Jay Fisher - World Class Knifemaker
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On this page, you will read topics about my most popular tactical combat search and rescue knife, the PJLT (Pararescue Jumper LighT). There are captioned thumbnail photo boxes, and if there is an associated page to that photo with more information, photographs, and details, they will be linked in blue.
Thanks for being here and thanks for supporting our military, rescue, and law enforcement professionals who make it possible for us to love the life we live in the United States of America!
Over a dozen years ago, a small group of men dressed in battle dress uniform rang the doorbell of my knife shop and studio in Magdalena, New Mexico. They told me they were conducting tactical training exercises twenty miles north of the village, in a remote part of the South Central New Mexico badlands. They were PJs.
PJ is the acronym for Pararescue Jumper, the short name version members of the United States Air Force Pararescue. This highly trained soldier-paramedic-rescue service consists of some of the finest men in our military, indeed some of the finest men in our country. They expend incredible amounts of training, endurance, education, practice, and trials to become the guys who go behind enemy lines to rescue other men. USAF Pararescue is, simply, our best and finest military combat rescue service.
PJs are also asked to perform rescues in civilian emergency crisis situations. When civilian rescues are more than civilians can handle, and are where civilian rescue services can't go, USAF Pararescue will be there, answering the call. They do this so that others may live.
When this elite group of men asked if I could make some knives, some very special knives, I was deeply honored to give them my best. They worked with me to design their dream knives that they would use and carry in the field. It started with a small group of knives: the Paraeagle, the Creature, the SERE Kid, and the large PJ as the initial knives designed by active duty Pararescuemen for their use in combat and rescue. Of these four, the PJ was created to be a large and imposing tanto-bladed weapon and tool, with substantial size and meat for heavy use. Though the large-sized PJ was and still is a very popular knife design with military, rescue service, professionals, and collectors, I took it upon myself to design a smaller, lighter version, that was easier to carry, yet had some of the same great features, components, and geometry of the larger knife. From these earlier designs, I created the PJ LighT, or PJLT.
As soon as I finished the first PJLT, I knew I had a hit. This was a substantial knife, toughly designed with just the right geometry and balance to be extremely useful, reliable, and a worthwhile adjunct to the rescue service skill, while retaining the characteristics to be a viable and formidable weapon when needed. With the addition of some useful features like my vampire rip-teeth serrations and top length spine swages, the PJLT has proven itself in the field of combat, service, and rescue across the wide range of tactical and rescue service. While being Pararescue's most popular knife, it has also become a favorite of SWAT team members, Emergency Response Units, Law Enforcement, and even Hazardous Materials professionals.
With the history, design, and reputation of the PJLT, it is not surprising that it is my most popular knife overall. I make more PJLTs than any other knife in my pattern inventory of over 400 patterns. The PJLT is also the favorite of guys who commission knives from my collaborative makers, Rusty Russom and James Beauchamp.
The PJLT is clearly a fine knife, originally designed for CSAR and utility use, a knife that has become a necessity for many well-equipped professionals, valued by collectors, and depended on by knife users and enthusiasts.
"My sheath held my knife in place at all times... On one mission when
rappelling into a hot HLZ with a 70 lbs pack I went upside down and got
drug when the Helo decided to spilt, my knife was there.
Jay, I know of no other knife that you made that have seen so much action. From the first ever Jump mission conducted at the PJ School to the 2 OEF deployments 23 Combat missions in all; not to forget multiple peace time missions. When my life depends on my knife why carry anything but the very best. Thanks for building the best for the best."
--SZ (Super), USAF Pararescue
The PJLT was originally designed as a light Pararescue CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) knife with tactical combat applications. It has found favor across many fields, from civilian rescue organizations, firefighters, SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) specialists, law enforcement and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams, combat infantrymen and even professional smokejumpers. I've made this knife for a wide range of specialists and knife enthusiasts, and even made several in collector's grade, materials, embellishment, and finish.
The main directive of the PJLT is and always will be United States Air Force Pararescue, and the knife has even found favor with the instructors at the PJ school at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each year a PJLT is donated by one of my favorite clients for Pararescue use, and I'm honored to be in this relationship between fine patrons and our honored soldiers.
Some of the best knife stories I've heard come from the owners of this knife. One was used to rescue a Navy SEAL from a wrecked APC, one was used to pry the skin off a damaged HELO. One was used to save a trapped PJ's life by severing a nasty cargo net from a tossing tanker in the middle of the ocean. One was used in a critical rescue effort of a collapsed building, and several others have been used to defend a life in CQC (Close Quarters Combat). Others are at the ready, strapped to a PJ, during jumps in combat and over the ocean.
I can't go where these knives do, but I'm thrilled to know they are there!
We all really appreciated that you took time out of your day, as busy as you are, to let us come by and check everything out. It was very impressive to see all the work, skill and care that goes into the knives you produce.
I also wanted to express thanks for being so supportive toward what were trying to do, and more so, the military in general. We all thought that was really nice. I'm really excited about this knife, just the plastic cut out today was neat, I cant wait to see the finished product.
Once again thanks,
--N.F., USAF Pararescue
Just wanted to drop you a quick line. I picked up the knife from fed ex last night and everything is there. Your work is superb! This thing is very light and fast in the hand I cant wait to get it into action. Some people think I am crazy for spending so much on a blade, but in the end knives are worth every penny! Especially if you carry one as your back up weapon and your primary cutting tool into an environment where it must work. Thanks again for your superb work again! Great job!
Vic, US Navy
Since the PJLT is custom and handmade, it can be made in any size, with any materials, finish, embellishment, and personalization that the client desires. On this page, you'll see many different types of PJLT, and I'll add more as they are made. Some useful options and accessories should be considered for optimization of a custom knife.
Since making the PJLT is a custom affair, and since it is my most popular knife, you'll see many variations of the PJLT on my site and some are featured below. Some are artistic adaptations, some are derivatives of the original PJLT design, adapted for Pararescue and professional use. This is a versatile knife design, and I look forward to experiencing the evolution of the PJLT in my future years. Please check back as I continually update the website. Thanks most for supporting our military, rescue, and law enforcement professionals who make it possible for us to love the life we live in the United States of America!
The PJLT is is a very popular knife, so when James Beauchamp and Rusty Russom started making collaborative knives in the studio, we realized that we could make PJLT Collaborative knives, in a basic and non-embellished form, to offer to clients who were in a more immediate need for a CSAR and tactical PJLT, and could not wait the years that it would take in my regular queue. These are great knives, knives that are made just as well as if only my own hands have made them. You can read more about James, Rusty, and our collaborative program here at Enchanted Spirits Studio on a special page. There, you can see examples of the many excellent tactical combat knives we've made that are currently in service, with descriptions, photographs, and meaningful and abundant information.
Below are some of the collaborative PJLTs that we have made together with links to pages with more photos and detailed descriptions.
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