Over the years, I have had the pleasure of meeting several new knifemakers and reviewing their products. However, as time goes by I lose track of them and I often wonder how well they have fared in the marketplace. One constant in life is that time goes on and waits for no one. Add in the recent downturn in the economy and you can understand why life can be hard in the world of the custom knifemaker. Most newcomers start off as part-timers expanding what was once a hobby. They all have plans for how they want to grow their business, but I seldom get the chance to check on their progress.
Fortunately at the Recent G2 Gathering in Las Vegas, I was able to catch up with Spencer Reiter of SAR Knives. It was in the May 2007 issue of Tactical Knives that I profiled the then Staff Sgt. Reiter as he was starting his career as a custom knifemaker. At the time, Spencer had planned to leave the Army to become a professional knifemaker, and I can report that he has followed his plan. Spencer is now full-time, and although I was impressed by his work four years ago, he has improved even more. There have been new fixed-blade knives added to his product line, and he has taken the next step of adding folders to his portfolio. To add a little variety to his work pace, he has started making a couple of survival signaling devices, and with these additions he has renamed his company from SAR Knives to SAR Global Tool.
Running into an old friend is always enjoyable, but hardly justification for an article. It was the new folder Spencer showed me at the Usual Suspects G2 Gathering that I thought needed more exposure. Known as the SAR 1911 TDT, the knife is one of the more interesting tactical folders I have seen in awhile. The “TDT” stands for “Take-Down Tool,” and as the name would imply, the knife has a feature to help disassemble a Model 1911 pistol. If you’re going to carry a full-sized pistol, you might as well carry a full-sized tactical knife.
The folder is 5.5 inches closed and 9.75 inches open. The CPM-154 blade is 4 inches long, 0.160 inches thick and is 1.5 to 1.75 inches wide. The drop-point pattern has a pronounced recurve and a false edge along the first 2.5 inches of the spine leading up to a grooved thumb ramp. The handle is a frame-lock system of 0.140-inch thick 6L/4V titanium that supports a single scale of black coarse peel G10. The G10 scale is also machined to act as a full-size barrel-bushing wrench for a 1911 Government Model pistol. Both the G10 and titanium are heavily textured to improve the grip, and all metal surfaces come with a stonewashed finish. The handle has a single finger groove to aid in both releasing the lock and in gripping the opened knife. The knife includes a belt clip of titanium and a logo-style dual-thumb stud.