Thursday, June 15, 2017

Happy Father's day

Father's day arrives this weekend and Atlanta Cutlery would like to help you celebrate it! We have an outstanding selection of knives and tools for you to choose from at any time of the year, but now there is a bonus! Father's Day weekend when you place an order $99 or more you'll also receive a free set of EDC cards! These Every Day Carry cards were made to fit unobtrusively in your wallet or pack while serving multiple functions. It features openers for both cans and bottles, a flathead screwdriver, a ruler, a knife edge, a saw edge, several size wrenches, a direction ancillary indication tool (helps find north and south) and even has a lanyard hole! This deal is for a limited time and only while we have stock so don't miss out!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Neck Knives – An Introduction

There are endless types of knives in the market these days to serve seemingly all purposes. A relatively new knife in this burgeoning group is the neck knife. It is a small knife with a blade of three inches or less, which is attached to a cord hung around the neck. This knife can be worn with the blade pointing up or down. (The latter is also called the Mountain Man style.) Owing to their size and where they are worn, neck knives are easy to carry, access, and conceal (under your tie if you are wearing one!). They have many uses. One is, as with most knives, self-defense. Neck knives are also quite popular for outdoor activities as they are handy for scaling fish or skinning small game. Additionally, campers and hikers can use these knives to peel fruits, cut excess rope, or leave messages on wood if they are separated from their party. 

To buy a neck knife, use the same criteria that you would do for any other type of knife. Number one is steel. Don’t be easily convinced by fancy terms such as “surgical steel.” Purchase from well-known manufacturers, who are more likely to offer high-quality steel knives. (Do your research!) Scales are important too. Wood scales are common but require maintenance and can be affected by moisture and temperature. Here, high-performance polymer scales are a good alternative. Finally, the sheath. Ensure that the knife fits snugly in the sheath. It should not bounce around. There should be a fine balance – the knife should not fall off easily and at the same time require minimal effort to take out. 
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Expandable Batons – Underrated Self-Defense Tools

  Expandable Baton

Easy to conceal, maneuver, and requiring little skill to use. If you want a non-lethal self-defense weapon, there are few better options than the expandable baton. These self-defense tools are known by several names – telescopic batons, retractable batons, tactical batons, among others – and are used by police and military personnel to suppress crime around the world.  Typically made of metal, expandable batons offer several advantages. One of the main reasons for their popularity is that they offer the ability to strike from distance – the baton is like an extended arm. Self-defense batons also hit hard enough to stop and intimidate attackers.

The expandable baton is an impact tool that can be used to strike or block attacks. To open it to its full size, you have to flick the wrist quickly. To close the baton, slam it down on a hard surface, like a concrete. Grip the baton firmly but not too tight as relaxation makes it easier to maneuver the tool. Of course, you do not want to fatally wound an attacker; the baton is there to scare them off or make time to flee the danger. The virtues of the expandable baton are not limited to self-defense.  It can also be used to break windows and glass in emergency situations or pry open doors to vehicles or structures.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Battle Favored Bayonets

Bayonets have gone through many changes and styles through the years! Let's take a moment to look at some of the more common designs.

The Gewehr 98 bayonet, named “the Butcher Blade” by the Entente as a provocative move to make the Germans appear savage and ruthless. Also, the name just sounds bad-ass. The Butcher Blade is considerably heavy. When you have one in your hand, it feels less like a bayonet and more like a short sword. The handle is sized right and the user’s fingers would be well protected by the guard. While a shorter, handier blade might be better suited for a trench raid, the Butcher Blade has enough heft to double as a machete, and are almost always exceptionally well made. They also look cool.

When the Long Lever Enfield was in service, and even early Short Levers, features like magazine cut-offs and volley sights were still present. The industrialized warfare that WWI introduced to the world had yet to really be shown. And the major powers of the world did not see these things as obsolete. As such, the sword bayonet was still in vogue. These things are very long, and could be used in a duel if need be, but on the end of the gun they look very intimidating. While this is a reproduction, it is quite a good one. The British abandoned the sword bayonet on the number four for short-blade bayonets and then spikes, but the old sword is just cool. It’s a weapon that had heft and some authority, but carrying one on your web gear must have been a pain. It was typical for many soldiers in the field to ground them down into trench knives for compactness.

The M1905 Bayonet was one of the U.S. most widely used bayonet.  It was used in both WW1 and WW2.  It was originally designed to fit the M1903 Springfield Rifle.  Early versions (up until 1918) of the M1905 bayonet had what is referred to as bright, bare metal blades. Sadly, in 1943 the War Department decided that they no longer wanted to use the 16″ bayonets, so production ceased.  In its place would come what is referred to as the M1 bayonet.  This new bayonet would essentially be the same overall design as the M1905, but only have a 10″ blade.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rescue Knives – For All Seasons

Rescue knives may not win a popularity contest for most attractive knife, but their value is unquestionable. Made specifically to perform tasks that are essential in life or death situations, these knives are efficient and reliable for saving lives in extreme circumstances. Here’s what to keep in mind when buying a rescue knife.

Durability is another important factor. Rescue knives should be able to take a beating and keep on cutting. After all, they are meant to perform in conditions such as fire, rainfall, and snow. The blade has to be able to cut through thick ropes, cords, fibers, and seat belts, so look for something that holds a decent edge and does not chip easily. Knives made of high-quality stainless steel like AUS8 are ideal in this regard and are less likely to be affected by corrosion from the elements and wet conditions. 

A good rescue knife should also have a secure handle. Something that will fit the size of your hand and offers a gripping surface even when wet. It should be easy to deploy and maneuver in emergency situations. Rescue knives typically have a glass breaker designed to be on the bottom of the knife but a solid metal framework can usually perform this task as well. A colorful handle can be a big help. You wouldn’t want to lose a knife with a gray handle in a pile of river rocks, and neon designs are easier to see in low light areas.