A Slice Of Skullduggery!
Up-Armored Knives Blends And Rocks At The Same Time.
Camo is as ubiquitous as Starbucks coffee franchises these days. You can even buy a camo jock strap on e-Bay if so inclined. We won’t go there, instead we’d like to show you a refreshing approach to camo that not only works, but has some real eye-popping graphics of skulls and foliage—the Menace Fighter from Up-Armored Knives.
Of course, all the eye candy doesn’t mean a thing if the bones of the knife aren’t there. Pick up the full tang Menace Fighter and you’ll instantly realize that—at 12.5 ounces—it ain’t no lightweight. At 11.5″ overall this field knife can handle heavy duty chores from building shelter to rustling up grub for a good-size group. The 5.75″ drop-point blade has a nice swedge grind on the backside for enhanced penetration and the Micarta handle is ample and sculpted with a chunky pattern for excellent purchase. Steel is easy-to-sharpen high carbon 1095CV that will require a light oiling along the blade edge but the rest of the steel is fully protected by its coating.
And then there’s that retina-blistering camo. Up-Armored’s patterns are hand applied using stencils and freehand airbrushing, so every knife is different although the graphic elements may be the same. The art is then topped off with a tough DuraCoat hard polymer, clear-coat, matte finish. If skulls aren’t your thing the company offers a wide range of patterns that can be tailored to your environment and, even better, offers the same services on firearms. The price of the Menace is $300, not unreasonable considering this is a custom knife with a unique hand-painted finish. For an extra $150 you can get a matching, leather-lined Kydex sheath that not only protects the finish, but makes nary a sound when drawing or putting the blade to bed. Skullduggery at its best!
Maker: Up-Armored Knives & Coatings
5437 Pine Cliff Dr.
West Valley, NY 14171
Blade steel: 1096CV, .170″ thick, flat ground, Blade length: 5.75″, Blade finish: DuraCoat, Up-Armored Team 6, Overall length: 11.25″, Weight: 12.5 ounces, Handle: Micarta, Sheath: Leather-lined Kydex, Price: $300
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