 3D" spread over the first two pages of the article is produced as the AXD 5.5 and costs $1,100.  I passed on paying $650 for the same knife.  I may have paid $350....may have.....

Comment by Jan Carter on July 7, 2012 at 21:32

woohoo...That means I will get my first KI soon

Comment by Clint Thompson on July 7, 2012 at 21:25

Hey guys....

My latest article is out on the stands in Knives Illustrated magazine.  Later this month Tactical Knives will have one of my articles on the CUMA TAK RI and GI Joe character called Snake Eyes.  Snake Eyes carries the CUMA TAK RI and uses it to dispatch the bad guys into the hereafter.  I have other exciting news but this will come later...

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Comment by Pat ChoKo on June 22, 2012 at 19:25

Comment by Clint Thompson on June 8, 2012 at 8:59

Pat this knife/machete is very nice looking and if sharpened right would do the job on any zombie which happened by. 

Have you see the new magazine called Zombie Nation?  I bought a copy which just came out as the Premiere Issue.  Mainly a gun magazine for the zombie fans out there.  It looks to be very well done

Comment by Pat ChoKo on June 8, 2012 at 2:29

New zombie killer:

Comment by Pat ChoKo on May 27, 2012 at 15:25

Updated pic:

Comment by Pat ChoKo on May 21, 2012 at 11:06

Comment by Pat ChoKo on May 20, 2012 at 11:2

Nice ones Rick

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Comment by RicK on May 14, 2012 at 20:43

Think my new girl would suit zombie hunting /monster hunting a well over built machete from TOPS KNIVES !!!

Comment by Clint Thompson on April 29, 2012 at 18:07


I would take a good USA made machete with a 27 to 30” blade.  I would pack on my hip a Pro-Tech Brend #1 Combat Knife and next to it a Leatherman WAVE.  Around my neck I would have a Pro-Tech Combat Companion which can be carried on your belt or on a covered dog-tag chain.  Slipped in my belt in the back I would have a handmade Shawnee tomahawk for chopping and brain bashing.  I would like to hear what everyone else would carry as one of my articles is about survival Dec. 21st, 2012.

Comment by Jeremi Lett on April 27, 2012 at 19:24

Id take my CS Kopis machete(old1) and my CRKT Hisshou as I know i can lop heads with each blade!!I would also have my Branton Axe as a tool for survival.

Comment by Pat ChoKo on April 27, 2012 at 16:31

M4X Punisher on my left hip, CUMA Tak-Ri on my lower back (scout carry), Pathfinder on my right hip for smaller jobs, and a Golok strapped to my pack. Sure, it seems like a bit much, but I'm sure I'd get good use out of all of them in an outbreak situation.

Comment by RicK on April 27, 2012 at 14:12

Ok guys bit of fun what said cutting tools would you carry if there was an infected / zombie out break and would you make the IKC zombie hunters team ? no swords or katanas just tools that can remove said infecteds head in one to 2 blows or take limbs off or turn brain into mush !!!!!

Comment by Pat ChoKo on March 28, 2012 at 22:07

Awesome Ricker.

Comment by RicK on March 28, 2012 at 21:44

RMT scales on cuma ta kri

Comment by RicK on March 19, 2012 at 20:06

SNAP !!! wait till i get my RMT handles on

Comment by Pat ChoKo on March 19, 2012 at 19:54

Here's one that'll cut both ways:

Comment by stephen tungate on March 7, 2012 at 13:34

congrat's rick my friend for your group being featured.

Comment by Clint Thompson on January 31, 2012 at 14:40

Very nice Jeremi.  I love them too much.

Comment by Jeremi Lett on January 31, 2012 at 14:18

These all cut forward or backward!They Cut both ways!

Comment by Clint Thompson on January 14, 2012 at 17:49

Last Wednesday I received a sample from TOPS of a CUMA Evolution.  The Evolution is a heavy duty knife and made with good quality parts.  I like the way it feels in my hand.  The balance goes toward the handle and could favor more to the center.  The first thing I did was sharpen the Evolution as it was dull as butter knife.

I will be evaluating this knife and taking my photo shots for the next couple of weeks.  Here are some preliminary pics.

