A friend of mine spent nearly $1000 for an extremely exclusive limited-run SIG/Sauer P226 Mk.25. It was only sold to Navy SEALs, and came in a custom carrying case with a matching ‘custom’ knife, which was sadly made in China of mystery metal. WTF?
Not all gun-branded knives are so uninspired. Upper-end Browning ‘Black Label’ knives join some of Benchmade’s H&K-brand lineup, as American-made gun knives you can trust.
The ‘Arbitrator’ fighting knife shown above bucks the trend of mediocre gunmaker knives: it’s made in the USA from super-hardened 154 CM stainless and G-10. Like the rest of the Black Label lineup, it’s designed by legend Russ Kommer. At a street price of about $140, it’s a pretty impressive blade at a competitive price.
These knives are worth a look-see if you want a US-made knife with solid design and premium materials. Be sure to check the product description as well as the price, however: other Browning Black Labels are foreign-made of 440 and 440C steels. They’re almost certainly decent knives, but they’ll probably appeal to a completely different type of customer who will buy them for completely different reasons.