Skip to comments.Navy SEAL combat knife made from World Trade Center steel
Posted on 09/09/2011 6:20:00 PM PDT by Nachum
Emerson Knives, Inc. has been building custom knives for the Navy SEALs since its founding in 1979. This month, Emerson is memorializing the SEALs whose helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan on August 5th with a commemorative Emerson CQC-6 combat knife with a blade constructed with steel from the World Trade Center. The Emerson CQC-6 design has been a sidearm staple for the SEALs since the 1980s. The knifes letters, CQC, mean Close Quarter Combat, and the 6 refers to SEAL Team 6. According to Ernest Emerson,
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There's only one. Bidding's over $8500 at present.
Just curious- most structural steel is A36 (I-beams and such); pretty low carbon and not heat-treatable.
One would need something added or a special piece of something else to make a KNIFE.(Crocodile Dundee accent applied)
That would be a piece of history worth the price.
If the events of 9-11 didn’t harden your resolve enough to rip the throats out of all enemies foreign and domestic with merely your fingernails anything else is false.
And surely this is only my opinion, but if this is an attempt to win my heart and mind, try again.
Didn’t Jim Bowie make knives famous for things like this?
The a-36 was probably used as the base melt with alloys added. Prob done in a small batch electro-furnace.
That would be the ticket- they ought to be able to make a bunch of them with that mojo..-er..., commemorative significance.
The WWII Marine K-Bar is going for about $85-$125. And that was common issue.
Anyone know what these Navy SEAL knives are priced at?
Old school blacksmith- eh?
Plowshares into swords and vice-versa!
My first real job was in the Forge Shop at Newport News shipyard. NNS&DDCo
I made a knife from a Timken bearing made for some old piece of heavy equipment a couple of years ago, they call it 52100 steel I think, I had to learn a few things about heating and treating it, hardest part was getting the curves all straitened out, made a knife about 2” wide and 14’ long.
I have some pattern folded Damascus type of knives and if it comes to be I would like to build my own forge and hammer press, I just love Damascus knives. On Ebay you can get some really cheap ones from Ebay from Britain of all places, they may not have them legally but they sure make a lot, and I have one that isn’t some piece of cheap third world country crap, its really quite nice.
Standard issue is an MK3; but I think they are allowed to carry whatever they wish.http://www.opsgear.com/index/page/product/product_id/1037/category_id/163/category_chain/33,163/product_name/MK3+Navy+Combat+Knife+%26+Sheath
That’s what we were issued, USN Ka-Bars with a gray plastic sheath and a canvas belt loop to go over a web belt. On surface swimmer ops the belt and Ka-Bar went over our khaki UDT trunks. On the gray plastic sheath, a Mk-13 day/night flare/smoke was attached with rigger’s tape.
Nobody was handing out fancy-schmancy Emerson knives that I ever saw. The only Emersons I ever saw were some old canvas and rubber rebreather scuba rigs, just before they were replaced with Draegers.
Not fancy custom made knives, until maybe some SOG blades after my time.
Why the flare?
I like my Gurkha knife. It’s really old (60+ years) and the blade is very sharp.
I want one.
We always swam in buddy pairs, so two swimmers/divers had two flares and two smokes between them. They were basically a mayday device for in extremis. Pulled only for “Help me Mr. Wizard!” If you popped a smoke or flare, it had better have been life or death. I never did.
Ditto. Guess I’m not gonna bid for it. Anything over $100 is out of my price range. LOL
Just starting to forge knives myself. Lots of hammer in’s of late. Got most of my tools collected with tips from locals an folks here like Tet68. Still learning an wasting some railroad spikes in the process...:o)
You get a chance post a pic of that blade you posted about. If ya have time of course.
I would not want one. It just seems too much of a gimmick. The Kabars are pretty much the standard but I never thought they were any better than other high quality such as the Cold Steel SRK.
To top it off they are pretty reasonable. I ordered a Swiss bayonet from CDNN and it looks very similar to the old Gerber Guardian. It is basically a long blade resembling the old Sykes-Fairbairne but with a longer blade and not quite as thin a point. I figure since it was made by Sig/Neuhausen that the quality would be first class. The only thing I dont like about it is the handle tho with finger holds, is slippery metal. I simply wrapped it with several layers of athletic tape.
