United Cutlery Bushmaster Bushcraft Tactical Field Fixed Blade Knife Review

For over twenty years United Cutlery has been distinguished by their unique and innovative product designs that cover a wide range of knives and swords, from functional to fantasy. United Cutlery is well known for their movie prop replicas, fantasy collectibles, their great selection of functional sport and utility knives, traditional samurai swords, and their unique designer knives and swords by Kit Rae and Gil Hibben. Their knives are often imitated, but they are never exceeded. United Cutlery strives to make their knives and swords to the highest standards in the industry, with superior value, quality, performance, great customer service, and prices that cannot be beat.

Today, we will be talking about the United Cutlery Bushmaster Bushcraft Tactical Field Fixed Blade that sports a Black 1095 Carbon Blade.

United Cutlery Bushmaster Bushcraft Tactical Field Fixed Blade
United Cutlery Bushmaster Bushcraft Tactical Field Fixed Blade

The Blade:

The blade on this large knife is made out of 1095 Carbon Steel. 1095 is a very basic carbon steel. This formula of steel is most often used in different knives, because it is such a good blade steel. This formula has a carbon content of .95% which works to harden the steel. This level of carbon also works to reduce the amount of wear that a blade will experience over time. However, 1095 steel is not as tough as other types of steel due to the lower levels of manganese, which works to harden the steel. And the harder a steel gets, the less tough it is. This steel works to hold a great edge and is very easy to sharpen when used on knives. Unfortunately, this steel does rust easily. To combat how easily this steel rusts, the blade has a coated finish, but we’ll get to that later. Even though this steel is easy to sharpen, the blade does have a decent amount of thickness behind it, so even though it is brittle, it won’t snap. However, because it is a brittle steel, you will normally only find it on fixed blades, not on folding knives. Some care tips for this blade is to make sure that you rinse it off after very use, wipe it clean, and oil it once a week. The oiling will form a barrier that prevents moisture from reaching the steel. This is not a stainless steel, so it will stain easily, which again, is why this blade is coated. This is a low cost, tough steel and has been used in knives since World War II.

Because of the steel that is used, this blade almost certainly requires a coated finish. The coating is a black finish on this United Cutlery knife. A coated blade offers protection, non-glare, and a very pleasing look. They are often found in dark, neutral colors, which shows on this knife that has been coated in black. The look and feel of a coated blade are appealing, and it does give you light maintenance. Coatings do provide corrosion resistance, but unfortunately they will scratch off when subjected to heavy or long term usage. The coatings do help prevent wear, but once they have been scratched off, they will need to be recoated to maintain the same qualities that you desire from them. Coatings are not shiny and provide a matte surface, which makes them perfect for tactical knives, because it won’t allow the reflection to give you away in the field.

The Bushmaster Bushcraft Tactical knife has been carved into a drop point blade shape. The drop point blade shape is one of the most popular blade shapes that is in use today and for very good reason. The drop point blade shape is extremely versatile and makes a superior tool from hunting to survival, to everyday, to tactical knives. You really can’t go wrong with a drop point blade shape. Drop point knives are tough and strong and can stand up to almost anything. The most common place that you are going to find this blade is on a hunting knife, but you are definitely going to find it on a lot of other knives. The shape of the blade is formed by having the back edge of the knife run straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. It is this lowered point that gives you more control and adds plenty of strength to the tip. It is this tip that separates the drop point blade shape from the clip point blade shape. They are both very versatile blade shapes and they do both sport a lowered point, which is what helps them be so easily controlled. However, a drop point blade shape has a broader tip, which gives it a lot more strength, but it does cut down significantly on your stabbing capabilities. Drop point blade shapes are not designed to stab or pierce and they aren’t going to. Clip point blades are designed to stab and pierce because they sport a much finer, thinner, and sharper tip. However, this also means that they are going to be prone to breaking. That being said, the broad point on a drop point blade shape is a major pro, but sometimes a drawback. But, it is the broad tip that gives it so much strength, which makes this blade shape a popular option on tactical and survival knives. Because the lowered tip makes it controllable, drop point blade shapes are popular on hunting knives. This tip makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. One of the reasons that drop point blade shapes are so versatile is because it features such a large belly. This belly area is perfectly designed for slicing. Like I earlier mentioned, the broad tip is a pro, but it is also one of the drop point blade shapes only cons. Because this United Cutlery knife is a tactical field knife, the pros will definitely outweigh the cons, making the blade shape the perfect option for you and your next tactical knife.

