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Relentless Knives USA newsletter
by: Daniel M. Certo

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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.





               BIG TEETH
                     By: Daniel M. Certo
Customers and other interested partys  frequently ask if the
serrations on many Relentless
Knives are just for looks, or do the actually work.
Well, I  started putting them on knives
for the express purpose of stripping copper wire. They make that job far easier when more specialized tools are not available. They also rip and tear through lots of other materials.


They come in two different configurations  Saw tooth which are as the name implies, and Shark tooth, also named appropriately.
Some people don't like them,  and all Relentless  knives can be made without them. I do like them as they simply add extra cutting ability to the knives.



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                 TOP CADET at U.S. Military Academy Receives Military Award Program Knife
                                                       Presented by: Major Ian Humphrey on behalf of Relentless Knives USA 
 
As part of the 2007 Military Award Program (MAP)
we were proud to see Major Ian Humphrey
present a knife to  2007 TOP DAWG Cadet Ryan Schubert
.


Cadet James Ryan Schubert came to West Point from Miami, Florida with an nomination by Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart. At West Point, he was a proud member of Company E-2, the crew team, Brew Dawg Sandhurst, and Brew Dawg Biathlon. Developmental positions Cadet Schubert has held at the academy are company First Sergeant, company Physical Developmental Officer, and regimental Physical Development Officer. Upon graduation, Cadet Schubert will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the infantry and will be assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The TOP DAWG title  is given to the top cadet via election
by his classmates. The knife pictured below was handmade by Daniel M. Certo, and accompanied by an award certificate made by Major Humphrey..

 Thanks to Cadet Schubert and all who serve our country in the  US Armed Services




         HERE  ARE SOME OF THE DONATIONS SO FAR.....PLEASE HELP US BY DONATING TO THIS WORTHY CAUSE

       

  






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A Lan-Cay Special Edition Light Weight Bayonet ....Custom Combat knife .....Three  X2MS  Mag Pouch sheaths from Relentless knives.


These will be auctioned to buy  Flash lites and other       gear. Retail value                $600.00 ea                                                                                                                                                                                       





   
 PLEASE HELP .....!
This is your part of the MAP
program. I will make 12 of these for the Troops at 1/2 price
Each knife is individually handmade and 1/2 price simply covers materials and supplies.

These knives are catalog items and retail for $189.95  in High strength 5160 steel .  So each knife would be $94.97.
Total = $1139.47
Donators..... of $50.00 or more (we have received no donations to date.....?) will  receive a free Spec Ops Brand  Super Sheath this is a 14.95 + 6.50 shipping value.
Please show your support.

   knife reviews
   
                                                              forward by: Daniel M. Certo
In the past ten years, I've made many knives, I started doing this as a hobby, and liked it so much, I wanted to do it full time.
The reason behind it was not to make valuable collectibles, or pieces of art.
No, I started it due to a very unfortunate and rather dangerous personal experience with a very large knife that snapped the blade flying though the air and hitting me in the head....luckily the flat part and not the sharp edge.
This lead me to wanting to make a knife that would with stand the rigors of hard work and field use.
Since then, I also built this web site to share as much of my work with you as time permits.
I have also asked my readers and customers to respond with photos of their adventures especially were Relentless knives are involved.
Truthfully, many are shy or to busy, and so, reports from the field are more rare than I would like.
Six months ago , the guy below contacted me through my web site and  ordered the knife in the photo's below. He wanted
all of the strength options that were available, and the results are below in his great writing about his wonderful vacation and great adventure. To me, it is a dream vacation.....and I'm so glad to have been a small part of it.
The letter below and the photos were unsolicited, other than me asking the guy for a few photos of his trip. It's to good not to share. Thanks Brian not only for your order, but for the Great vacation.



Email from: Brian Session

 Dan-
Well, I gotta say- you make one helluva knife.  I just got back from a week's worth of floating and motoring on the Mississippi River.  We did about 160 river miles, and about 50 extra miles of exploring back rivers and creeks and swamps.  I was really pleased with the trip as the section of the river that we chose (Millington, TN. to Dyersburg, TN.) was almost vacant of people, with the exception of barges.  We only saw a handful of fisherman, and no homes at all.  The rivers and creeks that branched off the river took us into woods that had some of the oldest willow trees I'd ever seen.  Some of them were 4-5' in diameter. The swamps were peaceful and full of wildlife.  We saw deer that seemed to have no fear of humans, beaver that would come right up to the boat, gar that were the size of logs floating in the water, and snakes everywhere.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                     
In the past, my buddy and I have caught what we eat- but as the Mississippi is so polluted in this region, the fish are not consumable.  So, we brought MRE's.  2 cases of MRE's.  Enough MRE's to give two full-grown men the shits for a lifetime.  We took that and a couple cases of bottled water.  So, we had that, a 16' john boat, a 15 hp motor, 20 gallons of gas, 2 sleeping bags, a tent, some coffee, and a bag of clothes each.  I brought my Glock 17, the knife you made me, and a hat.  My buddy brought a toothbrush and some sun block.  He turned out to be the smarter of the two of us.

