by; Daniel M. Certo
Feb. 2008 Newsletter 
Relentless Knives have found their way all over the world.
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, and others, for their
relentless pursuit of protecting  freedom and using  Relentless Knives to help them along their way.
 2008 Catalog is up and running visit often

The M1 Interceptor 

This great knife is now available in 3 dirfferent handle configurations and several different blade configurations,
Just one of the big advantages of ordering a handmade knife.
You can get a  product taylored to your needs and likes, .
This  inteergal guard knife works
out well with all the configurations  shown, and is a great all  around combat, utility knife that will be at your service for a life time.

Different hands and job requirements
as well as taste and style  have lots to do with your choise here.
Of course all the configurations are
useful and  it's a Great knife  with any of the handle shapes. But for  those with special needs it's  a nice option.

 #1 works great if the knife is to be used for choppping and throwwing.

 #3 Offers even more gripability, is great for thrusting, and cutting were  the knife's handle must stay in place.

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#2 finger grooved for less chance of slippage in  wet conditions.

The M1 Interceptor ..
Blade Configurations
Several different blade configurations have also been developed for this knife.
Again your needs will have much to do with the configuration.

#1 This  style is most suited if the knife is to be utilized as weaponry.
The blade is  ground off into the choil, and is sharp throughout.
This configuration will cut  it's way  back out of a landing point at the end of a thrust, making it a wise choise for Military operatives that use knives for such things.
The grind is not recomended for general utility, as the blade tip at the choil hinders the advantage of choking up on the knife for detailed work.

#2 This style is most suited for general utility work. The  cuting  stops at the first small choil, and the knife can easily and safely bbe chocked up for detailed work.
So although both will work for both tasks, one is just a bit better at one job than the other.

The M1 Interceptor
#1 Shark Teeth which are strictly weaponry and intended to cause you enemy extended trouble. Unlike a simple knife cut, shark teeth rip , tear and destroy flesh making repair very difficult. Nasty looking long and pointy teeth that are nor real useful otherwise.

The rib in front of the teeth is also an option that adds strength to the blade
and allows the point to be of a thicker cross section also to facilitate strength.

#2 Saw teeth....which are great on wood, they cut like a saw and will dig in making approx 1/2"  deep cuts with ease. They are not a saw, and will not go all the way through a tree etc, but for notching they are quick and easy. They also work well of materials like plastic and sheet metal.

Double Zipper teeth: These are the serrations in the above photo, and are very effective on fibrous materials such as rope, card board, wood and more.
They are still being fully tested, but so far their performance on rope and wood is excellent.

 Questions  from You
Alternative Steels
I always get questions about the steels used to make Relentless Knives,.
Is one that much better than the next,. Why don't I use other steels,...? If requested, will I  make your knife from a different steel.....?
So, it's like this... in my opinion.
I have worked with, almost every steel available in the past ten years  both high Carbon steel and  High Carbon stainless steel. I have  also abused them and had others abuse them for me.
There are so many to choose from, each offering slight, and often not so slight differences in performance, price,  and workability.
Next, Relentless  offered in my catalog etc, are special knives with special intended usage.
They are very versatile, but  their prime directive is survival  of the tool when in the hands of people who have little or no means to replace the knife .
This means that Relentless knives are NOT like Bic lighters, and the philosophy which says  that the way to fuel Capitalism in todays world is to make throw away articles.
This is very important to keep in mind, if you think that Relentless Knives are expensive, and that you could not afford to spend so much on a knife.
To the contrary, they are knives built to last your entire life, even if you use them  every day... all day.

So, the steels I have selected  take all this into account, and offer you a knife that first are very, very difficult to break.
Second, will provide  you with a multi purpose tool that is as useful as possible in as many extreme environments as possible and able to perform as many  tasks as possible..

Some  people have asked if 5160 steel is good enough to substantiate my claims, that  it's edge holding ability is not up to par with A2 steel, or even 1095 steel.
Well, All I can say here is that I do offer several steels, and that 5160 steel is  quick and easy to sharpen, and, when resistance to lateral forces comes into play, 5160 is a Champion. When Shock resistance is in the picture coupled with edge holding  ability,....5160  out  performs most and at point in history, any knife you own will need sharpened.

So careful  selection is  the  key here. If your job  requires  constant cutting, you should choose CPMs30V steel, it has  greatly enhanced edge holding ability. with all th strength of 5160 and  it's stainless. Edge geometry  should also be considered, as knives with thinner edges will be more effective cutters with reductions in strength.
On the other hand, if you will be cutting less, but need a sharp tool for personal protection, chopping, hole digging  and a hundred other tasks that can be accomplished with a knife, and your willing to maintain it , then 5160 is an excellent selection.
8670M/L6 is also available in 3/16 thickness at about the same price as 5160.
It is also a great  steel and, has a bit more edge holding ability than 5160  but the 3/16 thickness is not as strong  under some extreme circumstances.

Finally, I'll make your  knife out of any steel you like, but my warranty only covers the steels I  have selected.