The blade on this knife features a plain blade. This comes in handy when you are in the field because a plain blade is equipped to perform a lot more tasks than a serrated blade would. The only time a serrated blade would be better is if you were cutting through a rope or thicker material such as a branch. The plain blades do give cleaner cuts than a serrated blade would. And, the plain blade will help you perform slices, which will probably make up a good portion of the cuts that you need to perform with this knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this tactical knife is made out of Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon, or FRN. This material is a nylon-based plastic that is reinforced with Glass Giver and injection molded for use in knife handles. This material is one of the cheapest and toughest knife handle materials to produce in large scaled production knives. This material is not often seen in custom knives because it is optimized for large scale production with dies for injection molding, and is not very unique for custom made products. Even though this material is often viewed as a cheaper material, which it is, it does make for a very tough knife handle material and it can take some serious abuse. This material is pretty similar to other materials such as G-10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta because they are all made out of fiberglass strands. However, FRN is much tougher and less brittle because the fibers are arranged haphazardly, so the knife cannot be stressed in a different direction. Those other materials are brittle because all of their fibers are arranged in one direction, so when the handle is stressed in other directions, the fibers start to break apart. This handle material is more flexible than G-10 and the other Resin Laminates, so it does not have the rigidity that is associated with them. But, it makes up for that in its impact toughness. Plus, because it is injection molded, almost any texture can be created on the surface. On this knife, the texture is elongated dimples across the entire handle.

The handle is easy to grasp not only because the texture is so significant, but because United Cutlery has added jimping across the spine of the handle. These small teeth give you more control when you are using the knife, especially when the going gets messy. Another benefit of this handle is that there are two deep finger grooves, which do give you a very solid grip, but also give you a comfortable grip on the knife. To protect your fingers from the razor sharp blade, there is a large finger guard. On the butt of the handle, there is a lanyard hole attached.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a fixed blade, which means that there is no moving mechanism. Fixed blades have a variety of benefits, especially when it comes to your tactical knife. For starters, they are strong and big. And no matter what size your fixed blade is, you are going to get the same strength behind the blade. And because there is no mechanism or moving parts, they don’t break. My favorite advantage of a fixed blade is that they are so easy to maintain. You do not have to worry about cleaning the hinge as you do with a folding knife. Plus, cleaning is straightforward and simple—all you really have to do is wipe down the handle and blade and oil the blade. You don’t have to worry about disassembling the knife to get all of the little pieces inside. One of the biggest tactical advantages to a fixed blade is that the blade is so long and thicker. The blades can be longer and thicker because they don’t have to fit inside of the handle. Another one of the major tactical advantages to a fixed blade is that they can be brought into play faster than a folding knife during tactical situations. Folding knives have to be removed from your pocket or bag and then deployed before you can use it. A fixed blade only has to be withdrawn from the sheath. The fixed blade also makes a great field knife because it is a superior survival tool. Because the knife is thicker, longer, and stronger, you can do a lot more tasks with it than just cut. You can dig, split wood, hunt, prepare food, and hammer with it.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that comes with this United Cutlery blade is a nylon. Nylon is a material that is commonly used in knife sheaths. And, just like a leather sheath, nylon sheaths are strong and tough. However, nylon sheaths are mostly resistant to rot and mildew. They can also be in wetter environments or around water without breaking down. Plus, nylon sheaths aren’t easily scuffed or torn. However, nylon sheaths do break down and get stretched out over time, which means that your knife will stop fitting snugly in this sheath. While the sheath will keep working at this point, it will not be as secure or safe for your knife.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Bushmaster Bushcraft knife is 5.5 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.22 inches. The handle on this knife is 5.25 inches long, with the overall length being 10.75 inches long. The knife weighs in at a hefty 13.9 ounces! The sheath weighs in at 3.6 ounces.

 

The Conclusion:

United Cutlery products offer a vast array of products–from tactical knives to throwing knives, swords, novelty items and seemingly everything in between. With an emphasis on providing the best quality product at a competitive price point, United Cutlery is slowly making a name for itself throughout the industry. Each full tang designed model is ideal for your next camping trip or urban adventure thanks to its high carbon steel for extra blade flex and a stout handle profile that contains both finger grooves and extra jimping. This model features a black FRN (Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon) handle, a drop point style blade in a black finish and the black heavy-duty nylon sheath features a security strap and elastic bands to house a knife sharpener or Ferro rod.

 

United Cutlery Mini Sub Commander Knife Review

United Cutlery celebrates over 28 years of innovation and design. For over twenty years United Cutlery has been distinguished by their unique and innovative product designs that cover a wide range of knives and swords, from functional to fantasy: Collectible movie replicas, functional swords and martial arts, fantasy swords, throwing knives, sporting and hunting knives, personal protection and military knives, folding and utility knives, camping and fishing knives, displays and stands.

