The following note was received last night - it is from one of the owners of a CQBT, currently with the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan - and yes, he is a true legend.
I can never thank you enough for the CQBT, which I had to draw in self defense yesterday.
I was at one of the Afghan ministries waiting with our vehicle while the rest of the travel crew was in a meeting. I got out of the passenger side to start getting on my vest for the return trip. As I opened up the rear passenger door on our up-armored SUV, two guys came walking up the passenger side from the front of the vehicle. The first guy, a rather large fellow who was easily over 200 pounds, said hello in Dari, then asked for food. When I said I didn't have any, he raised his voice and started yelling. I'm not proficient in Dari, but I could clearly understand the words "Hezbollah" and "Iraq."
Little did this fat man know, but the moment he raised his voice, I unsheathed the CQBT. We were parked against the side of a building, so I had the door between him and I. However, if he made another move, I was ready to bust his gut and spill his lunch on the pavement. Fortunately, the second fellow restrained him and said "Sorry. It's okay." He then dragged the man off.
I was a little nervous when the guy started yelling, but as soon as I felt my hand on the knife, my worries went away. This fucker was going to be no match for the CQBT. It could easily take on the CBT acronym--Confidence Boosting Tool. I was definitely ready to go to work if needed.
Thanks again, brother.
For those interested, our knives feature a zero-grind style at between 7.5 and 11 degrees. We do each of these completely by-hand and by-eyeball. There are no jigs at work here. Our grinder
features a ten-inch wheel with a variable speed controller - and we run it at high pressures with a 70 duro contact wheel and 2 inch x 72-inch blaze ceramic belts.
We do not, however, weigh our knives. If you are worried about how much they weigh, you must be preparing to take them into space. Hope you have a good trip.
Our steels have been LaTrobe Dura Tech 20CV, ELMAX, M390, CTS-204P, Z-FINIT Nitrogen Steel, CPM-20CV and a couple in N690 and Cowry X. We are always experimenting - and always looking for new materials and treatments.
Our coatings are also specialized stuff: We use Black-T and Black Diamond DLC. Our blades are sent out to those two companies to accomplish that work, depending on the requirements of the project.
We do all our own firing and cryo work. Everything by-hand and by-heart.
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(yep. We are that busy)
Troops come first.