M14 Thunderbolt

M14 with Drone Predator blade, varied grind, saw teeth, nickel silver half guard, stainless and black spacers, o.d. canvas micarta handle, steel bolt pommel

M14 with Drone Predator blade, varied grind, saw teeth, nickel silver half guard, stainless and black spacers, o.d. canvas micarta handle, steel bolt pommel

Full tang M14 with a Dogface blade, half height grind, fullers, saw teeth, o.d. camo g10 scales, 1/8" black spacers, 1018 steel bolt pommel, stainless loveless bolts

Full tang M14 with a Dogface blade, half height grind, fullers, saw teeth, o.d. camo g10 scales, 1/8" black spacers, 1018 steel bolt pommel, stainless loveless bolts

This knife is based off of the jet pilot survival knife that Marble’s designed for the Bureau of Aeronautics, Dept. of the Navy beginning in 1953.  At least that when talks and the designing of the knife began. Unfortunately after getting what they could from Marble’s the government cut the company out of the bidding process for the contract. It went on to other, smaller companies and became an icon which remains to this day. This knife pattern, more than any other American knife and most other non American patterns, has seen more actual survival use than any other. It has been used since the early 1950's by USAF Survival Instructors/Sere Specialists to teach the tactics of survival to Air crew members and persons at risk. Nearly every day of the year, for 60 plus years. I has been used by pilots in actual survival incidents on many occassions. Needless to say, it is a proven design and imbodies American survival and bushcraft. 
  As with some of my other knives, this one takes it’s inspiration from the past. I try to put my own spin on projects like this so that it is a homage instead of a direct copy. I also try to incorporate what I think is useful in the design and drop what I feel isn’t. With that in mind
the handle of the Model 14 is similar to the original but the blade is completely different. It comes standard with a Model 4 Green river blade that is matched to the handle.  
   Although the Green river blade is standard, you can request almost any blade I make with the Model #14 handle.  

Pilot rescue and survival is something that means a lot to me and I wanted to honor the knife that helps make that happen.

 Can be requested without saw teeth but there is no price reduction.
 Blade length: Dependent on the blade chosen
Handle length: Usually at least 4 1/2"
Thickness available: 5/32” thru 1/4”

Standard with nickel silver guard (hidden tang has a guard, full tang does not) and 1018 steel bolt pommel.

Available with brass furniture +$40.00 or Copper furniture +$60.00

Hidden tang price : $800.00

Full tang price: $700.00

 

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