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Beautiful TRC knives are here!

Posted on November 01, 2016 by Volodymyr Kovalov

Dear Friends,

We are very happy to announce our cooperation with custom knife maker Andrius Tricius (TRC knives) from Lithuania and introduce his beautiful knives in our store.

Here is small story about him and how TRC started - 

"...My passion for knives started when a friend of mine gave me a present – a huge Bowie knife. I used it for a while and realized it was far from being perfect. Then I examined few other knives and it wasn’t giving me the quality I was expecting. So I decided to craft a knife that would match my criteria. I read all the literature available on how to craft a knife, watched videos where knife makers share their experience, visited many knife exhibitions, where I met knife makers with huge experience and they shared their knowledge with me. That gave me a lot of practical knowledge. To ensure the quality, strength, and durability I invested into professional equipment, and established relationships with best possible steel and handle material suppliers. However my first knife wasn’t perfect, but the quality highly improved within years of experience and practice..."

TRC workshop pictureTRC workshop

  To ensure that resulting knife has exceptional quality and strength TRC Knives uses proper heat treatment which is applied by professionals.
   For knife blades production they use highest quality steel - ELMAX, M390, RWL-34, N690, SANDVIK 14C28N; for Handles G-10 or MICARTA. It is vital to use ultimate handle material to ensure good grip and durability in all conditions. Sheaths are constructed of Kydex and top quality leather. Kydex sheaths are custom molded to each blade.TRC hand-molds each sheath to minimize the scratching associated with Kydex sheaths and to ensure the sheath is tight fitting and functions well. Leather sheaths are glued and machine stitched for durability. The edges are sealed and finished as well to seal the leather.

TRC knives blanks

TRC knives workshop

Each knife that leaves TRC knives shop is a high-quality cutting tool with attention to the details, which will last with proper care.

TRC knives ready to be shipped

TRC workshop now has a few TRC models in stock and offers FREE SHIPPING for all USA customers!


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Feldjaeger - new multi functional tactical knife from Kizlyar Supreme

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Volodymyr Kovalov

Dear friends, we are very proud to announce new great knife Feldjaeger from Kizlyar Supreme.

Tactical knife Feldjaeger from Kizlyar Supreme

Feldjaeger  –  a special project developed for the Russian Government Primary Center for Special Communications – a feldjaeger service whose job is to deliver top secret messages and valuable correspondence; nuclear, narcotic and prohibited substances; weapons, dangerous goods and cash. The safety of the items being delivered is ensured by armed guards and special packaging that eliminates risks of unauthorized access and contents replacement.

Feldjaeger tactical knife from Kizlyar Supreme

The Feldjaeger knife combines in itself the powerful blade of the Maximus model that deserved a lot of praise from its users around the world thanks to the great working qualities of its versatile blade, as well as tactical handle from the Tactical Echelon series.

Feldjaeger knife from Kizlyar Supreme handle details  Feldjaeger knife from Kizlyar Supreme handle details

This highly-technological handle consists of two materials:

- top layer from Kraton – soft, but durable material that gives a warm feeling and reduces slipping

- bottom layer from Polyamide – stiff and strong material giving stiffness to the soft on the outside handle so it does not peel off.

The relief of the handle is designed to ensure secure grip of the handle using different grip styles.

Smart positioning of soft wavy jimping and extensive guard provides secure grip and makes sure the user feels the exact position of the knife in their hand even in total darkness.

The combination of the handle features reduces the risk of fingers slipping onto the razor-sharp edge, even when the knife gets pretty dirty.

Serrations are cut on the Feldjaeger's blade to allow for quick cutting of ropes, cords, cables and belts, which is proven to be very important in critical and emergency situations – a feature that the Feldjaeger service insisted on.

Feldjaeger knife from Kizlyar Supreme in the sheath

At the request of the SpetsSvyaz Service, on the blade and under the handle scales we drilled two oval holes, as well as a round hole in the guard – their purpose is not disclosed by the client. However, with these holes and paracord installed on the knife’s sheath it is easy to make a solid spear.

Feldjaeger’s blade is around 5 mm thick and this makes it strong during lateral loads and gives the knife the weight required for effective piercing strikes.

Beside this the knife is quite wide to allow using as a small shovel for digging holes and channels in the ground to install electronic devices and lay cables.

