The newest design in the Hammond Knives arsenal of military combat knives
is the Endurance. Compact, clean and concise—it is the next generation
of tactical combat knives, oriented toward the ever-changing needs of
the modern day warrior. The prototype models shown are the current phase
of design evolution in the knife’s second generation of development.
The original prototype was first evaluated by noted knife and martial
arts authority, the late Bob Kasper. Bob and I first crossed paths at
an early New York Custom Knife Show, and discovered a mutual connection
with Arcenio Advincula, with whom I had created the Flesheater™.
Bob was the founder and director of the Gung Ho Chuan Association and
the Kni-Com knife-fighting system, teaching military, Department of Defense,
government and corporate personnel throughout the world, as well as being
a subject matter expert in establishing knife training for the Marine
Corps Close Combat Curriculum.
Alongside Steven Dick, editor of “Tactical Knives” Magazine,
I placed the original prototype into the hands of Bob and asked him a
simple question, “Tell me what I need to do to make it better.”
After an involved and lengthy evaluation of the knife, he looked up at
me and declared, “I wouldn’t change a thing!”
He then asked me, “Who did you design this with?” I simply
told him that it was a coming together of all the years of feedback and
review that I’d received doing developmental work on special warfare
knife projects for the military. But even though Bob said not to change
a thing, the Endurance has moved to the next level with subtle changes,
adding even more to the knife’s overall versatility.
The Endurance™ is a full tang design, incorporating a double hollow
ground offset blade grind with a full tapered tang. The recessed area on the blade back between the aft end of the top grind and the front of the handle allows for added control and leverage in a working application.
The feature at the rear of the top grind is called the “Navarro Hook™,” named for one of Advincula’s first instructors, Tony Navarro, who was a Filipino Scout. Navarro filed several barbs or hooks into the edge of the top grind of his combat knife. A person may not realize they’ve been cut by an extremely sharp knife so the design purpose for the hook is to catch and snag like a fish hook barb, for a more engaging contact with a back cut.
Like other Hammond combat knives, the micarta handle scales are contoured
for maximum comfort and control with both a palm and pommel swell. Three
stainless steel lined 3/8” holes in the handle allow for added finger
purchase and lashing capability as needed. The handle design allows for
maximum versatility in either forward or reverse carry applications. Hand-filed vertical serrations on both sides of the handle are once again available as a custom option, and add significantly to grip purchase under extreme conditions.
There is also a collector’s grade version available, as shown in the photograph below. Feel free to inquire as to the various options available
with this upgraded styling.
The Endurance is available in two blade styles: one has a straight lower main edge, and the other has a slightly distended curved lower main edge, like on the Flesheater.
Endurance: “The power of continuing under pain, hardship, or distress
without being overcome.” The name is exactly what a knife of this
caliber must achieve for those who carry it in harm’s way.