NORFOLK, VA – BLACKHAWK! Products Group™, the world leader in manufacturing tactical gear for the military, law enforcement, industrial security and outdoor markets entered the knife market in 2003 when Masters of Defense® joined BLACKHAWK! Since then BLACKHAWK! has applied MOD’s design philosophy to expand the selection of high-quality tactical tools trusted by armed professionals around the world. For 2010, three new knives make their appearance; the CQD® Mark I™ Type E, the CQD Mark II Type E™ Manual Folder, and the CQD Mark II Aluminum Handle Manual Folder.
The CQD Mark I Type E is functionally identical to the original manual award-winning CQD Mark I. Featuring the same high-strength button-lock mechanism and secondary safety, recessed seatbelt/cord cutter, and carbide glass breaker, the CQD Mark I Type E has all the performance of the original but priced for every budget. The handle is made from precision injection-molded reinforced nylon mounted to a 420J stainless steel frame making the Type E super light weight. Its spear-point AUS8A stainless steel blade boasts improved edge geometry for increased cutting performance with a low-profile black PVD-coated finish. Available with a plain or partially serrated edge and a pocket clip for right or left-side, tip-down carry, the CQD Mark I Type E knife retails at $99.99.
The CQD Mark II Type E Manual Folder is identical to its original version of the Mark II and features the same high-strength, plunge-lock mechanism and carbide glass-breaker, yet by having the handle constructed out of a precision injection-molded reinforced nylon mounted to a 420J stainless steel frame, the Mark II becomes an affordable performance tool. The spear point AUS8A stainless steel blade in either plain or partially serrated edge type now has an improved edge geometry for greater performance and the plunge-lock mechanism has been re-engineered to enhance its strength and durability. The CQD Mark II Type E Manual Folder can be carried right or left-side, tip-down for $79.99 retail.
The BLACKHAWK! CQD Mark II Aluminum Handle Type E Manual Folder is a small, more concealable version of the award-winning Mark I and features the same high-strength milled-aircraft aluminum construction, a 440C stainless spear point blade, state-of-the-art plunge lock mechanism and secondary safety lock. The rubberized, non-slip, ergonomic handle crafted of aircraft aluminum houses a carbide glass breaker for breaching windows while a reversible spring-steel clip supports convenient left or right-side tip-down carry. Available at retail in plain-edge or partially serrated edge for $199.99.