Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Work of Art: The Obsidian Blade Knife Collection


The Obsidian Knife Collection from Atlanta Cutlery Corp. (ACC) is one of the most beautiful handmade knives that enthusiasts love to see in their display.  According to Travis Baer of ACC, “These glass knives are made through the process of flint knapping.The handles are often just as interesting as the blades, made of material such as deer antler, buffalo rib bone, and coyote jaw. These artworks are handmade in the USA and come with a certificate of authenticity, as well as, a display stand.” A work of art, these knives nevertheless possess a very sharp edge and have been blunted for regulatory & safety purposes. 

Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock and is being increasingly used to make extremely sharp knives. Companies today are manufacturing and selling surgical scalpels mounted with obsidian blades. Well-crafted obsidian blades can have a cutting edge many times sharper than high-quality steel surgical scalpels with a cutting edge that is only about 3 nanometers thick. Good quality obsidian fractures down to single molecules which can produce a cutting edge 500 times sharper than the sharpest steel scalpel blade! (“American Medical News”)

The Obsidian knives at ACC are handmade by master artist Dale Duby using the methods of old; grinding, abrading, percussion and pressure flaking. Blades are attached using sinew. These knives come with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist, and also a hand carved stand. Each of these knives is handcrafted with naturally occurring materials, with as little alteration as possible to preserve its natural beauty. Each handle is minimally worked to save most of its original shape. This means that each knife will be one-of-a-kind and unique. You should not expect a homogeneous product, and it is highly likely that color, grain and shape will vary from knife to knife.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A weapon of the Empire: The Martini Henry Rifle

It is hard to call the Martini Henry Rifle just a rifle with specifications. It was a breech-loading single-shot lever-actuated rifle which had served the British Empire extensively for 30 years, unlike the muzzle-loading Snider-Enfield which it replaced. A breech loader like this could be loaded and fired much faster than a muzzle loader, and a soldier with a Martini Henry could fire 20 shots a minute. It had an effective range of 400 yards (370m) and a maximum range of 1,900 yards (1,700 m). The rifle is named after Friedrich von Martini, a Swiss engineer and Alexander Henry, a Scottish gunsmith. The Martini Henry Rifle was the standard issue weapon for the British army since 1871 right up to 1889, covering significant historic events such as the Second Afghan War, The Zulu Wars and the Boer War. When so much history is packed into a weapon, it isn’t difficult to see why the Martini Henry Rifle is viewed as an icon or symbol of an era, and why it is frequently referred to as “a weapon of Empire.”

The Martini-Henry was deployed in World War I in a variety of roles, mainly as a reserve arm. In the early years of the war it was also issued to aircrew for attacking observation balloons and aircraft with newly developed incendiary ammunition. The rifle was also adopted very popularly by the Native Auxiliary troops in the African and Middle Eastern theatres during World War I. In the novel The Man Who Would be King, two British adventurers use 20 Martini-Henry rifles to establish their own kingdom in Kafiristan. The rifles also find a mention in Rudyard Kipling’s poem The Young British Soldier. So yes, when we are talking about the Martini Henry Rifle it is tough not to get blown away.

There were subsequent variants of the rifle down the years, like the Martini-Enfields or Martini-Metfords, which adopted other rifling patterns such as the Metford System or an Enfield system. The three main variations of the Martini-Henry Rifle were the Mark II, III and IV. Certain sub variations were commonly referred to as Patterns. A number of young military cadets were also trained on much smaller, lighter versions of the Martini-Henry called Martini Cadets, which resembled the Mark IV and were created only for this purpose. The Martini subsequently survived many years as a Home-Guard and second class weapon of the British and Colonial Armies.

Where can I buy a Martini Henry?

Although Martini Henry have become scarce in recent years and prices have almost doubled, there are manufacturers and collectors like Atlanta Cutlery that offer some of the most authentic, original and untouched Martini Henry rifles. If you end up buying an “Arabicized” Martini Henry in countries like Afghanistan, chances are you are buying a local variant of the original called the “Khyber Pass Copy” made by local artisans in Afghanistan. These clever duplicates try and copy even the stampings and markings from the original but give themselves away through backward letters and misspellings. One very common typo is to have the “N” in “Enfield” backwards.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Killing them softly, The Fairbairn Sykes Commando Knife


The Fairbairn Sykes Commando Knife is a fine toast amongst collectors as a weapon that embodies the finest fusion of form and function. Built on the classic dagger design lines, it is both functional and visually appealing. There is a perfect balance in the knife’s design that the collector’s eye loves, the way all the individual parts come together to create an aesthetically pleasing composition in gleaming metal . A tribute to aggression coexisting with beauty and grace wedded to deadly purpose.

This British Commando knife was first designed in 1940 by close combat legends William Fairbairn and Eric Sykes, who established and taught the combative training methods for wartime special forces such as the independent companies, SOE, Commandos, U.S Rangers and OSS. A favorite commando World War II weapon for both the U.S and British Commonwealth Forces, its high quality reproductions are much in demand and sought after with top quality selling for thousands. The 1st pattern knife was originally manufactured exclusively by Wilkinson Sword Company, and was in great demand from first production. Today, reputed companies such as Windlass Steelcrafts offer high quality heat tempered, hand forged high carbon steel blades with hand fitting ferruled blackened metal gripwhich look, handle and perform as the original. The Fairbairn-Sykes Commando knife is considered the Spitfire of the knife world and accorded an all-time combative classic status. It is an object of beauty which when held in trained hands becomes an utterly deadly weapon.

The Commando Regiment is known to have been formed in 1940 at the behest of Winston Churchill himself. Britain’s humiliating defeat at Dunkirk made it clear that it was not well placed to launch a large scale military attack against Germany. Churchill’s strategy was to counter this weakness by installing a new group of fighting men within British forces dedicated to causing maximum disruption to the German army through well prepared, surprise attacks on enemy installations. Churchill famously said “There ought to be at least 20,000 Storm Troops or 'Leopards' drawn from existing units, ready to spring at the throats of any small landings or descents." After the end of the World War these Commando units were disbanded but the remaining Royal Marines 3 Commando Brigade continued to participate actively in military action. The F-S knife remains as popular as ever and a vital part of the commando kit taken everywhere by Commandos in significant military interventions – the Suez crisis, the Falklands War, the Gulf War and the War in Afghanistan.
Though known as the FS Fighting knife, it was not designed to be a knife fighting knife, but primarily designed to be used in silent killing actions such as sentry take-outs. The techniques of effective use were taught to various special forces at Highland training centres such as Lochailort Special Training Centre (STC) and Achnacarry, which was the Commando Basic Training Centre (CBTC) from 1942-1945.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Bowie Knife



Knife collection is fast losing its art in the razzmatazz of modern hunting technology. As hunting intensifies with the use of compound bows, high power rifles and thermal night vision scopes, old gamers protest about a diminished sense of challenge and thrill. There appears to be something counter intuitive in making hunting more safe, more precise to the human spirit that is lusting for the rush of adrenalin - bare hands, glinting weapons, unexpected moves and face to face combat. Even as technology advances into the hunting game, diehards adore the simplicity of a handcrafted heavy fighting (Bowie) knife. The verdict is out - let’s keep certain things simple in life.
Knife collectors spend a lifetime and a fortune collecting different kinds of knives, but the good old Bowie knife remains an all-time classic that fans stay faithful to. Most agree “there is nothin’ and absolutely nothin’ that beats a Bowie knife”. The fixed-blade fighting knife was created by James Black for the western folk hero James Bowie, and like many classic collectibles has an interesting story around it. Bowie rise to fame began in 1827 with the infamous Sandbar Fight. What began as a duel between two other men deteriorated into a melée in which Bowie, having been shot and stabbed, killed the sheriff with a large knife. This, and other stories of Bowie's prowess with a knife, led to the widespread popularity of the Bowie knife.
After the Vidalia Sandbar fight, Bowie became quite a legend and received many requests for knives of the same design. Bowie and his brothers would later commission more ornate custom blades from various knife makers including Daniel Searles and John Constable. George William Featherstonhaugh, the British American geologist and geographer described them as, "These formidable instruments...are the pride of an Arkansas blood, and got their name of Bowie knives from a conspicuous person of this fiery climate.
The Bowie has come a long way from its initial days when it resembled a Spanish hunting knife and differed little from a common butcher knife. The first known Bowie knife reveals a strong Mediterranean influence, especially in its shape which is very much like the traditional Spanish folding knife that used to be carried by immigrants to Mexico and other territories of the Old Southwest.
There are quite a few things that separates the Bowie knife from other knives. It has a crossguard and a clip-point. A clip-point is a shape of a blade that is both curved and narrowed towards the tip-designed for easier entry (This shape goes back to as early as Macedonian times). The crossguard is the highest point of the handle that serves as a guard for the hand from slipping down the blade, tactically speaking. the Bowie knife was originally designed to fill the need for a wearable, convenient close combat weapon - a shortened sword best used for hand-to-hand combat, but possibly the biggest advantage it offers its wielders is a convenient ability to be holstered next to the sidearm or opposite the sidearm in a sheath. It is a fantastic tool for cutting open a fresh kill, and accurate enough to trim fingernails.
The knife pattern is still popular with collectors; in addition to various knife manufacturing companies there are hundreds of custom knife makers producing Bowies and variations. The most famous version of the Bowie knife was designed by Jim Bowie and presented to Akkansas blacksmith James black in December 1830. The authentic Bowies crafted by Windlass Steelcrafts have a generous slice of America’s past. Most of them are hand forged from well-tempered Steel to take and hold a razor edge and come with a leather sheath. A Bowie awaits the last of the fiercely spirited hunter, who mocks new gadgets and technology and doesn’t wish to hide himself from the animal he seeks to hunt.



Monday, March 21, 2016

Deep sea treasures: War collectibles through history


The thrill of an adventure can take us to unexpected places. Especially when we’re talking about a plunge 100 feet below the ocean’s surface. Far beyond the expansive blue skies and shrieking seagulls lies a very different world hidden from the human eye, teeming with life and nurturing numerous unimaginable creatures. A dive into these depths, a parallel universe of sorts, brings us face to face with the unknown, the surreal and the fathomless.

Deep sea diving is a highly technical job, once we look beyond its seductive romance that inspires fleeting admirers and committed fans from around the world. In what is called recreational diving, a depth below about 30 metres, nitrogen narcosis becomes a significant hazard for some divers, making it “deep dive.”  One of the real deep sea treasures is the near perfect original WWII deep Sea Divers Knife, used up to Vietnam by UDT and SEALS - a collectors' muse, acquired recently by the Atlanta Cutlery team.

Atlanta Cutlery has constructed the replica to match the original in every way from original spec materials of high carbon steel, wood and brass to construction method, with particular emphasis on fit and finish. So, if you have an eye for beauty and a nose for collecting historical military and maritime pieces, take a good look at this piece of marvel with its original leather strap by Windlass Steelcrafts.

The two world wars have given us iconic designs in machines and revolutionary inventions that have changed the course of history. So when we rave about something as out of the  ordinary as a diver’s helmet, it takes a bit more than plain perspective to appreciate the object at hand. 

The US Mark V Divers Helmet replica is a stunning nautical décor item by any standards, and a seasoned collector’s deepest delight. Originals are rare and cost thousands; the Windlass Steelcraft version stays with the Mark V WWII era theme and takes a little license in the design to ensure amazing looks over traditional diving function. Made entirely of antiqued aluminum which ensures a nice aged patina for years and a reasonable weight. It features real glass port hole windows and the front plate swings open on this stunning display piece. This high quality reproduction is a must for any collector. Includes display stand.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Price Match Guarantee!

Active immediately on Atlanta Cutlery is our new Price Match Guarantee! As a company that does wholesale we know that sometime our customers can find our products cheaper at other distributors. Well we want to bring it back to the source! If you find a competitor selling identical merchandise we will MATCH IT! Now of course some rules and regulations apply which you can view here, but otherwise let the price games begin!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Reviewers wanted

Do you make a habit of posting in-depth reviews? Do you also have a reasonable number of people following you? If so you may be interested to know that Atlanta Cutlery is hoping to contact some individuals for just this purpose! Get a chance to see new products before the public and offer your feedback! If you are interested please send an email with the title "Review" to custserve@atlantacutlery.com. We hope to hear from you soon!