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"Achelous" in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Indian Green Moss Agate gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with frog skin
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Arabah

"Arabah" tactical, combat, survival knife in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, red/black G10 composite handle, desert digital camouflage kydex, aluminum, stainless steel locking sheath
"Arabah" tactical, combat, survival knife with sheath extender, sharpener, fire starter accessories
"Arabah" Tactical, Combat, Survival Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 13.0" (33.0 cm), Blade Length: 7.5" (19.1 cm), Thickness: .168" (4.3 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 14.5 oz. (411 grams) Sheath (with extender and accessories): 1 lb., 1 oz. (482 grams)
  • Blade: ATS-34 High Molybdenum Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C59, Bead Blasted
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, Bead Blasted
  • Handle: Red, Black G10 Fiberglass/Epoxy Laminate Composite
  • Sheath: Locking, desert digital camouflage pattern Kydex, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Polypropylene and Nylon belt loop extender with Firesteel/Magnesium fire starter, Fine DMT diamond pad sharpener
  • Knife: The Arabah was named for a biblical reference to the hot, dry scenic desert land where King Solomon had his copper mines. This knife would be well suited to that area. The Arabah is a large, yet thin and relatively light professional grade tactical combat knife which doubles as a survival tool. I was able to grind this knife thinly because the blade is made of extremely tough ATS-34 high molybdenum martensitic stainless tool steel. The high chrome-moly alloy content of this steel makes it much tougher (more resistant to breakage in thin cross-sectional geometries) than 440C or CPMS30V. The steel has very high corrosion resistance and is hard and wear resistant, as I've hardened and tempered the blade at 59HRC. The cutting edge on the knife is single bevel and razor sharp. The blade design is a tanto style, with slight curves that make the knife profile a bit more sweeping at the cutting edge. The Arabah has a very thin and piercing point, further enhanced with a half-length top blade swage. At the deep hollow grind termination, I've included 2 inches of my Vampire Rip Teeth serrations, for those demanding ripping and sawing tasks. This knife has an unusual ricasso and front quillon-guard, which is swept in a forward curve to guard the hand and trap any object that could injure the fingers. The blade has a substantial thumb rise for control and is fully fileworked from the swage throughout the handle, inside the handle and to the front quillon with a punchy and bold vine style. The tang is fully tapered and the handle is bolstered with high nickel, high chromium 304 austenitic stainless steel bolsters for zero care. The rear bolster has a nice rear quillon for grip certainty and a large 5/16" through-tang lanyard hole for extra security. The handle scales are dovetailed, bedded, and pinned with stainless steel to the tang, and are made of dark red and black G10 fiberglass/epoxy laminate composite handle material, one of the toughest, most durable modern manmade handle materials. The shape of the handle is comfortable and inviting in either forward or reverse grip. The balance on this knife is right where the forefinger rests in forward grip position. For its substantial size, the knife feels light and fast in the hand, solid and lean.
  • Sheath: Previewing my new Desert digital camouflage Kydex, I've made one of my fine locking, waterproof tactical sheaths for this knife, the best tactical combat knife sheath made anywhere. While most makers use a single thickness kydex (.060"), this kydex is (.125"), twice that thick for strength, durability, stability, and longevity. The digital (Marine disruptive Pattern camouflage) is dye-printed into the surface of the white kydex which is hot-formed over a 5052H32 corrosion resistant, high strength aluminum welt frame, secured with solid 304 stainless steel Chicago screws and waterproof cement. The sheath has all stainless steel locking components in 302, 304, and 316 austenitic stainless steel for low-care, high corrosion resistance, and durability while positively locking the knife in the sheath. Even the machine screws and reinforcements are stainless steel. 1.75" wide belt loops are die-formed in high strength, corrosion resistant 5052H32 aluminum, and are reversible for versatile wear in any position. The belt loops can also be relocated at the sheath tail, for inverted wear in a variety of positions.
  • Accessories: I decided to go all out on this sheath, and included one of my new survival, CSAR sheath belt loop extension accessories with new and added features and devices. The polypropylene accessory is waterproof, durable, and extremely stout, and allows the locking knife sheath to be worn in a more traditional belt position. The extension is mounted with 304 stainless steel straps and machine screws attached to the existing stainless steel Chicago screws, and the assembly is stiffened by multiple zigzag nylon stitching to prevent the extension from folding, bending, or collapsing when the knife is extracted from the sheath. The belt loop is over 2 inches wide for the widest of belts, and has a top placement shock cord with snap retention to hold the knife handle tightly to the body and prevent the knife handle from flopping around during active movements. The shock cord is not for retention of the knife; this is done with the stainless steel sheath lock. At the back of the extension I've created a custom fit pocket for a DMT (Diamond Machining Technology) Mini-Sharp diamond-nickel abrasive hone, to bring up the cutting edge in the field with ease. These are great tools that can re-sharpen or just touch up even the hardest tool steel edges, even on this high chrome-molybdenum tool steel, as they are surface bonded with diamond abrasives. I included a red (fine) grit sharpener on this extension. The pocket for this tool is cleverly situated at the sheath back and against the body, and the sharpener can not be removed unless the sheath is off the body and the Velcro closure is open. I also added a specially modified critical survival component to this accessory: the Firesteel/Magnesium block with custom fittings. The block is waterproof and durable, with soft magnesium that can be easily shaved off with the knife blade, and a Firesteel striker used to ignite the magnesium shavings when placed into tinder to start a fire. A unique addition to this commonly found block is the stainless steel rod guard. This minimizes the possibility of the Firesteel contacting any other metals and causing accidental sparks and ignition when the accessory is worn or removed, guards the knife tip (or swage) when the blade is dragged over the Firesteel, helps concentrate and guide the spark direction, and offers a variety of mounting options, besides on the sheath extender's industrial strength Velcro straps. Being all 304 stainless steel, it will not corrode or rust. Learn much more about these critical accessories on a special page on my site. Mounting, care, and use instructions are posted there.
  • A unique, extremely aggressive, thin and razor sharp tanto-bladed knife in super wear-resistant stainless steel with all the accessories and features needed for combat, tactical use, and survival.

