by: Daniel M. Certo
March 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.
SURVIVAL

May You Live in interesting times..(a curse to some involving political uncertainty).....Well......LOL, here it comes again.....or maybe not.
The Price of Gold has soared, the radio, and TV are full of stories of the plunge in the US economy.
Inflation is on the rise, and we had all better watch out as we will soon be the homeless masses etc.
More.....the alternative media.....the stuff you find on the web while looking for a good knife or
camping gear are alive with drool over the New World Order and how we will all be herded into dungeons or toasted over the open fires of our keepers.
It's almost enough to make you wonder who is behind it all, .....but at this  point, does it really matter?
The statement ..."it is better to die on you're feet, than to live on your knees" has lot's of relevance here, and guess what.....we are all headed toward the great beyond.
Further, society has always been fluid. Nothing stays the same for long, yet, one thing has since the dawn of time.
One thing has remained part of the human experience since there was humanity. Yep, you guessed it.....the need to cut things.

Should the U.S. and World, economy go completely bust, and the people's wealth and prosperity find itself in the down ward spiral that most men see when looking into the flushed toilet. Your basic human needs remain unchanged. The difficulty in full filling them will increase, and the prospect of meeting these needs without such simple and basic tools as a knife could easily shorten your stay on planet earth.
In the past 30 or so years,  the manufacturing mentality based on the Bic lighter has become the American way of life. Use it, until it breaks, and then get another. A great way to keep capitalism alive and people working. OK, I'm just too frugal and I suppose inflexible to go with that.
I like to get used to the things that help me. I want reliable stuff that I know works when I need it to work. Once I find such things I want to keep them.
Nothing is worse than relying on a piece of equipment that fails you at the moment of truth resulting in your failure.
Or almost as bad, having to replace your equipment at a time when supply is both difficult and often involves high risk.

So.what's the point. You buy the equipment you can afford, and hope for the best....right.....well maybe, but what happens when things change more than originally expected.
What happens when a survival situation, where one might expect to be rescued turns into a life style.
It simply all leads to ....can you afford NOT to afford the strongest, most useful, basic tools of life.
Can you afford not to take great care to keep them with you or within your reach at all times.

The links below are fun reading and illistrate what has and could happen.
Keep in mind before you read these  that there are many more stories out there that are perhaps more pertinent to what might happen tomorrow. These illistrate that with a few simple tools and a lot of will power, you can not only survive, but perhaps prosper in times of trouble.



 

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 Questions  from You
Dear relentlessknives,

I love the knife - quick question - In your opinion what is the best method for sharpening it. I've been using stones from "Razor Sharp" but this knife seems to sharpen best against steel rod - any recommendations?
Thanks for your time and truly a great knife - I'll be back to buy again when I get some more  money.
 Hi and Thanks for your purchase.
there is a small article here about sharpening.
http://www.relentlessknives.com/newsletter0507.html
Please read it first.
A Razor Sharp Knife
                                               previously  published May 2007
                     By: Daniel M. Certo The knife is razor sharp because of a microscopic feather of steel on the edge, sometime termed a wire edge. This feather is strong and lasts for awhile, but when it starts to fold in on it's self, you will notice the knife being slightly less sharp. Also, if you leave the knife in a moist environment without protection, this feather will slightly deteriorate due to oxidation, even on stainless steel. This is when to touch it up on the steel (sold in kitchen stores), or ceramic rods. The result is you keep your knife razor sharp with three or four strokes on the steel without removing steel from the edge, or reshaping the edge angle. ... After about a year you will have to use the stone or diamond to reshape the edge. I see many good knives that have given the user years of faithful service except that the width of the blade is greatly reduced by using a stone or diamond hone which wears away the knife. You can find these steel rods, or bars at kitchen stores, or you can make one your self from a file.Ceramic rods are widely available and more delicate than steel
The one in the photo is a mini magnetic sharpening steel made in england by Burgon and Ball. These are small enough to carry in the field, and
are available on the Internet .  I'm looking into offering them for sale to my customers as they are great.
 

Everyone is different, I like the steel rod to keep a correctly  beveled edge
at optimum cutting levels, as it does not take steel from the blade, or reshape the edge like a stone, or diamond sharpener.
But, in days of old, knives were delivered with no edge bevel, so that the end user could form that part of the knife to his way of sharpening, and therefore get the most from the knife.  Most factory and handmade knives, use an approx 23 to 28 degree angle.
If you use your stone, it will reshape the edge, and that may be more comfortable for you in the future. I do suggest, that if you do that, do it with the stone only until you get the edge as sharp as you like, then to resharpen, use the steel. That way you will have the type of edge you are most comfortable with, and can simply touch it up to keep it razor sharp.
Then about every year or so, you will have to again use the stone, but using the stone each time the knife needs sharpened will use up the knife far in advance of it's time.
I hope this is helpful.
Also, I do sharpen knives, and your knife can be returned at any time for sharpening.
So long as it is a relentless knife there is no charge other than return postage.....add insurance also.




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featured knife  03/08
This knife is a spear point variant of the M1 Interceptor,shown in my 2008 Catalog. I have held off with coating high carbon steel knives until now, for one reason, and that is that rust can form under the coating, and result in an unexpected knife failure. But, customers continue to request it, and through the help of the people at Dura Coat, in an effort to offer High Carbon steel knives with increased rust resistance, this knife has been first Parkerized, a process that actually fuses, a layer of rust proofing to the steel....not a coating,and used on the M-4 standard issue carbine for the U.S. Army, and then Dura coated,


a coating explained here that is both durable, and rust resistant. The combination of these two processes, will insure that rust will not creep under the Dura coat and give you the ultimate in a High Carbon steel hard use knife.  Although I also make the knife in High Performance s30v stainless steel, which is in my opinion unsurpassed by any other steel for the purposes these knives are intended, some of my customers insist on non stainless steel. So, I am considering offering my 5160, and 8670m knives in the configuration shown and prototyped in this knife.
     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.
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  Big Knives , Camp Axes,
 Machete, or Saw

If you can only have one
 and have to
spend a few weeks in
the forest with little or no supplies, which tool would you choose.
A brief  review of Internet survival forums  reveals lots of different opinions.
Most  choose the machete.
Well,  for what it's worth, I like the large knife better than the ax , machete or saw.
Although the ax will do some tasks with less work than the other, and the machete is most definitely an extremely versatile tool,
The large knife does most of what either do with only slightly more physical exertion
and out performs all in lots of areas.
Lot's of reading reviled, that nationwide, campers, hikers and survivalists alike seem to be worried about peer pressure. The opinions of others concerning the appearance of a large knife.
Well....again,  I have to disagree.
If the large knife is  carried correctly it can easily be carried in a legal,discreet manner.
Futher, should you find yourself lost and alone in the wilderness or the urban jungle, those who would jeer at you in fear, will probably not be there to help in times of need, like Bear attacks etc
You will most probably end up taking care of yourself.
This being so, you owe it to yourself to ignore their fear
and carry a tool large enough to insure your survival.
As for knife laws, change them in your area, as if you are an American, with the right to keep and bear arms.
Knives are to useful to be feared. They are mostly tools
and a requirement for basic human survival.
                                    




































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Relentless knives believes in the Protection and Defense of the Constitution of the United States of America  
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 o07m3-51d4o-o2yon-p43ya-3qwdm-qn3n3-fv0hs-efhnv independence , Falun Gong