NOV.  2006                                                                                                                        E NEWS
Relentless Knives USA  newsletter
by: Daniel M. Certo

Committed to Excellence
Designed  for Maximum Efficiency
Tested by Professional Soldiers

NEW! for 2007 and being tested now.
Relentless Knives will be offered with a Bead Blasted finish

No big deal to many, as most knives are available with this finish.

So why wait so long.....Well, bead blasting does open the pores of the steel, and on high carbon steel knives, it can quickly lead to
rust and stain. But, the glare produced by non matte finished knives attracts bullets from the enemy, so by popular demand, Blasted is better.

So, what will happen to the High Carbon steel. How quickly will it rust.. Can the rust and stain be stopped from happening. Well it can happen very quickly, but can be easily prevented.

The tests are in the works now, and will appear here soon.
Prevention consists of, a coating of P.B. Blaster a penetrating catalyst available at most auto parts stores has proven to be highly effective in penetrating the exposed pores of the steel, and preventing rust and stain.
The trick is to keep it coated with this substance.
It leaves no residue on the metal, and is simple to apply.

Many customers have asked for powder coats etc. but research has it that epoxy and powder coats on high carbon steel,
do prevent surface rust, but , on knives, the edge
 must remain uncoated for sharpening, and therein lies the problem. Moisture, acids etc, creep up from this area, under the coating. So, one day, you pick up a knife that looks ok, and it's simply a hollow shell of a knife, powder coating in tact, yet totally rusted away under the shell.

This being so we decided to go with simple bead blasting. You can see what's happening to the knife, and if you'll take just a bit of care the knife will be rust and stain free for as long as you care for it.
Remember to keep the entire knife coated with Blaster. Reapply after every use. A small cloth soaked with this stuff, kept in an air tight plastic bag or other container will last for years. We have also been working with Parkerizing, a military standard for high carbon steel rust prevention. and matte finish .
This  option will also be added to the options list when ordering a knife. Parkerized Relentless Knives will be tested  by Ian, and his report will also appear here soon.

CPM s30V Stainless steel (the BEST) with the above finish can also rust and stain, but the resistance built into the steel makes it a long shot.

Watch for Capt. Humphreys tests here soon.

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ebay items We are also working on the 2007 catalog,  that means there will be a few or more protos, non catalog items etc as the  knives are produced , tested , photographed etc.  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.

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Knife Tests and Reviews By: Capt. Ian Humphrey.
Other writings by various contributers..
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NEW KNIFE SHEATH
Designed by: Daniel M. Certo Relentless Knives USA
Built by: Spec Ops Brand

I've designed a new knife sheath, that solves an old problem.
Here's Capt Humphreys report:

The New Relentless Knives/Spec Ops Brand Sheath/Pouch Combo
by: Capt. Ian Humphrey
    
How many times have you been frustrated with the lack of a decent sized

pocket on your knife sheath?  The new Relentless model sheath solves this
problem by combining an X2 multi-purpose pouch with a Kydex sheath to
securely hold your tactical fixed blade knife.  This combo will be available
in multiple colors to suit your needs.  This new pouch offers the same MOLLE
compliant straps that allow the pouch to be secured to a variety of surfaces
from vests to belts.  There is also an ample section of Velcro on the pouch
flap to adjust to different size loads, or to be securely held open for easy
access.
     I tested the new pouch on a MOLLE vest and found that it quickly and
securely attached to the straps.  The Relentless M1i fit snuggly in the
Kydex insert and road securely behind the pouch.  Even with a fully loaded
pouch, the knife had no problems fitting into the sheath.  The main
advantage to this new combo pouch is the saved space on your vest, etc.
since you do not have to carry both a sheath and ammo pouch separately. 
Another advantage to this new combination is the fact that the knife is
almost completely hidden behind the pouch.  This could come in handy when
you do not want to advertise a large tactical knife on your person.  Besides
holding two M16 30 round magazines, I was also able to fit a Garmin Etrex
GPS, compact binoculars, GI issue angled flashlight, a ton of 550 cord,
Willey-X goggles, pocket survival kit, etc. etc. inside this one pouch (not
at the same time, of course!).
     In terms of dislikes, I would like to see a slightly larger version of
the sheath to allow two M16 magazines with slip on pull tabs to be easily
placed inside the pouch (with the current design, they fit but it is real
snug).  I would also like to see a plastic stiffener between the pouch and
the Kydex insert.  This would help the pouch keep its shape and allow a
better anchoring of the Kydex insert (currently it is secured to the fabric,
which allows a slight amount of movement of the liner).  I would also like
to see an adjustable handle strap for the pouch, like those found on the
Spec Ops knife sheaths.  This will allow many different sized knives to fit
in the same pouch.
     Overall, I was very impressed with the new Relentless knife/pouch
combination.  For the first time you can receive a quality knife sheath that
includes a large enough pouch to store a variety of useful accessories.

