I think the Northman hits a sweet spot between concealability and utility, and think the size is perfect. The blade is very well designed for its purpose (dual combat/utility).
There are very few knives that have an identical trainer. I’m guessing most individuals just find a generic training knife, or have to pick from this small list. I see a lot of value in practicing with an exact replica of your actual knife, particularly one that functions with your sheaths/carry systems. Usually, these training knives cost almost $100 on their own; it really is a huge benefit that the training knife is included. I’ve found myself not only practicing with the trainer but handling and familiarizing myself with it throughout the entire day. No fear of accidentally hurting myself while developing an innate feel for the knife.
I appreciate that no cost was wasted on flowery packaging. I saw many similarly classed knives coming with near display-level packaging. Though the Northman was packaged well enough to protect the knives and was in no way inadequate, there was also no perception that I paid for some kind of collectible. This is an honest tool, with no frills driving the cost up.
The storage sheath has actually become my primary carry sheath in a static line carry method. I had to drill a hole through the kydex; I may try to install an eyelet to reinforce it. I wrapped the sheath in a length of bike tire inner tube, where I keep a ferro rod so I don’t lose the fire-starting benefit of the fire sheath. This allows me to completely conceal the knife, and the rubber tube gives the sheath a little friction to stay where I position it in my waistband.
Thanks for your assistance, and please forward my thanks to the rest of the team. I hope to one day attend a training course with Bill.
My name is Gunner. 2 days ago, I was in a crash in which my vehicle was airborne for 50 yards and subsequently flipped 4 times. My Minuteman was in my pocket, and I used it to cut out my airbags and escape my vehicle. I was able to walk away from this with only a fractured sternum.
I’ve had the pleasure of handling this blade and trainer for a few days now, and wanted to write to let you know that you have another satisfied customer.
The attention to detail is top notch, including the design, weight, materials chosen, and the overall offering. I appreciate that no aspect was overlooked, even with the packaging, and down to the sticker on the box!
I can surmise that you inspire a high level of standard in all around you. Looking forward to the future products you make available!
I received my Northman, SN —-, about a week ago . It is an outstanding system! The knife is quality and rugged. The attention to the design of the sheath and how it is assembled is remarkable.
Including the trainer and storage sheath was like receiving a bonus! The trainer is of quality and feels just like the knife when held.
Being able to carry a survival tool and defensive weapon discreetly everyday and everywhere I go just ramps up my confidence.
I wanted to contact you mainly to say thank you for building and delivering outstanding quality.
I received my Northman yesterday and wanted to express my thanks for making these. I have handled hundreds of blades over my lifetime and can appreciate the thought and craftsmanship that goes into purpose driven tools.
I could immediately tell from the weight, sharpness, ergonomics, and sheath retention that this was a quality blade. I was also equally pleased with the trainer as both deploy smoothly from the sheaths. So, thank you again for providing tools such as this for people who are looking for more than your garden variety knife.
Keep producing great blades and training the right people,
Good afternoon men,
I wanted to drop a line to you both to explain my experience with my Northman Blade from Amtac Blades.
On 24 September 2020, I got my first deer (hopefully one of many) of the Season in expanded archery. The Northman is a crucial part of my EDC but I also carry it for Archery season because of its weight and versatility. After this successful hunt I dressed the deer with my Northman, which is nothing new as I’ve done this a few times already, however, after getting the deer back to my house, I also Skinned, quartered and boned the deer so that I could let it cool. The part of this story that impressed me most was that I never had to touch up (sharpen) the blade throughout this whole process! Seriously impressive!
I appreciate you both for the men that you are and the quality of your work. Thank you and stays safe, -Bret