United is well known for their movie prop replicas, fantasy collectibles, their great selection of functional sport and utility knives, traditional samurai swords, and their unique designer knives and swords by Kit Rae and Gil Hibben. Often imitated, but never exceeded, United Cutlery strives to make their knives and swords to the highest standards in the industry, with superior value, quality, performance, great customer service, and prices that cannot be beat. Untied Cutlery sells solely to wholesale dealers and distributors, so the perfect place to pick on up is at BladeOps.

Today, we will be talking about the United Cutlery Mini Sub Commander Fixed Blade Boot/Neck knife, AUS-6 Bead Blasted blade.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of AUS-6 stainless steel. AUS-6 is an entry level Japanese cutlery steel in the same class as 440A. AUS-6 was used a lot in entry level knives form CRKT, Kershaw, and SOG, but has been seen less and less in current knives. AUS-6 is typically hardened to RC 55-58 or so, and take a very fine edge, though edge retention is not as good as steel such as 440C. The carbon content in this steel is close to 0.65%. It is a low cost steel and has slightly higher wear resistance when compared to 420J. This steel is mostly used in kitchen cutlery, pocket knives, cutting tools, and sporting blades. Like 440A, AUS-6 has an approximate carbon content of 0.65% but has the added elements of vanadium and nickel to improve its resistance to wear, its anti-corrosive properties, and its overall toughness. And even though stainless steel is already a corrosion resistant metal, the added vanadium raises this property higher. IT makes the steel tougher overall, a useful trait for some of the niche applications it is used in. The vanadium is also instrumental in making the surface and edge of the metal a lot easier to sharpen.  AUS-6 is designed to be honed to a very fine edge for a sharp, easy cutting blade. Its ease of sharpening and ability to carry a finer edge does come at a sacrifice, as AUS-6 stainless steel has a bit of a diminished quality in the area of edge retention. While easily and accurately sharpened, blades constructed of AUS-6 will require more frequent resharpening as they will dull easier. Because it is an entry level steel, it leaves the manufacturers the ability to make serviceable products and offer them to the average customer at a decent price. A simple wipe with water and a cloth will keep the surface, and edge, clean and serviceable. However, the loner the blade of this knife is used the more chance of stress fractures when applied to heavy work. As with any metal product, the consumer must take into account exactly what the usage of the product will be. IF you are looking for a good, inexpensive blade for minimal use, AUS 6 is the perfect choice for your needs.

The blade has been finished with a bead blasted finish. This finish is created by using abrasive glass or ceramic beads, and blasting the materials at a high pressure against the metal, resulting in an even gray finish. A blasted finish reduces reflection and glare due to its even matte surface. Creating a blasted finish is a base level or user level finish on a knife blade. The blasting creates and increased surface area and micro abrasions make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. A blasted blade, even from stainless steel, can rust overnight if left in a very humid environment. This means that you are going to have to maintain your upkeep on the Mini Sub Commander blade.

This blade has been finished with a dual-edge dagger style blade. The dagger blade is also known as a needle point blade, and it is all about the point. A dagger is a double edge blade whose primary purpose is piercing and stabbing. It is composed of 2 symmetrical sharpened blades that taper to a very thin sharp point, which pierces easily into soft targets. The two sharp edges reduce the profile of the knife and let it cut in on both sides equally. This makes them a favorite blade design for self-defense in close combat situations. Dagger blades are popular among military and police personnel because of their ability to be easily concealed and easily withdrawn from their sheathes. However, there are some disadvantages to the dagger blade design. Because eth geometry of the blade lacks a belly and contains quickly thickening edges, it is not good for slicing or slashing. Also, because the tip is very sharp and thin, it is weak and has a tendency to break when used on hard targets. If you are looking for the ultimate blade designed specifically for piercing, then the dagger style blade is exactly what you are looking for.

