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Article by James Nowka    (03-24-10 04:30.10)

Wilson Tactical, a division of Wilson Combat, has announced its latest addition to our CUSTOM ALLIANCE.

For over a decade, WILSON TACTICAL the knife and tool division of WILSON COMBAT has brought the finest in quality edged tactical tools to our discriminating clientele. For 2009 we are raising the bar and will be offering a limited collection of hand made knives by some of today’s premier tactical knife makers without the long wait typically associated with special ordering a custom edged masterpiece.

These newly designed knives featured in the new CUSTOM ALLIANCE will be few in number, and will quickly become a valued centerpiece of your collection. These offerings will typify the WILSON standards of extraordinary quality, classic design and unmatched value.

Broadwell - Ursa Major Subhilt

We are justifiably proud to offer ten pieces of our newest Custom Alliance knife; the David Broadwell handcrafted “Ursa Major” Subhilt Fighter. The Ursa Major, Latin for “Big Bear” pays homage to one of the greatest knife designs of all time, the Loveless Big Bear Subhilt fighters-knives designed for hard battle that integrate a second guard or “subhilt” to act as a leverage point for the index finger during or after a committed thrust. Well made Subhilt fighter’s are always special knives-only a select few makers can properly execute the pattern and we have found none that do it with as much style and perfection as Mr. Broadwell.

David Broadwell is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost designers and makers of exquisite handmade knives and bespoke pens. David’s knives exhibit bold contours, crisp hand-rubbed satin finishes and modern, flowing style that pays homage to past makers with uniqueness that screams “Broadwell”. David crafts each of his knives in the stock removal fashion, shaping his sleek, heirloom quality pieces from blank steel canvases and rough hewn blocks of wood. His knives have been described by many as “organic” and “timeless”-we think they are simply breathtaking and a perfect complement to your Wilson Combat custom pistol.

The Ursa Major’s 8” blade is precisely double ground from ¼” thick CPM-154 stainless steel, one of the finest stainless alloys available for knives. CPM-154 is manufactured with powdered metallurgy technology making it cleaner and tougher than many other steels in its class and remarkably rust resistant without sacrificing edge-holding ability. The Ursa Major is precisely double ground and sharpened-ensuring that this knife has unmatched piercing performance for a large blade. Even though the Ursa Major has a hidden, full tang for strength, it weighs in at a lively eleven ounces. The sculpted and contoured two-piece handle is crafted of the finest premium Amboyna burl, a rare and luxurious Asian hardwood that offers a beautiful and varied spectrum of colors from yellow to deep red and excellent toughness suitable for a presentation combat knife. We have negotiated a quantity of ten Ursa Major presentation subhilt fighters for our customers in 2010. All will come with a Maxpedition padded case, suitable to protect your investment.


Steel CPM-154
Blade Length 8"
Blade Thickness Approx. .250"
Handle Length 5"
Overall Length 13"
Weight 10.4 oz

Limited to 10 serial numbered pieces

1 of 10 Sold
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David Broadwell - Master Artisan

David Broadwell has been making handmade, custom knives since 1981 and full-time since 1989. His background as a machinist and artist gave him the skills necessary to make knives, but his passion and love of the craft has elevated him to the highest levels of the knifemaking world. His knives are highly collectible and usually only available after a considerable wait. David has won numerous “Best Of” awards over his career for his pens and knives, most recently winning “Best of Show” and “Best Folder” at the “Gathering” an exclusive annual event featuring high end knives hosted by the USN network. David is a lifelong firearms enthusiast and member of the NRA and we are honored to be working with him on this and future projects.

Price: $1,295.00

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