|by: Daniel M. Certo
Committed to Excellence
Designed for Maximum Efficiency Afghanistan 2007
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
Unmoved by love or pity: Unceasing, as without mercy.
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.
OK ...GUY and GIRLS DEPLOYED.....All we are asking for is a few photos. We have
many people here believing in you and your mission.
Last year we were able to send a dozen custom knives and sheaths to the
troops in Iraq. An advertising ploy at your expense.....Not
we were making military knives long before the war.
We are in the process of collecting donations and will have some outstanding gear packages for our fighting men and women.
In the mean time, if your
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. Spec Ops Brand Jeff Wemmer and Brian Wise have
pledged some nice gear also.
So PLEASE help us to make the 2007 a Big success
MORE to come, and the MAP page will be updated soon
Click the Ebay icon to
what's for sale there.
auction format is fun, and sometimes items can be won at more
than affordable prices.
X2MS Mag pouch sheaths are in stock NOW.......contact me to place
your order. See the sheath pages for more info on this Great New
Knives. From time to time, we have knives available for
shipment. Check out the available knives page CLICK HERE
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Knife Tests and Reviews By: Maj. Ian Humphrey.
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|By: Daniel M. Certo
take a few minutes to Thank Major Ian Humphrey.
His Relentlessly hard work is seen here every month.
The guy goes to great lengths to put Relentless Knives to the test and to
make sure that they are fit for service , in war zones, deep in the forest, or in the big city.
Besides that, Ian is a
career soldier who has been serving his country for the last past 11
years. He is a Tactical training Officer at USMA West Point.
Has served in Iraq, and is a family man with a wife and two beautiful children.
Major Humphrey is also an avid outdoors man, hunter, fisherman, kayaker,
diver, and adventurer. His attitude is more optimistic than anyone I
have ever met, and his work and attention to detail is meticulous.
I'm proud to feature his work here, and when you read it, you can be sure that
what he says is no conjecture.
Ian has shown that he is willing to not only do what it takes to do the job, but to
go the bit extra which separates the good from the great.
I stay more than busy making each Relentless Knife by hand, and without
Ian's help I doubt that the Relentless knives newsletter would be
So every once and awhile it's time to thank those who help to make Relentless knives as good as you have told us they are.
We appreciate your business, and hope that you appreciate the time and effort
Ian puts into his part of the task. I know I do, and hope you all feel the same.
Thanks for the Excellence
Questions from our customers
My son is being deployed to Iraq.
Which knife should I buy for him....?
keep in mind that your intended use has lots to do with the
choose for 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.
But, to a young soldier, or his parents that might not be so clear especially when
going into harms way. So, I asked Major Humphrey , a combat
veteran, and tactical training officer at West Point USMA ,
to voice an opinion. He has been testing knives here for the last two
years, and knows more than most about which knife works
better in the field for what job.
was also quite humble in the task, saying that possibly some of the
Special Operations people, etc. might have different opinions, as their
jobs are often highly specialized, and different from those of
the average soldier. Well, sure this is true, and Relentless knives are
used by lots of people who are not soldiers too. This in no
way makes the information less useful.
By: Major Ian Humphrey
Dan asked me to do a short article on the subject of picking the right
knife to suit a customer’s needs. Relentless Knives offer a
variety of different designs and sizes and picking the right knife can
be a challenge. Recently Dan was contacted by a few parents who want to
purchase a knife for their deployed Soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Each Soldier has a very
different mission, which would lead me to recommend a different knife for
I am a firm believer in the notion that the best knife ever made will
do you no good if it is left in your duffel bag while you are
out doing your mission. In addition, not every Soldier needs an eight
inch, double edged combat knife in their everyday tasks. While I am no
“all knowing” expert on what is the best knife for the
mission, I do have almost eleven years of service in the combat arms
and one combat tour to Iraq. The following suggestions are based on
The 2007 Relentless Knives catalog is divided into three main sections:
compact knives, medium knives, and large knives. I will go down each
category and lend my advice on who would benefit from each category. In the compact section,
The compact section, offers seven different types of knives All of these
models are compact with a blade no larger than four inches. Of all three
size categories, the compact knives will be the most useful to the average
Soldier. These knives can take the place of the large folder that just
about every Soldier has on them at all times. While it may seem surprising
that I would recommend the smallest knives for the average Soldier, the
thing to keep in mind is that each unit has its own regulations regarding
blade length. In other words, that large fighter you bought for them may
not be authorized for legal carry. A “safe” rule of thumb would be to keep
your blade down to the three inch size. I have never seen a regulation that
forbids a knife with a three inch or smaller blade. If I had to recommend
one knife in this category for an “everyday carry, hard use knife” I would
recommend the M1 Midget. This three inch blade is sturdy enough to
do “big knife” tasks like light chopping and prying, yet is small enough
to meet the regulations.
The other main attraction to Dan’s compact knives is their
ability to be worn unnoticed on a Soldier’s belt with the option of
attaching to body armor (MOLLE vests, etc.) when needed.
Tactical gear that is out of place with your MOS (Military Occupational
Specialty…i.e. Job). should be avoided if possible.
It is one thing for a light Infantry Soldier to be
walking around with a large knife vs. a supply clerk who hardly ever leaves
the relative safety of a FOB (Forward Operating Base). A compact knife will
be unnoticed until needed.
The second category of Relentless Knives feature ten models to choose
from with blade lengths out to seven and a half inches (with the majority
between five and six inches). I believe this category is perfect for the
Soldier who has a mission that requires them to leave the FOB on a daily
basis. These knives can be worn relatively unnoticed on the belt (when you
want to keep a low profile), and can also be attached to a MOLLE type vest
or body armor without too much additional weight. These knives give you a
longer blade length that will aid in daily hard use cutting and chopping
tasks like breaking open ammo crates, cutting wire and rope, aiding in
opening doors and windows, etc. These knives can be worn in the optional
Relentless Knives magazine/knife pouch combo that will save valuable space
on the Soldier’s armor/vest. If I had to pick one of these knives, I would
recommend one of the M1 integral guard series of knives. They offer a very
stout knife with great balance and multiple attachment options.
The last category of Relentless Knives features five
knives with up to
a ten inch blade. These are definitely the “big boys” of the Relentless
line and are designed for extreme duty. I would recommend these knives for
Soldiers who do not have to do a lot of walking/patrolling by foot. Their
heavy weight and large size would make them difficult to carry when combined
with ammunition, equipment and body armor. These knives are perfect if you
can carry them in your vehicle, etc. so they are easily accessible when you
need to do some “extreme” chopping, prying, hacking, etc. If you are trying
to keep a low profile, these are not the knives for you! Pilots would also
benefit from these knives since they would not have to carry them until
needed, and they would be perfect for survival and E and E (evade and
With over 22 models to choose from, Dan Certo has a knife to meet
anyone’s needs. The hard part is choosing the right knife for the mission.
While everyone may want a nine inch combat knife, chances are they are not
going to be involved in a hand to hand knife fight with a terrorist. I for
one would much rather engage the enemy from as far away as possible! That
being said, every Soldier can benefit from a good knife. No matter what job
you have, you will have countless opportunities for everyday cutting tasks.
From cutting 550 cord to opening boxes, a knife is a constant companion.
Points to consider are: the unit’s regulations concerning blade length, your
intended use of the knife, and how you intend to carry the knife. I would
personally recommend erring on the safe side by choosing one of the small to medium
knives with a blade length of six inches or less. From my experiences, a
blade of this length will be large enough to get the job done, yet be easy
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
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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.