When I was kicking around in the FNH booth at the SHOT Show today, I caught wind of a special project the folks at FN have in the works. The press release is below, and worth reading. Proceeds from the auction go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Click on the Buy Now on GunsAmerica link below to see the auction and place your bid.
FN America, LLC announced today that it has formed a partnership with Bawidamann Blades to produce 250 limited edition knives exclusively for FN. On Sunday, January 18, 2015, serial number 001 will be auctioned off online and proceeds will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). Priced at $449 each, the other 249 will be available for pre-order at the FN America booth (Booth #13662) during SHOT Show® 2015.
“FN America is proud to partner with Bawidamann Blades,” said Mark Cherpes, FN America President and CEO. “We are very pleased with the custom knife they designed for FN as it nicely showcases the quality and innovation both Bawidamann and FN are known for.”
The FN Limited Edition Knife is made in the U.S. from CPM S35-VN stainless steel, which is hand ground and finished in a distressed wolf grey CerakoteTM. It has a G10 chunk handle, which offers positive grip and retention in both wet and dry conditions, and comes with a custom-made Kydex® sheath with mounting hardware that is maneuverable into multiple ambidextrous carry positions. Each is packaged in a walnut presentation box along with a custom challenge coin. The front of the coin features the FN logo and the phrase Armes de Guerre; the reverse has the Bawidamann Blades logo and serial number for that particular knife.
“FN America is pleased to donate proceeds from the auction of the first FN Limited Edition Knife to SOWF,” said Cherpes. “FN has a deep commitment to supporting our nation’s armed forces. We hope this contribution will help SOWF achieve their mission of providing financial assistance and counseling services to the surviving children of special operations warriors who lost their lives or were wounded while serving their country.”
FN America, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A. and is a leader in the development and manufacturing of high quality, reliable firearms for military, law enforcement and commercial customers in the U.S. Headquartered in McLean, VA with manufacturing operations in Columbia, SC, FN America is passionately committed to providing its customers with a portfolio of products, training and support services under the FNH USA brand name that enhance their performance and safeguard their lives.
Since 1980, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation has been dedicated to ensuring funds are available for post-secondary educations for the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces killed in the line of duty. The foundation also provides family financial and educational counseling. Additionally, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel who are hospitalized so their loved ones can be bedside during their recovery.
Bawidamann Blades is a 100% American owned and operated family company. We construct our knives out of the most advanced and highest quality materials available. Whether you are an actively deployed Soldier, Law Enforcement Officer, Trainer/Instructor, or a Civilian simply looking for a comfortable every day carry knife…Bawidamann Blades strives to meet and exceed your operational needs. We pride ourselves on our unique design vision that flows from tip to pommel, and from sheaths to our PUP mounting attachment system.