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.