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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Annual Sale May 20th, 2017!

Atlanta Cutlery's Annual Sale is almost upon us! On May the 20th the warehouse doors will open and the fun can begin! For all of our regular or new stock items you can get a fixed percentage discount, that means EVERYTHING will have some form of discount. But on the warehouse floor things get decidedly more thrilling! Discontinued items, closed out items, returned and repaired items will be on sale up to 80% OFF! Not in it just for the deals? World renowned sword expert John Clements will be in attendance sharing knowledge through lecture and with a cutting demonstration! Plus there will be a fortune teller for those curious about the future, prize raffles almost every half hour, a selfie tent for making memories and on site BBQ! Not going to be able to make it in person? Well you can still get the fixed percentage online or by phone order, so mark your calendars and don't let the date pass you by!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Why buy a training knife?


Why would you buy a training knife, the answer seems simple right? Obviously, to become a better knife fighter, but this is an inappropriate line of thought. Any altercation with a threat of physical violence on the level of using weaponry, should be avoided at all costs. But using a training knife CAN teach you to become familiar with a style of knife. Meaning how to hold it so that the edge faces towards a threat and what the effective range of motion will be. It can also immensely help build your muscle memory, which is essential for seamlessly deploying your knife under pressure. Not that all training knife use is for battle. Many of the martial arts teach weapon based katas, for those who use martial arts as a workout outlet a real weapon won't be necessary to enjoy the training. If you participate in a truly unscripted life-like sparing match with practice weapons it can teach you the best lesson of all, humility. That in a violent conflict it is all too easy to get grievously injured and it is always better to run and seek out help.