The pictures below illustrate the before and after of a Black Earth Knives Spear-point blade used by an SF Soldier after it went through the US Army Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) school at Ft. Bragg, NC. The testimonial you see below, was sent to BEK after the Soldier completed the course. High praise for a BEK blade to be sure. The blade looks a bit beat up, but the SERE course isn't a classroom situation. The knife is made from O1 Steel with OD layered micarta scales. I removed the names within the testimonial for OPSEC, but the body of the message is intact below.
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Blades are available in Damascus steel.
When you order a knife there are various woods to choose from such as walnut, maple burls, and buckeye burl. Exotic woods are available as well.
All knives are handmade with precision and care, giving you a customized knife. Attention to detail is paramount in every knife built. Blades are made from a variety of steels such as stainless steel (AEB-L, 440C, CPM154CM), high carbon steel such as 52100 (ball bearing steel) and 1095, damascus, or San Mai. High carbon steel requires minimal care such as occasionally oiling the blade.
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I received the knife just as described and was absolutely impressed with the quality and craftsmanship. Scott stands behind his work and is a perfectionist when it comes to the details as is shown in this knife. I am planning the purchase of two more blades for each of my kids, these are knives they will have for the rest of their lives. -J.M.
I bought the DK knife that Scott made for me to take to Dave Canterbury's Pathfinder School. I have to tell you that it is definitely a working bush knife. The DK worked above and beyond what I was capable of. At one point I had to baton a 3 1/2" branch to make feather sticks for starting a fire. I figured what the heck, I'm going to see what this knife is capable of. If I break it, I break it. I batoned the hell out of that knife to split the branch and it worked great. I used the spine to scrape fat wood into shavings for starting fires. I also used the spine to strike a Ferro rod for spark and worked perfectly. The only thing ready to give out was my hand from having to use the DK so much during those 3 days. Trust me, in those 3 days I started more fires than 50 arsonists. Also, those of you who know what feather sticks are you know that you need a very sharp knife capable of slicing very, very thin strips of wood to make them. The DK performed this task very well.
I knew it was going to be nice but I set my expectations a little low. This will be the best knife I ever used / owned. Scott did a great job making my knife! -P.L.
Beautiful knives Scott! I love the look and feel of my new treasure. You exceeded my high expectations! -J.G.
"The value of a knife is more than the sharpness of its edge. It also comes from the artistry of the person who makes it. When you receive a handmade knife, that is one of a kind, you are receiving a knife made personally for you" -Guillermo Mendoza, Argentina
US Army SERE School
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