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    One additional passion I have are knives made for combat both fixed blades as well as folders. I hope you enjoy these very handy backup tools! I’ll start with the larger fixed blades and work into the folders.

   This is a Muela Mirage with a very durable blued finish. These are very reasonable in price and are very high quality blades made of ATS34. They are made in Spain and have a long history behind them. The blade is 7 inches long and 3/8th inches thick. Overall length is 11 1/2 inches and has a Kraton grip with a brass fitting for a lanyard. It comes with a leather sheath also. Price on this model is $80 which is an excellent price for the quality.

  This is another Muela Knife in their Tactical series called “Storm”. It’s constructed of 440 stainless and has a full tang with Micarta grips attached with hex screws. The rear of the tang has a skull crusher along with attached lanyard. The grip is very good. The shape lends it self to aggressive use without loosing your grip. The blade is 5 1/2 inches long and 1/4 inch thick. Overall length is 10 3/4 inches. This one has a matte black finish. As with all knives of this brand they are very sharp as they come from the factory. A leather and cordura sheath is included. Retail is $65.

  This is an Ek Bowie PB-5 and the best knife of the group. They were originally issued to special units starting in WWII. 1941 was the first year of issue. After WWII they were also used in the Korean war as well as Vietnam. They were hard to get and a very prized possession for special forces troops. The company never did release what kind of steel they were made of. Up until Vietnam they had a leather grip but later parachord was used with an extension lanyard. Ek went out of business but was later resurrected by a company in Effingham,IL. They were made for four years and again the company went out of business. They produced an exact copy of the original but used a heavy cordura sheath. The bottom of the sheath has a ring so the user can use a piece of chord to tie it off around the thigh. The blade is 6 3/4 inches long and 1/4 inch wide at the tang. This is a very heavy dity knife that maintains it’s thickness all the way to the end of the butt. I paid $200 for mine several years ago. The value of these has risen to close to $500 and are considered collectors items now. Original knives from the WWII era are even higher in value.

  This is the M9 combination bayonet, fighting knife and wire cutter made by Ontario knife company in Canada. It’s the current military issue for the Army and Marine Corp although you will still see a lot of the old standard bowie with the Marine Corp. Several companies have produced this design with various degrees of quality. The Ontario version is considered the best. The M9 will attach to a full size M16 or the M4 carbine. If you notice the bottom of the sheath has an attachment that fits in the hole in the blade to act as a scissor to cut wire with the front top of the blade. the sheath is a heavy polymer with a cordura attachment for wearing on the belt or Moly gear. The rear of the blade houses the clip for attachment to the rifle and is spring loaded. The grip is also a polymer material. The finish is a solid matte black. The blade is 7 1/2 inches long and 3/8th inches thick at the tang. The top of the blade also has a saw tooth for cutting wood or opening ammo crates etc. This is one sturdy knife and believe it or not it can be thrown without difficulty. It’s very heavy so when thrown it penetrates very deep. I throw it from 15 feet with a 1 1/2 turn with a handle grip. Most Ontario M9’s sell for $100 but I found mine at an army surplus store that was going out of business and got it for $50. Since not all troops are issued these knives I also purchased one for my son to take with him to Iraq.

  This knife is unique and you won’t find it in any store. Back in the 1980’s I had a Special Forces Trooper who’s hobby was making large fixed blade knives. I had him make this Bowie for me so it’s one of as kind. It’s marked Wade 001. It has a carbon steel blade with a matte gray finish, brass tang and micarta grips. Bolsters are made of steel with brass fitments and a lanyard hole at the rear. He also made the heavy duty leather sheath for it. This is my only knife I don’t use. It’s a prized knife that I will hand down to my son at some point. The blade 7 inches long and just under 1/4 inch thick. The top of the blade is also sharpened.

  This knife is called a Hissatsu by CRKT. The knife is designed after an ancient Japanese design that is several hundred years old. It’s razor sharp. The blade shape is unique and was made strictly for fighting. The Kraton grip is pebbled for a positive grip and has a unique design on one side so in the dark you can feel which side of the blade is up. It comes with a Kydex sheath. Blade length is 7 1/4 inches and just under 1/4 inches thick. The fitting on the back of the sheath allows it to worn vertically as well as at a 90 deg angle to the belt for concealment.

