Tactical Customs | Handmade Knives

What’s new in custom knives—Focusing on the art and craftsmanship of the handmade blade.

Not only is the Atlanta Blade Show the largest cutlery exposition in the world, it is prime hunting grounds for what is new and hot in the tactical knife world. Here are just a few of the many practical cutters we discovered at the show.

kramera

PRACTICAL BATTLER: Eric Kramer’s highly practical battle blade sports a sandblasted 5.25-inch blade of 154CM stainless on a handle of black and tan G10 handle scales. The maker can be reached at 508 Forest Park Rd, Dept. TK, Elizabeth City, NC 27909; 252-202-3423   www.kramercustomknives.com.

curtissa

CURTISS CUTTER: David Curtiss’ “Assault 5.5” features a 5.5-inch blade of S30V stainless on a canvas Micarta handle. The maker can be contacted at P.O. Box 902, Dept. TK, Granger, IN 46530; 574-651-2158
david@greatlakeswaterjetinc.com

matthewsb

LONG AND DEADLY: Otha Matthews’ combat knife features an 8.75-inch blade of ¼-inch-thick 440C stainless. The handle is gray G-10 with stainless steel hardware. Each knife comes with a Kydex sheath, magnesium firestarter, and diamond sharpening rod. For more information contact Otha Matthews, 760 Darrell Dr., Dept. TK, Greenville, NC 27834; 252-258-5515
otha_matthews@hotmail.com

brendb

BREND FOR BATTLE: Master of the recurved-edge combat blade, Walter Brend is celebrating his 30th knife-making anniversary with this limited edition beauty. The 154cm blade is 8.75 inches long with a black canvas Micarta handle and stainless steel guard. The maker can be contacted at 353 Co. Rd. 1373, Dept. TK, Vinemont, AL 35179; 256-775-2668
walterbrend@hotmail.com

maringera

MARINGER FIGHTER: Talk about a blast from the past, legendary custom knife maker Tom Maringer is back in business. His 9-inch double-edged D-2 bladed Vorpal Haiku sets new standards for light and fast in fighters. The handle is all titanium with a laminated bamboo core. The maker can be contacted at 2692 Powell St., Dept. TK, Springdale, AR 72764

rennera

KINDA KARAMBIT: Terry Lee Renner offered this interesting take on the karambit school of knife making. The 4.5-inch blade comes in a choice of 154CM or S30V stainless with either Micarta or carbon fiber handle scales. Renner can be contacted at 707 13th Ave. Cir. W., Dept. TK, Palmetto, FL 34221; 941-545-6320 terrylmusic@gmail.com

shunnaraha

SENSIBLE SURVIVAL: Alex Shunnarah’s “ARS Survival Knife” offers a very practical 4-inch blade of 154cm stainless on a paracord wrapped handle. The maker can be contacted at 1026 Ivy Place, Dept. TK, Moody, AL 35004; 205-383-6224   alexs850@hotmail.com

bawidamanna

PACK KNIFE: Ben Bawidamann’s “Pack Knife” offers a 3-inch 154CM stainless blade with an extreme tanto style point. The handle is “coyote brown” G-10 with a Kydex scabbard of the same color. The maker can be contacted at 5660 CalicoCt., Dept. TK,  Huber Heights, OH 45424 45410; 937-252-6802   ben@bawidamannblades.com

ON THE HOT HORIZON: The dates for the 2010 Atlanta Blade Show are June, 4, 5, and 6 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, 2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339; 770-953-4500. Contact: Krause Publications for more information; 877-746-9757.

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