For the most part, the plain edge is better than the serrated when the application involves push cuts. A plain edge is also superior when extreme control, accuracy, and clean cuts are necessary, regardless of whether or not the job is push cuts or slices. The plain edge will work better for applications like shaving, peeling an apple, or skinning a deer. This is because all of these applications involved either mostly push cuts, or the need for extreme control. And, in general, the more push cuts that are used, the more necessary it is for the plain edge to have a razor polished edge. A knife becomes more polished when you move to higher and higher grit stones. One of the only exceptions when it comes to the plain edge is when you are cutting a tomato. Because the tomato is soft, the tomato will just squish if you try to cut it with a plain edge. You want a serrated edge so that you can use a slicing motion.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of TPR, or Thermoplastic Rubber. This material is a class of copolymers or a physical mix of polymers which consist of materials with both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. While most elastomers are thermosets, thermoplastics are in contrast relatively easy to use in manufacturing, for example, by injection molding. Thermoplastic rubbers show advantages typical of both rubbery materials and plastic materials. The benefit of using thermoplastic rubbers it the ability to stretch to moderate elongations and return to its near original shape, creating a longer life and better physical range than other materials. A handle made out of TPR will have deep grooves to ensure slip resistance, even when handled with wet or slippery hands. The thermoplastic rubber handle is lightweight, moisture-resistant, and feel comfortable in your hand. This handle will be weather resistant, have low temperature flexibility, and will be resistant to many chemicals. They are light weight and can come in a range of colors. The handle on this knife is black.

The handle has a very unique shape. At the point where the blade meets the handle, there is a very wide finger guard to protect your hand from slipping and getting cut during use. The handle does flare towards the butt, to help give you a more secure grip and more control over the knife during the harder tasks. Another thing that United Cutlery has added to help with grip is a row of ridges going down the length of the blade. This handle will be comfortable, secure, and give you a very solid grip in almost any situation.

The butt of the handle has been equipped with a lanyard hole. For starters, it will secure against loss. You can easily attach a lanyard onto your knife and then tie it onto your backpack/belt/whatever you choose. Another benefit of using a lanyard hole is that it gives you more safety while using it. Lastly, you can add a touch of your own style to your knife with a lanyard of your choosing.

 

The Mechanism:
This knife is a fixed blade. Fixed blades are strong and big. A fixed blade can essentially come in whatever size you need, form a small handy blade to a large “Crocodile Dundee” sized monster. One trait that cuts across all sizes of a fixed blade is the strength of the blade. Secondly, they don’t break. There are no moving parts on a fixed blade to break. And, there are no super small parts to break on a fixed blade. Thirdly, they are easier to maintain. You do not have to worry about the hinge as you do with a folding knife. Plus, cleaning is super straightforward and simple. All you have to do is wipe down the blade and handle, and occasionally oil it, and you are good to go. Fourth, the blade length. Fixed blades are usually twice as long as the blade eon a folding knife. This is because the blade does not have to fit inside of the handle, which also means that it can be thicker than the blade on a folding knife. The next great benefit to having a fixed blade is the superior tactical use. Generally speaking, a fixed blade knife can be brought into play faster than a folding knife during tactical situations. With a folding knife, you have to draw out the knife, deploy it, and then you are ready to go. With a fixed blade, all you have to do is withdraw it form its sheath and then you are good to go. Last on this list, but certainly not the least, a fixed blade is a superior survival tool. A fixed blade offers more versatility for any numbers of tasks associated with so called survival knives such as cutting, digging, splitting, first aid tool, food preparation, hunting weapon, hammering, and even a prying tool.

 

The Sheath:

This knife comes with a polymer sheath. One of the advantages to this sheath is that it is inexpensive, but that also means that the quality is going to be a little bit lower. But, this sheath will do the job that it needs to do for extended amounts of time. However, it will keep a lot of moisture in the sheath, which can become detrimental to the steel on the blade. This sheath will do the job that it needs to, for the time that it needs to, but it’s not a bad idea to look into getting a different sheath for your knife.

 

United Cutlery Mini Sub Commander
United Cutlery Mini Sub Commander

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 2.5 inches long, with a thickness of 0.06 inches. The overall length of the knife is 5 inches long, with the handle measuring in at 2.5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 1.6 ounces. The sheath weighs in at 1 ounce.

 

Conclusion:

United Cutlery products offer a vast array of products–from tactical knives to throwing knives, swords, novelty items and seemingly everything in between. With an emphasis on providing the best quality product at a competitive price point, United Cutlery is slowly making a name for itself throughout the industry. Each full tang design features a symmetrical handle design that features a flared body that transitions to reveal dual guards for increased security when in use. Furthermore, the flared nature of the scales allows you to really choke up for a slip-proof grip. This smaller model features a black TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber) handle, a dual-edged dagger style blade in a bead blast finish and the black polymer sheath includes a lanyard for several carry options. Pick your United Cutlery Mini Sub Commander today at BladeOps.

