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OTF vs Car Torture Test Video

We put our Full Size RCT-1 Raven, Mini RCT-1 Raven, Titan Bravo and Spartan OTF Knife Models up against a Chrysler 300 and Dodge Durango. This is by far our hardest and most brutal testing to date we have done. Every OTF Knife performed flawlessly. There are no cuts, no special effects…This is live actual footage. Only one of each knife was used for all testing.

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History of the Edged Tool : James Bowie and Sandbar Brawl

We are a knife company owned and operated by true knife junkies. We (as owners of Raven Crest Tactical) love all things knife related, especially knife stories and history. In this series we are going to share some historical / ceremonial / cultural and religious stories regarding edged weapons. Get ready because we are coming out of the gates hot with this series..

James Bowie and the Sandbar Fight

James Bowie, that name may sound familiar to some.. Ever heard of the “Bowie Knife”, here is what one looks like:

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Well James Bowie created the Bowie Knife and here is what James Bowie looked like, you know he is serious business because of those monster mutton chops:

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What you may not know is the truly epic knife fight that took place between James Bowie and Major Norris Wright. Now when I say epic, I am not just throwing that around loosely, James Bowie was as tough as coffin nails.

Let’s dive in and find out why….

On September 19, 1827, both James Bowie and Major Norris Wright attended a duel on a sandbar outside of Natchez, Mississippi. Bowie supported duelist Samuel Levi Wells III, while Wright favored Dr. Thomas Harris Maddox.

To put this In modern day terms, James Bowie was a Green Bay Packers Fan and Major Norris Wright was a Chicago Bears fan and they both went to watch their team play each other.  With about 16 other fans.

The duelists each fired two shots and missed, and as neither man was injured they resolved their duel with a handshake.

In case you didn’t catch that, both duelist got their shot off at each other, both duelists missed, both duelists then shook hands and considered their issue resolved. At this point the story should be over, but oh no, this is where it starts to get good.

In my mind at this point in the story the people who showed up to this duel were disappointed at the results. I think they were restless and wanted to see some blood shed (again this is banter, but it makes sense if you think about it). Come on people, think back to Junior High or High School fights.. Everyone there is so amped up, they want to see carnage, they want to see their “buddy” win… What these people got wasn’t carnage, they got a handshake.

As both duelists turned to leave, Bowie came forward to meet them. Seeing this, Maddox’s friends ran forward to join the group. Two men in this group had previously fought and still had an ongoing issue to settle. Man one is named “Cuny” and man two is named “Crain”. Crain, is recorded as having called out to Cuny, “Col. Crain, this is a good time to settle our difficulty.” After that, Crain drew his weapon and fired, missing Cuny but striking Bowie in the hip and knocking him to the ground. Cuny and Crain then exchanged fire, with Crain sustaining a flesh wound in the arm and Cuny dying from a shot to the chest.

Let’s stop one more time and just evaluate what happened…. Both duelists, who’s issues are now settled are shaking hands and Bowie comes forward to meet them. Who knows why, but what this does is put Bowie right in the middle of another “unsanctioned” duel that is about to go down between two other guys who were also attending the duel. The first duelists fired and missed his intended target, but instead hit Bowie in the hip. The second duelists fired and killed the first duelist who struck Bowie.  What Bowie did next is what has made him a legend…

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Bowie, rising to his feet, drew his knife and charged at the remaining duelist, who struck Bowie so hard on his head with his empty pistol that it broke the pistol and sent Bowie to his knees. Then, at that moment, Major Norris Wright appeared (remember he was the guy who was rooting for the other team), drew a pistol, and shot at the fallen Bowie, missing. Wright then drew his sword cane and stabbed Bowie in the chest, but the thin blade was deflected by Bowie’s sternum. As Wright attempted to pull the blade free, Bowie reached up, grabbed his shirt, and pulled him down upon the point of his Bowie knife. Wright died quickly, and Bowie, with Wright’s sword still protruding from his chest, was shot again and stabbed by another member of the group. As Bowie stood, pulling the sword cane from his chest, two more men fired at him, and he was struck once in the arm. Bowie spun and cut off part of one of men’s forearms.