Feldjaeger knife from Kizlyar Supreme sheath details

The knife is supplied with a highest grade sheath of tactical class with full MOLLE compatibility.

When designing the sheath we took into consideration important factors to conform to strict Russian and NATO military standards and requirements: knife must be rattle-free during user’s movement; knife must allow insertion into the sheath any side; the knife must be locked in the sheath securely by at least two points of holding. Of course we also adhered to Kizlyar Supreme’s approach of making not what is easier for us, but what the customer would want.

We did not restrict ourselves to cheap standard materials used by the competition, but took advantages of the strongest and most versatile materials that our technological age can offer.

As a result we have a multifunctional sheath that allows a variety of carry options either handle-up or handle-down way that can be attached to a belt, tactical webbing, backpack or other tactical gear. With Kizlyar Supreme’s Thigh Belt (supplied separately) the knife can be attached to user’s thigh with a strong nylon belt that can to be adjusted even to the large over-trained military legs – this helps keeping the sheath stuck to the thigh reducing the knife movement when running and thus further reducing the noise.


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Thank you for your support!

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Volodymyr Kovalov

We want to say THANK YOU  and share some exciting news!

FIRST: (obvious, because you are reading this) we finished a complete face-lift to our website. Our goal is to make your online purchasing experience at as painless as possible, so we redesigned all categories, navigation and more.

SECOND: our new online shop is fully compatible with your favorite mobile gadget. Now you can buy Russian knives right on your phone!

THIRD: We added one more knife maker to our collection: Kizlyar Supreme! Our honest opinion - one of the best new generation knife makers in Russia.

FOURTH: Now we have Russian Folding knives in stock!

Please take a look and give us your opinion!

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ROSarms Companion II Review by (c)

Posted on July 07, 2016 by Volodymyr Kovalov

I have always enjoyed things that are authentic and simple. I don’t think I’m alone, and that may explain America’s recent re-interest in craft beer and artisanal cheeses. At any rate, as much as I enjoy reviewing the latest and greatest knives, I occasionally return to the simple stuff. Case in point, I’ve been carrying a very basic Swiss Army Knife for the past month. No super steel, no titanium framelock, no stonewashed thrustbearing-enabled flipper madness. Hell, I need to use 2 hands to open it, and the thing doesn’t even lock. Sure I sacrifice some performance with a knife like this, but I still enjoy the simplicity.

That same interest in authentic simplicity drew me to ROSarms Companion II. The Companion II is a traditional knife made of old world materials, and is built on time-honored traditions of Russian knife making. The knife is actually surprisingly capable and full featured. And it’s also lightweight – VERY lightweight. At under 3 ounces you would think this was made of space age materials. Maybe authentic and simple doesn’t have to mean sacrificed performance afterall…

General Dimensions and Blade Details

ROSarms makes knives out of their factory in Zlatoust, Russia. Much like the cities of Solingen, Maniago, and Seki City, Zlatoust has a serious cutlery pedigree. ROSarms takes that pedigree seriously – to the point where all their knives are still hand made.

Rosarms Companion-II

The Companion II is a little knife with an overall length of 7-3/4″, a 3-3/8″ blade, and a weight of 2.9 ounces (4.6oz with sheath). The knife is aptly named, and is a good size tool to have on a trail or around a campfire.

The Companion II has a simple drop point blade with a full hollow grind. It’s a proven blade shape and complements the traditional look of the entire package. The blade has been given a highly reflective satin finish that borders on a mirror polish. Blade thickness is 1/8 of an inch, and is plenty stout for the kinds of small tasks the knife was designed for.

The steel used here is 110x18MШД. This is a Soviet-era stainless steel forged in Zlatoust and it is apparently a popular choice for both military and aviation needs. In this case the steel is heat treated to a minimum of 58HRc so it’s hard enough to make a decent knife.

This is my first experience with the steel so needless to say I was a little curious to check it out. ROSarms says it’s very similar to BG-42. BG-42 is a former super steel manufactured by Latrobe, and was once the steel of choice for Chris Reeve Knives. 

