C.U.T. 4.0 – Combat Utility Tool
Overall Length: 9.0″
Blade Length: 4.25″
Cutting Edge: 4.0″
Blade Thickness: 0.19″
Blade Steel: 1095 High Carbon
Blade Finish: Black Traction Coating
Handle Material: Tan Canvas Micarta
Sheath: Black Kydex
Designer: Joshua Swanagon
The 2014 SHOT Show was outstanding, as it is every year. For those of you who don’t know what SHOT Show is, it is the “Shooting, Hunting, Outdoors Tradeshow” held in Las Vegas every year in January. It is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries (taken from ShotShow.org). With 5 square miles of floor space and its more than 1,600 exhibitors it is almost impossible to see everything.
As the Associate Editor of Survival Quarterly Magazine I have gone the past couple years and plan to keep attending. This year was especially exciting for me because I was also there to reveal my new knife design the “Backwoods Skinner” being produced by TOPS Knives. I was very happy with the reception it got as well. All they brought with them were prototypes, but apparently they sold out and received some pre-orders as well. Very cool. I was able to get an extra prototype to give to Ted Nugent before they were gone, so I was happy about that. He loves it and plans to really get some use out of it. I am looking forward to hearing what he thinks of it.
Unfortunately, I am not a photog and didn’t get as many pictures as I could have. I am the type that always remembers that I should have gotten a photo while I am walking away, “Oh bummer! I should have gotten a photo of that!” Oh well though, I did get some photos and will let them tell the story of the SHOT Show experience for myself and Survival Quarterly Magazine. Keep your eyes peeled for some familiar faces.