I don’t even know where to begin. Let’s just try to paint the entire picture here: You have a bunch of amped up men who were just disappointed by the duel they came to see. They paid good money to travel to see two guy shoot and kill each other. That didn’t happen at all. In the midst of the crowds breaking up, two guys who have beef with one another realize that they are both in the same spot, and that spot it hot. Now I am sure that they had friends in each one of their ears pumping them up. They were probably mean mugging and talking trash to each other (relative to their time of course). Well it eventually got real and they decide that they were just gonna settle their issues right there and right now. They didn’t even wait for people to get out of the way, they just pulled their pieces and started firing. Hence, James Bowie gets accidentally shot in the hip. Well that seemed to really anger James Bowie and I can fully understand why. All he wanted to do was support his buddy and then all of a sudden some fool shoots him in the hip. And back then it wasn’t like he could just call 911 and get to a hospital or Urgent Care. Getting shot back then was serious business. From there James Bowie turns into a 1800’s version of Chuck Norris and just annihilates everyone in his path, with just his knife.

The Battle of the Sandbar lasted more than 10 minutes, leaving 2 dead, and another four wounded. But believe it or not, James Bowie was not part of the 2 dead. Even after being shot numerous times and stabbed in the chest with a cane sword, James Bowie still went Beast Mode on his attackers and lived. One of the doctors who treated Bowie’s wounds went on record saying this: “How he (Bowie) lived is a mystery to me, but live he did.”

So if you are ever in a discussion about who is the baddest mad don’t forget about James Bowie and battle at the Sandbar.

 

101 Ways to Use a Knife : How to Start a Fire (Part 2 of 2)

In part 1 of our series on how to start a fire, we went over how to use a knife to create useable planks of wood out of a large log. These planks are the long term fuel for your fire. In this article we are going to go over how to prepare your kindling, or quick ignite material that will actually start your fire. Then we will go over how to ignite that kindling and start a fire.

Tools Needed:

1. Knife
2. Flint / Magnesium Striker

Step 1 : Find your Kindling

Most locations are going to have some sort of dry material to use as kindling, so this step shouldn’t be too labor intensive. Dry leaves, dry branches, dry tree bark works great as kindling. The goal is to get dry “quick igniting” material. You want material that is going to catch on fire right away. If you can’t find anything suitable, a swatch of cloth or clothing will also do.

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Step 2 : Prepare your Kindling

This step is simply bunching your kindling together in a way that keeps it in a tight and compact formation.

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Step 3: Shave Magnesium Filings onto your Kindling

For this step you need to have a magnesium flint stone like the one you can find on our firestarter paracord bracelets.

Having a fire starting tool like this is extremely useful in a survival scenario, because it allows you to skip so many tedious steps. Generating a spark is a lot harder than it looks and it is a fact that with no spark you get no fire. Having a tool like this makes generating a spark extremely easy. We recommend anytime you camp, fish, hunt, hike travel that you carry a “shortcut” way to start a fire like our firestarter paracord bracelet.

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On our bracelets we have a “rake” that will allow you to shave off the magnesium, but if you have a knife it makes the process quicker and allows you to easily make larger slices of magnesium which increases the chances of your fire starting up the first time. Again a knife isn’t required to shave the magnesium off of our bracelets, it just makes it easier.

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Take the edge of your knife and firmly press it against the magnesium striker. While still holding the magnesium striker firmly, slowly grind the edge of the knife up and down again the magnesium striker so that it creates slivers or flakes of the magnesium metal. Do this over your kindling so that the flakes or slivers accumulate on your kindling. You will want to be careful because if you grind the edge of the blade against the magnesium too fast it will generate a spark and possibly prematurely start your fire. How much magnesium you need is dependent upon the type of kindling you have. For our example we had pretty dry twigs and some dry leaves so it did not take much.

The magnesium shavings will act as a sparking accelerator for your fire, so try to keep the shavings bunched together in one central area. This will make the magnesium much more effective. Also make sure that the area you put your magnesium shavings on has the driest kindling available.

Step 4: Spark it Up

Once you have setup your kindling and added your magnesium shavings, it is time to add the spark to the fuel. The goal would be to hit your magnesium shavings with the sparks you generate from your magnesium stone. Once the magnesium shavings are hit with a spark, they will begin to pop, spark and ignite anything combustible that is around it.

