The production run is capped at 250 knives, with serial #1 being auctioned for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). Number 1 can be found for open bid at GunsAmerica.com. The other 249 are available for pre-order at the FN America booth at the SHOT show.
The knife is S35VN, a really new (5 years old) super-steel offshoot of S30V. It has a distressed Cerakote finish and G10 scales. It looks to be a fantastic knife. Ben Bawidamann, the maker, is so in demand that he has stopped taking orders. You can only get one of his knives if you see him in person at a show. So this is a rare opportunity to get your hands on one of his blades. You can look at his work here.
Full Press Release below the jump.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kristina DeMilt, firstname.lastname@example.org
FN AMERICA PARTNERS WITH BAWIDAMANN BLADES ON LIMITED EDITION KNIFE
First Serial Number to be Auctioned Off to Support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation
(McLean, VA – January 16, 2015) FN America, LLC announced today that it has formed a partnership with Bawidamann Blades to produce 250 limited edition knives exclusively for FN. On Sunday, January 18, 2015, serial number 001 will be auctioned off online and proceeds will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). Priced at $449 each, the other 249 will be available for pre-order at the FN America booth (Booth #13662) during SHOT Show® 2015.
“FN America is proud to partner with Bawidamann Blades,” said Mark Cherpes, FN America President and CEO. “We are very pleased with the custom knife they designed for FN as it nicely showcases the quality and innovation both Bawidamann and FN are known for.”
The FN Limited Edition Knife is made in the U.S. from CPM S35-VN stainless steel, which is hand ground and finished in a distressed wolf grey CerakoteTM. It has a G10 chunk handle, which offers positive grip and retention in both wet and dry conditions, and comes with a custom-made Kydex® sheath with mounting hardware that is maneuverable into multiple ambidextrous carry positions. Each is packaged in a walnut presentation box along with a custom challenge coin. The front of the coin features the FN logo and the phraseArmes de Guerre; the reverse has the Bawidamann Blades logo and serial number for that particular knife.
“FN America is pleased to donate proceeds from the auction of the first FN Limited Edition Knife to SOWF,” said Cherpes. “FN has a deep commitment to supporting our nation’s armed forces. We hope this contribution will help SOWF achieve their mission of providing financial assistance and counseling services to the surviving children of special operations warriors who lost their lives or were wounded while serving their country.”
To learn more about the auction or to place a bid, please visit theGunsAmerica auction page. For more information about FN America or FN products, please visit www.fnhusa.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter andInstagram.
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FN America, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A. and is a leader in the development and manufacturing of high quality, reliable firearms for military, law enforcement and commercial customers in the U.S. Headquartered in McLean, VA with manufacturing operations in Columbia, SC, FN America is passionately committed to providing its customers with a portfolio of products, training and support services under the FNH USA brand name that enhance their performance and safeguard their lives. For more information, visit www.fnhusa.com.
Since 1980, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation has been dedicated to ensuring funds are available for post-secondary educations for the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces killed in the line of duty. The foundation also provides family financial and educational counseling. Additionally, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel who are hospitalized so their loved ones can be bedside during their recovery. For more information, visit www.specialops.org.
Bawidamann Blades is a 100% American owned and operated family company. We construct our knives out of the most advanced and highest quality materials available. Whether you are an actively deployed Soldier, Law Enforcement Officer, Trainer/Instructor, or a Civilian simply looking for a comfortable every day carry knife…Bawidamann Blades strives to meet and exceed your operational needs. We pride ourselves on our unique design vision that flows from tip to pommel, and from sheaths to our PUP mounting attachment system. For more information, please visit www.bawidamannblades.com.