The Wilson Combat Alliance Custom Knives program has been in place for over a decade. Pairing famous designers such as Les George, Allen Elishewitz, and Scott McGhee with the Wilson Tactical division of Wilson Combat, they release extremely limited editions of some pretty amazing knives.
The Damasteel StarRaider is the 31st overall and designer Brian Tighe’s 5th knife for the program. And like the others, it sold out in less than a day. Tighe had previously released a similar knife, the StarFighter in 3 versions, an RWL-34 Stainless (#8) and a Damasteel (#13) and Damasteel Deluxe (#17). It is the second version of the StarRaider, the first (#24) being from RWL-34, and this one out of Damasteel.
Damasteel is Damascus steel made from various powder-metal alloys which is hardened in the 59-60HRC range. The scales of the StarRaider are titanium with the Wilson Combat Starburst grip design. The pivot is Tighe’s proprietary Sealed Thrust Bearing System (STBS) “that gives the blade an amazing glassy-smooth flipper operation that must be felt to believed!”.
From Wilson Tactical press release (Via TheOutdoorWire):
“The Damasteel StarRaider tactical folder merges Wilson Combat’s signature Starburst grip design and the superb quality and performance of knifemaker Brian Tighe’s artistic cutlery vision. The sculpted Titanium handle houses Tighe’s rock-solid button lock and proprietary Sealed Thrust Bearing System (STBS™). The STBS™ is the secret ingredient that gives the blade an amazing glassy-smooth flipper operation that must be felt to believed!
The high performance and beautiful Swedish Damasteel powdered metal technology stainless steel blade is polished and etched with a unique, eye catching contrast and amazing cutting performance. You will be proud to display or carry this unique knife that lives up to the Wilson Combat reputation for practical elegance. This exclusive Custom Alliance is limited to ten serialized pieces, limited one per customer.
- Sculpted Titanium Handle with Wilson Combat’s Signature Starburst Grip Design
- Tighe’s Rock-Solid Button Lock
- Proprietary Sealed Thrust Bearing System (STBS™) Provides Glassy-Smooth Flipper Operation
- High Performance Stainless Damasteel Swedish powdered damascus blade
- Titanium Pocket Clip
Damasteel is a Swedish powdered metal Damascus steel that is renowned for toughness, material quality and unmistakable beauty. Damasteel is a blend of two stainless knife steels and the end result is as hi-performing as it is attractive.
Because of the beauty of the deeply etched pattern we have opted not to engrave the blades with our custom alliance logo. To identify these unique Wilson Custom Alliance knives in the future we are supplying a personalized dog tag with the serial number and other pertinent information.
I know that I will never own one of these knives,but it is nice sometime to gaze on the unobtainable.