Comment by STEVE C. on January 12, 2012 at 15:30

Hi My Mate Rik..... Cool Group Bud..... Keep It Up Steve C.

Comment by Jeremi Lett on January 7, 2012 at 22:11

Ok so this is the vid I meant to show you right here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&list=ULx...

Comment by Jeremi Lett on January 7, 2012 at 22:06

Just posted new vid with new Cold Steel Gladius Machete!!I think this can cut both ways! Please check it and comment if you like!                                                                                           http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1QA7kb...

Comment by Clint Thompson on January 5, 2012 at 8:31

Shlomo ben Maved....welcome to It Cuts Both Ways.

Comment by Clint Thompson on October 28, 2011 at 11:41

I am posting this in several groups.  I am ready for a new subject to write about.  I decided to ask my buds at IKC for suggestions.  So give me some suggestions....even pink knives.  LOL!

Comment by Clint Thompson on October 28, 2011 at 11:08

Thanks James.  Pro-Tech knives, in my professional opinion are the top made commercial knives.  I have several more but these are my pride and joy.

Comment by Clint Thompson on October 27, 2011 at 21:08

Fellow knife lovers.  Here is a picture of three knives I have which I just love.  They are all automatic openers.  They are called the Don and made by PRO-TECH out of California.  http://www.protechknives.com/  The top Don is called the "Tuxedo" with black aluminum handles with fully 3D machined curved surfaces, polished ivory micarta inlays, black coated 154-CM blade.

The second is a small Don #1708-C with Satin Silver handle with cocobolo wood inlays, satin blade.

The third and my pride and joy is the Large Don "Steel Custom" hand satin finished, 416 stainless steel frame, bark mastodon ivory inlays, mosaic pin inlay push button, blade is a five inch Chad Nichols Stainless Damascus.  I just love these knives.  The background is a Muslim Prayer Rug given to me by the wife of a Turkish Police Officer friend of mine.  Posted on Bladesmith Babes page as well.

Comment by Clint Thompson on October 25, 2011 at 19:22

Thanks Jan.  If they take the article I will let you know when it comes out.  Most likely Jan or Feb.

Comment by Jan Carter on October 25, 2011 at 19:17


Congrats on finishing the article.  Cant wait for it to come out

Comment by Clint Thompson on October 24, 2011 at 20:59

Well today I finished my article on the Unconventional Combat knife.  I sent this one to Blade Magazine.  I called the editor and he said he would like to take a look at this article.  If I pass the test I will be writing for them as well.  Fingers crossed.  Rick I threw your name in the article as the reason I checked out the Back Bite.

I still have not been able to get the team together to review this knife.  John is up to his neck in alligators....forgetting the original idea was to drain the swamp and Matt is off....well just off doing something special.  I will stay on top of this and get them together.

Tomorrow, I will attach some pics of combat knives I have.  Be safe and cut long, deep and continuous.

Comment by Clint Thompson on October 24, 2011 at 9:20

To all my fellow knife lovers.  Today I am working on the article about unconventional knives for Blade Magazine.  They are restricting me to 1,500 words and no less than 800 words with eight pictures.  At first they wanted four to six pictures but I was successful to get two more pictures.

When I am finished I will send some pics for you to view of knives I have reviewed.

Comment by Clint Thompson on October 24, 2011 at 9:14


This is a very cool knife.  The trainer CRKT makes is an exact replica of this knife.  I used the rubber knife for training women in self defense.  Thanks for the cool pic.

Comment by Jeremi Lett on October 24, 2011 at 1:36

CRKT Ultima 5in. blade.

Comment by Jan Carter on October 15, 2011 at 17:49
Happy to be here, cant wait to hear some of the adventures
Comment by Pat ChoKo on October 12, 2011 at 8:22
Thanks for the invite!
Comment by Ron Migdal (a.k.a. tower) on October 11, 2011 at 13:32

Comment by Clint Thompson on October 10, 2011 at 14:24
Welcome Jan to Rick's site.  I guess Rick and I are co-conspirators on this group.  Please jump in at any time.  When I get my marching orders...if ever...Feds you know....I will be posting most of my adventures in this very special group.
Comment by Clint Thompson on October 10, 2011 at 10:02


It is good to be a member of this group which will be exciting and controversial.  Thanks for the invitation

Most common combat carry knife used today ! and what would you carry or pack ?

