As we head into the weekend some of us are prepping for a hot date. And that may actually require dressing up. So what is the well-heeled sophisticate suppose to carry as an edged weapon that looks appropriate in Armani but is still capable of an emergency tracheotomy?
What is the appropriate tool for a black tie affair, in case you also need to free a damsel from restraints? (I’m thinking 007, not 50 Shades. Sicko.)
Fortunately, this week, we got our hands on just such a blade. New from Attleboro Knives: the Berlin Strike. The company’s first folding knife!
Berlin Strike Folder
- Overall Length – 8 ¼ in
- Folded length – 4 ¾ in
- Blade Length – 3 ½ in
- Width – 1 ¼ in
- Blade – D2 steel, hollow grind
- HRC 60-62
- Titanium Frame
- Black Carbon Fiber Scale
- Ambidextrous Clip w/ added Torx TM T6 wrench
- Frame Locking Function
- Ball Bearing Flipper Opening Mechanism
- Functional Jimping on the blade and finger notch
- Waterproof knife container – Two sizes, Your choice of the Utility Case or Phone Case
- Also comes with a carabiner
- MSRP: $325.00
As you can probably tell from the company logo, Attleboro is run by another Special Forces veteran retired by way of 10th Group. It is fitting that a 10th Group soldier would create a tribute to the Berlin Brigade since the one we are referencing is part of their mythos.
Berlin Brigade means different things to different people but in the Special Forces community, it always refers to the original gangsters from Bad Tolz, West Germany.
One of if not the absolute first classified units, the Teams from 10th Group assigned to the Berlin Brigade were and are walking legends. While most Americans think of Special Forces in the ’60s as MACV SOG, Vietnam, and little else, there was actually a lot more going on. The Berlin Brigade was face-to-face with the best the Russian Bear could field, facing down a full-on invasion of Europe.
While the German theater never went hot, there are cloak and dagger stories that would turn your hair white. Which we shall not be discussing on the internet. That is someone else’s job. At any rate, the Detachment laid the groundwork and learned the hard lessons for what would become Special Operations doctrine for that style of work.
The Berlin Strike is a fitting tribute to those men, as well as all the other unsung heroes of the Cold War. The blade is a very durable D2 tool steel with a titanium frame lock and carbon fiber front scale.
The knife is light and elegant looking but the blade profile means business. A hollow grind gives the spine strength but retains a wicked cutting edge.
If you are looking for a very light, agile blade that is at home in the fanciest of dress as well as the worst of conditions, look no further. With a limited production run of 250, these won’t be around long.
MSRP: $325. For more information check out AttleboroKnives.com.