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To generate sparks, firmly hold the magnesium in one hand while in the other hand quickly rake the edge of your knife against the magnesium stone. This friction will generate large volumes of sparks. If you miss your target keep raking, the faster and harder you rake the magnesium the more sparks you will generate. **NOTE** Please be extremely safe when raking your knife against your magnesium. Be aware of your fingers and keep your hands safe.

Once again our firestarter paracord bracelets have a built in abrasive rake that will also allow you to create sparks without the knife.

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There you have go, it is really that easy. With these 2 simple EDC tools you can legitimately start a fire in under 30 minutes.

Tools Used:

1. Nemesis Serrated OTF Knife

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2. Paracord Firestarter Bracelet

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101 Ways to Use a Knife : Knife Throwing

Knife throwing is not only a useful skill to know for survival purposes, but it is also extremely challenging and fun. In this article we are going to go over some knife throwing fun we had with one of our Nemesis OTF knives. Because of the weight of our knife, we wanted to try the “no spin” knife throwing technique. Here was our results

Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding our shoot:

First, the thrower (co-owner Nate Mirand) had no proper training in how to “no spin” throw a knife or any other knife throwing technique. This was the first time he had ever thrown a knife. The techniques used were quickly learned off of the internet the same day as filming.

Second, the knife being used isn’t a brand new, out of the box knife. It is Nate Mirand’s personal OTF knife that he carries with him everyday. There was nothing different about this particular knife compared to any other Nemesis OTF we could have pulled off the shelf. This OTF wasn’t “beefed up” or modified in any way, it is a stock Nemesis OTF with a black out kit. This knife is 2 years old, gets used every single day, has only been sharpened once, and has been used in many of our torture test videos.

The Grip

If you are familiar with knife throwing then you know that the no spin technique has a little bit of a unique grip.

First the handle is not held in the usual manner, it is held between the index finger and thumb, as near to the end of the handle as possible.

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The remaining fingers are wrapped around the handle at the end using as tight a grip as possible. Keep all fingers as near to the end of the handle as possible, but keep the forefinger pressed up against the top of the handle.

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The Stance

Your stance and balance should be solid, but relaxed until you are ready to make your throw. Nate is right-handed so his left leg is in front as the lead leg. His right leg is behind, but not so far back as to lose momentum or balance. Both feet should be about shoulder width apart. When you throw the knife, the follow through is all-important. Remember, its the forefinger that controls the knife, press it tightly along the handle and try to wipe it along the handle top as the knife goes.

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The Cleanup

When you are done with throwing your OTF knife be sure to clean off any tree sap or debris from the blade so that there aren’t any restrictions to the blade travel.

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Final Words of Advice

First and foremost, if you are going to try your hand at knife throwing be sure you are doing it safely. That means knowing your area and all those around you. The last thing you want to do is throw a knife where you aren’t supposed to, or you hurt someone who wasn’t expecting a knife being thrown.

Once you find that secure and safe area for your knife throwing, we recommend standing as close to your target as needed to get a strike. That is, don’t start by standing 10 ft away from your target if this is your first time attempting to throw a knife. Instead, start 2 ft away and perform slow, methodical throws. These throws will build your muscle memory and your overall throwing mechanics. These throws will also build your confidence. Once you work out your mechanics at the close distance, then you can take a few steps back and try to throw again. Note, when you step back you will have to adjust the power you use to throw the knife. The farther back, the harder you have to throw. But the farther back, the more fun it is!

Here is a video of what this actually looked like in real time:

Knife Used in Filming:

Full Size Nemesis Serrated Black (Click Image to Purchase):

Raven Crest Tactical Nemesis OTF Knife

 

Thanks to Throwzini for the tips:
http://www.throwzini.com/no-spin-technique.html

Top 5 “Peoples Choice” Christmas Gifts From Raven Crest Tactical 2014….

Looking through our website you can see that we like to offer a wide variety of OTF knives. We are the only OTF knife company that allows you custom build your own OTF knife from top to bottom. We are constantly trying to offer exciting and new designs, colors and finishes. This is part of what separates us from the rest.

All that being said, we know that some of your are “skimmers” and want a Cliff’s Notes version of our product line, so that you can quickly get that special someone that special gift they will never forget.

Look no further, this article is going to go over our Top 5 OTF knives decided by you our customers. This list is based on actual sales, so the #1 knife is the #1 knife that we sell, not the knife we think is #1.