Posted by RicK on October 9, 2011 at 21:15

Ok lads whos carry or packing what on there loadouts or covert carry ?

Reply by stephen tungate on October 9, 2011 at 23:56

ok its working now bro i would carry the tops stryker knife because it can do many things for you...

Reply by D ale on October 10, 2011 at 1:20

This is a sweet lil unit .. the ATS-34 is simply great .. lock-up is tight & secure !!!

Reply by stephen tungate on October 11, 2011 at 21:43

this is one knife that is great to carry anywhere and you will be safe.the sog flash II

Reply by Pat ChoKo on October 12, 2011 at 0:32

Most common would probably be the Ka-Bar USMC or the old school SOG knives.

I carry a TOPS Pathfinder and M4X.

Reply by Ron Migdal (a.k.a. tower) on October 12, 2011 at 13:22

Reply by Shlomo ben Maved on January 30, 2012 at 12:19

I made up this list for "Box Full of Knives" and realized that most of the brand names would also belong here...Note correction for Katz from original--mea culpa.


I collect some small, somewhat obscure commercial knifemakers or with just a small number of models available…I only buy what I like of their line-ups and don’t care one way or the other if I do or don’t have the complete set.

It's great to say "I have the full collection of something like **Ek knives,  -- all five models"!  Two blade types; Bowie or dagger with two versions half or fully sharpened both sides of the latter and two handle styles, paracord or a solid material.

Some of the obscure makers are:

**Extrema Ratio (Italy),-- Bloody tanks

**Entrek, -- Just bloody lovely knives 

*Al Mar -- his raptor and SERE series are classics that stood the test of time,

**Spartan, -- Major drool factor

*Mission, --  Major drool factor – Just a Titanium version thereof

Blackjack Knives Classics, -- Closest to the originals 

Blackhawk -- Have some very fine blades for the price see Tatang

Katz  --  I’d buy them in an instant but they aren’t my first brand choice

**Dustar (Israel), -- damn strong stuff, IDF SF issue

Dartmoor (UK),--

Fox (Italy),-- A.G. Russell carries a lot of theirs and they make some of the Beretta knives and many others -- kinda like an Italian Camillus...They have thirty two blades I'm lusting for to add to the ten I already have.

**ESEE (Rat), -- Standard to strive for or the luxury version by

DPx Hex Gear of the above

BK&T Ethan Becker, -- Designer and builder now made by Ka-Bar

Emerson, -- Folders

Strider, -- Some past controversy but great knives

Kershaw (Kai) Zero Tolerance -- designed in part by the above.

Paul/Harsey Lone Wolf -- No longer operating together as the name was bought out by Benchmade--NOW highly collectible

Gatco - Timberline has a small but quite good line of knives and hatchets--The Zambezi folder is a strong favourite of mine.

*Chris Reeve -- Hollow handle past master

Blind Horse and of course the great and copied by many

*Knives of Alaska

I have the complete collection of some of the above (**) but I have at least three of the other makers' knives in my possession and would like to finish the collection off (*), if I could but that’s at the back of the list of things to complete.

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One I had come across awhile back that actually look like good knives from what I've read and saw online but have never seen one in person so therefore don't know first hand how they are.

Rogue Warrior brand--yeah that guy, the infamous SEAL Marchinko

It's nice to see a noted person put their name to something that isn't crap like the stuff that United makes with Gil Hibben, Jimmy Lile and of course the Rambo knives or the Bear Grylls line from Gerber..

Habilis Bushtools -- check out their concept tools

Stone River Trading -- I haven't gotten any of their ceramic knives but the maker is very highly regarded and another couple of names to the list of knives I don't own but would want to is Micro-Tech who make some lovely full auto knives, alas,  that I can't own legally and Maserin who makes some great single, double and full knives.

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There is a neat little company called Thinking Man Knives that has a two model product line (three if you count the Damascus version of one) of lovely handmade knives...I had a chance to use his Utviking as a caper last year and it has great ergonomics...Sweet little knife.