  I carried this Kershaw boot knife for many years while on duty both in uniform and plainclothes. It’s still made even after 20 years but with a black grip. It’s just a great all around boot knife that has a clip on the backside of the sheath. The blade is 440 steel. It’s held up well for more than 20 years of carry. Never any rust. The only thing I had to do from time to time is polish the brass tang.

  This is an inexpensive diving knife made by Taylor in Japan. It’s made from 440 stainless. I bought this one as a throwing knife more than anything else. Good balance and a tough finish that in spite of throwing it many times the finish hasn’t worn at all. I have a sheath from another knife that fits it well so I’ll use it as a belt knife when I practice throwing.

  This Cold Steel is a handy very large blade you can use for camping or chopping limbs around the yard. It has a Kraton handle that keeps your hand from getting beaten up when chopping. Of course this is an oriental design originally made for farmers and later turned into a weapon.

  Buck 110 utility folder. These knives have been around a long time. It’s a large folder that works best carried in a belt sheath. Gorgeous wood and brass.

  A Bud Neely design by CRKT made from an old Persian design that is made for penetrating. The end of the blade is much thicker than the rest of the blade. The handles are made of G-10 and has a liner lock along with a manual button on top for additional security.

  A Magnum brand by Boker of Germany. This is an automatic knife with the push button release on the right side front. A good sturdy blade that holds an edge very well. Handles are aluminum.

  An inexpensive copy of the S&W SWAT series of knives. It a good all around knife to use when you don’t want to damage one of your good knives.

  This is a CRKT Ryan design with a very deep blade with G-10 handles. This one also has a pocket clip and a manual lock on top. This is a very good daily carry knife.

  This is a knife I carry more than any other. It’s a SOG assisted opening knife with the gray and black camo on the blade. It also has a secondary manual lock. It has a pocket clip on it as well.

  This is another CRKT design by Carson. It has a flipper nub seen just at the rear of the blade. The handles are a hard polymer. Also with a belt clip. These CRKT knives are the best buy for the money there is.

  This is a true classic boot knife from AG Russell. Called the Sting 1A this is the knife that started the boot knife craze. Made in Solingen Germany for AG. It has a double sided sharpened blade with Micarta handles and comes with a cordura sheath reinforced on the inside to make re-holstering easy. The patent has expired and another company makes them now that are all steel. The blade on this one is ATS34. I bought this one in 1978 from AG’s shop in Springdale,Arkansas. At that time they were $75 they are of course much more expensive now since AG stopped making them. These knives were also a featured weapon in the 1980 book series “The Survivalist” by gunwriter Jerry Ahern. I carried this one many a year in uniform.

  This little jewel is called the Guardfather. It looks to be a steel pen. While you carry it in a shirt pocket you can’t tell it’s not a pen. After you remove it you press the clip and the shaft is driven out by a very strong spring and locks into place. Don’t start looking for one they were taken off the market back in the early 1980’s after some run ins with the ATF. As a police officer it worked out well as a backup weapon. I leave it stored with the shaft out so the spring doesn’t loose strength.

  A Gil Hibben designed Karambit. These are weapons widely used in Indonesia. They have become very popular in the USA over the last several years. They are a vicious weapon to be sure! It does take time to learn the techniques for proper use. They are held with the blade reversed behind your hand and used to slash then stab on a counter direction blow. This one is made of 440 stainless by Frost Cutlery. Check your local laws before carrying one of these.

  Also a Karambit but this is a larger version made of a polycarbonate material. This one is for practice and is made by Cold Steel.

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18 Responses to “Blade Page”

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  2. BobG said

    Have you handled any of the knives made by TOPS? I have examined several of them at gun shows, and they are some of the finest knives I have seen in a while. The pictures of them do not do them justice; they have to be held to be appreciated.

  3. Gunner said


    I was going through my comments and realized I hadn’t answered you comment. Sorry! I have had one Tops brand knife and they are fine knives! I wish they weren’t so expensive. They do hold an edge very well and are all tough knives. I can’t think of any brand I would rather have in the back country.


  4. Randy in N. Wisconsin said

    A real handy knife is the CRKT Bear Claw. Talk about a handy little guy that likes to cut things!

