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.
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.