Before we get into which OTF knives are our top sellers, let’s discuss why you should purchase a Raven Crest Tactical OTF knife as a gift.

Top 3 Reasons to Give a RCT OTF as a Gift:

1. A Rare Gift Guaranteed to Impress:

A Raven Crest Tactical OTF knife is not like any other knife that you can find at the big chain stores. Why is that important? Because if you are looking for a special gift that will surprise and impress, then you want that gift to be something that can’t be easily found at your local big box store’s sporting goods section. You would want to find that gift that no one has ever even seen or heard of before. You would want the gift that makes people wonder how you even found out about it. Look no further, that gift is one of our OTF knives.

Now, let me ask you this: Have you ever bought what you thought was the perfect gift but then found out you either paid too much, the person you bought the gift for wasn’t as impressed as you thought they would be, or you didn’t get all you could have for your money? Yep us too, that feeling stinks. But, be assured none of that will not happen with us.

First, most people have never even seen or held one of our OTF knives. So when someone puts one of our OTF knives in their hands for the first time, they get an almost adolescent level of excitement. That is just how well built our OTF knives are, all it takes is putting one in your hand and we guarantee you that you will be impressed. We have seen this effect in men and women of all ages.

Secondly, you don’t have to worry about not getting the right gift, every one of our knives is guaranteed to be the right gift. Our knives come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you aren’t completely blown away by what you receive from us we will refund or replace your purchase.

2. Quality:

Every Raven Crest Tactical OTF knife is made out of high quality materials and is built to be tank tough. Every one of our OTF knives are hand built, quality tested, and hand sharpened in Gilbert, Arizona. We have put these knives through numerous extreme torture tests that prove just how strong and reliable they are. When you pick up and feel one of our knives, you will instantly know that it is a serious tool and not a toy.

3. Warranty and Pricing:

Fact: We have hands down the BEST warranty in the OTF knife market, yet we price our knives much lower than our competition.

Our warranty is a lifetime, no questions asked, full coverage warranty that will cover anything and everything on and in the the knife (except of theft) for the life of the knife. It doesn’t matter what you do to it, or how you do it, we will either fix it or replace it. Forever. No fine print. No questions asked. Guaranteed.

Fact: When you buy one of our OTF knives, you are getting one of the highest quality OTF knives on the market, with the best warranty available on the market, at a price that cannot be matched.

With a Raven Crest Tactical OTF knife you can buy with 100% confidence.

The Top 5 OTF Knives:

#1 – Build Your Own Custom Knife (Click Image to Purchase)

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#2 – Full Size Nemesis Serrated Black (Click Image to Purchase)

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#3 – Mini Nemesis Series (Click Images to Purchase)

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#4 – Spartan (Click Image to Purchase)

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#5 Titan Bravo Serrated (Click Image to Purchase)

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101 Ways to Use a Knife: Starting a Fire (Part 1 of 2)

Knowing how to start a fire without standard fire starting materials (i.e. matches or a lighter) is a fundamental survival skill. From boy scouts to the most elite special forces operators, they are all taught basic fire starting skills.

Once again there are many ways to learn how to start a fire with minimal tools. We are going to show you how to start a fire by using two of our basic EDC tools that some of you carry with you everyday. We want to show you how easily you can start a fire whenever and wherever you are with these minimal tools.

Tools Needed:

1. Knife
2. Hammer or Rock

Along with kindling and sticks (we will go over that later in Part 2), you are going to need bigger pieces of wood to actually act as the fuel for your fire. Sometimes these pieces of wood aren’t just laying around so you need to create them from larger pieces of wood.

Step 1: Find the Fuel for your Fire:

Most of the times, perfectly sized dry planks of wood are not just laying around naturally. They need to be created. One way to do this is to find a nice and dry log and split it into workable plank sections with your knife.

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Make sure the log you choose is not larger in circumference than the blade of your knife. You will need your knife to at least be as long as the circumference of the log, that way it will fully slice through the entire log.

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Find a good spot to leverage your log. You will not want it moving around in the next step.

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Begin to size up your knife edge against the log. Make sure that that blade always run with the grain of the wood. This will make for easy, smooth and even cuts.

