Designed by Bob Kasper and handmade by Master Knifemaker Al Polkowski, the Companion is a pure defensive knife with utilitarian features. This very popular Polkowski model is now being produced by Columbia River Knife and Tool. The knife features a 3-1/2 inch single edge blade, belt sheath, IWB sheath, neck/steering column chain, and paracord. This first class, hair shaving sharp, multi-position carry, defensive knife will retail for $49.95. Expected delivery date is mid-January 2001. Place your order now at Tactical Plus or call 732-451-0100.
Can't wait to get my hands on one (or more) of these. It would be nice to carry a Polkowski/Kasper design and not have to worry too much about losing/damaging/etc. a $300 custom knife. Differences (from the original custom) so far seem to be:
(1) Different handle material - looks like maybe zytel or something rather than the G10
(2) Different blade steel - chances are CRK&T will make it in AUS6 or something other than the ATS-34
(3) Shorter blade length - my custom Companion has about a 4 inch blade I think, not 3 1/2.
Time will tell. Still looks easily worth the money. Anyone have any more details yet?
Yeah..if they do change handle material from G10 to something else, I hope they add some checks or grain to it for a more positive grip. That was one of my main gripes with the CRK&T Kasper folder: despite the great handle design, the zytel is too damn smooth by itself. Don't know why Bob would let them get away with that...
I dont know for sure, but I have a strong feeling the steel will be AUS6 (just like the CRK&T KFF) for that money. Of course, I would much prefer ATS-34 or CPM 440V but that's just not going to happen on a knife that cheap. Still, the AUS6 does take a wicked sharp edge easily. For defensive purposes, that may be the most important quality.
Steel: AUS6M, .14 thick
Weight: 6.5 oz
Edge: Plain or Combo serrated
Handle: Textured, non-slip "POM" with torx screw attachment
Sheaths: 2 injection molded Zytel sheaths. One an inside the waistband with removable clip, The other an all purpose sheath with numerous multi-carry options.
Other: A length of Black paracord and a black ball chain.
I checked out Tactical Plus the other day and I couldn't find anything about this new knife (?) I think it's still too early yet. ou can be sure -everyone- (business, that is) will offer them once they become available. I hope there won't be a ridiculous limited supply for the first run like the whole Spyderco/Gunting thing...