The Relentless Knives  Enews is published on a monthly basis, and written by Daniel M. Certo.
Knife Tests and Reviews By: Maj. Ian Humphrey.
Other writings by various contributers..
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Thanks for reading the E news.

featured knife  02/08

available click here

M9K Raider   
  Now in 4 to 7.5" blade
We know, Trench knives are
trouble...with a capitol "T".
But, so are full auto shotguns,
and rocket launchers,
and ...well you understand.
In the correct environment Trench knives are highly effective tools.
2008 brings the M9K Raider.
Available in 4 to 7.5' blade
with or without serrations.
They are pricey due to laser cutting in small quantitys
But when you down in the mud fighting for you life
price is not the issue.
     OK....! What does this mean....? Click the Ebay icon to see what's for sale there. ebay items
The auction format is fun, and sometimes items can be won  at more than affordable prices.
If your a knife collector,
you might want to keep your eyes and ears on the catalog page and newsletter.
1st M9K Raider 4"

To the Troops......THANK YOU.
and realize that these programs are not about the tokens we send, or advertising.
They are a message from us to you, that there is nothing more important than Freedom from Tyranny.
Victory to  the American Soldier
God Bless the Republic!

Again, Thanks to everyone involved in the 2007 MAP program.
It was a successful program, and due to the generosity of many, we can start the 2008 program without donations. Watch this newsletter for details. 

Test Report for the Condor Throwing Axe: 
By: Major Ian  Humphrey
      I was able to test a Condor Throwing Axe recently when Dan ordered several for the 2007 Military Award Program (MAP).  For around $35 you can get a single piece throwing axe that is tough as nails and light weight for easy carry.  While I am interested in learning to throw the axe, I also wanted to test how the axe performed “regular” camp and field duties.  Dan helped me out in this task by attaching micarta handle slabs as well as making a leather sheath with Bianchi clip to secure the axe to my belt or pack strap. 

First Impressions: I really liked the weight and balance of the axe.  I was afraid that it may be too thin for heavy pounding, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it performed.  The entire axe is covered in a black coating that helps prevent rust to the 1075 spring steel that did very well in wet, snowy conditions.  My axe did include handles and a sheath (thanks to Dan), but you can order the same thing by purchasing the Combat Axe version from Condor.  For field use, I think you need the thicker handle slabs in order to get a secure grip on the axe while chopping.  You could probably wrap the original handle area with 550 cord for a similar improvement.  I will mention that this model is made for throwing, so it actually makes sense to not have handles since they can often break off the axe when throwing.  What is a real nice feature of the Condor axe is that it is one solid piece of steel.  Some popular axes come in two pieces…an axe head and the handle.  This just leads to a weak area in the design that is prone to breakage. 

Performance:  I took the axe out to the woods to see how well I could throw it into different targets, and how well it would work as a regular axe.  Since I have never thrown an axe before my need for practice became apparent!  What did impress me is how well the axe stood up to my bad throws with only minor areas around the edges loosing the black coating.  The spike area opposite the cutting edge is another great feature of this axe.  It doubles your “target sticking” area and I found myself getting more sticks with the spike then I did with the actual edge.  When I was finished throwing the axe I moved on to the more traditional tasks.  I found a wood beam in the woods and went to work making deep cuts into the wood.  With little effort I had chipped a large section out of the beam…perfect for notching two pieces together when building a shelter, etc.  Next I tried the axe on a 2 to 3 inch diameter tree and had it on the ground in just a few swings.  The design of the cutting area also allows you to choke up on the edge and use the axe like a push knife.  This proved very effective when stripping bark from the tree and making precision cuts into the wood.  And just to try something different, I brought along a coconut to see how the axe would perform.  I will have to admit, it was rather scary how easy it was to split the coconut in half using either the regular edge or the spike. 
         When I was not testing the axe, I carried it in Dan’s leather sheath.  He used a Bianchi hanger (the same ones that the military issue holsters use) for an attachment and I found that it rode very well on the belt and on a pack strap.  If I was on a long hike I would carry the axe on my pack just from a comfort perspective; otherwise the handle would constantly hit my leg as I walked. 

Dislikes: I mentioned that one of my first impressions was that the axe was too thin.  On the other hand, the axe performed fine while throwing and chopping.  I did have a large nick along the blade edge which I believe was from hitting a nail in one of my targets.  This is a fault since the spring steel is easy to nick.  The positive aspect of this steel is that it is made to take this kind of punishment and not chip.  While it would be a hassle in the field to have to re-sharpen the edge, at least it can be fixed.  I also mentioned that this model of axe is made for throwing.  If you intend to use the axe for general field work, I would strongly suggest you pay for the Combat Axe version which already includes handles and a sheath.

Conclusions: This axe has been getting a lot of positive press.  I did some quick surfing on the web and noticed it being sold on numerous sites.  I also found that several sites were sold out of the axe…proof of its popularity.  The price is a real bargain considering you get a solid one piece axe that performs well while throwing and general use.  I am looking forward to some more throwing practice…and perhaps a few more hiking trips once the weather improves!

To our regular readers the news is short this month but the NEW catalog should be fun.
Thanks for your interest.
By Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law.
September 25, 2001 9:20 a.m. National Review
To Kill an American
You probably 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.
So I just thought I would write to let them know what an American is, so they would know when they found one.
 An 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 Afghan.
An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as Native Americans.
An 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.
An American is 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.
An 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.
An 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 return.
When 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.
Americans welcome the best of everything...the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services.
But they also welcome the least.
The 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 America .
Some 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.
So 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                                     Tiananmen Square, Taiwan independence , Falun Gong