Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Quartermaster QTR-5 Hawkbill Karambit

This is the pre-production run of the NEW 2013 Quartermaster Knives QTR-5 Theodore "TC" Calvin Hawkbill which is the second karambit design in the QTRM5TR line.  Each piece of this 300 limited edition run is individually serial numbered (ie) "37/100".
It's a little smaller than the QTR-2 B.A. Baracas Karambit and it's edges have been radiused for a more comfy fit in the pocket for EDC carry.  Note the nice stonewash finish on both the blade and the handle.  The super stout blade on this little beast is a full 3/8" thick making it the toughest blade on a karambit that we've seen. 
The blade grind is excellent culminating in a needle sharp tip and as tough as karambits are to sharpen this one came with a hair shaving sharp blade right out of box.  The blade steel is Carpenter CTS BD4P.  BD4P alloy is a high-performance blade steel offering a fine, uniform carbide structure yielding excellent edge retention and grinding/polishing characteristics.
There's absolutely zero side-to-side blade wiggle yet thanks to the ORB® Pivot System and Tri-Spoke® Pivot Assembly the blade opening/closing is incredibly smooth and easy.
The hawkbill blade has a thumb slot which further differentiates it from the QTR-2.  Aggressive traction grooves are nicely placed on the thumb ramp, rear handle grip and on the butt end.  Lockup is via a super heavy-duty framelock.  Torx head screws are used throughout.  Another nice feature is the dual mountable pocket clip which makes for completely ambidextrous carry.
Lockup is via a super sturdy frame-lock mechanism which smoothly and securely locks the blade into place with the sound of a mini bank vault reminiscent of the operation found on Chris Reeves knives.  
Also included is a nice padded zipper case to stow it in when not in use.  Overall the QTR-5 is a magnificent example of the newest and best that the cutlery world is currently offering.

Specifications:
  • Blade Length: 2.0" (5 cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.1875" (5 mm)
  • Handle Thickness: 0.50" (12.7 mm)
  • Overall Length: 6.0" (15.24 cm)
  • Blade Material: BD4P High Carbon Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 60-61
  • Blade Style: Hawkbill
  • Carry Type: Pocket Clip
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: ORB Pivot System
  • Weight: 5.2 oz.
  • Made in USA
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