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Arctica

"Arctica" Tactical, Combat, Rescue knife, obverse side view in CPMS90V stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Green, Black, Pistachio G-10 fiberglass/epoxy composite laminate handle, locking sheath in kydex, aluminum, stainless steel with ultimate belt loop extender and accessories
"Arctica" tactical combat, rescue CSAR, Counterterrorism knife and accessory package
"Arctica" Tactical Combat, CSAR, Survival Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 12.75" (32.4 cm), Blade Length: 7.0" (17.8 cm), Thickness: .288" (7.3 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 1 lb., 6.5 oz. (638 grams), Sheath (with extender, accessory package, HULA, LIMA, and Maglites): 1 lb., 11 oz. (765 grams)
  • Blade: CPMS90V High Vanadium Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C60, Media Blasted, Flat Non-reflective
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, Media Blasted, Flat Non-reflective
  • Handle: Green, Black, Pistachio G10 Fiberglass/Epoxy Laminate Composite
  • Sheath 1: 9-10 oz. Leather Shoulder, Nylon
  • Sheath 2: Locking, Black Kydex, Aluminum, Stainless Steel
  • Ultimate Belt Loop Extender: Polypropylene and Polyester belt loop extender with Fine DMT diamond pad sharpener, stainless steel snap
  • HULA: (Holder, Universal, Lamp, Articulating) Welded and machined 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel, 5052H32 corrosion-resistant, high strength aluminum alloy, 6AL4V titanium alloy, Maglite MagTac series flashlight
  • LIMA: (Lamp Independent Mount Assembly) Polypropylene stitched with high strength polyester, 304 stainless steel fittings and hardware with Maglite LED Solitaire and stainless retainer
  • Belt plates, loops: 5052 H32 high strength aluminum alloy, 304 stainless steel
  • Lanyards: 550 Nylon Kernmantle Rope (Paracord), Nylon, ABS plastic, neoprene
  • Knife: I decided to take one of my toughest, most durable knives I make for combat, rescue, emergency response, and survival, and fit it with an extreme steel, a steel that no other blade can touch. If you are looking for the ultimate survival, combat, emergency response, and crisis-curing knife and accessory package, here it is, with a blade steel that has performance like none other made! The Arctica is named for rigid and unyielding ice breaker-styled geometries of ships that clear the arctic shipping lanes and named for an ancient continent formed early in the earth's age in what is now the Canadian and Siberian shields. This combination of high alloy steel thickness, carefully executed curves, and a strong and substantial handle is what I call "the PJLT on steroids." Since my PJLT is my most popular design of knife, and since it has a proven combat and tactical search and rescue heritage with our nation's top military rescue service (United States Air Force Pararescuemen), it was the inspiration for this next generation of incredibly durable knives. The Arctica is larger, thicker, heavier, and stronger than the PJLT.
    • Blade Steel: This Arctica excels above others with what is the ultimate blade in wear resistance possible on any hand knife, CPMS90V. This is a very special high alloy tool steel, made by the Crucible Particle Metallurgy (CPM) process. This process creates an unparalleled alloy mixture, as the metal is atomized and sprayed into form with no segregation of alloy components, and absolutely uniform distribution of the alloys. This also allows a higher alloy percentage than traditional steel making processes. In this particular steel, there are three significant alloys that work together to make a tremendously wear-resistant steel. First, there is carbon, an incredible 2.3 percent, more than just about any other tool steel made. The second is chromium, and at 14 percent, it's a true stainless steel with high corrosion resistance. The third and most effective is vanadium. CPMS90V has 9% vanadium, that's three times more vanadium than CPMS30V, and more vanadium than just about any other tool steel made! These three alloy elements combine to form incredibly hard vanadium carbides and chromium carbides, particles so hard that only a diamond will sharpen this blade effectively. The steel is so wear resistant that a solid carbide reamer will dull just simply reaming a hole in the hardened and tempered stock. For additional toughness, 1 percent molybdenum is added. The blade is simply, the very highest wear resistant blade steel I use. This is a blade that will probably cut for years without sharpening, unless you're cutting rocks! Because of the high hardness, the blade is not as tough (flexible) as most other knives, but I've ground the hollow grind with plenty of thickness, a meaty substantial piece of geometry that will assure high