Monday, November 27, 2017

Top Ten Selling Knives from Atlanta Cutlery

Every now and then at Atlanta Cutlery we get asked a simple question, "what is your most popular knife"? Although a lot of personal opinion can go into what is THE most popular knife that we carry, to simply answer the question we've compiled a list of the top 10 most popular knives of this year! From fixed blades to folders these are the years top selling knives!

#10 Silver Stiletto (SKU 404216)
The Silver Stiletto is an assisted opening knife made by Tac-Force that embodies the classic look of the original stiletto knife. Being an assisted open knife the blade springs out from the side by use of the back tab rather than launching from the front of the knife by button. This is a big difference from original stilettos, but this keeps the knife blade from being completely covered by the scales and possibly being classified as a concealed weapon. All steel construction gives this pocket knife a very sturdy feel.

#9 Military Type Neck Knife in Black Finish (SKU 403637)

This handy little neck knife bares a striking resemblance to the larger fixed blades issued to Marines. A rubberized handle gives a good grip to this 440 stainless steel blade. The plastic scales of the sheath do a great job of housing the knife. A small tab protrudes over the handle guard which allows the blade to be carried upside down without fear of it falling free. A nice offering from Master Cutlery.

#8 Boker Plus Wildcat (SKU 404245)
This folding karambit-like blade quickly became a crowd favorite just this year! Solid D2 tool steel makes an excellent blade, which deploys smoothly and easily thanks to the ball bearing pivot on this folder. The ergonomically molded G-10 scales fit the hand wonderfully while making for a pleasing grip. The most expensive folder on the list, it's easy to see why with the fine Boker craftsmanship. 

#7 Cat Knife (SKU 400252)
Henry Cutlery supplies this reproduction of the tried and true Cat knife. Used by Wehrmacht soldiers for 75 years, this knife has proven it's design. A very slender knife that easily sits in the pocket without being too cumbersome. Features a very functional blade at 3.5 inches. Easy to use and recognize, this is a staple of many collections.

#6 Little Mustang (SKU 402660)

The Little Mustang knife has been carried by ACC for over 10 years! After all this time it still pulls people in with it's cute but functional style. Even when opened this knife is barely 4 inches long! Developed by Fury this knife is easy to place in pockets, handbags, tackle boxes, car doors or anywhere it might be handy to keep a working blade.

The V-42 Special Forces Knife is a stunning reproduction of elite military arms. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts, this double edged dagger sports a 1095 high carbon steel blade. A secure leather wrap handle gives a trustworthy grip and is complimented by the grooved thumb rest. As if the blade wasn't serious enough, there is a pointed steel pommel on the end of the knife, great for smashing windows and foes. All this in a fitting leather sheath, what's not to like?

#4 M48 Cyclone (SKU 404250)
Made by United Cutlery, the M48 Cyclone is one serious looking knife. 2Cr13 stainless steel has been cast and twisted to the extreme giving this knife a wicked corkscrew design.

This reproduction knife is also made by Windlass Steelcrafts. The primary commando knife used by both U.S. and British forces during World War II. Using high carbon steel to ensure a sturdy weapon, this fixed blade is certainly a no nonsense piece. Elegantly blued so as not to show reflections of light.

#2 British SA-80 Bayonet (SKU 760009)

Coming in at the number two slot is the SA-80 bayonet with white sheath included. Another great military piece, this bayonet has been a huge hit this year! Meant as an add on to the SA-80 rifle, this bayonet is commonly used for dress uniforms of the British military.

#1 Downhome Hunter (403272)
Now this was no surprise! The Downhome Hunter is a fixed blade knife ground out from a high carbon file. Coming from Szco Supplies this knife is one heck of an all around wonder! The strong, sturdy steel makes this knife great for any chore and it's low price point makes it easy to use without worrying about damage. A great knife for any chore!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tale of a Gurkha

Honor is the sacred inheritance of a Gurkha. When 40 robbers armed with knives and pistols boarded the Maurya Express train on September 2nd, 2010, 35-year-old Gurkha Bishnu Prasad Shrestha was on board, travelling back home after voluntarily retiring from the Indian Army. He watched the bandits rob his fellow passengers. He sat still and let himself be robbed by those bandits. But when a few of the bandits started manhandling an 18-year-old girl and dragging her away from her helpless parents, his honor called.

The thieves had made a grave mistake. They had not robbed Bishnu of his Khukuri, his trusted weapon, the ceremonial blade of Gurkhas; and neither would they rob him of his honor. His Khukuri was all he needed to engage all the 40 robbers at once. He killed three of the miscreants, and injured eight others. The rest of them bolted out of the train car. Bishnu had taken a gruesome injury on his left hand from one of their knives but the girl remained mostly unharmed. When asked later, the Gurkha said that he thought of the girl as his own sister and could not ignore his duty as a human being by just watching the act transpire in front of him. 

Bishnu spent two months in a hospital, getting treated for his injury and restoring the function of his left hand. He received the Sena Medal and the Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak medal for his bravery.

“If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha.”

-Indian Army Chief Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw