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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Throwing a Bowie Knife

When it comes to accurately throwing a Bowie knife, your first lesson is that you're going to need practice! Now if you add in these tips as well you should be hitting your target within the first hour! There are many different styles of throwing as well as different stances. To simplify things for now, we are going to review throwing the blade by the handle.

Grip the blade by the handle with your dominant hand. Hold the blade vertically from the ground straight up and down. Stand about 15 feet from the target with your legs shoulder width apart and with you dominant side forward. Wind up by drawing back your throwing arm while keeping the blade straight. The going forward your throw should be similar to a baseball pitch minding the blades straightness. Release is almost natural but you can look for when the tip of the knife comes into line with the target. Aim for a smooth release with no extra wrist action, the knife should almost slide from your grasp.

For starters a good turn and a half through the air is what you should look for in your throw. You can try adjusting the amount of power you use but in many cases it's easier to take a half step forward/back.

Hopefully this helps you have a fun and successful time at the throwing range! Remember to stay safe and never throw when someone is in front of you on the field!

Monday, August 7, 2017

5 Popular Kukris from ACC

1. Genuine Gurkha Regimental Kukri

This style of kukri has been the most popular design at Atlanta Cutlery for years. Full tang with a steel butt plate, the handles are secured by two heavy duty rivets.

Made by the official government contractor, Windlass Steelcrafts, for issue to the Gurkha's Assam Rifles Regiment. Striking with its brass furniture, the lion head pommel singularly stands out and sets this kukri apart from any other design.

More than two and a half feet long, this is the behemoth of kukris! Originally designed to behead a buffalo in a single stroke in a Gurkha ceremony, today it sells as a novelty. Although that hasn't diminished it's popularity!

A replica of the standard kukri issued to Gurkha Officers in India. Slightly smaller than our other kukris, this allows for better movement and availablity in confined spaces. A defining characteristic of this knife is its genuine buffalo horn handle.

The only kukri to make the list that isn't Windlass made! The M48 tactical kukri takes the blade design and ramps it up to modern styles. TPR scales give this kukri a solid gripping surface and it comes with a sheath in the same material.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Top 4 Selling Bayonets

1. British SA-80 Bayonet w/ Sheath 

The SA80 assault rifle has been in use by the British Armed Forces since being introduced in 1987. Although some changes have been made to keep it up to par in 2017 the bayonet is still the prominent accessory.This is a shorter bayonet style having a 7" blade and coming in at 11" overall. Atlanta Cutlery offers the ceremonial version of this bayonet as they are authentic surplus directly from England. A great blade that has seen decades of service, it's no surprise it's been a fan favorite!

2. M-1905 Springfield Bayonet


This American bayonet was originally designed for the U.S. M1903 Springfield rifle. Adding to the M1905's longevity was it's ability to be used with the M1 Garand as well. Vast at 21" of overall length the blade itself takes up 17" of high carbon steel. Going through several changes as the years went by this blade could be considered the grandfather of American bayonets. While the blade has earned it's place among the top, we have it on good authority that the included traditional brown leather scabbard has also contributed to it's popularity.

Another bayonet with a massive 17" blade, the M-1917Bayonet was made to be used with the US M1917 Enfield .30 caliber rifle, but perhaps more interesting is the bayonets compatibility with U.S trench shotguns of the era. This blade also has a long history of use being introduced during WWI and still seeing service through the Vietnam War. An excellent choice for reenactment due to it's distinguished service.

The M1 Garand Bayonet is one of the successors of the M-1905 Springfield bayonet. Considerably cut down, this style of blade saw prominence during and after WWII. Atlanta Cutlery offers multiple versions of this famed bayonet but at the time of this writing the parade version is most popular. What makes this version stand out from it's assorted counterparts is the finish. Chromed steel gives this a bayonet a crisp look that makes it gleam. Which is great for parades but not as good for battle.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Folders – Basic Knife and Blade Types

Folder knives are used to cut food, save lives, hunt, slice open cans and boxes, and carry out myriad other tasks. In short, they are as useful a tool as any.  

There are three types of folders – manual, assisted opening, and automatic. With manual folding knives, the user is required to physically open the blade, typically using a thumb stud or cut out. Assisted opening knives are somewhere between manual and automatic knives, in that you have to partially open the blade before the internal mechanism takes over and completes the function. Automatic folders are commonly known as switchblades and can be opened with the switch of a button.

Types of blades

Now let’s focus on the most important part of the folding knife – the blade. There are three kinds – the general-purpose straight-edge blade; the specific-purpose serrated blade; and the combo, which is the best of both worlds.

Straight-edge blades are the most common folding blades. Their long, plain edge makes them ideal for general cutting tasks. Further, these blades call for relatively little maintenance and are easy to reprofile or sharpen. Serrated blades have a series of small, teeth-like edges carved into them, which make these tools excellent for tasks such as cutting through rope, small tree branches, and fibrous material. Serrated blades do not need constant sharpening; however, once dull, they often require professional help to get them back to factory sharpness. The combo blade is a blend of the first two. In this blade, the majority of the edge is plain which is closer to the tip. The serrated edge is closer to the hand and offers a better grip on tougher cuts.

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. 
Explore variety on neck knives

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.