The HTM Desert Enforcer sports
sizzlin’ design with a pedigree.
Darrel Ralph is known in the custom knife world for his exceptionally hot styling, so when he uses another knifemaker’s design for one of his Hand Tech Made (HTM) models you can bet it’s going to be a sizzler, too. The Desert Enforcer is every bit of that and more. Randall King, a veteran knifemaker since 1987 with multiple movie knives to his credit (including The Last of the Mohicans and The Crow), designed the Desert Enforcer fixed blade for both hard field use and combat—a blend that will appeal to serious field users and those needing a knife for personal defense alike.
At 9.5 inches overall with a 5-inch blade, the Desert Enforcer is a medium-size fixed blade—small enough for comfortable field carry yet large enough for more than casual field chores. The blade is a graceful trailing point design with a saber grind on the backside for enhanced penetration. A tanto version is also available. The Enforcer’s blade steel is state-of-the-art CPM-S30V stainless in black DLC and satin finish options. The handle scales are 3D machined in a “stepped” pattern for excellent grip a notched thumb ramp is machined into the lower blade back for added purchase. Ralph is well known in cutlery circles for his incredible CNC (computer controlled) machining skills and the Enforcer’s handles reflect his expertise.
This is a mid-tech knife, which means some fabrication has been done by machining to cut down costs. Typically a mid-tech offering runs 40 or 50 percent less than a handmade custom. The price tag of the Desert Enforcer reflects such savings and is plenty reasonable for an American-made knife that will have no problem whatsoever jumping into the frying pan and saving your bacon!
By Pat Covert
Maker: HTM Knives
12034 S. Profit Way
Forney, TX 75126
(740) 965-9977 or (740) 972-2125
Blade Material: CPM-S30V
Blade Length: 5″
Overall Length: 9.75″
Weight: varies by model
Handle: 3D textured G10
Carry: Handmade Kydex sheath w/Tec Loc