 

United Cutlery UC3178 Honshu Large Throwing Star Review

United Cutlery UC3178 Honshu Large Throwing Star
United Cutlery UC3178 Honshu Large Throwing Star

For over twenty years United cutlery has been distinguished by their unique and innovative product designs that cover a wide range of knives and swords, form functional to fantasy. They are well known for their movie prop replicas, fantasy collectibles, their great selection of functional sport and utility knives, traditional samurai swords, and their unique designer knives and swords by Kit Rae and Gil Hibben. They are often imitated, but never exceeded, United Cutlery strives to make their knives and swords to the highest standards in the industry, with superior value, quality, performance, great customer service, and prices that cannot be beat. United Cutlery does strictly only sell to wholesale dealers and distributors, but BladeOps does carry them. We have a wide collection of United Cutlery products, so head on over to our site, not just for this star, but to check out all the other cool products that United Cutlery develops.

Today we will be going over the United Cutlery Honshu Large throwing star. So let’s start off with a little bit of throwing star history.

 

A shuriken, which is a Japanese word that translates to “hidden hand blade”, is a Japanese concealed weapon that was used as a hidden dagger or Metsubushi to distract or misdirect. These Shuriken did come in a variety of forms, with a large portion being manufactured, but another large portion were simply improvised form tools. A common theme that tied these different types together were that the edges were sharpened, so that they could be used to penetrate skin or even inflict more damage than that. In the western culture, Shuriken are commonly known as throwing starts or ninja stars, even though they were originally designed in many different shapes. Shuriken were carried and used as supplementary weapons to the sword or other weapons in a samurai’s arsenal, although the Shuriken often did have an important tactical effect in battle. The art of wielding the shuriken is known as shurikenjutsu and was taught as a minor part of the martial arts curriculum of many famous schools.

There are a variety of different types of Shuriken the most popular are the bo shuriken, which is a stick shuriken and the hira shuriken, which is known as the flat shuriken.

The hira shuriken is the type of shuriken that we are most familiar with. It is this type that generally resembles the popular conception of a shuriken. They are constructed from thin, flat plates of metal that is derived from a variety of sources including coins, carpentry tools, spools, and even nail removes. This style of shuriken often has a hole in the center and will possess a fairly thin blade sharpened mainly at the tip. If they do sport a hole in the center, they are usually derived from their source in items that had holes, such as the old coins or washers. When the shuriken did have the hole, it proved convenient for the user because the weapons could be strung on a string or dowel in the belt for transport. Plus, the hole in the tool served a good aerodynamic purpose and would reduce the weight of the shuriken significantly. There are now a wide variety of forms of hira shuriken and they are often identified by the number of points that it possesses.

There is a wide belief that a shuriken was intended to be used as a killing weapon, but that is not the case. They were never intended to function as a primary killing weapon, but rather in a secondary role. Often times, these weapons were even use as a nuisance or just a distraction. When samurai’s used to use these weapons, the most common targets were the exposed parts of the body: whether it was the eyes, face, hands, or feet. The shuriken would be thrown in a way that slashed the opponent in a glancing blow and then travel on, often becoming lost, which made the victim believe that the cut had been made by an invisible swordsman. The shuriken that are similar to our throwing stars were used in novel ways—they could be embedded in the ground, injuring those who stepped on them; wrapped in fuse to be lit and throw to cause fire; even wrapped in a cloth soaked in poison and lit to cover an area with a cloud of poisonous smoke. Of course, they were often used as a handheld weapon in close combat.

These were simple weapons, but used in such a creative way, it made them not as simple of a weapon. There have been stories of the shuriken being dipped in dirt or even feces in hopes that the bacteria would cause an infection in the victim.

Today, modern shuriken, or throwing stars, are usually made of stainless steel and are commercially available in many knife shops across North America. In some states in the United States, they are illegal to own.

 

The Name:

The name Honshu translates to the Main Island or Main Province. This is a native Japanese name and it is the largest and most populous island of Japan. This island separates the Sea of Japan, which lies to its north and west, form the North Pacific Ocean to its south and east. Honshu is actually the seventh-largest island in the world, which fits this throwing star perfectly, because this throwing star has a diameter of 7 inches. Honshu is also a powerhouse because most of Japan’s industry is located in a belt running along Honshu’s southern coast. If you look at a picture of the island Honshu, you will notice that in an abstract way, it actually does look a little bit like a throwing star.

 

The Steel:

The steel of this United Cutlery throwing star is made out of 1065 Carbon Steel. Carbon steel is a steel with a high carbon content. The American Iron and Steel Institute defines a carbon steel as a steel that has

  • No minimum content is specified or required for chromium, cobalt, molybdenum, nickel, niobium, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, or zirconium.
  • The specified minimum for copper does not exceed 0.40 percent.
  • The maximum content specified for any of the following elements does not exceed the percentages noted: manganese=1.65, silicon=0.60, copper=0.60.

