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Dustar Model 1 Arad Combat Knife 7" Flat Gray D2 Plain Blade, FRN Handles - DSARAD1SIL

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Part Number: DSARAD1SIL
Manufacturer: Dustar Israeli Knives
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Description
DSARAD1SIL: Model 1 - Arad, Flat Gray
Dustar
 
The Dustar Model 1 - Arad is the first-ever fixed-blade, heavy duty, all purpose utility/field/combat knife conceived, designed, tested, perfected and manufactured entirely in Israel.The knife was manufactured entirely by CNC technology.

Based on a classic design on the one hand and on extensive practical combat and outdoors experience on the other hand, this premium quality knife is made from the best materials and manufactured to the most demanding standards in the metal processing industry. Features a sharpened top edge.

The knife was designed by Alex Shamgar, a renowned Israeli custom knife designer and maker; and manufactured by Sherutay Erozia, an ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturer of molds and dies since 1984.

The Blade

The 7" blade of this superb knife is made of D2 steel (RC 56-57 hardness), one of the toughest, best steels known to the tools industry.

The blade was subject to extreme durability tests, normally not expected during even a lifetime of service. These included hard blows against a D2 block, which was consequently deeply marked, but left no scratch on the blade.

The Handle

The handle of the Dustar Model 1 - Arad is made of fiberglass reinforced nylon - the apex of strength, durability, and practicality.

The handle is attached the blade by two hardened steel pins that would not loosen even under the most demanding conditions.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 7"
  • Handle Length: 4.5"
  • Overall Length: 11.875"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.218"
  • Blade Material: D2 Tool Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 56-57HRC
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Flat Gray
  • Handle Thickness: 0.984"
  • Handle Material: FRN (Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon)
  • Sheath: Cordura with Kydex Lining
  • Weight: 13.2 oz.
  • Weight with Sheath: 17.3 oz.
  • Made in Israel
Nylon Sheath
Nylon Sheath
Durable, flexible, abrasion and mildew resistant, Nylon also is very strong
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
D2 Tool Steel
D2 Tool Steel
This is a high carbon steel that is appropriate for use in hostile environments and is known for edge retention.
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Mark C
Indiana
Apr 10, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Beautiful Knife
I have no need for this knife but it is a thing of beauty. I may end up gifting it to my nephew who lives in Zimbabwe and is working on getting his Guide license. He just took out a rogue hippo that was terrorizing the villagers and destroying their crops. He got it at the end of light and said he'd have to retrieve the hippo at first light so he can avoid the crocodiles. I suspect he'd have more use for a knife of this caliber than I do and it will be a pleasure to send it with him when he visits this fall. In the meantime, it will sit in a place of honor.
5 out of 5
C. Eck
Southern Colorado
Mar 24, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Just as advertised, arrived as predicted, totally satisfied with knif
Mostly collecting/front door accessory Solidly made, no frills fighter, and D-2 is an excellent knife steel. Guard isn't soldered but a perfect fit and rock-solid between blade and handle material.
1 out of 5
R.C. Thompson
Delaware
Mar 15, 2017
Pros: None
Cons: Overall Quality
This is Israeli quality?
I had high hopes for this knife, but was disappointed at first glance. The brass guard looked like it had been fabricated by the school for the blind. The front and rear surfaces were rough and unfinished, and the edges were coarsely filed to shape, uneven and with the file marks still visible. And this on a knife that retails for approximately $300? Now that I think about it, the school for the blind would probably do a much better job! I returned the knife to KnifeCenter and received a quick refund - no trouble there.
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