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"Random Access Three" obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology high molybdenum stainless steel blade, vertical and horizontal sheaths in hand-stamped brown basketweave leather shoulder
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Random Access Three

"Random Access Three" obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology high molybdenum stainless steel blade, vertical and horizontal sheaths in hand-stamped brown basketweave leather shoulder
"Random Access Three" Working/Counterterrorism Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 8.25" (21 cm), Blade Length (to choil): 3.5" (8.9 cm), Thickness: .210" (5.3 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 6.1 oz. (173 grams) Sheath-Vertical: 5.2 oz. (147 grams), Sheath-Horizontal: 5.7 oz. (162 grams)
  • Blade: CPM154CM High Molybdenum Powder Metal Technology Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Cryogenically Treated, Hardened and Tempered to 61HRC
  • Sheaths: Hand-stamped leather shoulder in brown basketweave
  • Knife: Asked to make skeletonized, lightweight working knives that can be used to work the nightshift in double duty as counterterrorism defense, I've upgraded and reinvented an older pattern of mine. The Random Access (version 1) is a great older model of mine, made for and used by craftsmen, carpenters, roofers, and all types of guys who demanded a very lightweight, simple, tough and durable blade made to the best reasonable quality for heavy work. I made Version Two here, which is a larger more robust design than version one. This is Version Three, an even larger, more curvaceous, sweeping and dramatic enhancement of version two. The blade is longer, the handle is fuller, the blade is thicker, and the sweeping geometry is even more intense. This knife was noticed for its counterterrorism potential, that is, a working knife that would be unobtrusive in style and carry, yet with the necessary strength, durability, and geometry for basic defense. Though it looks outwardly and at first glance like a working knife, even perhaps a skinning and fleshing knife, it's much more than that. I started with a special steel, CPM154CM, a powder metal technology stainless tool steel blade. This steel has high carbon, high chromium, and high molybdenum; it's essentially a high chrome-moly hypereutectoid tool steel on steroids. It's very tough while being hard and wear resistant, so tough that I can temper it to 61 Rockwell on the C scale and still be confident that it will not be brittle. I've given it the maximum treatment: deep cryogenic processing with many hours of cryogenic aging at -325°F, followed by three tempering cycles with deep cryogenic holds in between for the maximum benefit of thermal cycling and stability. This is the best this steel can be, though you wouldn't notice it from the working-class flat media blasted finish. The finish is non-glare, all business, and muted. The hollow grinds are extremely deep and the edge is very thin and sharp, yet durable, and the squarish-shaped dropped/clipped swage point is very tough. I've included a short yet effective swage at the first two inches of the blade to reduce cross-section at the point, and the knife is a serious penetrator without appearing so. The design of the finger rings is a standout with this pattern, and it offers extreme security of the knife and complete control. The knife can be easily held without threading fingers through either ring, or just the forefinger through the front ring, or the small finger or ring finger can be threaded through the back ring. This forms the hand into a solid, reinforced fist, and aids in defensive posture, or aids in adding rigidity and pressure to the blade for working chores. The upward sweep of the blade spine is best controlled with the thumb resting on the spine, and tremendous pressure can be applied to this substantial slicer. The deep choil gives a definite point for the sharpening, while adding an unnoticeable sharpened hook. The knife is comfortable in reverse grip as well. All areas of hand-contact of this skeletonized knife are rounded and contoured and smoothed for comfort, so no abrasive corners are available in a forward or reverse grip. What this knife offers is steel technology, strength and durability, low maintenance finish, and extremely light weight and maneuverability.
  • Sheaths: The knife needed two sheaths, one horizontal wear, one for vertical wear. The leather is 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, a very thick and tough leather that I treated and hardened. I applied standard basketweave hand-stamping and dyed the sheaths a working-class medium brown (vs. the more noticeable Law Enforcement black), and hand-stitched the sheaths with polyester sinew. The vertical sheath uses standard tension for security, the rear handle ring is easily and quickly accessible. The horizontal sheath uses my original and unique ring retaining stud of thick leather, which holds the knife in the sheath until the sheath is forced to bend away from the ring, allowing easy withdrawal. The knife stays put, even in horizontal position at the middle of the back, under a shirt, jacket, or coat, or in a horizontal position in the front just to the right or left of the belt buckle. The belt loops for both the horizontal and vertical sheaths are designed to tightly grip the standard tactical 1.25" web belts, such as the Wilderness, La Rue, or other tactical web belt of double thickness. These sheaths will be tight and secure on these belts, standard for the industry. The particular sheaths I included for this model are: vertical: right side wear with cutting edge facing back, and horizontal: right side wear with cutting edge facing down, either in left front or left side middle of the back. For traditional wear, this is a right-handed rig. If the blade is worn edge up, or is expected to be used in reverse grip style, this rig accommodates left side wear.
  • A knife that is all work, but can double as a counterterrorism defense when necessary without a lot of flash and gimmick. A real performer, a super-tough stainless steel workhorse, and a bit of security at the side.

Thanks, S. H.!

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"Random Access Three" obverse side view in CPM154CM high molybdenum powder metal technology stainless steel blade, hand-stamped brown basketweave leather vertical sheath "Random Access Three" reverse side view. Vertical sheath tooled back side, even in belt loop. Belt loop designed for tactical web belts. "Random Access Three," obverse side view with horizontal wear sheath, front side. Rear ring of knife handle engages leather stud that retains the knife in the sheath even in activity, until needed. "Random Access Three" reverse side with back of horizontal sheath. Belt loops designed to tightly engage standard 1.25" tactical web belt with little to no play or movement of the sheath "Random Access Three" spine detail. Thin knife is very strong, all hand contact areas are rounded, contoured and smoothed for non-abrasion grip and security. "Random Access Three" point detail. This is a very thin, yet extremely durable point, and a small top swage to reduce point penetration profile. "Random Access Three" sheathed view, vertical sheath. This is a sheath for the right side wear, edge back, deep and protective, sealed for longevity, hand-stitched with polyester sinew "Random Access Three" sheathed view, horizontal sheath. Knife is retained in sheath with leather stud, which has to be depressed in order for knife to be removed. Secure wear for middle of back or front side right.
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