If you look at the web site of custom knifemaker Allen Elishewitz, you'll see that he is a wide-ranging designer, offering not only exquisite custom folders, but also timepieces and writing instruments. But Allen is also a serious martial artist, hence his interest in designing a superior fixed blade.
This new knife/sheath system is the culmination of two years of work, and the finest tactical fixed blade we have ever manufactured. Because it is designed For Those Who Serve, we are calling it the Elishewitz F.T.W.S.™
Allen has carefully considered every facet of the full-tang 6.30" blade. SK 5 carbon steel was chosen for its strength and hardness. The tip is a modified spear point with full width near the tip for penetrating strength. The top of the blade features a four-inch-long flat grind with a chisel ground edge for heavy hacking and chopping tasks. The blade is black powder coated to resist corrosion and minimize reflectivity.
Likewise, the handle is carefully thought out to provide best grip under all conditions. There is a semi-hilt, plus four finger choils and a parrot beak at the end for maximum security. The injection-molded glass filled nylon scales feature an aggressive pyramid texture. The blade tang is taper ground to allow the handle to swell at the palm and become narrower at the end. A lanyard hole is provided.
Tactical Sheath. Our battle-proven custom black high-strength nylon fabric/glass filled nylon sheath has an injection-molded liner. Dual belt loops are Velcro® adjustable. For maximum versatility, there are ample grommets with a length of 550 paracord included, an adjustable leg strap, plus a slotted sheath back that can mount on MOLLE gear. Two removable security handle straps with snaps give access and security, and qualify the system as jump and water operation accepted. A utility pocket with a Fastex™ buckle will carry a variety of folding knives, multipurpose tools or sharpeners.
The operator today has many fixed blades to choose from. Allen has combined their most successful elements in a fixed blade that is strong, well-balanced, secure to grip, and competitively priced. Best of all, it's a true Elishewitz.
Great knife and balanced. Well made and great fit in the hand. I wish a bit more care would have been taken with grind as mine has a small uneven swell in the angle of the blade edge. Well thought out design with cutting edge on one side and back edge on other and yet a strong point. Good product
2014-11-26 Appleton, WA
This Knife the F.T.W.S. - Designed by Allen Elishewitz, is an excellent knife the best I've owned thus far. The weight is the only thing that can be considered a disadvantage though it is also an advantage at the same point depending on use. The grip is very well designed, the finish is excellent, the cutting edges are very useful and seems like a lot of thought was given to the curve and angles used. I gutted and butchered a large buck with it this year and it worked through the whole deer flawlessly I didn't have to use any other knife, the back edge works well for getting through the sternum on deer too large for simply cutting through, were the sternum has fused. I can see a lot of other useful purposes for this blade in the future and the sheath is second to none in my opinion.
2013-01-03 Storrs, CT
I love the design, but am refusing to buy one because it lacks the Veff serrations. I recommend CRKT making a model that has the serrations.
2012-12-28 Lytle, TX
One the best knife to add to my collection.As an old recon grunt,this the best knife with great balanced and very comfortable in the right hands.Now I can save my old K-bar the only knife that came home with me from Nam.You now have a customer for the rest of my life
2012-08-12 Edmonds, WA
I've only had this a short time but I must say that I absolutely love this tool. I was considering a SP-5 but it was as heavy as this but unwieldy. This is a no frills butt kicking knife that is exceptionally functional. It's thick, not too heavy, balanced and comfortable. It just works. Of my fixed blades this may now be my favorite over my OKC-3 bayonet. My only complaint would be that a built in sharpener in the sheath like the Gerber LMF would be supremely useful.