Back in December Cabot Guns announced their plan to make a matched pair of 1911 pistols from a 35 kg hunk of meteorite. Today they announced a series of knives to go with the set; part of a partnership with Turmond s.p.a. of Italy – a maker of tungsten-carbide products. The handles will be made from meteorite and the blade will be carbide and have a whopping 71HRC.
The press release (below the jump) says that these are the first knives in America to use carbide. This isn’t exactly true – we wrote about the Evercut Furtif “Stealth” knives back in 2014. But it is still a very interesting material. It is incredibly tough and durable; I have used carbide woodworking tools (router bits in particular) extensively and am a big fan in those applications. I remain slightly skeptical as to its impact resistance, but it is much better than ceramic.
Cabot Guns Press Release:
May 11, 2016
Tungsten Carbide Knife Partnership Established – Mythical Knife Hardness of 71 Rockwell
Italian tungsten carbide experts Turmond s.p.a. (Turmond) and luxury American firearms company Cabot Gun Company, LLC (Cabot Guns) have committed to a long-term exclusivity agreement to bring knives crafted of tungsten carbide to the North American markets under the brand Sandrin Knives.
Established in 1969, Turmond is known for exceeding industry tungsten in precision components for companies such as Rolex. Cabot Guns is a Pennsylvania based producer of luxury firearms known for their bespoke mirror image pistol sets and use of exotic materials.
The tungsten knives will be branded under the trade name “Sandrin,” a beloved nickname of the recently retired founder of Turmond.
Cabot will debut the first-ever-seen tungsten carbide knives in the United States at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings and Convention in Louisville, Kentucky which takes place from May 20 to May 22. Four initial models will be introduced: Intium, Explorer, Venor and Venom. The initial run will be limited to 30 units.
Cabot Guns is scheduled to debut the Big Bang Pistol set comprised of two fully-functional 1911 style pistols constructed from a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite later this month. The Big Bang Pistol Set will be accompanied by the Big Bang Knife, a tungsten carbide blade by Turmond with meteorite handles.
Tungsten carbide is one of the most successful composite engineering materials ever produced. It’s a unique combination of strength, hardness and toughness that satisfies the most demanding applications. Durable ir property, high precision blades have been used for industrial purposes for decades, but the application of the material towards a consumer knife was considered not possible. Turmond has developed proprietary intellectual property on a unique grade of tungsten carbide that reduces brittleness.
Neither steel nor ceramic, they’re the perfect combination of hardness and strength whose extraordinary precision can be measured to light band tolerances. And with an outstanding hardness of HRC 71, simply put, they’re nothing short of the hardest and most durable knife blades that have ever been made.
The two companies share a passion for innovation, excellence and for producing the finest products many can buy.
Sandrin Knives will be available for purchase at www.cabotgun.com and www.sandrinknives.com starting in June 2016.
I am not sure why the Sandrin Knives link doesn’t work, but it doesn’t so I un-hyperlinked it. If you have a minute, I recommend checking checking out the whole story of the Cabot Big Bang pistols, but here is a taste:
“We wanted to raise the bar again,” says Cabot founder and President Rob Bianchin, “The pistol set will be a modern work of functional art and the ultimate set of luxury guns.” The out-of-this-world pistol set consists of two precision manufactured guns. The twin right and left handed 1911 style semi-automatic 45’s tentatively to be called The Big Bang Pistol Set. Cabot previously introduced pistol grips constructed from meteorite, but the idea of constructing a complete set of guns from a meteor is unprecedented.
Earlier this year, Cabot acquired a 35 kg portion of the prized Gibeon meteor which met the size characteristics for the project from famed meteor hunter and expert Robert Haag. The meteor, dated to an age of 4.5 billion years, was first discovered in the sub-Saharan part of Africa now known as Namibia in 1838. It is believed to have landed on Earth during pre-historic times. Not only is the age and metallurgical composition of the Gibeon meteor fantastical, it is considered the Cadillac of meteors in large part because of the aesthetic Widmanstattten pattern exhibited but the meteorites grain pattern once acid etched. Tiny portions of the valuable Gibeon meteor has been used by jewelers such as Rolex, but the scale and complexity of the pistols are ambitious.
“It’s both romantic and fascinating to imagine that this meteor traveled across the heavens for four billion years before landing on Earth and is now being transformed into Cabot pistols,” states Bianchin.