Colonel Blades RFI

Anyone have experience with these knives? Couldn't find anything on our search...

https://colonelblades.com

I've been wanting to integrate a small fixed blade back onto my Batbelt for a while. I had a Watson Hidden Key behind my mag pouches for a long time but it jabbed me in the side and since going to a new belt rig it didn't work there anymore. I moved it to a horizontal position centerline but it seemed too exposed so I ditched it.

I got a Benchmade Azeria yesterday from Brad's group buy and tossed it on my inner belt today and am really liking the way it rides behind my mag pouches without jabbing me all day and it pretty much disappears,  but I need to play around with mounting it more solidly and I'm not too sure the retention on the sheath will hold up to smashing around in the brush, but as something I can grab with my support hand and jab into someone's face in a gun grab or in a close fight that's gone wrong I think it's going to work for what I wanted  it for.  

Soooo...never being satisfied until I spend all the $ I can on any given project I've been looking at the Colonel blades. I like that the design is geared towards people with no knife fighting experience/ training (Me!). Put sharp thing in hand and punch makes sense to me. The Northern Red guy's promote them and BCM sells them (seems like a clue) which leads me to believe there may be something to it...

 

Joined: 13AUG2010         Location: Southern Arizona 

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Probably no worse than any other punch knife design.

Some might say that the Ka-Bar TDI or Shivworks Clinch Pich are better choices because they're more ambidextrous and don't have a finger hole.

 

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I carried a KA-Bar TDI for several years and really liked it.

RBOYLE

 

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I EDC'd one for a year as a Civilian because I bought the sales pitch about simplicity, minimal training or practice, and shaped to replicate a gun handle, plus I believe in fixed blades.

I no longer carry it because it's really designed only for a forward grip, only for one directional motion (stabbing), and the blade is just to short for penetration.  They have a video that tries to overcome the blade length issue by claiming the momentum of your stabbing motion will push into the body and thus enable the blade to reach, but if you are in a "get off me" situation you may be on the ground and cannot wind up for that type of stab.

I now carry a Spartan Blades Phrike and love it.  Benchmade makes a lower cost alternative in the Protagonist.  These are real blades that allow the full spectrum of edge work.


I looked at it. It wasn’t crazy about the finger through the handle concept.  I’m not a pro but it seems like a decent way to break your finger if you hit something with resistance. 

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I started carrying one about a year or so ago. Rounded off the edges and sharp spots on the pommel end. Then had it ceracoated a color much closer to my uniform shirt. It rides behind my magazine pouch. Given the rotation of the sheath on the loop and the angle of the grip, I'm able to roll the grip out and down to help hide it visually.

I much prefer the new sheaths with adjustable retention. Deployment is fairly straight forward but I work on reps as oft as I do draws from the duty holster - daily.

The new NCO model would be my choice now, based on cost and mods already done to it in comparison with the original models.

Eric, how did you attach the sheath to your belt? Did you use the clip it comes with or rig something else? I hear you on being able to rotate the handle down to aid consealment the Benchmade I’m playing with now does the same thing and really disappears.  

Watching the videos of the Northern Red guys punching with it it doesn’t seem like breaking a finger would be an issue? But I guess that’s why I’m looking for feedback. The Benchmade I have now seems like it would twist if you tried to punch with it. Messing around with it it seems like a slashing attack using it like a nasty little claw with a pull cut would work the best?

Joined: 13AUG2010         Location: Southern Arizona 

XTCBX posted:

Eric, how did you attach the sheath to your belt? Did you use the clip it comes with or rig something else? I hear you on being able to rotate the handle down to aid consealment the Benchmade I’m playing with now does the same thing and really disappears.  

Watching the videos of the Northern Red guys punching with it it doesn’t seem like breaking a finger would be an issue? But I guess that’s why I’m looking for feedback. The Benchmade I have now seems like it would twist if you tried to punch with it. Messing around with it it seems like a slashing attack using it like a nasty little claw with a pull cut would work the best?

The sheath goes between the waistband of the trousers and the belt, the clip that came with goes onto the trouser belt. Then my duty belt goes on over the top of that. 

As for drawing, employing ... index finger goes for the hole, while bottom three fingers go around the grip. Could you damage the hand or fingers? Yup, i'd imagine thats always possible. 

What Eric said about the placement on the trouser belt then putting on the duty belt, battle belt, etc. ( I don't post much so I can't figure out how to get those cool blocks with the quotes.) Right  handed folks flip the clip to access the blade with their support hand.  I have run different variations of the Low Vis over the last few years.  They continue to refine the product to include the sheaths. I think the NCO is a cost effective tool for guys that will not or cannot spend the money for the US or Italian made blades.

I've done some of the combatives training with the NR crew that included  utilizing the Colonel.  No one injured themselves (getting cut or breaking their hand when striking with the Colonel into training dummies.)  Just my experience.....

 

So I snagged one of these a month or so ago and with some one-wrap and Chicago screws managed to rig it onto my Batbelt behind my magazine pouches. I slapped a bit of hook Velcro on the sheath to help hold the outer belt to the inner (both are parts of the Volund Micro Battle Belt system).

I didn’t want to have to rig it onto my inner belt every day so this seemed like a better solution (for me). I may get another sheath from them for off duty carry or a couple and rig one onto my training belt as well but I may end up just getting another or a NCO?

It has held tight and carries very well. It does not jab me in the side sitting or wandering around. The draw is easy and very natural for me. I’ve done some testing with it punching drywall, plywood and the sonic foam panels in our range (the FI just rolled his eyes and walked away). It’s not comfortable driving it into a hard surface but I didn’t hurt myself, I’m assuming driving it into a human body won’t hurt (me) as bad.

I have zero knife fighting experience and this blade seems to work as advertised. It’s quick to the hand and all I need to do is start punching. It fills my need as a tool to use for a gun grab situation where I foresee myself punching across my body while trapping my pistol with my strong hand. The one gun grab I’ve been in went down like that...luckily the guy wasn’t trying to kill me so I was able to just put him out using hands on techniques.

The way it sits on my belt keeps it pretty out of sight (it’s almost unnoticeable when I’m wearing my PC). So far I’m pretty happy with it and will continue carrying it on duty for the foreseeable future.  

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Joined: 13AUG2010         Location: Southern Arizona 

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XTCBX, that's a very cool mod. I hadn't thought to have it on the duty belt while behind a pouch. I wear an external (Blauer) carrier so there's just enough overlap to slightly cover the top of the handle without obstructing it. I found replacing the supplied belt clip with a Blade-Tech Soft Loop and attaching to my inner belt behind the duty belt helped conceal it partially while still making it easy and fast to access. I've been using it like this for over a year now and have found it's only noticeable up close and it's very difficult to grab if you're not the user.

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