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review: “Quanah” Damascus Knife from DealSergeant.com

This is a Damascus knife I ordered from DealSergeant.com. Pretty cool piece of steel. Got it on sale for $60US.

From Deal Sergeant’s product description:

Quanah Parker (1850-1911) was among the last of the free-ranging Comanche warriors who once terrorized the high plains. Parker ascended to the rank of war chief through brave acts in almost constant warfare with Anglos and other Indian nations. But Parker was more than a warrior, he founded the Peyote Religion, and was an influential political leader; negotiating peace with the US that spared his people the indignities heaped on other nations that fought back.

The combination of Rain drop Damascus and marble horn handle gives this VVV Gear Comanche “Quanah” Damascus Knife a majestic look and solid hand. Whether worn on your belt during your next big game hunt or under glass as a show piece, this Damascus blade won’t disappoint! Includes a full grain, hand stitched leather sheath.


Overall Length: 9”
Handle Length: 4.5”
Blade Length: 4.5”
Blade Material: Damascus Steel
Blade thickness: 4.5mm
Damascus pattern: Rain drop
Number of layers: 264
Grind: Secondary bevel
Handle Material: Marble horn, walnut, brass
Includes: hand stitched full grain leather sheath with belt loop

What is Damascus steel?

Damascus, also known as “pattern welded steel”, is the result of combining at least two different types of steel to achieve a certain functional quality or a desired aesthetic.

How is it made?

Damascus steel is made by layering three different types of steel, each of which harden and temper in the same range, into a “steel sandwich”. This “sandwich” is placed in a hot forge, where the steel becomes plastic-like and pliable.

This steel sandwich is then placed into a hydraulic press where the steel molecules actually migrate back and forth across layers, fusing and bonding the steel together.

The result is a single billet that is stretched and manipulated to create desired patterns and/or a desired layer count; sometimes with as many as 10,000 layers.

Making Damascus steel a unique and highly sought after work of art.

Note: These are custom blades, each is unique. There will be variations between product delivered and product image. These images are random sampling of available inventory.

Historically, Native Americans have the highest record of military service, per capita, when compared with other ethnic groups. Native Americans have distinctive cultural values which drive them to serve their country. One such value is their proud warrior tradition. The warrior tradition is best exemplified by the following qualities inherent to most, if not all, Native American societies – serving with strength, honor, pride, courage, and distinction. It is because of these values and their rich warrior traditions, that these handmade custom Damascus blades bear the name of some of America’s most fierce native tribes. -Sarge

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gear review: Ontario TAK-1 knife

Quick overview of a new toy I got in the mail today, an Ontario TAK-1 knife — fixed blade, plain edge. Thing came out of the box SHARP as hell. Slices through cardboard and business cards like butter.

It’s a bit longer than I expected, which is my own fault for not researching the products specifications before ordering the thing. Oh, well. I used my American Express rewards points to pay for it, so it was kinda/sorta a freebie, anyway. Tried giving it to the wife to use in the kitchen, but she wasn’t interested. Said it looked too sharp and isn’t the right shape for a kitchen knife. (??) Anyway….

I still plan to use it for outdoor activities or whatever. I was hoping to use this as my everyday carry, but I went ahead and purchased an Ontario RAT 3 for that purpose instead. I’ll keep the TAK-1 lashed to my backpack.

You can order it on Amazon here.

How to situate the Velcro clasp the sheath. This is probably common knowledge for people familiar with Velcro knife sheaths or knives in general, but it took me a few minutes to figure it out:

Making a camp stove out of an Altoids can and a bottle of Heet

Forgot to record the part where I actually started the fire. Once you’ve got the steel wool inserted into the Altoids can, pour the bottle of Heet directly onto it. (I used up half the bottle to get the water to boil.) Then I used one of those generic military issue magnesium firestarters and the knife on my multi-tool to give it spark. The Heet fluid catches very easily.