durability, no matter the situation or crisis. The blade has a hefty spine (over a quarter of an inch thick!), with excellent grinds leading to a razor keen cutting edge. The blade has two inches of my hammerhead serrations for tough materials, combining hollow ground and chisel ground geometries for a aggressive cutting action with little hanging or snagging. It has a total of 4.25 inches of standard hollow ground tanto blade in front, razor-sharp. The spine has a half-length top swage for reduced cross sectional thickness without sacrificing strength, and the blade is fully hand-fileworked with a crisp square regimented pattern around the curvy full tang which is tapered for balance. The media-blasting of the blade offers a non-glare finish that holds wax well, aiding in corrosion resistance and maintenance. This is an extreme use high wear resistance stainless steel blade, the absolute ultimate in edge holding capability.
    • Bolsters: I bolstered this Arctica with my signature zero-care 304 austenitic stainless steel bolsters, contoured and rounded for comfort of the hands, and shaped and radiused in the front face for easy cleaning. They are attached with four through-tang pins of 304 stainless steel, and permanent as well as extremely corrosion resistant. This is the same steel used for stainless steel nuts, bolts, and fasteners, and the bolsters are heavy, thick, and solid, giving great balance to the knife. The rear bolster is extra large, for meaty reinforcement, and has a chamfered 5/16" through-tang lanyard hole for extra security. The bolsters are dovetailed to create a solid, seamless union with the handle material.
    • Handle Material: The scales for this knife are G10 fiberglass/epoxy composite, laminated in Green, Black, and Pistachio colors, bedded to the tang and locked under the bolster dovetails and secured with eight 1/8" 304 stainless steel pins. This is a hard, tough, and colorfast handle material, with toothy fiberglass surface that grips the hand, with no maintenance.
    • Balance and Feel: This is a superior, robust, weighty knife, made for the hardest of materials, in a thick, substantial geometry and serious mass. The knife is comfortable in either forward or reverse grip style, and the front and rear quillons lock the hand into the handle with unsurpassed security. The balance point is exactly at the forefinger location, and the thumb is comfortably drawn to the thumb rise for great control.
  • Leather Sheath: I included several sheath options for this package, because I've learned that versatility is critical and a necessary function of the professional knife ensemble. I've made a heavy, tough, and solid leather sheath for the Arctica, in 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, hand-stamped in a basketweave pattern. This is made of leather that is twice as thick as most other knifemakers use. The sheath design covers the blade all the way past the front bolsters, and leaves the handle exposed for a quick unsheathing. The sheath has a high back, to protect the wearer, and the orientation is right side edge back. I made a double belt loop for several wear options, with high and low loops, double row stitched with nylon for strength. The sheath body and welts are also double row stitched for the ultimate in durability and strength. The sheath is dyed black, sealed throughout, with polished and finished edges. Leather is irreplaceable in extremely cold or hot environments, and where absolute silence is needed in tactical operations with no clicking when in contact against objects, people, or gear. This is as tough a sheath as possible in leather.
  • Locking Sheath: I included several sheath options for this package, because I've learned that versatility is critical and a necessary function of the professional knife ensemble. This sheath is a professional assembly, frankly, the best tactical sheath and accessory package made in the world. It's also an example of my commitment to making the finest combat tactical, and rescue knives and sheaths on the planet. It starts with double thickness (.125") kydex (methyl acrylate and polyvinylchloride), hot-formed over an aluminum welt frame of 5052 high strength corrosion resistant aluminum alloy in H32 hardness. The body and welts are secured with bead blasted and slotted 304 stainless steel Chicago screws for the ultimate in durability with no care and no glare. The sheath is one of my long-proven positively locking waterproof models, with all stainless steel locking mechanism and components for the ultimate in reliability and trustworthiness. Even the machine screws are stainless steel. The sheath can be worn in any position, even upside down when worn with the die-formed high alloy aluminum belt loops (included). The belt loops can be located in multiple positions along the welt frame and are reversible for a variety of wear options. This spacing also allows the array of my sheath accessories to mate with and locate in multiple positions along the welts, and allows the knife to be mounted to virtually any gear in any position!
