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DUSTAR Model 1 Arad Combat Knife 7" D2 Carbon Blade, Sharpened Top Edge, FRN Handles

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Manufacturer: Dustar Israeli Knives
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XTARAD1BLKSFE: Model 1 - Arad

The DUSTAR Model 1 - Arad is the first-ever fixed-blade, heavy duty, all purpose utility/field/combat knife conceived, designed, tested, perfected and manufactured entirely in Israel.The knife was manufactured entirely by CNC technology.

Based on a classic design on the one hand and on extensive practical combat and outdoors experience on the other hand, this premium quality knife is made from the best materials and manufactured to the most demanding standards in the metal processing industry. Features a sharpened top edge.

The knife was designed by Alex Shamgar, a renowned Israeli custom knife designer and maker; and manufactured by Sherutay Erozia, an ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturer of molds and dies since 1984.

The Blade
The 7" blade of this superb knife is made of D2 steel (RC 56-57 hardness), one of the toughest, best steels known to the tools industry.

The blade was subject to extreme durability tests, normally not expected during even a lifetime of service. These included hard blows against a D2 block,which was consequently deeply marked,but left no scratch on the blade.

The Handle
The handle of the DUSTAR Model 1 - Arad is made of fiberglass reinforced nylon - the apex of strength, durability, and practicality.

The handle is attached the blade by twohardened steel pins that would not loosen even under the most demanding conditions.

  • Blade Length: 7"
  • Overall Length: 11-7/8"
  • Handle Length: 4-1/2"
  • Steel: D2 Steel; RC56-57
  • Sheath: Cordura with Kydex Lining
  • Made in Israel

UPC Code: 016179

Nylon Sheath
Nylon Sheath
Durable, flexible, abrasion and mildew resistant, and high strength.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
D2 Tool Steel
D2 Tool Steel
This is a high carbon steel that is appropriate for use in hostile environments and is known for edge retention.
4.750 (12 reviews)
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Peter Fa
Mar 28, 2014
Pros: Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Weight, Sheath/Scabbard, None
SOG Seal is better value
Based on the glowing reports, I ordered this knife. Service was good--arrived quickly. Knife is certainly heavy duty. However, I do not think it is as good as the full size SOG Seal knife which I have owned for many years. Moreover at $200 vs $130 for the SOG, it is not nearly as good a value. As everyone has said, the sheath is crap. Must be a lot of these knives lost in the deserts in the mideast, due to the sheath failing.
5 out of 5
Western NC
Mar 18, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Well Made Knife
I'm in the woods a lot. I come upon all kinds of cutting chores from rope and 550 cord to inch-size tree branches. The DUSTAR is excellent for these jobs .I have big hands and the grip feels secure and comfortable. The 3-inch sharpened edge on the top of the blade is like having a "backup sharp edge" when the main edge gets dull. The pouch on the sheath conveniently accepts a folding, 5-inch DMT hone. The only improvement I would make is to add a snap to the Velcro strap to keep the knife in the sheath in case I fall or get tangled in thick bush.
5 out of 5
Jack L
Nashville, Tn
Feb 27, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
Great knife, but...
This is a great knife. It is hefty, but is to tolerant of heavy use. The black coating is equally tough, although for looks, the other finish would be better. This is a combat knife to be certain. The only thing that sucks is the sheath. I prefer a good stout sheath of leather. Of course one should never store the knife in a leather sheath, so the one that comes with the knife is good for that. I did get the Arad with sharpened top, and out of the box the knife was sharp and ready for use. There are some good on-line videos showing the destruction of the Arad, so you can easily see just how tough this knife is. That is why I bought it. You never can tell when you may run into voracious zombies.
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