We are taking orders NOW! The sheath is available in ACU camo, and Black.
It fits knives up to 6" blade length 1 3/4" blade width..  Retail price $45.00 Lifetime replacement warranty.

NOTE: We are looking for dealers, and possibly an additional  manufacturing company for this great  product..  Interested partys can reach us through the contact dial below.


Click the photo below for more info, larger photos etc.



                                                                                                                     
 

       
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Military Knife, and Gear Testing

 Don't get the idea that the U.S. Government has anything to do with our  tests.

No,  our knives etc. are tested by professional individual soldiers in their spare time,  so there's no politics involved here. We just want to make sure that the knives we  make , test, and sell meet or exceed  the needs of professional soldiers, policemen and adventurers.
Why?    We are Committed to Excellence! You won't find Relentless Knives everywhere, in fact, production is all by hand, and .......well it's a slow process to say the least.
But, well worth the time, as they are made to last a lifetime,
and endure the rigors of battle.

                                                             

 
                                                                                                           


War Chick

Click the poster to read the article.
Check out the links page for War Chicks Web site.
We are proud to introduce
            WAR CHICK          
 
Resa  Kirkland, writer ,talk show host and military historian.
Resa's  Forgotten Warrior series  will appear monthly
in the history section of our web site.
It's an interesting , exciting and inspirational look
at the men and women who  have made great sacrifices for their
nation, and because of  WAR Chick will never be forgotten.

This Month:
Men Who Answered The “Why?”
***This article was originally written at the behest of MoH recipient Gen. Raymond Davis, USMC ret., in 2001***
 An astonishing story of a PFC who turned down a million dollar contract to die for his friends.
Excellent...!


                                                           
                                                      
                     

Extreme Testing produces Extreme Durability and a better knife for you.

Don't try this with your knife, intentional destruction will void your lifetime replacement warranty.
But, we do it all the time in order to see just how
much abuse our knives will withstand.

Ian figures no amount of abuse is to much, so
a bit of rifle fire produced some interesting results on a knife that withstood bending to almost 90 degrees
and returned to straight with no deformity

The 7.62 x 39 Bullet had more devastating effects
on this particular knife, but was not so bad on another tested.

Watch for the complete report as well as other interesting articles in the test and review pages of www.relentlessknives.com

..Direct Hit. Ian hit this M4 Bounty  Hunter dead on with his AKM.
A small crack , but not bad for such abuse..
Please don't try this at home,  as gun fire will be considered extreme
abuse and void your lifetime warranty.
Ian doesn't seem to care....he is more concerned that American Soldiers who carry Relentless Knives get the best equipment available.

Watch for the Great American Steel test..
Ian Humphrey has taken variety of commonly
used knife steels and put them through a battery of  
tests to illustrate practical  expectations in the field..
It's and interesting and informative look at what you can expect from  the stuff your knife is made from.
Coming Soon!

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                                       Our  Marines are Under Fire and Need your Help!

                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                 
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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