Tactical Customs

Peter Carey’s “Timascus Nitro” provides a 3-3/4-inch blade of CPM…

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Peter Carey’s “Timascus Nitro” provides a 3-3/4-inch blade of CPM 154 steel on a timascus handle frame. The maker can be reached at P.O. Box 4712, Dept. TK, Lago Vista, TX 78645; (512) 358-4839
www.careyblade.com

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Scot Matsuoka calls this folder his “Pahinui with Honu” (turtle). The CPM-154 stainless blade is 3-1/2 inches long and the titanium handle was engraved by Norimi. The maker can be contacted at 94-415 Ukalialii Pl., Dept. TK, Mililani, HI 96789; (808) 625-6658 www.matsoukaknives.com

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Gary LeBlanc calls this model his “Air Assault.” The knife features a 4-1/2-inch blade of ATS-34 stainless on a canvas Micarta handle. The maker can be contacted st 7342 145th Ave., Dept. TK, Royalton, MN 56373; (320) 584-5859 butternutcove@hotmail.com

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Idaho Knife Works is offering this special 10th Anniversary version of their famous “Cliff Knife.” The handy little camp blade was designed by outdoor expert Cliff Jacobson. The shop can be contacted at P.O. Box 144, Dept. TK, Spirit Lake, ID 83869; (509) 994-9394

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D.B. Fraley’s “Deluge” offers a 4-inch blade in S30V stainless. The bolster is titanium and the handle scales are curly koa wood. Fraley can be contacted at 1355 Fairbanks Ct., Dept. TK, Dixon, CA 95620; (707) 678-0393 www.dbfraleyknives.com

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John Kubasek’s all titanium “Credit Card” knife is both extremely flat and
light in weight. It doesn’t take up much more room in your wallet than the slip of plastic it is named after. The maker can be contacted at 74 Northhampton St., Dept. TK, Easthampton, MA 01207; (413) 527-7917 www.kubasekcustomknives.com

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Geoff Keyes forged this fighter as part of his ABS Journeyman knife-making test. The 1084 carbon steel blade is 8 inches long and the handle is blackwood with a bone spacer. Keyes can be contacted at 13027 Odell Rd. NE, Dept. TK, Duvall, WA 98019; (425) 844-0758 www.5elementsforge.com

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Tom Ferry’s massive Bowie has an overall length of 17-3/4 inches! The blade is checkerboard Damascus on a handle of ironwood. The maker can be contacted at 16005 SE 322 St., Dept. TK, Auburn, WA 98092; (253) 939-4468 www.tferryknives.com

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Martin Knives now offers military vets the option of having their campaign ribbon colors as spacers on their knife handle of choice. Shown is a MR-1 Classic Fighter with Vietnam Service ribbon colors behind the guard. At my request, the reverse side is engraved “Sua Sponte,” the 75th Ranger’s motto since my own days with the unit. The makers can be contacted at 869 CR 2733, Dept. TK, Caddo Mills, TX 75135; (905) 527-5893 www.martinknives.com

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