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GUNS Magazine April 2013 Digital Edition - Page 58
The Combat Utility Blade (C.U.B.) is a slick collaboration between Wilson Tactical and knifemaker Steve Woods. Wilson TacTical A fine biT of forCe! W Pat Covert ilson Tactical’s Combat Utility Blade is some serious steel. Chances are you’re very familiar with Wilson Combat’s high-grade firearms, conversions and accessories, but did you know the company offers some darn nice tactical knives to boot? (Combat Utility Blade). The 9-inch overall C.U.B. might best be described as an aggressive knife dressed to the nines. The blade is a graceful yet wide 4-inch 154CM stainless steel clip point with a deep-bellied grind for superb cut. The handle is a swoopy handful of grippy 3-D machined G10 composite with a deep-finger choil available in basic black, black/gray layers, or a black/green layered combo. The C.U.B. is of sturdy full-tang construction and has an exposed glass breaker/skull cracker pommel with three holes that can be used for a lanyard or lashing points. Inset into the handle is a bronze “WT” medallion and at the base Wilson’s signature plaited skull bead lanyard. A custom heat-formed Kydex sheath with a positionable Tek-Lok is included. The price for such finery is $350 suggested retail, very much in line with knives of this quality—and with those cool handle options you can color code your knife to match your favorite firearm! A couple of years back, Wilson Tactical (the cutlery side of Wilson Combat) began teaming up with custom knifemakers and top shelf manufacturers to offer limited editions of knives and these collaborations have been a resounding success with many offerings selling out virtually overnight—a sign they must be doing something right! The company’s latest pièce de résistance is a tactical fixed blade by knifemaker Steve Woods dubbed the C.U.B. Steve WoodS Combat Utility blade (C.U.b.) Maker: Wilson TacTical 2234 counTy rd. 719 Berryville, ar 72616 (800) 955-4856 WWW.gunsMagazine.coM/ Wilson-coMBaT Blade Material: 154CM stainless steel, Blade Length: 4", Overall Length: 9", Weight: 8.4 ounces, Handle: 3D machined G10 (black, black/green, black/ gray), Carry: Custom Kydex with Tek-Lok, Price: $349.95 58 W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • A P R I L 2 0 1 3