March 2007                                                                                                                        E NEWS
Relentless Knives USA newsletter
by: Daniel M. Certo

Committed to Excellence
Designed  for Maximum Efficiency                              Afghanistan 2007
Tested by Professional Soldiers

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.  

 Our 2007 Military  Award
Program  is about to begin.
...............2007  MAP...................
If your  and American soldier, deployed in a war zone.
Send us a photo of yourself at work, along with your unit insignia.

We are in the process of collecting donations and will have some outstanding gear packages for our fighting men and women.
  More  details soon.
In the mean time, if your
a person
who  would like to join me in an effort to bring a smile or two, to the faces of our  brave men and women , who are risking everything for us, then
visit the 
MAP pages, and make a donation. Note: So far, Relentless Knives will have 2 or more knives to go, along with sheaths. M9 Outfitters....and Mr. Mark Baker has promised some stuff, and Lee Brewer Knife maker is making another special knife.
So PLEASE help us to make the 2007 a Big success

MORE to come, and the MAP page will be updated soon

ebay items  Click the Ebay icon to see what's for sale there.
The auction format is fun, and sometimes items can be won  at more than affordable prices.
X2MS Mag pouch sheaths are in stock me  to place your order.  See the sheath pages for more info on this Great New product.

Available Knives. From time to time, we have knives available for immediate
shipment.  Check out the available knives page CLICK HERE

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Medal of Excellence Awarded to
Relentless Knives by 10th Mtn Div. U.S. Army, Camp Liberty, Iraq 2006

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Knife Tests and Reviews By: Maj. Ian Humphrey.
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M4 Extreme



By: Major Ian Humphrey
 So why a gun article in the RELENTLESS KNIVES  Newsletter!
Well, Maj Humphrey has found a really cool gun, that is perfect  for situations
where  supplies are limited. Those are the places were Relentless knives and
sheaths are at their best . The x2M Mag pouch sheath carries two rifle
Magazines, or survival supplies, as well as your knife in one easy to carry
and attach package.. This rifle and others made by the same company are
along the same lines of versatility.                        

By: Major Ian Humphrey

 Put a Little “Sport Utility” in Your Rifle!

     After a lot of research and price shopping, I finally broke down and
purchased a Kel Tec SU 16B rifle in 5.56 (.223) caliber.  Some critics have
expressed a dislike for this rifle saying it is a toy or a cheap knockoff of
the popular M4 series rifles.  After purchasing this rifle and shooting
several hundred rounds through it, I can honestly say it is a great rifle
for the price.  The design team at Keel Tec wanted a rifle that does not fall
into the “assault rifle” category, yet fires the popular .223 cal round and
folds in half for easy transport and storage.  The rifle is listed as their
“sport utility” rifle due to its many features and characteristics that make
it a truly unique rifle.  The SU 16 series rifles fold in half (the SU 16C
model can even fire when folded, the others can not), can store spare
magazines in the butt stock (two ten round magazines are included, plus a
single M16 type 30 round magazine will also fit).  The rifle accepts
standard M16 magazines and features a built in weaver mount on top of the
receiver to mount different scopes, sights, etc.  Every model except for the
“A” model also feature standard M16 front sight posts (which means you can
exchange them for after market M16 posts).  Plus the rifle’s forfend comes
apart to form a bi pod to aid in distance shooting.

First Impressions

     I was concerned over the amount of plastic used in the rifle.  After
handling the rifle in the woods and on the range I am confident it is no
toy.  People feel the same way with Glock pistols and they have proven their                          
durability throughout the years.  The rifle is very light and the ability to
fold in half really makes it easy to carry and transport in vehicles,
backpacks, etc.  Another great feature of the SU 16 is the firing system. 
Keel Tec designed a cross between an AK47 and a M16 firing system.  The bolt
assembly resembles an M16, and even accepts some M16 replacement parts (like
the extractor assembly).  The gas chamber and spring assembly is modeled
after the AK47 design which means there is not the carbon buildup in the
bolt like you find in a standard M16 type rifle.  This means less fowling
and a reliable firing assembly with minimal maintenance.  I liked the
standard M16 type sights, but decided to mount a Leapers Accushot M168 scope
on the integral weaver mount to increase my long range shooting.  The
combined package is still compact and fired very well.