The river averaged a 5 mph current, and was about 3/4's of a mile wide at most spots.  Our motor would scare the buffalo fish and they'd jump out of the water as we went by.  We had 6 of them jump into the boat with us and flounce all over our stuff.  They smelled worse than any fish I've ever handled, and everything they touched stunk the rest of the trip.  After grabbing the first 4 with my hand, I started knifing them and throwing them out.  One of the pictures I've included is of the largest of the fish.  It was about a 40 pounder.  I wanted to eat it, but it looked to be mostly bones.
 
The other picture is of a water moccasin (cotton mouth) that I caught.  It was the biggest I'd ever seen.  We used to eat them, but now it's illegal, so we turned it loose again.
Other pic is of a gar that I shot and then grabbed.  I had tried for hours to catch one with my hands (they'd lay at the top of the water), but couldn't so I finally shot one.
Then, the sunset over the river.  Some fires in Alabama and Florida had made the sky hazy, but it was pretty none-the-less.
Then 3 of a leech that got on my leg.  It was really pretty, and would stretch out to about 2 inches.
 
Now, for the part that will most likely interest you most:
When I first got the knife a couple months ago I opened the box, and thought "Holy shit that's a big knife!".  I picked it up and examined it and thought that there was no way that was the knife I'd ordered.  I measured it, and it was.  Exactly.  I thought "Well, crap.  It's beautiful, but too big.".  I wrote you and said that it was perfect as it was exactly as I had ordered and you had done your job to 100%, but inside I was thinking that it was going to be too cumbersome to use.  I took it out on a few short trips and it grew on me.  It was balanced perfectly.  And when I say "perfectly", you can be assured I mean it as I'm a critical guy.  The balance made the 9" of 1/4" steel feel like a much smaller and lighter knife.  It made it feel more like an extension of my hand than a blade that constantly made my buddy laugh and refer to as a machete.  Before my trip I did a couple things- I put some neatsfoot oil on the sheath as it was bone dry, and I took a dremel tool with a fine grain sanding wheel and smoothed out the edges of the rear of the guard and the butt.  They were sharp 90* edges and the guard gave me blisters after using the knife a bit.  So, I did that.  It took 15 minutes and made the handle of the knife much more user friendly.  I also put a razor edge on the knife.  I like my knives sharp and if they need touched up from hard use, that's fine with me.  I did that and thought about removing the keeper on the sheath.  The blade was held in tight by the sheath and even with the keeper unsnapped, the blade didn't move when I shook the sheath upside down.  I thought about it, but hated to do it so I left it alone.
So, on the river I used the knife for everything.  I mean EVERYTHING.  I carry a multi-tool, but tend to reach for the sheath knife.  I opened about a hundred MRE packs (the aluminum and plastic too), I broke up blocks of ice, I used the point to pry various things up and out, I hacked limbs and carved in trunks, and I used the butt of the knife to crush my coffee beans in the morning.
At one point we saw an old, abandoned plantation-looking home on the side of the river.  I climbed the bluff to it and looked inside.  It was early 19th century construction and pretty interesting to me.  I was looking through it and saw a king snake by the wall.  I went to grab it and it slithered in a hole in the wall.  Without thinking I reached for my knife and started prying the boards up.  They turned out to be 1" thick hardwood.  I got one up and as I was shoe-horning my point into the seam to remove the next board, I thought "This type crap is how I broke the tip off a dozen Buck knives.", but if something's going to brake- I'd rather it broke when I expect it than when I really need it to hold.  So I removed a few of the boards and caught the snake.  I looked at it and then turned it loose and as I was pulling my knife out of the wall where I had stuck it, I thought "That's one helluva knife.".  It is.  I did all manner of crap with that knife that I could never do with a Gerber, a Randall, a Buck, or any of the other brands I've owned.  At the end of the trip the only wear the knife shows is a little of the bead blasting worn off the tip from me sticking it in logs as I sat there eating MRE's.  There were absolutely NO chinks in the edge at all.  None. And that's impressive considering how many times I hit rocks trying to cut through something. 
After I get blood on a knife, I wipe it on my pants leg and then sheath it.  This practice has left me with many blades that have rust spots on them from the salt in the blood.  When I got home, I cleaned the knife up really well and noted that there was some blood in the saw teeth that had been there since the first day.  I used a tooth brush to get it out and there was absolutely no discoloration of the steel.  It was nice as that last Randall I had would get etched to shit in a matter of hours.
So, to sum up- I love that knife.  I love it more than any knife I've ever had (and I've had every brand on the market).  I'm tickled pink that I like it so much and it's so tough, as I hate to get attached to a knife or gun and then it fail over time.  That knife was put through hell this last week and came out looking much like it did the day it arrived. 
 
Thank you again.  If I drop this knife in the river (as that's the only way I can foresee it being destroyed) then you'll definitely hear from me to buy another.  I'm that pleased with it.



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Each knife receives large amounts personal of attention and care that is just not available in a factory made knife.


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It's summertime, and Major Humphrey is out there, putting Relentless knives to the test.
He got a new high tech communication device,
which should bring us even better photos, and  great articles .
   




 During the next few months he will be testing a bunch of NEW mini knives
for EDC Every Day Carry, as well as helping me with the continuing development of an kayak/divers knife.

Some people wonder if Major Humphreys  reports
provide unbiased  opinions.  Well, I know they do,
and so will you, when you own a Relentless Knife.


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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.                                     Tiananmen Square, Taiwan independence , Falun Gong                                      .

                                                                                                               


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