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Mea Culpa,  I forgot a number of makers so I’m just letting them at the bottom of the first posting, which I have to repost.

Mantis Knives – Have some radical stock removal that’s been getting both good and bad reviews…I’ve handled them at a number of shows and they appear well made and fitted but I don’t own one, YET…Their “MU” series is a hoot

Dark Operations – Is a company I’ve seen in advertisements and I have their catalogue but I’ve never handled; Hell, I’ve never even seen one in person or know of anyone who has even handled them, other then some middle of the road reviews in the trade mags…They’ve got some great features but I don’t know…I’ve never known of anyone to have used their optics either.

Eickhorn-Solingen (GER) – Great German company that I possess a few blades from and all are of excellent fit & finish, component quality and not overly priced…They have an extensive military presence and have some surprisingly good Damascus steel—I like their PRT series for EMT/LEO for EDC—see the PRT-lV and CSAR.

Surefire – the excellent maker of flashlights and suppressors also has a great line–up of knives…I just got one of their EW-06 models for Chanukah and I like the feel quite a bit.

Scorpion Knives (UK) – make lots of knives for the British SAS/SBS and UN SF and sell at very good prices to the public…The Geoff “Tank” Todd line is battle ready but I love the, Brent Beshara designed Besh Wedge blades—I have one of his own knives that I got from his table at a table here in Canada.

Sheffield Knives Co. (UK) – Is a quartet of English makers under one banner head that produces a wide assortment of different knives to very high standards…They make the Israeli as well as copies of the famous Fairburn/Sykes Commando Knives, British Military M.O.D. Survival and Aircrew knives and excellent Nautical knives.

**Fallkniven – The great Swedish knifemaker—supplies the blades for all Special Units (A1s) over and above the Mora knives that each conscript gets…F1 (Pilot’s) and S1 are things of beauty and for outdoor knives I love the Pro Hunters (PHK)  and the Tre Kronor (TK)…They have recently issued some Woodsman/Puukko inspired models that I have ordered and awaiting to complete them—The Jarl (SK1), Juni (SK3) and the Krut (SK6) and will be ordering the Police Rescue (PRK)  shortly to finish off the new models.

**Boye Boat Knives by David Boye – Bloody brilliant knives with cobalt coatings…Only has a fixed and a folder but each with two tip choices blunt/round or pointed…The model called Basic 3 for a fixed blade is a fabulous knife that I find just a little too small, handle wise, for my ham sized hands but my wife and daughters love it when rafting—the four we have are permanently attached to their PFDs…There is a pointed folder taped beneath the seats on all the canoes and dory and I’ve used the squared rigging knife for a bait knife for years…I went two (2) full guiding fishing seasons, using that blade daily and it still didn’t really need sharpening, just a touch up to a few of the serration at the front that got punished a lot more then the rest of the blade…I swear by these knives!

**Ocean Master –Another three model maker but of superb diving knives.

**Akona –has two dive models, the Talon AK9 in S/S and the Talon AK950 is in Titanium – really nice knife.

**Tabata USA –TUSA line has some standard looking but damn strong knives of good quality…I use the FK-940 red for kayak/canoe and FK-11 Imprex blunt for rafting.

Reply by Guy Fleetwood on July 14, 2012 at 11:38

I carry my ZT 300 black on black. In deep pocket,it's razor sharp and I carry for defense only. I carry  a  case tooth pick small type for utility needs in my watch pocket. I carry my Microtech Halo V for backup. Here's my EDC.



Posted by RicK on July 20, 2012 at 23:00

OK guys how many of us train with are blades ! edc and our favourites blades for defensive purposes /and combat !!!

Reply by Guy Fleetwood on July 21, 2012 at 1:34

Glad you asked,Rick. In the military in combat I was fortunate to have a American born Filipino who was trained in knife fighting. I can hardly explain all that I have learned from him. But ,if there is one lesson you must know it is " Defanging the Snake ". Please watch the video by Paul Vunak called ( Paul Vanak philosphy ) this small bit of info will be your best defense in a have to knife fight,without any training. youtube - Hope you check it out,Guy

Reply by Pat ChoKo on July 21, 2012 at 13:57

I started training in Escrima/Arnis in 1992. In 2003, my teacher passed away. I still like to practice daily but sometimes I can't because of my health. I stuck with it because I find it practical, enjoyable, and I had a great teacher.  

