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"Raptor" reverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology high molybdenum stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Peruvian Lapis Lazuli gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with Caiman skin
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"PJ" Pararescue Jumper design tanto knife, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Stabilized Box Elder Burl handle, Emu skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
"PJ" Pararescue Pattern Tanto Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 12.75" (32.4 cm), Blade Length: 8.0" (20.3 cm), Thickness: .188" (4.8 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 12.0 oz. (340 grams) Sheath: 7.4 oz.(210 grams)
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C58, mirror finished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic High Nickel, High Chromium Stainless Steel, mirror polished
  • Handle: Polished Stabilized Box Elder Burl Hardwood
  • Sheath: Emu Skin Inlaid in Hand-carved Leather
  • Knife: The "PJ" is my original tanto pattern I designed with United States Air Force Pararescuemen for a combat search and rescue knife. This is the large, full sized model, and the origin of my most popular selling CSAR knife, the PJLT. I decided to offer a full sized PJ done in a graceful, lightweight, artistic and elegant version and this is the result. This PJ has an impressive and beautifully polished hollow ground blade, thin and long, in high chromium 440C martensitic stainless steel for the highest corrosion resistance and most beautiful finish of any stainless knife blade steel. The grinds are sweeping and graceful, with nicely radiused terminations and clean, crisp grind lines well-matched. The blade has a half-length top swage that leaves plenty of spine thickness to support the aggressive blade. The eight inch blade length is measured from the tip of the point to the front bolster face at the front quillon. The knife has 2.5" of my sharply ground Vampire Teeth serrations, and the cutting edges are hand sharpened to a razor-keen single bevel cutting edge. The tang is fully and thinly tapered for perfect forefinger balance, and sports fine and accurate filework throughout in a "double square arrow" design. The bolsters are clean, mirror polished 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel, the same stainless used to make tough stainless bolts and machine screws. They are zero-care and extremely corrosion resistant. The front bolster is sculpted and polished to follow the blade termination grind, and the rear bolster is full and large with a substantial "hawk's bill" for a positive grip. The bolsters are dovetailed and bed a pair of stabilized Box Elder Burl hardwood handle scales, secured with eight stainless steel pins. The Box Elder Burl has been pressure stabilized with over 19,000 PSI of polymer resin, so is essentially waterproof and extremely durable. The burl has nice eyes and good figure, and is very strong for its light weight. In fact, when you grip this knife, you'll be surprised at how light it feels for such a large knife.
  • Sheath: Of course, the sheath had to be commensurate with the quality of the knife, so I designed and constructed a sheath of 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, hand-carved and inlaid with a surprising 35 individual inlays of light brown Emu skin; there are fifteen inlays on the sheath front alone! I like the geometric design; it matches the angularity of the tanto blade, and the quill "eyes" in the Emu go well with the eyes in the Box Elder Burl. I formed a noticeable mouth in the sheath face to highlight the handle material, and the sheath body is hand-stitched with polyester sinew, dyed black, lacquered and sealed.
  • A beautiful, light, and graceful version of a proven tanto design suitable for investment, collection, or use.

Thanks, B. M.!

Got the knife today. Wow. Love the stabilized Box Elder handle and the unique file work throughout.

--B.


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"PJ" fine tanto style knife, reverse side view. Note full inlays on back of sheath and even in belt loop "PJ" tanto blade knife, spine edgework, filework detail. Design is opposing arrows and is full in tapered tang. "PJ" inside handle tang detail. Note full filework, fully tapered tang, dovetailed bolsters "PJ" obverse side handle detail. Box elder burl is tough, and pressure stabilized for tremendous longevity and is waterproof. "PJ" reverse side handle detial. Handle is bedded and secured with 304 stainless steel pins, bolsters are mirror polished 304 stainless steel and are sculpted, radiused and smoothly polished "PJ" sheathed view. Note carved mouth of sheath to accent handle material, and numerous inlays of Emu skin in hand-carved leather "PJ" tanto point detail. It's easy to see why this is one of my most popular, tough and durable tanto designs. This blade is thin and razor keen. "PJ" sheath mouth detail. Note thickness of sheath welts, about 3/4 inch, making the sheath strong and long lasting

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