Test Firing

     A rifle is only as good as it fires, and the SU 16B has not let me down
in over 200 rounds.  I have heard of some of these rifles having problems
with failures to feed and/or extract, but my Keel Tec has performed
flawlessly with the two included 10 round magazines as well as two different
brands of M16 30 round magazines.  The bottom line with this rifle is it is
truly fun to shoot!  There is minimal to no recoil, the rifle is easy to
handle and light weight so you do not mind carrying it in the woods.  The
plastic parts held up fine in wooded as well as below freezing conditions
and the blued finish on the barrel has held up without a scratch.  The                            
integral bi pod is effective and it allows for rapid barrel cooling if you
are firing a lot of rounds.  The rifle also includes a cross bolt safety so
you can maintain the rifle in a “safe” mode between firing.

     There are very few things that I would improve on the SU 16B.  I would
like to see included sling attachment points to aid in carrying.  Keel Tec
does offer a sling kit as an added accessory.  I would also like to see a
standard M16 style rear peep site for the rifle.  The included site is
adjustable, but only with a slotted screwdriver.  Plus, an M16 style peep
sight would have a smaller diameter which would tighten your shot groups.


     Keel Tec offers the outdoors men a versatile rifle at a great price.  The
SU 16 series rifles are packed with features and are considerably less
expensive than the civilian M16 rifles.  Plus the SU 16 does not fall into
any “assault weapon” law which should make it legal everywhere (of course
check your local laws first, especially for the SU 16C carbine model).  This
rifle, combined with a good tactical knife, will give you the equipment to
survive wherever your adventures take you.

Ian reports that the mask was to block the cold winter air, and not meant to hide his mug.


Military Knife, and Gear Testing

Questions from our customers

I have  questions for ya. I read a lot about knife steel metallurgy and many sources have said that 5160 is the lowest quality acceptable knife grade high carbon steel, tough but there are better choices. My question is do you use it because its inexpensive and/or easy to work with or do you believe that it is tougher than say 1095 or maybe a rare ball bearing high carbon like 52100 ???                                              

Always keep in mind that your  intended use has lots to do with the knife 
you 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 required.. Relentless knives are completely handmade, and, for a predetermined purpose.
The story on 5160 is this.
I make knives specifically with the military in mind. This means that the knives are used to cut things, but are also used, and abused for a wide range of other tasks....
Crowbarring open an armored vehicle lid or door is not uncommon, as well as digging holes, anchoring ropes etc etc.
So, yes there are many other available knife steels and configurations, and I have worked with too many to remember all. But, 5160 has a special quality that makes it in my opinion better than many for this type of knife.
It is super tough, and very hard to break when tempered correctly, and even better, when forged,triple thermo cycled, and quenched, it has edge holding ability far exceeding many and approaching s30V steel.
It is also not expensive as other steels in the raw, and for soldiers, who don't make much money, it is still affordable.
There are a few more quality's also.
As for other steels, 5160 replaced 1095 in car springs.....LOL why.  because it is tougher, and easier to heat treat.. Next, steels like D2, A2 and more,  are expensive, and tough with increased edge holding ability,, but not nearly as tough as 5160 when used for heavy chopping etc. 5160,also resharpens easily compared with many.. The increased edge holding ability, must be balanced with the notion of....under extreme conditions, are you better off with half of a really sharp knife, or all of a knife that needs sharpened more often. 

And, can a soldier afford to buy it, and, can I afford to make make it by hand....LOL
By the way, I recommend steeling rather than stoning a knife to keep it sharp.
So that's about it, I will make you any kind of knife you want,
out of any kind of steel.
But, for military use I suggest either 5160 or...CPM s30V which has all the quality's of 5160, with 10x edge holding ability, stainless, and of course higher price.



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.

First Impressions

     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 Midget                                
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.

Cutting Tests

     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 stay                                    
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 sheath to                           
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!

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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 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!!!!)
 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.


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