SALE! 6" Utility Fighter

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Nathan the Machinist, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    This will unlock at 3:00 eastern time.

    The 6" Utility Fighter was designed as a collaboration with design and functional input from a family friend, US Army Green Beret Jason Landphair. It is a well made, durable, high performance mid sized utility combat knife designed to carry light, tolerate rough use beyond the abilities of most alternatives, and function properly as a mid size fighting knife in addition to normal cutting chores. In this newest release of this old pattern it now has the Delta 3V heat treat that is optimized for edge stability so it will hold a sharp edge in rough use better than ever. A side effect of this heat treat is a higher percentage of free chromium, so although it is not stainless, it is nearly so. I consider this to be one of the ultimate modern particle metallurgy super steels and a knife of this nature is an ideal application for it.

    The handle is 3D sculpted CNC machined and ergonomically designed for a standard forward, reverse, saber and pinch grips for an average sized hand. Unnecessary weight is removed where possible and the tang is internally skeletonized for a neutral balance. The blade is made of .188" CPM "Delta" 3V. Despite being light (8 oz) and ground relatively thin (.025" before sharpening) it will tolerate rough use in demanding environments. You can baton and pry with it. It will tolerate punching holes in sheetmetal, cutting iron wire and even chopping through cinder block without breaking or developing excessive damage. One of the design requirements when developing this knife was it would be capable of opening a hole in a masonry wall without risk of breaking. You might damage the edge if you set your mind to it, but despite being light and reasonably thin (and subsequently a good cutter) the knife itself is practically unbreakable and comes with my rough use warranty: if it ever fails for any reason short of intentionally breaking it I will replace, repair or refund. Broken tips get re-pointed, broken scales are replaced with a material of my choosing.

    CPM 3V, Delta heat treat, tested 61 HRC, .188" at ricasso
    Total length 10.8"
    Blade length 6.0"
    Edge length 5.6", 20 DPS
    Weight 8.0 oz
    Extra grippy 3D machined scales
    Black oxide treated 18-8 stainless steel fasteners

    The price includes a very nice Mashed Cat Kydex sheath with TecLok.

    Tell me what scale option you choose and I'll build it. There are 5 knives available in this sale. The knives in the picture are not the knives you will receive. We are sharpening now and they will ship next week.

    Due to limited quantities please limit one per post.














    Rather than just take my word for it here is an old video that illustrates the excellent durability of this pattern in CPM 3V:

    These knives are unusual because they are machined. I do this in my shop on industrial CNC machine tools. A WIP thread documenting their construction can be found here:

    These are all utility “field grade”, “as machined” and stonewashed with visible tool and grind marks.
    They are shown with buffed scales but you can request unbuffed for an ugly alternative with better grip.

    Price is:
    $305 in black or natural canvas micarta
    $315 in OD green G10

    Shipping is $12

    I take paypal, cash, check, or MO.

    Jo will contact you via PM or email on Sunday or Monday. Emails though BF often get lost in spam filters. If you don't hear from her by end of day Monday please contact Jo on her PM, or send us an email at carothersknives at g mail dought com

    Come by here at 5:00 for a fun Friday "Who wants to be a guinea pig!" sale.

    Thanks for looking,
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  2. vxd


    Dec 1, 2011
    I'll take it.
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  3. xxwarderxx

    xxwarderxx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    I'll take one
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  4. PharetH


    Aug 2, 2016
    i'll take one
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  5. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    I would like to attempt a proxy claim for @NUTRAMAC
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  6. Panthera tigris

    Panthera tigris Street Samurai Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2012
    I’m in. Thank you.
  7. Turth


    Dec 18, 2014
    Proxy for @gusbuster!

    Looks like I was just too slow this time, sorry man. Congrats to the five above me!
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2018
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  8. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Too slow, grats to the winners!!
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  9. Kirkwood

    Kirkwood Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I'll take one please!
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  10. CataD

    CataD Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Congrats to the winners :)!
  11. dtmbinb

    dtmbinb Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 22, 2011
    Unbuffed black please.
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  12. abbydaddy

    abbydaddy Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2014
    Well it looks like I didn't make it on this one. Congratulations everyone who landed a UF. :)
  13. kurpak

    kurpak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2008
    Congrats everyone who snagged one!
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2018
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  14. cpirtle

    cpirtle Leathercrafter Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 28, 2001
    One please!
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  15. fkctrjt121

    fkctrjt121 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 29, 2017
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  16. Tricky Dickey

    Tricky Dickey Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2012
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  17. wireman12

    wireman12 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 19, 2017
    Maybe next time :)
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  18. AmericanAsApple3.14

    AmericanAsApple3.14 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 10, 2014
  19. aqw955


    Aug 24, 2013
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  20. Benson X

    Benson X Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    In for (0) in Buffed Black Micarta please! :D

    EDIT - Man, I'm getting slow! Congrats to the winners and those trying for the FK2! I don't have a Field Knife, so I'm not eligible to participate, but hot damn do those things looks awesome!!! :)
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  21. HoneyDualBlades


    Feb 13, 2015
    I'll take one
  22. captjlw

    captjlw Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2016
    1 Please
  23. pbubsy

    pbubsy Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 27, 2006
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  24. stjones

    stjones Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    1 in black canvas please

    ETA where all the “speed tests” at!!
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  25. Oyster

    Oyster Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2011
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  26. XtianAus

    XtianAus Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2016
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  27. mb>

    mb> Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2014
  28. jjweb


    Nov 20, 2015
    Wow !!!! Blood bath , knife fight !!!! On my B Day , return of the utility fighter , waiting 3 yrs for this , good job to the true keyboard ninjas !!!!!
    [email protected] , shoot me an email , to send my bday present , thanks
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  29. Phill50

    Phill50 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2018

    Beautiful knife!! Congratulation to the Top 5.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2018
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  30. mpjustin

    mpjustin Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2009
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  31. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Pfffttt! Major fooque up due to dear in the headlights syndrome :D

    Congrats to all the winners with nerves of D3V steel :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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  32. Southstarjeff

    Southstarjeff Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 15, 2013
  33. Ian80

    Ian80 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 12, 2013
  34. Grenock

    Grenock Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    Yeah, I can't see how 100 won't be enough....

    Congrats to the top five!
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  35. Equipped4life

    Equipped4life Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 23, 2015

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