  • Accessories: This knife and sheath is made complete with my ultimate accessory package.
    • Ultimate Belt Loop Extender (UBLX): I included my Ultimate survival, CSAR sheath belt loop extension with outstanding and critical features and devices. The polypropylene accessory is waterproof, durable, and extremely stout, and lowers the locking knife sheath to be worn in a more traditional belt position with the knife handle at the hip. The extension is mounted with counter bored and dressed 304 stainless steel straps and stainless steel socket head cap screws attached to the existing stainless 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 2.5 inches wide for the widest of belts, and has a top placement elastic bungee shock cord with snap retention to prevent the knife handle from flopping around during active movements. Even the dot snap assembly is all stainless steel. The shock cord is not for retention of the knife; this is done with the stainless steel sheath lock; it just stops the handle from flopping around during active moments. At the lower back of the extension I've included 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, even on this high alloy extremely wear resistant blade. These are great tools that can re-sharpen or just touch up even the hardest tool steel edges, as they are surface-bonded with diamond abrasives. The pocket for this tool is situated at the sheath back and against the body, so the sharpener can not be removed unless the sheath is off the body and the industrial strength Velcro closure is open.
    • HULA and Maglite MagTac Flashlight: Included in this professional assembly is my critical offering for field use, the HULA. The Holder, Universal, Lamp, Articulating (HULA), is my answer to a call for not just a backup lamp that I've provided on previous Ultimate Extender packages, but an actual main or key professional grade lamp and mount assembly. The lamp I included is the Maglite MagTac, one of the most sophisticated and intense flashlights made today, with three modes of operation and durable construction. The lamp is a powerhouse, with ultra bright LED technology that is dependable and tough, cranking out 310 lumens, lighting up the world 600 feet away! The low power setting allows a 17 hour battery life, using CR123 lamps, the same lamps used for many tactical accessories like night vision goggles, targeting lasers, and firearm lamps. The only thing the lamp needs is a reliable, adjustable, dependable and corrosion-proof way to mount, use, and carry it on the sheath, so I designed the HULA. This special holder will hold any flashlight that is 1" by 4.75" and also accommodates the Maglite XL-100 and XL-200 flashlights that have different programmable options. The holder's lamp frame is made of welded 5052H32 high strength corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy, for the highest durability and corrosion resistance combined with low weight This aluminum is suitable for marine (salt water) environments. The lamp is held in custom made socket with a retaining cap that is maintained in a T-slot lock by the elastic tension of replaceable shock cord straps. The T-slot lock can be negotiated even in the dark due to it's simple and clever design and construction. The lamp can be turned and operated within the holder, and can even have selected modes while still in the control of the holder. One of the best features of this assembly is my exclusive ball joint and pinch mechanism. This is a very old mechanism, dating back to 200BC, where a ball sits in a dedicated socket, and is held there by the tension of a screw. The ball joint frame, ball, tangs, screw and mounting hardware are all welded 304 high nickel, high chromium stainless steel which is bead blasted for glare reduction. This is a very tough assembly that will probably outlast the knife owner. What it offers is an articulating adjustment, aiming and positioning of the lamp, while still mounted on the knife sheath, wherever the knife sheath is mounted on the body. In the traditional belt line position, the lamp can be aimed at the ground in front of the wearer (great for hiking or movement), or aimed at any object or person in front of the wearer, while freeing the hands for a weapon, tool, rescue, medical aid, or carry. Having the HULA also eliminates the need for a headlamp, a device that has its own limitations. This new development has been highly popular with search and rescue and disaster response teams and counter terrorism teams. If