The 100 Knives in 100 Days Giveaway has come to an end. Thank you to David and all the folks who sent us knives, and thank you to all our readers who helped make this the most epic giveaway in the online knife world.
It is Tuesday, September 10th, or Day 102 of our 100 Knives in 100 Days Giveaway. Due to some second-chance drawings, we went into overtime but we have reached the end. It is hard to believe, but I hope everyone has enjoyed this contest as much as we have.
Oregonian David Kurt has been one of the staunchest supporters of our 100 Knives in 100 Days Giveaway. He has gone out of his way to share every one of our giveaway knives, even though they are not his. He also donated the Crown Jewel of our contest – the RN Tactical knife.
Even if you have already won a knife, you may still enter for this final drawing.
When asked about the RN Tactical David responded:
“I’ve been making the RN tactical since 2011, in that same year it received an award for best fighting knife of show at OKCA. RN are the initials of a family friend that was in the Army. He was gifted the very first one made.”
David was profiled in the March 2015 issue of our predecessor publication Knife World. The RN Tactical is shown and mentioned. Click the blue button below to launch the flipbook of the article:
Specs: as reported by David Kurt:
Blade Length: 6.5″
Handle: 2 layer micarta repurposed from a lumber mill, Natural with OD Green liners.
Sheath: Hand Stitched, vegetable tanned, diamond tuck tooling pattern
It isn’t a matter of what to like about this knife, it is what not to love. It is a custom knife, made by an expert craftsman. Virtually every aspect of the knife comes from David’s hands. The only thing not done in house is the heat treat which is done by Paul Bos, who is one of the best.
The fit and finish of the RN Tactical is as expected – exquisite. There is no discernible seam between the liners, steel, and outer micarta layer. The grind lines are perfect, and the large, hollow ground surface of the blade is executed flawlessly.
Ergonomics are fantastic as well. The contouring of the micarta handle matches my finger position perfectly, and the knife is comfortable in several grip configurations from full, to choked up onto the generous finger choil, to a reverse tactical grip in the left hand.
The sheath is robust and flawless as well. Retention is provided by the attached strap and snap tab. There is an integral belt loop for right hand, vertical carry.
There is no outside review of the RN Tactical, not that one would expect one for a custom.
I would like to thank David for all his support. If you would like to check out more of David’s work, you can do so at his Website or Social Media.