Reply by Guy Fleetwood on July 21, 2012 at 14:44

How refreshing to hear that you stay in touch with your skills. So many edc carriers for defense will have a rude awakening when presented with challenge. I hope you give some fighting tips to your friends, they will need it. 

Reply by Pat ChoKo on July 21, 2012 at 18:10

Guy: It's my personal belief that skills are very much like the knives we carry; if you don't keep them honed, they're useless. :)

Reply by Guy Fleetwood on July 21, 2012 at 18:17

I'm with you Pat, all the way. The same with our edc firearms carry. You must practice to be efficient with your weapon of choice.

 Reply by RicK on July 21, 2012 at 19:04

I have always believed that it's 90% upstairs and 10% everywhere else. When it comes to defense, I have always practiced and studied Earl Montaigue's Dim Mak. Applying that with years of Ninjitsu and special forces training and cutting tools makes a devestating combination. In short, with my favorite cutting tools, there should be no mistakes. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Stay sharp.

Reply by Guy Fleetwood on July 21, 2012 at 19:49

Glad to hear your as sharp as I assumed you were Rick. I hope there's a few more in the group with at least some knowledge of defending themselves. If not, perhaps this will get their attention

Reply by RicK on July 22, 2012 at 19:39

Members need to learn abt human anatomy , then them selfs to see if they have the constitution to follow thru with job at hand , that and the right tool !!!! STAY SHARP .

Reply by Pat ChoKo on July 25, 2012 at 11:48

Rick's very right; anatomy is something any practitioner should study.

Styles of fighting knives new and old

Posted by RicK on October 9, 2011 at 21:22

If you got them show them off here we wont be scared !! leave that for the bad guys !

Reply by D ale on October 10, 2011 at 1:10

Here's an old Cattaraugus 225Q .. these things were WORKHORSES !!!!

Here's an 1967 version of a "Pilots Knife" .. by Camillus.

.... and an old Pal RH-36.

Reply by Pat ChoKo on October 14, 2011 at 5:12

I've always preferred single edged style fighting knives to the double edged Fairbairn/Sykes or Gerber Mark II style knives. If I ever need a secondary edge, I can always sharpen the "false" edge on top. But I guess the appeal that the dagger-type fighting knives have is easier penetration, but I don't necessarily think this is true. Some may disagree. Haha.

Reply by D ale on October 24, 2011 at 2:38

I'm w/ ya Pat .. but that double edge just looks sooo cool !!!


Pat ChoKo said:

I've always preferred single edged style fighting knives ........... I guess the appeal that the dagger-type fighting knives have is easier penetration, but I don't necessarily think this is true. Some may disagree. Haha.

Reply by Pat ChoKo on October 24, 2011 at 10:48

Reply by RicK on October 24, 2011 at 13:01Delete

Heres a few fighters / combat rescue /kill tools ...some field tested others now eye candy enjoy .
Reply by stephen tungate on October 24, 2011 at 21:25
very cool looking knive guys love them all....
Reply by Jeremi Lett on October 28, 2011 at 18:47
Here is a Dennis Cook Custom Fighter called the "Hawk" made of 5160 spring steel.I was lucky to get this knife at the price I did.This knife has a false edge on the back but it does "cut both ways"( as is one of the discussions I also follow).U get what I am saying.It is contemporary but it yells out STAB/SLASH/SLICE  once in the hand.One of my nicest blades in my entire collection.
Reply by RicK on January 3, 2012 at 19:41
TOPS knives SFA COBRA 6 nice medium sized fighter / CQB cutting tool stabs slashes and power cuts really well ... well scary !!!
Reply by Guy Fleetwood on July 14, 2012 at 11:58

Here's my 2


Reply by Guy Fleetwood on November 28, 2012 at 15:02

My old and new fighters.These are my favorites. Please go to my page for other fighters. They may look fancy,but they are some of the finest made knives you can use.



Posted by RicK on November 10, 2011 at 13:52

LADIES@ GENTS how many of you carry or wear a back up cutting tool for EDC or self defense ?