the wearer needs the light in his hand, he simply pulls up on the T-slot locking cap, pulls the lamp from the socket, and replaces the cap so it won't bounce around. I've done my research, and created simply the finest flashlight accessory made in the world today, custom made to mount to my locking sheaths, the best locking sheaths made in the world today. One more important point: the bolt pattern and arrangement allows the HULA to be bolted to eight positions and 16 orientations along the welts of the sheath. Talk about flexibility! There are much more to these accessories; learn about these critical accessories on a special page on my site at this link. Mounting, care, and use instructions are posted there.
    • LIMA Emergency Lamp Backup: An important lesson I learned from my counterterrorism unit clients is the addition of the emergency backup lamp, because any electrical device can fail, and a backup can save your life. So I included my LIMA (Lamp Independent Mount Assembly) on this sheath. This is a special socket in thick and wide polypropylene stitched with polyester for durability and rot resistance, and it accommodates a LED Maglite Solitaire. This little light puts out! At 37 lumens for over an hour and a half, it can reach out 180 feet and give you enough light to get to safety, should your HULA fail, or you decide to go lightweight without it. The LIMA is secured with a 304 stainless steel strap and screws and mounts anywhere along the sheath welts where I have the critical 2.5" spacing. The retaining strap rings are also 304 stainless, and the 3/16" shock cord is easily replaceable if needed.
    • Horizontal Belt Loop Plates: Answering the call of my counterterrorism and military clients, I've included a pair of horizontal belt loop plates for this knife sheath. These bolt on either side of the sheath using included hardware, and are 5052H32 high strength corrosion resistant aluminum alloy, riveted with 304 stainless steel for permanence, durability, and light weight. They allow horizontal wear of any belt up to 1.75" wide, and the sheath runs inline with the belt.
    • Sternum Harness Plus: The sternum harness I've included is also the result of input from my counterterrorism clients. It allows the knife to be worn, handle down, angled across the sternum, on top of any other tactical gear. This harness is made of polypropylene and stitched with polyester for rot-free, high strength longevity, and the buckles and straps are ABS plastic. The harness can be donned and doffed quickly and simply and the "plus" is the additional one inch wide stabilizing strap and buckle that creates an "X" strap around the torso. I also included some handy clips for other gear on the harness.
    • Flat belt strap plates: These have several uses: one is to mount the knife sheath rigidly clamped to the sternum harness, with no play. They also allow the sheath to be clamped on any gear (like PALS webbing) with a solid strap security and no sliding around (like on traditional belt loops). So they clamp the sheath to your gear with all stainless steel hardware.
    • Lanyards: I've included two lanyards that can be critical and necessary for retention of your knife when working in elevated locations or in marine environments. One is a SCUBA lanyard with tension adjustment and neoprene sleeve to protect the wrist. The other is an adjustable sliding paracord type, a frequent request by my tactical combat professionals. Both lanyards can be quickly and easily attached to the knife lanyard hole through the rear bolsters and tang.
    • Tools, Hardware, Containers, Bag, Tag: I've included all the tools, hardware, and necessary components to mount all or any combination of these accessories with your gear, on your person, and all of the hardware is stainless steel in common American Standard Sizes. Included is a screw top tin for hardware storage, a waterproof container for the larger components, and a heavy canvas embroidered drawstring bag to keep it all together. Also included is an archival engraved acrylic tag detailing the components with contact information. Instructions for the individual components are also included, as well as a list of video links that explain how to set up every single one of them! This is an ultimate system, and demonstrates my commitment to actual combat, field, rescue, and counterterrorism service in my trade.
  • A true professional, top of the line, brutally tough and ultimate wear-resistant king of a knife, a combat, rescue, and tactical counterterrorism knife , sheath, and accessory package that is simply the best made. This knife defines robust, and outperforms all others in edge holding wear resistance. Read the testimonials of other Arctica pattern knives I've made below the thumbnail photos just below.

