if it was made by a reputable company - they would have stated so.
why would you not mention that the knife is expensive if its all marketing? im 99% sure (1% being they were stupid and forgot to mention the knife manufacture but meant to) that its a cheap knockoff.
Most of the focus by members appears to be on the knife and the travel Humidor! Great marketing as we are all men !:madgrin:
A bit of an update. I had the opportunity to quickly inspect both knives today. There were no markings indicating Extrema Ratio, but they were of that design style and appeared to be of decent quality.
The only markings were on the blade. One side has crossed Kukri knives and "K. Hansotia & Co", and the other side "SpecOps" "SRS Limited Edition".
I am not sure if it was SRS or 5R5, hard to tell but I did find this in a search of "SRS":
"SRS-15 - Japanese Powder Metallurgy(PM) steel. Excellent choice for kitchen knives. Ref - SRS-15 PM Steel Composition. As you can see, it's really high on Carbon, and all that Tungsten with Vanadium increase wear resistance significantly. Overall, it can get to 64-65HRC no problems. Akifusa gyuto that I have, is made of SRS-15, and I can only attest to its excellent performance."
If it had this knife, I might jump...
So $159.00 for the set to include a challenge coin is reasonable and unique. Now if it were some "store label" cigars... not so much!
Now if by some chance they actually commissioned the knife from Extrema Ratio (and that my be an extreme stretch - pun intended) the knife is easily worth twice the cost for the set from Gurkha.
I sent an email to Gurkha and asked if it was made by Extrema Ratio or if not who made the knife. I doubt I will get an answer, but it cost nothing to ask!
Now I need to find a suitable allen wrench to disassemble the haft. Additionally it is indeed a full tanto; nor is the steel composed of SRS-15, otherwise well so to would be the cigars as well, well at least the name band on the sticks.
To whom it may concern,
I've yet to find a proper Allen wrench, I'll be going out to buy one today to disassemble the central quillions which are keeping the haft attached to the blank and blade of my Spec Ops knife in order to see which company fabricated the knives as well as to discern the type of steel used to forge the blades.
Would love to see a better pic of the case too. Any indication who makes it?
Thanks in advance.
All I can say is that the case appears to be a variant of the Madeline series of pelican stylized cigar cases; beneath the second row of Spec Ops is an over turned third pre-cut ten stick tray. The stock humidifier can easily be replaced with a Cigar Mechanic 25ct round travel humidifier as the the case has already utilizes a magnetic plate to affix the humidifier to it. The case itself is made in China, the cigars are from the DR, the leg sheathe is from Italy, and as for the knife (I've been told from one of my sources that it actually does have an MSRP of 300$ (not a Gurkha MSRP)).
An additional note, the haft/quillion/guard all bear striking resemblances to ER's Venom fixed knife.
Now the most important question? Have you smoked one of the Cigars yet? When you do please write a review. I'm not paying that much for a knife, coin and Herfador till i know the cigars inside it are worth smoking. Espcially since the knife and coing are just marketing ploys, I could use the Herf though...