As the carbon percentage content rises, steel has the ability to become harder and stronger through heat treating; however, it also does become les ductile. Regardless of the heat treatment, a higher carbon content reduces weldability. In carbon steels, the higher carbon content lowers the melting point.

1065 carbon steel is a mild steel, which means that it contains a small percentage of carbon, it is strong and tough, but it is not readily tempered. This is also known as a plain-carbon steel and low-carbon steel, and is now the most common form of steel because it’s price is relatively low while it provides material properties that are acceptable for man applications. Mild steel has a relatively low tensile strength, but it is cheap and easy to from. Its surface hardness can be increased though carburizing, which is a heat treatment process in which iron or steel absorbs carbon while the metal is heated in the presence of a carbon-bearing material such as charcoal or carbon monoxide. The intent is to make the metal harder. Longer carburizing times and higher temperatures typically increase the depth of carbon diffusion.

 

The Finish:

This United Cutlery throwing star has been finished with a black oxide coated finish. A coating can have a variety of purposes on a throwing star. The first is the obvious one: it is to prevent corrosion. A coating adds a layer of material that sits in between the steel and the environment to protect the steel from being damaged. And a well-made coating will greatly reduce maintenance time on a carbon steel. One of the other advantages of a coating finish is that it eliminates any shiny surface. This is a necessity when you are on a tactical mission or out in the field. Lastly, a coating can reduce drag during a cut, or during a throw, in this case.

Unfortunately, like most steel finishes, this is not the absolute best finish, it is flawed, it does have its cons. Coating finishes do scratch off. Whether it is heavy use or just continued use, the coating is going to scratch off. And then, all of the great benefits of a coated steel are gone. When the blade coat has scratched off, you are going to need to re-coat your star, if that is even worth it for you.

This Honshu throwing star has been finished with a black oxide, or blackening coat. This is a conversion coating for ferrous materials that is used to add mild corrosion resistance and for an appealing black appearance. This style of coated finish is formed by a chemical reaction that is produced when parts are immersed in the alkaline salt solution. Some advantages of a black oxide coated finish when compared to other coated finishes is that your throwing star has no dimensional changes. This means that the star has not been painted or plated, instead, the metal is colored, which means that no metal is removed or deposited. Another big benefit is that it provides such a rich, dark black color. And, the finish will not chip or rub off. Because black oxide changes the color of the metal, it is going to last extremely long, especially when compared to other coated finishes.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that comes with this throwing star is made out of nylon. Nylon is a very common material that is used in knife sheaths. Nylon is often compared to leather, because they are both very popular knife sheath materials. Just like leather, nylon sheaths are also tough and strong. Unlike leather, but better than leather, nylon sheaths are resistant to rot and mildew. Nylon sheaths are also not as vulnerable to water as leather sheaths. One of the other great advantages of a nylon sheath is that they aren’t very easily scuffed or torn. But, like every material, it does have its disadvantages such as nylon sheaths don’t last as long as leather ones, because they do get stretched out. And while the nylon sheath will still work when it is stretched out, your throwing star won’t always fit so snugly inside its sheath. This takes away some of the benefits of having a sheath, because it is not going to protect your throwing star as well as a new nylon sheath or a sheath of different material would. Other than those vaguer pros and cons of a nylon sheath, it is hard to really determine how well your nylon sheath will perform. There are many different types of nylon sheaths that are made in various ways, so judging nylon sometimes does prove difficult. One of the last benefits of a nylon sheath is that it is relatively inexpensive and doesn’t add a significant junk of price to this throwing star.

 

The Specs:

The overall diameter of this throwing star is 7 inches, with an overall thickness of 0.1 inches. This knife weighs in at 6.7 ounces. The accompanying sheath weighs in at 3.1 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

United Cutlery offers a vast array of products–from tactical knives to throwing knives, swords, novelty items and seemingly everything in between. With an emphasis on providing the best quality product at a competitive price point, United Cutlery is slowly making a name for itself throughout the industry. Each model boasts impressive balance and appropriate contouring for a secure hold to allow for an effective throw. This larger model features a 4-pointed body in a black finish and the black heavy-duty nylon sheath offers a convenient belt carry option. This throwing star is back by popular demand and is the larger version of the Sleek Black Throwing Star. This throwing star is a perfectly balanced piece with the same sleek and modern feel as the original. Come pick up your Honshu Large Throwing Star today at BladeOps.

 

United Cutlery Sabotage Knife Review

United Cutlery celebrates over 28 years of innovation and design. For over twenty years United Cutlery has been distinguished by their unique and innovative product designs that cover a wide range of knives and swords, from functional to fantasy: Collectible movie replicas, functional swords and martial arts, fantasy swords, throwing knives, sporting and hunting knives, personal protection and military knives, folding and utility knives, camping and fishing knives, displays and stands.