Thanks, J. M.!

Hi Jay,
Thanks for checking in; I received the Arctica today.
Wow! There is no way I can describe how impressed I am with this knife. The pictures on your website are great, but they just don't compare to experiencing the reality. It's going to take me days to get used to every detail, especially with so many great accessories included, so here are my very first impressions:
The balance is perfect; that big rear bolster really balances out the hefty blade so that it pivots perfectly on the first two fingers of my grip; combined with the thumb rise, this thing handles like a much lighter knife.
At first I thought the space between the bolsters was a little large for my hand, then I realized, a knife like this was designed for guys who wear gloves! Sure enough, with a pair of shooting gloves the grip is perfect.
The flat finish is ideal for a no-nonsense work knife, and the squared-off file work adds detail without being "showy" (which I don't think would suit it). I love how all the metal parts on the sheath and it's accessories match the finish on the knife.
There are so many other impressive details, but you're a busy guy, and anyway the point is I couldn't be happier, thank you so much for making this knife and giving me the opportunity to own it.
You have a customer for life; I'm already looking at some of your inventory knives!
Thanks again,

J.


Please click on thumbnail knife photos
"Arctica" reverse side view. Ultimate belt loop extender with diamond pad sharpener pocket on sheath back. "Arctica" spine filework, edgework detail. Tang is fully tapered, very strong, with dovetailed bolsters to bed handle material "Arctica" inside handle tang view. Filework is full and accurate, all surfaces are rounded, contoured, and smooth for hands "Arctica" obverse side handle view. Handle is robust and comfortable, contoured and smooth, with perfect balance "Arctica" reverse side handle detail. Scales are G10 fiberglass/epoxy composite, mounted with eight stainless steel pins "Arctica" point detail. Point is extremely strong tanto geometry, with half length top swage that reduces point profile without sacrificing spine strength. "Arctica" sheathed view. Sheath is locking, waterproof, solid, stainless steel, aluminum, and kydex, the best made in the world. "Arctica" complete package. Hardware, components, and accessories allow a tremendous amount of wear options for any situation or gear set and environment. "Arctica" obverse side view with leather sheath, made from 9-10 oz. shoulder, double row stitching through heavy welts for strength. "Arctica" sheathed view. Sheath is deep and protective, with a high back to protect wearer, easy unsheathing with exposed handle. "Arctica" reverse side, leather sheath back view. Sheath belt loops are dual, high and low, both stitched wtih double row nylon stitching for strength. All surfaces are toole and sealed, even the sheath back. "Arctica" Ultimate Belt Loop Extender accessories, left to right: Diamond pad sharpener, Maglite Solitaire LED, MagTac high intensity LED flashlight, Polypropylene extender mounted on locking sheath with LIMA and HULA flashlight holders.

Testimonials about other "Arctica" Knives:

Jay you need a section on your website that displays only "beasts" of this style. There is no way that you can accurately describe weapons of this style and be believed. Over the decades I have seen a lot of survival knives, military issue knives and knives made by self-proclaimed experts that are one time used and thrown away for all practical purposes. Your creations will last my lifetime and my heirs lifetime as well.
Thank you again!

Best always:
P.


Jay,
I was tracking the package eagerly and was happy to find it arrived a day early. The knife is simply beautiful. Without being prone to hyperbole- it is the best knife I have ever held by far. I am so, so impressed. The balance is absolutely perfect. This is a beast of a knife, but it fits my hand like it was made for it- feels like an extension of my arm. The geometry of the blade is so perfectly symmetrical and the the cutting edge is surgical.
I remember reading your website where it says that you "make the real thing." I believed that statement when I read it, but now I feel what you mean. This is no factory production knife. I know our men in combat who carry your knives have confidence that the knife will stand up to any challenge. The kydex sheath is awesome and it locks the blade without even a slight jiggle. The accessories are such a nice touch and I greatly appreciated that you put that much thought into the components that would compliment the knife/sheath.
Jay, this is the finest object I have ever purchased. Thank you for being the professional that you are.

Sincerely,
--C. B.

Hello Jay,

I sat down to open the package containing Arctica with a bit of trepidation, expecting a complex system that would require some work to appreciate. After first admiring your impeccable and beautiful work on the obviously made-for-business-use leather sheath, I laid out the rest of the box's contents. As I did, the first thought I had regarding the Arctica knife and tactical sheath was, "This is the real deal."

What a great looking handle, with the brass fibers providing a visual texture that made me want to pick up the knife. Taking the knife, in the sheath, in hand and appreciating the solidity of it as a unit is a striking tactile indicator of how tight the design and implementation is. This is a precision piece of engineering. I'm relieved that the handle isn't too large for my hand. Now to the really fun part, hitting that locking-mechanism release with the tip of my thumb and drawing the blade from the sheath. And then doing it again and again, just to enjoy it; it locks securely with no play of knife in sheath, but releases so easily with the natural draw grip. I wondered if you had an "Aha!" moment when you thought of the design.

This is a robust knife, with the feel that only the best tools have. To me that feeling is, "I trust this tool to get the job done. I can rely on it to perform whenever I need it, under hard use and bad conditions."

Setting the knife aside for a bit I go back to the sheath and its functionality. I find the HULA ingenious and it makes so much sense to have this attached to the sheath rather than a separate attachment point elsewhere. Moreover, the ball joint lets me put light wherever I want it, with the paddle-tensioner easily adjusted with a gloved hand. At this point I am certain this is going on the sternum harness.

Jay the integration of the fire starter and diamond sharpener are well done and together with the spare parts and accessories, to say nothing of the sternum harness, complete this "ultimate package." All of your detailed instructions are a valuable resource, but my initial trepidation about the system was unwarranted. What you've built is precise, robust and intuitive. You did the thinking so I can do the 'doing.' I think my words of appreciation for Aquila were more concise, but I've had such a good time this afternoon getting to know this Arctica that I wanted to share my delight.

Again, much respect for your knowledge, skill, precision and attitude. To be the pinnacle of human endeavor in a chosen field is indeed righteous.

Thank You,

--M.


Thank you, it is an amazing work of art and an incredible knife.  Outstanding!  Thanks again.

--K.


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