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"Sargon" obverse side view in CPM154CM high molybdenum stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Fossilized Stromatolite Algae gemstone handle, Frog skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
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Imamu

"Imamu" obverse side view in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, green, black, pistachio G10 fiberglass epoxy composite handle, locking kydex, aluminum, stainless steel sheath with full accessories
"Imamu" with full knife sheath belt loop extender accessory package including diamond pad sharpener, magnesium/firesteel fire starter, Maglite solitaire flashlight
"Imamu" Tactical Combat, CSAR, Survival Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 13.75" (34.9 cm), Blade Length: 8.5" (21.6 cm), Thickness: .244" (6.2 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 1 lb. 4 oz. (567 grams), Sheath (with extender and accessory package): 1 lb. 6 oz. (624 grams)
  • Blade: ATS-34 High Molybdenum Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C57, Bead Blasted
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, Bead Blasted
  • Handle: Green, Black, Pistachio Fiberglass Reinforced G10 Epoxy Laminate Composite
  • Sheath: Locking, Black Kydex, Aluminum, Stainless Steel,  Polypropylene and Nylon belt loop extender with Firesteel/Magnesium fire starter, Fine DMT diamond pad sharpener, Maglite Solitaire® flashlight, ALL stainless steel fittings.
  • Knife:  In popular culture, there is special term for the end of the world when everything is chaos. The term is Zombie Apocalypse. If that were to happen, this is one of the few knives that you would want to have in your hand. Imamu is the the Swahili name for "Spirit Guide" and this knife was created for intense field, tactical, survival, and combat use. This is clearly one of the toughest knives I make. I started with a tough foundation and made the blade in ATS-34. This is a hot work, high molybdenum martensitic stainless steel, a steel used to make turbine blades, and extremely high wear mechanical components that must be very tough. Because it's so resistant to fracture, this steel can take a lot of abuse without failing. This is due to the high molybdenum content in the steel, over three and a half percent. This high moly, along with high chromium (13.7 percent) and high carbon make ATS-34 one of the toughest stainless tool steels available. An additional advantage to this fine tool steel is the extremely high tempering temperature. This means that the knife blade will not lose its hardness unless the blade temperature exceeds 1200°F! Talk about heat resistant! I've ground the blade deeply and accurately side to side, with sweeping grind terminations that add to the strength of the blade-to-handle junction. The blade point is clipped at an angle that lowers the point and helps guide it into the sheath as well as gives the foundation for the swage. The center of percussion is right at the belly placement of the blade, and the clipped swage reduces point cross sectional area without compromising strength. The blade has 2.5 inches of my new Hammerhead rip tooth serrations for trapping, seizing, and very heavy ripping cuts, as this is one of the toughest serration geometries I offer. The knife has deep and curvaceous vine filework completely around the fully tapered tang for increased grip potential and handmade flair. The knife is bolstered with very substantial, multi-pinned, radiused and contoured 304 high nickel, high chromium stainless steel for the ultimate in durability, and the bolsters are dovetailed to bed a pair of green, black, and pistachio fiberglass reinforced G10 epoxy laminate composite scales. The G10 is nearly indestructible and should last generations with no care. With the substantial curves of the handle belly, large forefinger quillon and the rear hawk's bill quillon, this knife is very solid and bonded to the hand in the most active of motion. The rear bolster has a chamfered 5/16" through-tang lanyard hole for extra security, and the knife feels meaty and solid with the balance point at the front of the forward bolster.
  • Sheath: The sheath is a professional assembly of components, and an example of why I'm committed to making the finest combat tactical, and rescue knives and sheaths on the planet. It starts with double thickness (.125") thick kydex hot-formed over a high strength, corrosion resistant 5052H32 aluminum alloy welt frame, secured with bead blasted 304 stainless steel Chicago screws for the ultimate in durability and no glare. The sheath is one of my proven positively locking waterproof models, with all stainless steel locking mechanism and components for the ultimate in reliability. 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, but not shown). The belt loops can be located in several positions along the welt frame and are reversible for a variety of wear options.
  • Accessories: This knife and sheath called for my ultimate accessory package, so I included my Ultimate survival, CSAR sheath belt loop extension accessories. There is nothing in this accessory that can rust, corrode or decay, and he polypropylene accessory is waterproof, durable, and extremely stout, supporting the weight of over five men. It allows the locking knife sheath to be worn in a more traditional belt position at the hip as well as reliable carry of the useful and critical accessories. The extension is mounted with 304 stainless steel straps and stainless steel machine 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 2.5  inches wide for the widest of belts, and has a top placement shock cord with stainless steel snap retention to 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 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 wear resistant blade. These are great tools that can re-sharpen or just touch up even the hardest tool steel edges; 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. I also added a specially modified critical survival component to this accessory: the Firesteel/Magnesium block with custom fittings. These blocks are waterproof and durable, with soft magnesium that can be easily shaved off with the knife blade, and a Firesteel striker to ignite the magnesium shavings when placed into tinder to start a fire. A unique addition to this 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 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. A recent inclusion on these useful accessory packages is the Maglite Solitaire, a small and durable flashlight that is waterproof, with o-ring seals and made of black anodized machined aluminum. I custom make a stainless steel retention double ring mount for locking the light in its dedicated sleeve for security yet "up front" access in the package. 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.
  • A corrosion-proof, zombie-eating, jungle grade, rescue, survival, and combat tool for any environment or exposure. This is an extremely well made professional knife, one of the best available.

Thanks, G. L.!

I will put the Imamu to good use as well on my woodland hikes and field trips (as well as a precaution to the occasional zombie attack).

--G. L.


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"Imamu" reverse side view. Sheath is complete with many accessories, critical and convenient "Imamu" spine filework, edgework detail. Vine filework is distinctively handmade, aids in grip and control of knife "Imamu" inside handle tang detail. Bolsters are dovetailed on fully tapered tang, handle scales are bedded and pinned with stainless steel "Imamu" obverse side handle detail. G10 is a fiberglass epoxy laminate composite for knife handles, and is extremely tough, hard, and durable "Imamu" reverse side handle detail. Six 304 stainless steel pins secure handle, all surfaces are contoured, radiused and comfortable to the hand "Imamu" hammerhead serrations detail. This is an extremely strong and aggressive serration design. "Imamu" point detail. Point is razor sharp and thin, yet supported with plenty of hardened and tempered stainless tool steel "Imamu" sheath accessory view. Accessories include diamond pad sharpener, magnesium/firesteel fire starter, Maglite solitaire flashlight with all stainles steel fittings "Imamu" sheathed view. Knife and sheath package are the best made, finest handmade tactical knives. All components are extremely durable and corrosion resistant

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