Ill send ya some pics of mine this weekend. Same knife was issued to me in EOD. I broke a bunch of em albeit abuse on my part as the blade was never intended to do what I did with it.
I finally bought a Randall 14 with my own cash and when my supply troop saw it he ordered all of us one. Never broke a Randall 14. But have some deep scratches in it. Mines still used for hunting.
Several years ago I was visiting the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.
One of the more interesting things to me were the engine cutaways.
I was looking at the (impeller?) blades on the jets, these were maybe a foot long or maybe a bit more. I touched then and tapped them and they just plain looked like they would have made great knife blades.
That is very good steel for a knife. Marbles made their carbon steel knives out of that type of steel.
Most likely titanium.... I was issued a titanium beryllium composite non magnetic knife for working near ordnance that would bite me with normal tools.
Each one of those knives were serial numbered an accounted for in a manner that was scary strict. I remember they finally came for em before mine could fall off the truck per se....
Making small items now in retirement with a propane forge an small workshop. Fun and a cruel learning curve learning that black art .....
All fun these days.... Btw I did just recently get a gift from my brother who was in Israel. He visited the Du**star factory an brought me some very nice D2 blades that they wire EDM build.
The Magen... Stay Safe !
Its more like a short machete, on the tang I took two plates of T6 3/8ths aluminum flat stock and clamped it down good and used my aluminum wire feed welder to fill in all around, then I took my 4” 24 grit disc sander and put in finger grooves.
Its not a work of art but with my belt sander I was able to get a good straight blade with a decent bevel. I went and joined several knife making forums and they instructed me about the triple quench procedure that this steel prefers for a keen edge.
I can say this, I am a fabricator and a welder and this steel was some of the hardest I have ever pounded on! 53100 isn’t for beginners, best steel for a novice is a big high quality bastard or mill file,or a good leaf spring like from an import.
Some interesting new trends is heating and beating a piece of chainsaw wrapped around a round rod. makes a unique pattern with the core being strong and not brittle. one of these days I will get a camera set up.
I meant 52100, not 53200. I read that it is a good steel to use but is hard to work with.
True, but the buildings were clad in stainless.
Now that’s a knife!
According to Ernest Emerson, founder and CEO of Emerson Knives, without the support of the SEALs, the company would not exist. Emerson is showing his gratitude and support by raising money for the families of the members of SEAL Team 6 by auctioning off this memorial knife.
We built the second blade from steel from the World Trade Center because the reason these guys are in the Afghanistan is because of what happened on September 11th, 2001, said Emerson. The SEALs recognize this [design] as their knife.
The bidding is currently up over $8,500.
I use Anza knives “Boddington” an bought my brother one as well.... The damn thing is surgical sharp an made from files as you suggest. I’m still snaging steel where I can find it.
I have a parang made from a leaf spring for me when I was stationed in the PI an it is still busting brush as a landscaping tool.
On those forums you may see Dicky Robinson’s name. That’s the man that does our hammer ins over in Vega Texas.
I have seen his work in damascus. The chain you mention an other patterns. He s famous for his “feather” pattern....
Good info Unk. Grateful.... Stay safe !
We now have the two excellent samurai swords my Iwo Jima vet father in law brought back from the occupation of Japan 1946.
So I don’t bother much talking about great blades anymore, since the katanas are pretty much way above everything else I’ve ever handled.
I once bought a Phrobis knife from a pawn shop in Black Mountain, NC. I could tell it was a nice knife and the sheath was exceptionally nice looking. I paid $20 for it and was sure I got a good deal.
The next day I was at a gun show in Asheville and as soon as I entered and turned right, I stopped at the first table. The guy asked me what I wanted for the knife and I said $50, thinking I would probably take $30. To my surprise he immediately handed me a $50 bill.
I still don’t know exactly what the knife was but it must have been a bargain at $50.
Very, very cool.
Too bad the blade wasn’t quenched, white hot, in Muslim blood.
The 300 (Austenitic) series Stainless Steels are corrosion proof in things like water, but they lack the strength of regular carbon steels.
Guns and knives are made from 400 (Ferritic) series stainless steels which can match the strength of carbon steel, plus rust resistance. They can rust though, especially if you use something like steel wool to buff them with.
I’ve seen some of that where you use a file or grinder and little bits get down in there and rust.
The fine line between hardness and brittleness keeps us waffling. Punches, chisels, knives- it’s all a compromise, eh?