United is well known for their movie prop replicas, fantasy collectibles, their great selection of functional sport and utility knives, traditional samurai swords, and their unique designer knives and swords by Kit Rae and Gil Hibben. Often imitated, but never exceeded, United Cutlery strives to make their knives and swords to the highest standards in the industry, with superior value, quality, performance, great customer service, and prices that cannot be beat. Untied Cutlery sells solely to wholesale dealers and distributors, so the perfect place to pick on up is at BladeOps.

Today we are going to be going over the United Cutlery Sabotage Tanto Fighter Fixed Blade knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 2Cr13 stainless steel. The ground breaking properties of 2Cr13 stainless steel allows for a variety of applications ranging from the production of domestic knives to heavy duty metals used in military manufacturing. One advantage offered by 2Cr13 stainless steel in addition to its inherent strength is its ability to use Black Oxide coating which makes it extremely resistant to corrosion. This advance reduces the onset of corrosion by essentially working to reduce how porous the steel is. 2Cr13 stainless steel is particle reinforced for added strength and resilience. Immersion tests have revealed that this steel has a finer matrix structure resulting in an increased tinsel strengthened the electrostag remelting process used in manufacturing it makes it highly versatile. In addition to the pure molecular strength of the steel, the added Black Oxide coating further increases the resistance to a variety of corrosive materials.

The blade has been finished with a satin coating as well as a black coating. The majority of the finishes is a black coating, but the flats of the Sabotage is a satin finish. The coated finish reduces the reflection and glare while also reducing wear and corrosion, However, ALL coatings can be scratched off after continuous heavy use, and the blade would then have to be re-coated. As a guideline, the harder the finish, the more resistant to wear and the more expensive to add to a knife. Interestingly, before being coated, most blades receive a blasted finish to have maximum adhesion surface area. Coatings can prolong the life of a blade by preventing corrosion or rust. Quality coatings add cost to a knife but they do provide more corrosion resistance, less reflection, and require less maintenance.

The flats of the Sabotage have been finished with a satin finish. This is a semi shiny finish with a luster falling between bead blasted and mirror polish. The most popular finish on production knife blades, it shows fine buffing lines with two directional finishes that better show the bevels of a blade. This finish is the most typical knife finish. It has decent corrosion resistance, but less than polish or mirror finished knives.

The Sabotage features modified tanto style blade. A tanto knife is great for when you don’t want an all-purpose knife, you want a knife that does one thing and does that one thing really well. If you are looking for a knife that excels at piercing tough materials, then the tanto blade is what you’re looking for. This was originally designed for armor piercing, the tanto blade was popularized by Cold Steel and is similar in style Japanese long and short swords. The tanto knife has a high point with a flat grind, which leads to an extremely strong point that is perfect for stabbing into hard materials. The thick point of the tanto blade contains a lot of metal near the tip, so it is able to absorb the impact form repeated piercing that would cause most other knives to break. The Sabotage is a reverse tanto, which means that it is basically a regular tanto blade that is turned upside down so that the angular side is on the top. There are five main advantages to the tanto blade shape: the strength, the chisel blade point, the Japanese design, the pommel, and the sharpening. The strength is one of the most prominent advantage of a Tanto blade over other types of blades. This particular design structure makes for a very powerful tool that has the capability to puncture even the hardest of materials. The reinforced blade also makes it possible to use the knife for puncturing objects continuously without encountering problems such as snapping of the blade. Its quality also does not easily deteriorate with wear and tear even with frequent use. The next advantage is the chisel point blade. This means that the Tanto’s blade point as a style similar to that of a chisel that gives the blade more power and durability compared to other types of blade points. Although this particular blade design is generally not considered as ideal and practical for use in the wilderness, it is a great design for defensive weapons. The next advantage is the Japanese design; the blade is inspired by the design of Japanese blades. The influence from ancient Japanese design and craftsmanship also lends a somewhat aesthetic historical appeal to the modern Tanto blade. Fourth, the pommel. The Tanto’s pommel is made from steel and is tapered. By using a small amount of materials, it is specifically designed to provide the capability to absorb the impact coming from heavy strikes. This means that even a seemingly minor blow from the pommel can have the same powerful effect of a blunt weapon when used against an aggressor or attacker. The last major advantage is sharpening—tanto blades are crazy easy to sharpen. Because the tanto has such a straight blade it can easily be sharpened on a stone.

