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Relentless Knives,have found their way all over the world.
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Designed for Maximum Efficiency Afghanistan 2007
Tested by Professional Soldiers
In many places the term relentless
is more than a brand name on a knife.
Websters Dictionary defines the term
re-lent-less; Unmoved by love or pity: Unceasing, as without mercy.
A tough word, for tough people, needing tough equipment.
Thanks to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces for their
relentless pursuit of protecting freedom, and using
Relentless Knives to help them along their way.
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|By: Major Ian Humphrey
Action Report of the Tragic Ending to the Kim Family Rescue
By: Major Ian Humphrey
When Dan mentioned writing something about this tragic event, I at
first did not want to write the article for fear of being disrespectful to
the family during their time of tragedy. After some time has passed, and
countless articles and comments about that fateful car journey, I felt it
was time to do a proper After Action Review (AAR) to go over what should
have happened, what did happen, and what we can all learn from the
What Was Supposed To Happen
The Kim family was returning home to San Francisco from spending
Thanksgiving in Seattle. They were hoping to spend the night in a lodge in
What Did Happen
The Kim’s missed their turn towards the lodge and decided to try an
alternate route. The route they chose was closed for the winter and not
patrolled or maintained. The Kim’s eventually got stuck in deep snow along
the road and awaited help. After waiting seven long days for help, Mr James
Kim decided to seek help for his family. Two days after he left,
helicopters spotted the Kim’s car and his wife waving an umbrella.
Tragically, James wondered
10 long miles in the wilderness before finally
succumbing to exposure and hypothermia.
What We Can Learn
First off, the Kim’s did do a lot of things right after their initial
mistakes of missing their
turn and proceeding down a logging road instead.
They had enough sense to stay put and wait for someone to rescue them. To
help being spotted, they made a large SOS in the snow and set fire to their
tires in hopes that the smoke would draw attention. Meanwhile, the Kim’s
kept their family alive by nursing their two young children and rationing
their food supplies. When James could stand by no longer, he decided to go
and search for help. What I do not understand is why he did not simply
return along the road they drove down. I have heard he mistakenly thought
he was a lot closer to a town then they actually where. It is also possible
that he tried to reach high ground in order to get his cell phone to work.
For whatever reason, James ended up making a 10 mile trek through harsh
wilderness with inadequate clothing and footwear. When his body was finally
found he was being tracked by a bear and surprisingly close to his family’s
I strongly feel the biggest lesson to learn from all of this is to
never try a new route in blizzard conditions. The best way to avoid a
survival situation is to never get in one in the first place. Once they
realized they missed their turn they should have found a safe place to turn
around and backtrack to
the correct road. There should never be an occasion
when you would travel down a seasonal road to reach your destination. On
that point, once the Kim’s realized the road was bad, they should have
retreated to a main road.
The other big point from all of this was their lack of a good emergency
survival kit in their car. While they did have some basic food with them
and something to light some fires, they did not appear to have a decent
roadside emergency kit in their vehicle. When I lived in Alaska, it was
mandatory for every vehicle to carry extra food, blankets, shovel, flares,
and other survival gear in case you became stranded in the wilderness. This
same practice is also handy in the lower 48. If the Kim’s had a good shovel
in their car it is possible that they could have dug their car out of the
snow and returned along the road. Also, if they had more supplies in the
car, they may have been able to stay longer in their location and prevented
James from feeling he had to leave to get help. I would also recommend a
good survival kit as part of your roadside emergency kit. This way, if you
do need to leave your location for some reason, you have the basics to
secure shelter and warmth while you travel for help. And of course, a good
fixed blade knife should be part of this kit. Besides the usual functions
of a good knife, the fact that a black bear was following James is a good
indicator of the last
ditch protection a knife can give you as a make shift
spear or as a tool to sharpen a pole for the same purpose.
No one will question the fact that James Kim is a hero to his family.
He knew their situation was dire and he went for help to aid his family.
The Kim’s made up for some initial bad judgment calls by staying with the
vehicle and trying to signal for help. Once Mr Kim decided to go for help,
he was not prepared for the wilderness that lay ahead. The two biggest
things I have learned from all of this is to avoid getting lost in the first
place by staying on established roads, and the importance of a good roadside
emergency kit that contains basic repair and survival supplies. While our
hearts go out to the Kim family, we can only hope that a tragedy like this
does not happen again.
Military Knife, and Gear
Lots of people have given up on serrations because they don't
work as well as a separate tool. This is true to some extent, but we are
working to change it.
keep in mind that your intended use has lots to do with the
choose to do the job. We are doing our best to make knives that do as
many jobs as possible, and are having great success. But
discretion is still
required. Watch for the serration test results soon. A plan
to offer serrations tailored to your job is in the works.
M1 Midget: The Biggest Three-Inch Knife you Will Ever See!
By: Major Ian Humphrey
When trying to think of a title for this test report, the above
phrase was the first thing that came to mind. The Relentless M1 Midget
is the sturdiest and strongest knife I have ever tested with a
three-inch blade. So why would you want something so small? Simply put, there
is almost no anti-knife laws that I know of (of course check your local
area first!) that would prevent you from carrying a knife with a three
inch blade. For some reason, the three-inch mark seems to be the
"standard" set for the maximum allowed blade length for every day carry
knives. The Midget gives you a full size handle and a 1/4-inch thick knife
in an easy to carry package.
