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"Ari B'Lilah" counterterrorism, combat knife, obverse side view in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, G10 fiberglass/epoxy composite handle, hybrid tension-locking sheath in kydex, anodized aluminum, stainless steel, HULA, UBLX in polypropylene, polyester
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Vindicator

"Vindicator" push dagger, obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology tool steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Afghanistan Lapis Lazuli gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with Elephant skin
"Vindicator" Custom Push Dagger
  • Size: Length overall: 8.125" (20.6 cm), Blade Length: 5.5" (14 cm), Thickness: .272" (6.9 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 14.5 oz. (411 grams) Sheath: 5.6 oz. (159 grams)
  • Blade: CPM154CM High Molybdenum Powder Metal Technology Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Cryogenically Treated, Hardened and Tempered to 61 HRC
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel
  • Handle: Lapis Lazuli gemstone, Afghanistan
  • Sheath: Hand-carved leather shoulder inlaid with elephant skin
  • Knife: The Vindicator is a very special push/punch dagger that has found great service in the counterterrorism field. It's one of the longest blades available on any push dagger, similar to my Grim Reaper which was designed by an Army Intelligence officer, for it's long, penetrating blade reach. This is an extremely strong, stout knife, one capable of any defensive application, and that is why this one will find its way to PSD (Principal Security Detail) and CT (Counterterrorism) use. There is no rule that says a knife must have a flat, dark, or subdued finish, and in fact, a bright, clean blade is often more desirable depending on the knife user and owner, and this one is a fine custom work. I made the blade in cleanly hollow ground, mirror-polished CPM154CM high molybdenum, high chromium martensitic stainless steel. This is modern powder metal technology steel, created as a finely powdered mass fused into a solid bar with no segregation or density variation of the alloy components. I've employed deep cryogenic treatment at -325°F with a 40 hour aging and compression, followed by triple tempering alternated with thermal cycling at deep cryogenic temperatures for the ultimate in high wear resistance with high toughness this steel offers. This extensive and elaborate heat treating process creates the maximum carbide precipitation, maximum transformation of martensite, and quite simply, makes this steel the very best it can possibly be. This is a beautiful blade, with a smooth, even, appearance and no visible grain. The grinds are deep and well-matched with a small contact wheel that leaves plenty of spine strength, and the cutting edges are thin and extremely sharp. With the high hardness, increased toughness, and cryogenic processing, this knife will hold its edge an extremely long time. The blade has a large quillon-guard that has all surfaces rounded, polished and smoothed for comfort with a tight fit between the fingers, and the wide, thick, and strong handle fills the palm like a driving hammer. The blade has variable engraved filework for a bold and distinctive handmade appearance, and the knife is bolstered with zero-care 304 stainless steel, polished and dovetailed to bed the fantastic gemstone scales. These are Afghanistan Lapis Lazuli, the stone of the ancients, stone of the bible referred to in Exodus as the pavement under God's feet. This is lapis from the ancient land of the Hindu Kush region, where the best lapis on earth is found. Lapis has been treasured for over 6,000 years, and it's one of the world's oldest and most desired of gem materials. It was the "sapphire" of Aaron's breastplate, treasured by the pharaohs of Egypt and the rulers of Greece, Rome, and Babylon. It was even ground up and used as the cherished basis pigment of the Renaissance, ultramarine blue. It's solid, it's tough, and of incredible beauty, and no other stone can compare. Lapis is actually a rock, a mixture of minerals lazurite, hauynite, sodalite, noselite, with pyrite, calcite, diopside, feldspar, and mica. Because it's a rock, it tends to dig out and undercut (removing the softer components in the finish), so it's difficult to achieve a bright, glassy polish on this rock, taking many steps and careful process. The intense color of this stone is entirely natural; it was not treated in any way, and I carefully oriented each scale for maximum blue intensity. The handle is a pleasure to see; rounded, silky, and comfortable to grip, solidly nested and bonded to the tang of this knife. The Vindicator feels extremely strong and rigid in the fist, a dominating defensive weapon.
  • Sheath: The sheath for the custom Vindicator is as special as the knife. I made it in hand-carved 9 - 10 oz. leather shoulder, dyed medium brown, and inlaid with large, full panels of elephant skin. This is a tough, unique skin with bold pattern and texture, and the sheath is stitched with black nylon and sealed with acrylic.
  • Sheaths (PSD): An additional pair of sheaths were requested for this knife for Principle Security Detail (PSD) wear. When heads of state or important dignitaries travel with professional tactical support teams, these teams are called Principle Security Details. They typically wear suits, and with their shirts costing over $500 and the suits in the thousands, they simply don't want a leather sheath that could bleed and stain their clothing in hot, humid, or active environments. Because there is always a chance of leather becoming damp and bleeding dyes and sealers, these special clients request sheaths that are untreated in any way, in essence, bare leather. The sheaths included in this package are several. First one sheath is horizontal, for wear in the belt line, usually in the middle of the back, and the knife secured with my "button lock" which is a round stack of stitched leather that engages in the knife's finger groove location. To unlock the sheath, the button is pressed and the knife can be withdrawn behind the back, without visual aid. The second sheath is a standard vertical sheath, worn along the belt, with tension holding the knife in typical fashion. The PSD sheaths are another example of my commitment to bring knives and accessories specifically suited to my client's individual requests.
  • A great PSD and CT custom knife, in full dress, bold and beautiful, and it was a great honor to make this for my special patron and client.

Thanks, S.!



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"Vindicator" reverse side view. Blade is aggressive and strong, with a piercing leaf shape suited to penetrate in defensive use "Vindicator" reverse side, reverse sheath view. Sheath back and belt loop have full panel inlays of elephant skin "Vindicator" spine handle filework detail. Filework is engraved and accented throughout full thickness strong handle tang "Vindicator" obverse side handle detail. Beautiful Afghanistan lapis lazuli is a tough, durable gemstone seamlessly blended with high chromium steels "Vindicator" maker's mark, quillon-guard and neck view. Neck is narrow but very thick and strong offering immense support for force transfer between handle and blade. "Vindicator" reverse side view, gemstone handle detail. Lapis Lazuli is a gorgeous, naturally deep intense royal blue color. Blade grinds are matched and balanced "Vindicator" sheathed view. Sheath is classy and thick, handle is boldly displayed for easy access "Vindicator" reverse side view, sheath. Full panels of elephant skin inlay in heavy leather shoulder with black nylon stitching and acrylic sealer "Vindicator" sheath mouth view. Note high reflective polish on engraved and fileworked knife handle spine "Vindicator" point detail. Extremely aggressive point is a well-supported razor edge and robust geometry "Vindicator with PSD (Principle Security Detail) type sheaths. These sheaths are undyed and untreated leather to protect expensive clothing "Vindicator" PSD undyed, untreated leather sheath, sheathed view. This is the traditional or vertical leather sheath worn under suit jacket "Vindicator" PSD vertical standard leather sheath back. Sheath is undyed, untreated leather, stitched with polyester sinew throughout "Vindicator" PSD horizontal sheath front view. Knife is retained with "button lock" which restricts unsheathing unless leather button is pushed out of the way "Vindicator" Horizontal PSD sheath, back side view. Belt loops are made to accommodate horizontal wear positiion under suit jacket

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