The Sabotage does feature a plain edge.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of Thermoplastic Rubber, or TPR. This material is a part of polymers family that displays rubber like properties having styrene based segment to achieve excellent strength. Besides conventional vulcanized rubber, it delivers superior properties to make replacement application of rubber and soft plastic in the sense of processing and end uses. It has some high quality properties such as being lightweight, having a wide variety of color options, it has good tear strength, excellent abrasion resistance, excellent dimension stability, low temperature flexibility, excellent weather resistance, reusable and recyclable, and non-migratory.

There is a large finger guard to protect your fingers from the large blade. The handle has curves that mold exceptionally to your palm to provide you with a comfortable grip, even when you are performing the longer tasks. The butt of the blade flares out and is thick, which actually adds a great tactical advantage. The butt of the handle is going to be able to use to hammer or it with—if the need arises.

On the butt of the handle, there is a lanyard hole. The Sabotage has been designed as a tactical knife, but it would make a great knife in other situations as well. With a lanyard hole, you can easily secure your knife against loss. A lanyard hole also makes an excellent addition in hand to hand combat. What many people don’t consider is that when you are fighting with your knife, you are going to need to find a way to secure your knife so that it doesn’t getting wrestled away in the midst of your battle. With the lanyard attached to your tactical blade, you will be able to easily hang on to it during a struggle.

 

The Mechanism:

The Sabotage is a fixed blade and a fixed blade will never surprise you in use because it is a solid piece of steel anchored to the handle. For those who want a blade they really trust for tough jobs, such as field dressing and tough camping tasks, a fixed blade is the answer. Fixed blades are durable and hold up to the elements well because of their straight, simple construction without folding mechanisms. In fixed blade knives the blade is one piece of metal that runs the length of the knife. When the blade reaches the beginning of the handle, it tapers and continues as a tang that is covered on either side by the handle.

Fixed blades make for exceptional tactical knives for a wide variety of reasons including but not limited to: being strong and big, not breaking, easier to maintain, length of the blade, superior tactical use, and even making a great survival tool. For starters, fixed blades, especially the Sabotage is strong and big. You can find a fixed blade in basically any size that you could desire, including the massive Sabotage. Because of its extra size comes its extra strength. Fixed blades are so reliable because they do not break. There are no moving parts on a fixed blade that could end up failing you when you need it the most. Fixed blades are also easier to maintain and cleaning is very simple. All you have to do with cleaning is wipe down the blade and handle. Because there are no inner or small parts, you don’t have to worry about those parts degrading. The blade length on a fixed blade is usually twice as long as the blade on a folding knife because the blade does not have to fit inside of the handle and also because the blade is thicker, it is not going to break when it gets to those long sizes. Fixed blades make for exceptional tactical tools because a fixed blade can be brought into play much faster than a folding knife can during these tactical situations. With a folding knife, you have to take out the knife and then deploy it before you can use it, but with the Sabotage, you just have to draw your blade and you are ready for use. Lastly, the Sabotage can double as a fantastic survival knife. Because of the length and strength, this knife is going to be able to not only cut, but also dig, split wood, be used as a first aid tool, be used for food preparation and a hunting weapon, as well as hammering and prying tool.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that this comes with is a black nylon sheath, complete with a rubberized blade cover and it even offers a security strap as well as a convenient belt carry option. Nylon is a material that is commonly used in knife sheaths. Just like their leather counterpart, nylon sheaths are also tough and strong. Unlike leather though, nylon sheaths are resistant to rot and mildew. They are also not as vulnerable to water as a leather sheath is going to be. Another fantastic aspect about a nylon sheath is that they are not easily scuffed or torn. However, because the nylon sheath is going to be less expensive than some of your other options, it is also going to have the propensity to get worn out quicker. Nylon is prone to getting stretched out, and while it will continue to work, it won’t be as secure as before.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Sabotage is 8 inches long with a thickness of 0.33 inches. The overall length of the knife is 13 inches with the handle measuring in at 5 inches. This knife weighs 1 pound 1 oz. and the sheath weighs in at 4 ounces.

United Cutlery Sabotage
United Cutlery Sabotage

Conclusion:

The M48 tactical series is a sub-series produced by United Cutlery that showcases exclusive blades and tools that continually push the envelope in terms of design and practicality. Each full tang design features an ultra-thick blade coupled with a grip-friendly handle for plenty of blade control. The tanto style blade allows for better piercing abilities and the high-point tip equates to reinforced tip strength. Furthermore, this model features a triple beveled blade which gives it a high-end look without the high-end price. This model features a black TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber) handle, a modified tanto style blade in a two-toned black and satin finish. Pick yours up today at BladeOps.