    Envious of your collection, but have a couple of nice knives here at home too. I also like using the Western Bowie (their old big model) like a machette, but with a sheath I made here, it wears like a typical belt knife when you’re not using it. I thinned down the handle a bit and sharpened up the top clip, impressive and handy ~

  5. rfdancer said

    Do an ebay search for ek bowie. There’s the one you have listed above that’s currently available for $150 on the purchase now button.
    This was as of 5 minutes ago. Just in case you want another one.

  6. Gunner said

    Thank you sir—I’ll have a look. That’s a good buy if it’s a new one!

  7. Jimmy said

    Sir Phil! It seems our interest do run hand in hand! Blades weaponry, talk about reliable, and time tested! Well if your interest in cutlery is as high as yours truely then I must turn your attention to Aitor knives. Particularly the oso Negro, a truely remarkable knife. They also have a great boot knife as well. But perhaps since your aware of Meula you have heard of the also Spanish made Aitor.

    P.S. If you do know Aitor, maybe you know a good site to get them at?

  8. Gunner said


    Here is one place to get them. Honetly there aren’t to many places in the US to get them but you can order direct from Spain or from some dealers in the UK. From time to time you see them on EBay also. They are certainly good knives!
    I do love my knives as you do! I have a bunch more than what you see on the blog.In fact I just got a gift this weekend which was a Buck 110 probably one of the most widely sold hunting and general use knives ever made.
    One thing is for sure it’s a weapon you can always depend on to protect yourself especially if you have some training.With gun laws going the direction they are supposed to go a good knife can always be had for protection. They are things of beauty!

    Take Care,

  9. Christine P. said

    No Benchmades? Not even a Griptilian or Mini-Grip? 😦

    I’m sometimes tempted to buy a khukri, but I can’t carry it when I’m out and about and I don’t do much chopping. But then I think, “When the zombie apocalypse comes, you’ll be kicking yourself.” 🙂

  10. Gunner said

    Oh I have a few Benchmades I just haven’t put them up on the website. Believe it or not the Khukri does a good job at odd jobs around the yard while we wait for the Zombies of course–LOL!


  11. Chill man,Really your collection is very big.Very nice picture with discription.Is it your hobby to collect Knives?My favorait is Sog Military Knives, United Cutlery Military Knives,Columbia River Military Knives etc.Thanks.

  12. Gunner said

    I do enjoy my knives:-) I also collect throwing knives but never got around to posting pics of them. They do get beat up pretty easy. Hey I’m a big fa of Columbia River. Fantastic knives for the price!

    Take care,

  13. Your Cold Steel “large blade” is a copy of the Gurkha blade known as a Kukri. Thought you would want to know. Your site is WONDERFUL!!! Very informative and accurate. Keep up the great work!

  14. Gunner said


    Thanks very much for your comment on the kukri. I don’t know if you’ve seen them but Cold Steel has a folder with a 6 inch blade that has the usual pocket clip. It also has a device that automatically opens the knife as it’s removed from your pocket. It actually is pretty comfortable to carry.
    I’m glad you are enjoying the blog:-) Actually I started it almost three years ago because I was tired of some of the very inaccurate info not only on many of the forums as well as the usual gun magazines that never saw a gun they didn’t like–LOL! Of course they live by advertisement and I understand that but I wanted to help fellow shooters with the most accurate information I could find as well as answering questions. It’s been a very rewarding experience and feedback like yours reminds me why I still keep it going.

    Many Thanks!

  15. Don Winter said

    The weapon called the Guardfather is still available or was a few years ago. The one I have used a standard drafting pencil; the lead has been replace with a stainless steel rod with a sharpened end. The fellow making these said he was former CIA (?) and had been making them for years. I have carried it almost anywhere and if in my pocket or a briefcase will go through any metal detector. With the rod retracted it looks like any standard drafting pencil.

  16. Gunner said


    Yours sounds a bit different than mine. The one I have is heavy steel made just for the spike rather than a converted drafting pencil. I’ll have to look for one like you have. Mine won’t go through a metal detector. When I was still on the PD we tried taking it through the detector and it went off every time no matter what we wrapped it in or where we put it.
    Those can sure be handy as a last ditch bit of protection. Just releasing the spike is enough to scare someone to death:-)

    Take care,

  17. Alwood Williams said

    I’m trying to find info a a folding knife made by browning about three years ago. It was a folding lock blade, the grip was straight and mine was aluminum in green. The grip was held together with torks screws. Any info in finding and replacing this knife would be greatly appreciated.

  18. Gunner said

    EMail sent

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