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Step 2: Begin to Split the Log into Sections:

If you do not have a hammer or other suitable striking tool, find a large rock that you can use to “hammer” the knife blade through the log.

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Keep working the knife through the log with the rock until you fully slice off your desired section of wood.

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Continue to do this until you have enough fire wood to start your fire. You will want to have enough of these planks to create a proper fire starting formation. See example below:

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That’s it for this article, stay tuned for Part 2 that will go over how to actually get your fire started.

Tools Used:

1. Nemesis Serrated OTF Knife

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Black Friday Field Guide

RCT Black Friday “Field Guide”

Our Black Friday & Christmas Field Guide

Everything You Need To Know About Our AMAZING Holiday Sales!

This year at Raven Crest Tactical we have added a lot more fun to what we normally do for the holidays. Each year we do some kind of Black Friday sale and have three Christmas packages for sale. We have been brainstorming and planning for a few months now to bring you what we believe is one of the best and hopefully funnest sales around!  Below is our “Field Guide” so you can stay on top of all the great things that will be going on so you won’t miss out on all the savings.

THE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS!

Black Friday
Black Friday will kick-off at Midnight (12am) on 11-28-14. This will also be the start of our Christmas Sale! For Black Friday we are offering something very special for that 24 hours ONLYFor Every $100 spent you will receive a $25 gift card (digital – sent to your email – PLEASE GIVE A FEW HOURS FOR THE GIFT CARD TO COME THROUGH. AS WE  PROCESS ORDERS  GIFT CARDS WILL BE BE SENT. )EX: If you spend $314 you will receive $75 in gift cards! This is the first time in our history that we have done anything like this. 🙂

Christmas Sale
Our Christmas packages will start the same time our Black Friday sale starts. This year we have created FIVE incredible gift packages! These packages will remain available for purchase through December. Check your emails and our website for what those packages are.

12 Days of Christmas (24 hour sales)
This is something BRAND NEW to Raven Crest Tactical this year. Our 12 twelve days of Christmas specials will start on December 1st and run through December 12th. Here’s how it will work: Each day starting with December 1st we will be giving our customers an extra daily special. It could be special pricing on an item, free products, discounts etc. Every day will be different and there will be no order of importance (we are not ramping up to something bigger each day. So the last day could have the “smallest” of specials potentially.). It’s going to all be random. Each day we will send you an email with that days special holiday offer. It will also be on our website and other social media. So you will want to check it daily. Remember these sells expire after 24 hours from the launch each day. So if you see something that interest you it’s best to strike while the iron is hot.

Reindeer Games (Instagram)
This is also something BRAND NEW this year to us here at Raven Crest Tactical. In addition to all the great stuff you just ready about we are also going to be doing some fun “Reindeer Games”. To participate in these games you will need to follow us on Instagram. From 11-28-14 until 12-20-14 we will be having some fun that could save you some extra dough!
GAMES & RULES:
“Spot the Elf on the Shelf” – We will be hiding an Elf in some of our photos we will be posting on Instagram through December 20th. The first 10 people to spot the elf and comment: “elf” will receive a 10% off coupon code (with no expiration) that can be used with ALL PACKAGES & PRODUCTS. We will direct message you the coupon code within 24 hours of you spotting the elf.
“Flashing Lights” – We will be posting a picture of Christmas lights with different coupon codes and different percentages off. Some of these codes will be good on already discounted sale items, some will not. The catch is that it will only last for a specified number of minutes. When the minutes are over the post will be deleted and gone forever. EX: Christmas light pic posts with a 16% off coupon code: “elf” this post will only be visible for the next 8 minutes. After 8 minutes the post will be deleted. The coupon code however will stay good through December 2014 if you were one of the lucky few to see it and right it down during the time it was live. These discounts and times will be totally random, so you will want to check often and quickly!

That sums up our Black Friday and Christmas Field Guide. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 1-480-232-6090 or ravencresttactical@gmail.com.

We wish you and your family the very best this Holiday Season!

You’re Friends,
Derek, Nate & Scot
Owners
Raven Crest Tactical

Torture Tests “Behind the Scenes”…

If you have been following us, you have probably noticed that we like to put our OTF knives through “Torture Tests”. For the most part, the torture tests we put our knives through are far more extreme than anything the average person is going to do to their knife. These tests were designed to show how our OTF knives will perform when put through extreme conditions.

