By: Major Ian Humphrey
Sleek, Fast, And Reliable
This is the first of a series of reports
on the new Relentless M1i line of knives. All of the knives in
this new series feature a unique double guard that is cut from the
original steel (as compared to a separate and weaker soldered on cross
guard). There are many design benefits to this integral guard
line, but my favorite is the fact that you can use the holes in the
integral guard and in the exposed tang to secure the knife to your
hand. This setup allows the user to have the knife tied to their
hand and still allow them to hold a flashlight, pistol, etc. The
M1i Interceptor is different from the other integral guard knives due
to its single finger cutout in the handle, and the different blade
shape. I would describe this model more as a "fighter" style with
its sleek lines and thin blade profile. The version I tested did
not have any serrations, but Dan Certo can add serrations if the
customer prefers. My first impression of this knife is of a
well-balanced knife that feels like an extension of your hand. It
is easy to hold in different grips and built like a tank (which is of
course common with all Relentless Knives).
The M1i series of
knives has been an on-going project for about a year now. In that time I have been able to do the
longest and most extensive tests of any knife.
The Interceptor performed exceptionally in all of them and I will
highlight some of the results. Again,
the model I tested had no serrations and was made from 5160 steel. During the initial paper and cardboard tests,
the Interceptor performed very well. The
blade geometry and weight made these cutting mediums look easy. On 550 cord the Interceptor could cut five
strands at a time. This is an impressive
feat and tells a lot about the edge as well as blade design. Dry wood was also no problem for the
Interceptor with deep, clean cuts through different types of seasoned
wood. On green wood, the knife was a
good chopper and the handle shape made for easy snap cuts. This knife really excelled when using a baton
due to the lack of serrations along the spine.
With such a large striking area, the Interceptor could easy cut through
large saplings and other trees and bushes.
I also tested the knife on some different objects that included an old
engine hose and climbing rope. In all
this tests the Interceptor made deep, easy cuts with little effort. For an "extreme" test, I brought
this knife along on a hike to an old airplane crash site in the Catskills. I wanted to see how the blade would do going
through an airplane wing and I am happy to report the knife performed very
well. Once the knife was driven into the
wing, it was easy to saw my way along the wing.
While this did mar the bead blasted finish, no damage occurred to the
edge of the knife.
Dan provided me
with a few different sheaths for these knives.
The one I used the most with this knife is the Spec Ops brand Combat
Master sheath in the ACU pattern. I have
tested a few of the Spec Ops brand sheaths before, and just like this one, they
are all top-notch equipment. They offer
multiple tie down points and are fully MOLLE compatible. The split loop design on the belt loops
prevent the sheath from moving around on your belt. This particular sheath features a fully
adjustable utility pouch on the front that will easily hold a spare pistol
magazine, multi tool, or survival equipment.
dislike for the Interceptor was the sharp edges along the handles. I feel this knife is designed for extreme
hard use, and a more rounded handle shape will aid in chopping/heavy use
comfort. Dan has already addressed this
issue and is working on a more rounded design for future models. I would also suggest rounding the edges more along
the integral guards. While there are no
sharp angles along the guards, a more rounded guard will aid in comfort since
your fingers tend to use them for extra leverage while cutting, etc.
In my opinion,
the M1i integral guard line of knives is some of the best examples of extreme
use knives that Dan has ever produced.
Since he has not been rushed in this project, we have been able to test
several samples and refine the designs after every test. The Interceptor is a fine example of a line
of knife that has survived extreme testing in order to provide the customer
with a rock solid design that is meant for hard use. The knife's great balance and fighter profile
will make a fine addition to any one's kit as they prepare to go into harm's