Thanks, T. S.!

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"Arabah" fine tactical, combat, survival knife, reverse side view. Sheath belt loops are high strength, corrosion resistant aluminum, die formed and can be reversed and moved to the tail of the sheath for inverted wear "Arabah" tactical combat, survival knife, spine edgework, filework detail. Full filework is punchy, bold and accurate throughout the spine, handle, and tang "Arabah" survival, tactical knife, inside handle spine detail. Bolsters and handle scales are dovetailed for solid bedded fit "Arabah" survival, tactical, combat knife, obverse side handle detail. G10 is fiberglass/epoxy laminate in black and red, a highly durable manmade composite "Arabah" survival knife, combat knife, reverse side handle detail. All handle shapes and surfaces are contoured and comfortable to grip "Arabah" tactical, combat, survival knife, sheathed view. Sheath is postively locking, in desert pattern digital camouflage with all stainless steel components "Arabah" point view. High molybdenum blade is very tough at the thin, sharp, hollow ground point and cutting edges "Arabah" combat, tactical, survival knife, handle butt view. Knife has a fully fileworked tang in bold and unique character, tough 304 stainless steel fittings "Arabah" tactical knife, serrations detail. Vampire rip teeth serrations are thin and extremely sharp, forfinger quillon has guarding capability to protect the hand "Arabah" survival, tactical knife, sheathed view with belt loop extender option, fire starter, sharpener accessories "Arabah" belt loop extender back view. Extender is very tough and waterproof, holds fire starter with stainless steel fittings, diamond pad sharpener "Arabah" survival knife with accessory package. Firestarter is firesteel flint and magnesium, sharpener is diamond abrasives

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