We get quite a bit of email / feedback about these videos, sometimes the feedback is that they don’t believe we actually did these tests. They are certain that we did some sort of camera magic to make these look legit. Now these people aren’t meaning to imply that we lie about our tests, they just don’t believe that our OTF knives are strong enough to perform these tests. They are expecting that our OTF knives were designed for novelty or not for actual use.

Fact: Every Raven Crest Tactical OTF knife was built and designed for hard, everyday use.

Video 1 Stabbing a Washing Machine :

This was our first time torture testing our knives, so for this set of torture tests we went out to a metal scrap yard and just started stabbing stuff. Note, we did not bring 20 knives with us for this shoot. We brought 4 knives total. Two were used in filming, one we lost within the first 10 mins because we were trying to throw it into a piece of metal and it got lost in the pile of scrap, and the other one be brought back with us unused.

The first thing we went to was this old washing machine. This was not metal that was giving in easy to our stabbing, it was thick and sturdy. We had to put our full force into each stab to get maximum penetration. Sure enough, as we got more comfortable the stabs got deeper. We used the same knife for the entire filming of this segment.

Video 2 Stabbing a Water Heater :

For this video we attacked a water heater. Now I am not sure if you are familiar with how strong a water heater is, but let me tell you this, this water heater test was the most difficult test to date. I would suggest you go our into your garage and just tap your finger against your water heater to see just how thick that metal is. It is solid and does not want to budge. As you can see in this video co-owner Nate Mirand used his 250 lbs of body weight to penetrate the steel of this water heater. The knife used for this test was the same knife used for the washer test.

Video 3 Cutting Through Metal :

Next we set to cut through a metal door that we saw laying on the ground. Once again, we are using the same knife that we used in the Washer Test and the Water Heater Test. This test was a little awkward because it was hard to get leverage on that door. Even so, the knife sliced through that metal with no problem.

Videos #4 Breaking Glass :

The last part of this day was finding some glass to test out our ball bearing glass breaker. Our ball bearing glass breaker is designed to smash through even tempered glass. Now we were very excited to get this opportunity to head to a scrap yard and destroy some stuff. So excited, that we did not bring gloves. You will see that the reason why the glass doesn’t break on the first strike is because we are purposefully not following through on our strike. Following through would have most definitely broken all that glass on first strike, but it would have also been extremely dangerous to do without gloves. If you do not have gloves, and you need to break glass, it is ok to take a few careful strikes until you get the correct power to break the glass.

As you can see from these videos, it doesn’t take much force for the breaker to break glass. You will also see that there are 3 different pieces of glass, here is what was happening with those pieces.

Glass Piece #1 : This was just a simple, single pain piece of glass. Our breaker went through this like butter.

Glass Piece #2: This was a more heavy duty piece of glass. This honestly felt more like auto glass than just simple fragile glass. It took 2 strikes to break this, but again that was due to us protecting our hands.

Glass Piece #3: This was the most heavy duty piece of glass we could find at this yard. It was very resistant to small strikes. When we tapped this glass like we did with glass piece #1, our knife bounced off instead of breaking the glass. We knew we would need to really put force behind our strike to get this to break. For this test we also show how to “score” glass which in turn will make it easier to break the glass out when struck. Scoring glass works best on large, tempered pieces of glass. Basically all you are doing is scratching an “X” into the glass, which creates a weak point in the middle. Once you have that “X”, aim your strike for the middle of the “X”. We didn’t have to do this for this test to succeed, we just wanted to show the technique.

Glass Breaking Fail : Hammer vs. Car Glass

Here is a very funny video that will show what will happen to heavy duty glass if you do not score it correctly, or have the correct tool. Most people do not know just how difficult auto glass is to break. This reporter learned the hard way and probably had to have some stitches because of it.

Video #5 Hanging Weights on Fully Extended Knife Blade :

This test was done on a different day than the scrap yard day. This knife isn’t a new knife, it was one that was being used as a utility knife for our warehouse manager Steve.

We did this test because we get asked a lot how much weight it takes to make our blade snap at it’s weak point. We know the answer is “a lot”, but we don’t have the actual #. We only had 80 lbs of weight available to us that day, and our blade handled it with no issues. 80 lbs may not seem like a lot, but when you are at the gym next time go pick up an 80 lb dumbbell and see what it feels like in your hand. I am confident that our blade could have held much more weight.