Reply by RicK on November 19, 2011 at 13:29

The hoffman harpoon XL not only makes a good survival tool it doubles as a back up blade for all those tricky situations !!

Neck knives always come in handy !!!!

Reply by Pat ChoKo on July 13, 2012 at 0:12

I'm a big fan of the ALRT. I think it'd pull of jobs that you ordinarily wouldn't think that it could do.

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Posted by Scott R Gordon on January 26, 2013 at 12:05

I just won a Wasp on E-Bay and am having a hard time getting any real concrete information on it. I do know its made by BlackJack (Japan) and was only made for a few years I believe 1989 to 1992 and there where two models(pictured) Mine is the top picture and Im thinking its the older version 1989 or 1990.If Anyone who has any info on this model or where I could possibly obtain a sheath. I would greatly appreciate it. It has a very strange 5an 5/8th blade length.I found it unique and the price was right so its my new project...

Thanks for Looking.!

Reply by Steve Hanner on January 27, 2013 at 9:10

Found this on eBay, listed as a Blackjack Wasp Knife, this info appeared underneath and seems like a good description of everything:

RARE 1989 BLACKJACK WASP TACTICAL KNIFE JAPAN PRE EFFINGHAM PRODUCTION (note: item relisted due to non-paying buyer)

This unique design model was imported from Japan by Blackjack in 1989 and is one of their rarest knives from that era.This fixed blade has a hidden tang design with a textured Krayton handle attached with a large hollow slotted bolt. It has a small steel guard and an unusual shaped single edged blade. Blade is stamped with old style “Blackjack” logo (dagger through Ace of Spades & King of Hearts) and “BLACKJACK KNIVES, MADE IN JAPAN, WASP”. This model is considered to be of tactical/fighting style. I have also seen videos of a Wasp being used as a very effective throwing knife.


Total Length: 10”

Blade Length: 5-1/2”

Blade Thickness: 7/32”


Knife appears unused, unsharpened with some small scratches on blade from sliding in & out of sheath. Back end of handle is missing pointed rubber tip exposing back end of tang (see last picture).The rest of handle is in excellent shape. Thick black leather sheath with metal boot clip is in nearly new condition.

For those interested in collecting older Blackjack's, Below is a list of knife models and years produced along with a comment from Mike Stewart (former president and designer of Blackjack Knives)

1987 – Mamba, Blackmoor Dirk, FM II Kraton

1988 – Anaconda series, Marauder series, Archangel, FM II LW (Zytel handle).

1989 – Warner Moran Bowie, Safari Classic, Wasp, Mini Mamba Custom by Hara, FM III LW (key chain folder), Anaconda II, Archangel in stag, Viking Raider.

1990 – Tartan Dirk, Highland Dirk I and II, Folding Mamba 1 (In two blade shapes Stiletto, and Mamba), Yukon Skinner, Folding Kukri (made only 1 year), Viking Raider, and Spector, FM II in Cocobolo, Warner/Loveless.

On Collecting Blackjack Knives: Why is it a good idea to collect BlackJack's? A very good reason to collect these knives is because of the low production numbers of several of the models. The numbers in many cases are lower than so called limited production knives most of which fail to hold their value. There is also a wide variety of models and variations to choose from. In fact so many that I have chosen to focus solely on the period between the Japanese made knives and the Effingham made knives.

At this time collecting the early Japanese is not a bad idea. The prices on these as a whole are much lower than the later US made knives.

Reply by Scott R Gordon on February 5, 2013 at 7:08

Heres actuall knife I got. The sheath works but would love to find the original for sale somewhere Definetly a Tough knife.Solid might be a better word.

Nice find there, Scott! I've been looking to add that little beauty to my Blackjack collection for a while now. That goes along with the Blackmoor Dirk and the Tartan Dirk (both of which I proudly have!) You pretty much have all the info listed here. Pre-Effingham era, made in Seki Japan, Blackjack's infancy...a great piece to have! Lucky fellow...*grin*
In the People's Republic of NJ, CCW simply is not an option, so my "backup blades" are backing up my main EDC. I typically have a Leatherman Surge, Kershaw/Emerson 4xl, a Bastenelli karambit pika neck knife and a second tactical folder in my bag.


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