The first thing you notice with this knife is the weight. This is
not a tiny little knife by any stretch of the imagination. The
is meant to be used and abused like the rest of the Relentless line,
just in a more compact package. The handles are nicely contoured with
four cutouts for a secure grip. The blade shape is like the popular
Commander model with thumb grooves and three serrations. The coil of the
blade also includes a handy cord cutter notch. The included sheath is a
kydex and leather combination with a spring steel belt clip. The
entire package is easy to carry and conceal under most clothing, and is also
easy to carry on gear, packs, etc.
This particular M1 Midget was made with D2 steel, so it allowed me
to finally test this steel as well. While Dan prefers S30V and 5160
steel, he is able to work with any steel the customer prefers. I was
able to test this knife along with a Raptor model and two M1 Integral
models (An Interceptor and ACE). In order to expand my testing, Dan sent
along a box of various materials to abuse the knives with. I started
with my normal tests and worked towards the new materials. The Midget
was the best cutter in the initial paper test. The steel and blade
geometry led to easy, razor like cuts in the free hanging paper with little
to no effort. The Midget also had no trouble cutting single strands of
550 cord with the blade. The short length of the blade prevented more
than one cord being cut at a time. As for the three serrations and
cord cutter...once Dan explained how they are supposed to work (see my
brief instructions on the web site. The key is "scraping" and not
"sawing" the cord!) they performed quite well. Single strands of 550 cord
were cut with no effort. On dry and green wood the Midget performed well.
The finger and thumb grooves kept the knife secure in the hand. The
Midget was able to use a wooden baton to help split wood, but this did
prove difficult due to the length of the blade. The serrations did a
fantastic job making fuzz sticks. The three serrations along with the
deep finger grooves quickly tore up the sticks. The serrations also did a
fair job in making notches in the wood.
One of the items in the box of materials that Dan sent was an old
engine hose. Since the Midget is intended for every day carry, I
thought this would be a great example of a task the knife could easily find
itself. Of the three knives I tested on the hose, the Midget had the
best initial cut. With just a little effort the hose was cleanly cut.
I also had some telephone wire in the box and again the Midget cut the
wire with ease. The serrations were also effective in stripping the
wire to expose the copper wire under the insulation.
Throughout all of my testing, which also included several hiking
trips and constant wearing for several weeks, the D2 steel had no damage
to the edge and no staining to the finish. Now that Dan bead blasts
the knives for glare reduction, we have noticed an increase in staining
on the 5160 steel knives. I have found keeping a can of PB Blaster
around the house and doing a quick wipe down of the knives after a day of
abuse keeps the steel looking good. While the D2 steel is not Dan's
first choice in steel, it performed quite well and maintained a good edge
throughout the testing period.
The included sheath for the Midget is a kydex sheath with a
leather backing to secure the spring steel clip to the kydex. Dan used to
secure the clip directly to the kydex but did not like how the clip would
scratch the blade. Unfortunately I found that the leather did not
attached to the top of the sheath after hard use. Since the sheath is
secured with several military grade eyelets, I was not afraid of having
the sheath fall apart, but Dan is going to fix this design. Overall
the kydex sheath with the steel clip allows for a very comfortable carry
system that allows the sheath to be easily added and removed from belts
(to include the new ACU belt), web belts, pack straps, and even MOLLE
vests. The eyelets allow the user to "permanently" attach the
gear by using 550 cord or zip ties.
Relentless M1 Midget is a New catalog item for 2007 . I would
highly recommend this knife to anyone who needs the strength of a full
size knife in a pocketknife size. The three-inch blade proved to be
very effective in cutting numerous materials and the overall size of the
knife allowed me to carry it with little effort. For those who cannot
realistically carry a five-inch tactical knife on your belt everyday,
the Midget will be the biggest "little knife" you will ever carry!
Extreme Testing produces Extreme
Durability and a better knife for you.
Don't try this with your knife, intentional destruction will
lifetime replacement warranty.
But, we do it all the time in order to see just how
much abuse our knives will withstand.
Ian figures no amount of abuse is to much, so
a bit of rifle fire produced some interesting results on a knife that
withstood bending to almost 90 degrees
and returned to straight with no deformity
The 7.62 x 39 Bullet had more devastating effects
on this particular knife, but was not so bad on another tested.
Watch for the complete report as well as other interesting
the test and review pages of www.relentlessknives.com
Hit. Ian hit this M4 Bounty Hunter dead on with
A small crack , but not bad for such abuse..
Please don't try this at home, as gun fire will be considered
abuse and void your lifetime warranty.
Ian doesn't seem to care....he is more concerned that American Soldiers
who carry Relentless Knives get the best equipment available.
Watch for the Great American
Ian Humphrey has taken variety of commonly
used knife steels and put them through a battery of
tests to illustrate practical expectations in the field..
It's and interesting and informative look at what you can expect from
the stuff your knife is made from.
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When We Were Cowboys…
Kill an American
missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was actually a
report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer
of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.
an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let
everyone know what an American is so they would know when they found
one. (Good one, mate!!!!)
American is English, or French,
or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An
American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese,
Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or
American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage,
Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes
known as Native Americans.
American is Christian, or he could
be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in
America than in Afghanistan . The only difference is that in America
they are free to worship as each of them chooses.
also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to
God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the
government and for God.
American lives in the most prosperous
land in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be
found in the Declaration of Independence , which recognizes the God
given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.
American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other
nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in
Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20
years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people
to win back their country! As of the morning of September 11, Americans
had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan.
welcome the best of everything...the best products, the best books, the
best music, the best food, the best services.
they also welcome the least.
national symbol of America , The Statue of Liberty , welcomes your
tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the
homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built
of them were working in the Twin Towers the
morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families.
It's been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least
30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those
that aided and abetted the terrorists.
you can try to kill an
American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, and
Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world. But, in
doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because Americans are not
a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of
the human spirit of freedom.