Video #6 Cutting a Work Boot in Half :

These next set of tests were done on a different day and with a different set of knives. These next tests highlight the extreme sharpness of our knives. For this test we started with a brand new freshly sharpened knife. Not too much explanation needed for this video, we stabbed a shoe and cut it in half.

Video #7 Slicing 2 Liter Bottles :

These last 2 videos were done on the same day as the boot cut video. We are using the same knife in these videos as we did for the boot cut. You can see just how effortlessly our knives slice through these bottles. For every strike it felt like we completely missed our target because we didn’t even feel the contact. Then we examined the bottle and saw it sliced apart.

Final Thoughts :

What makes us different than ANY other OTF knife company is that even if you did take a Raven Crest Tactical OTF knife out to a scrap yard and beat the life out of it past the point of proper functioning, we would fix or replace that knife for free. We wouldn’t get mad at you for using it, or blame you for damaging it. We would simply replace or repair it, no questions asked. We make our OTF knives for use and our warranty backs that up 100%.

We put our OTF knives through these extreme tests to show that they are real tools not toys. Do we recommend you go out there and doing what we do? No, we don’t; not because we don’t think our knives will perform, but we just don’t want people getting hurt. Please do not attempt any of these tests unless it is a matter of life or death. Our knives are scarey sharp and one wrong move can easily give you some stitches or maybe worse.

Knife Used in Videos :

Nemesis Serrated OTF Knife

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Slick Like John Wick…

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Did you see that scene in John Wick where he put that small OTF knife in his boot? It was quick but it was definitely there. We have been getting a lot of emails asking if that was one our knives. We don’t think it was, but it got us thinking. What other cool action heroes / villains have carried an OTF knife.

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Hi there Jack Bauer, that is a nice looking OTF knife you have there in your hand. Seems like OTF knives have been in the hands of some pretty cool characters.

Remember the Joker and how creepy and intense he was with his knives? Well did you know that they were OTF’s?

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*There’s one.

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*There’s another one.

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*One more.

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*That’s one too.

How do I get a Knife like that?

The Joker Knife: Reaper with Satin Blade (click images for product pages)

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The Jack Bauer: Nemesis Full Size Black Serrated w/ Blackout Kit (click images for product pages)

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Full Size Blackout Kit

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The John Wick: Mini Nemesis Black Serrated w/ Blackout Kit (click images for product pages)

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Every Day Tactical

Everyday Tactical People….

As a man, when someone says the word “Tactical”, there are a few images that pop up in my mind. I would guess most of us men would probably picture something similar: soldiers in combat formation, or that lone beast mode soldier who is armed to the teeth a la  “The Exependables”.

 

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But what we are learning from our awesome customers is that tactical sometimes looks like this:

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We are happy to introduce you all to Amanda. Amanda is one of our loyal and happy customers and a close friend of the company. Amanda is a wife, mom, registered nurse, Zumba Jammer and AFAA certified group fitness instructor specializing in dance based fitness programs.

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Amanda lives a normal and busy life, just like most of our wives, sisters, and female friends. She has made a decision to carry a weapon for her and her family’s protection and peace of mind. Her weapon of choice also just so happens to match her nails and is also great for battling the anti-theft measures of Barbie dolls. There is nothing wrong with your weapon also being a tool.

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I asked Amanda to share her story in her own words. Here is her story:

“In Arizona, a person over age 21 may legally carry a concealed firearm or deadly weapon without a permit within the state, except for certain prohibited locations, and must disclose the fact to a law enforcement officer if questioned. I carry the Raven Crest Tactical Nemesis because it gives me peace of mind to know that I could defend myself if necessary. Arizona doesn’t follow daylight savings, so it’s dark here by 6:00. I live in a very safe community, but the reality is – a lot of evenings, it’s me with my kids, walking out of the gym after 8pm in the dark to my vehicle. I’m grateful to have the security of the knife I carry in my purse. Thank you Raven Crest Tactical for making sure I can be my own knight in shining armor!”

Why Carry a Weapon as a Woman?

I can’t speak for every place out there, but I know that here is AZ there is no lack of questionable individuals who will come right up to you while you are pumping your gas or getting your kids in the car. In the perfect world we would be able to consider these people down on their luck and of no threat. But we do not live in a perfect world, and the fact is that we do not know the intentions or issues of these people.

We are not suggesting living in fear or getting defensive with every single stranger that wants to talk to you, they may just want to say “hello!”.  What we are suggesting is that you be prepared for the worst case scenario that you hope to never face.

This especially goes out to the ladies. I could quote stats all day long on how carrying a weapon will greatly reduce the chances of a crime being committed against you. That Fact of the matter is that most criminals target what they consider “weak prey”. If a would-be criminal realizes that their prey wasn’t so weak, chances are they will move on. 

Here are some simple tips that could help women stay safe:

1. Be Aware of your Surroundings : Maybe the dark alley with the cigarette smoking “hoodie” guy standing next to it isn’t the best route for you to take. That is a very exaggerated example, but in all serious being aware of your surroundings and who is in your surroundings could be your first line of defense. This is preventative defense. If you can avoid the bad scenario or person then there is no need to use or display a weapon.

For example, here is a scenario that comes up all the time: there is a questionable individual lingering or loitering in an area that you need to be. What do you do? If possible, try to avoid that area or go around it / them if possible. However if avoidance is not possible, then go back in to the business you were at and let them know that you do not feel comfortable walking to your car alone. All businesses now-a-days will send at least one person out there with you if you make that request. There is definite strength in #’s.

In the perfect world every bad situation would be like the easy to read examples I gave above, but sometimes no matter how self aware you are, trouble will come your way. And sometimes bad people are hanging out in places where there are no business owners or no other people around at all. For that, we recommend moving to Step 2.

Here is another scenario, someone approaches you and makes you feel uncomfortable. You may even feel pinned down because you are getting gas, loading groceries, just pulled money out of the ATM or you got a flat tire and a stranger has stopped to “help” ..What do you do? To me this is very simple, if verbal rejection of the person’s request or presence does not immediately make them leave you alone. move on to Step 2.

2. Carry a Weapon : Find a weapon you feel comfortable with, get trained on how to properly carry and use that weapon, and then carry it with you wherever you go.

3. Quick Access is Key : I am speaking to women here, ALL of the women I know would have a hard time finding something fast from their purse or bag. In a survival scenario, this could be the difference between becoming a victim or a defender. When you are walking to your car, pumping gas, loading your groceries, etc.. know where your weapon is, and be confident that you can get to it if needed. That could mean holding it in your hand while it is in your purse, physically holding it in your hand in the open, or having it in a easy access pocket or belt. The key is being able to deploy and engage fast.

3. What do you do if you Feel Threatened? This is where you stop caring about what people around you think, and you start thinking about survival. You are threatened, and as a woman that gut feeling should be followed. You need to make a loud and noticeable gesture to not only draw attention to your situation, but to also let the person threatening you know that you are not weak prey. Take a few steps back, try to get out of the “grabbing” range of the individual. You want to stay outside of their grasp. Display to them that you have a weapon, take a defensive stance, and then start talking really loud. What should you say? “PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE”, “I SAID I AM NOT INTERESTED”, “YOU ARE MAKING ME FEEL VERY UNCOMFORTABLE, PLEASE GO AWAY”, “PLEASE STOP”, etc… The point of this is to draw as much attention to your scenario as possible. When people see or hear a women in distress is draws attention. People who want to do bad things do not like attention.

Here are some examples of defensive stances with both guns and knives. Either of these stances will intimidate.

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“But It’s Not Feminine to Carry a Weapon…”

FALSE!!!! It is not only smart for a woman to know how to protect themselves, but ask any guy out there and they will tell you that a woman who knows how to handle a weapon is a woman of great interest. Here is a fantastic video put out by Glock firearms. It shows a regular woman conducting her day, while also protecting herself from becoming a victim. This video is awesome:

The Bottom Line

We hope that our customers never have to use our knives in a defensive manner, even though they were designed for that purpose. We hope that people use our knives as tools to better their lives or make them easier.

Please, whenever, wherever, however you use your knife / weapon, do it safely and wisely.

How to get a custom knife like Amanda:

Click the image below and you can build your own custom OTF knife:
Build Your Own Nemesis