Rosarms Companion-II blade


I found my Companion II to be a little on the dull side out of box, so the first thing I did was actually sharpen it up on my Spyderco Sharpmaker. I found that the Companion quickly took a nice edge, so I began to attack a 6 foot section of 3/8″ thick sisal rope. After cutting the rope into 1 inch pieces with relative ease I stropped the edge and moved on to some wood. I had some standard 2x2s and I also had some live branches to whittle on. I found that the knife carved wood well and cuts easily. Happy with the results, I tested the slicing capabilities on some cardboard boxes. Once again the Companion II performed faithfully, and it’s lean hollow grind proved to be a capable slicer. After the wood and cardboard the edge needed another good stropping.

All said and done I am pleased with the performance of this blade and the 110x18MШД steel. Rope and cardboard are actually pretty tough tests of an edge, and the Companion fared well enough (although it clearly wasn’t some kind of miracle super steel). My carving and whittling was a much better representation of what “real life uses” the Companion II might realistically be designed for. In those roles I was very happy.

Handle and Ergonomics

ROSarms offers the Companion II with a couple different handle styles. Shown here is a birch wood handle with stacked birch bark accents and micarta bolsters. The handle is well shaped and nicely executed. There is a slight amount of texture on the birch wood which provides a pleasant amount of feedback yet the handle is completely smooth and very comfortable. The knife is of stick tang construction and is well made. While the knives are plenty sturdy for normal cutting tasks, I would not baton with them.

Rosarms Companion-II handle


The ergonomics are where the Companion II really shines. Although this is a smaller fixed blade, the handle is generously sized and accommodates my larger hand nicely. The handle itself simple, smooth, and has no hot spots. As I mentioned earlier, I did a rope cutting test with this knife. This can be absolute hell on your hands with an uncomfortable handle (or a knife with excessive jimping). The Companion made the work feel easy, and I was happy to spend some time carving and slicing in my back yard. There is a small guard that keeps you from slipping forward on the blade and the knife came with a lanyard that I ended up removing because it felt unnecessary with a knife of this size.

Rosarms Companion-II in the hand


All things considered I found this to be an extremely comfortable knife.


The Companion II arrived with a simple leather sheath. The leather is a rich red-brown and is thick and soft. It’s stitched and has a belt loop riveted to the back of it. Like many of these traditional sheathes the knife buries deeply and is held very secure. I carry the knife on my belt with no problems and feel that it’s good given the price () and traditional nature of the design.

Rosarms Companion-II sheath

ROSarms Companion II – Final Thoughts

The Companion II is a well made knife and has a very interesting story. It’s not everyday that something handmade winds up on my review table, so I took my time to admire not only this knife, as well as the people and process behind it. ROSarms has done a great job educating their customers with their website, and have included background material on how the knives are made. I found that aspect of my experience especially interesting.

The knife is also very practical and is well made. It’s lightweight, comfortable, and cut very well in my hands. With a MSRP of I also think the Companion II also represents a good value. I would have liked to have seen it arrive a little sharper out of box, but aside from that I have few complaints. Whether you are a fan of handmade traditional knives, or are seeking a compact fixed blade for general use, the ROSarms Companion II could be a great option.




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Reconditioning of the Birch Bark handle.

Posted on July 07, 2016 by Volodymyr Kovalov

We are getting a lot of questions about our Birch bark handles. Almost 80% of the show visitors think that this is a “cork” handle :) But it is not!

Russia and some Scandinavian countries are using birch bark for a lot of different things: knife handles, boxes, furniture, etc. Birch bark is a very light, durable, natural and very easy to work with material. Also Birch bark handle will feel warm even during very cold weather and will never crack.

All questions we are getting about this material can be divided in two groups:  how durable this material is and how will it handle the blood (for hunting knives), water and wet conditions for a fishing and camping knives..

This is my Favorite small fishing knife FISHER. This knife is about 10 years old and NEVER been deep cleaned or chemically cleaned just for a test purpose :)

This knife was used a lot for fishing and some other camping needs and just was washed with a worm water. 
As you can see on the picture, the handle doesn't have any damages and just looks used and dirty. During the handle manufacturing Rosarms is using special natural bee-wax based solution for stabilization and preservation of the birch bark.

Rosarms Fischer knife

Let's begin... 

First step - I'm cleaning the handle with regular sandpaper: 400 grid but of course if necessary you can start with 100 or 300...

Rotarms Fischer knife

Rosarms Fischer knife

It took about 30 min to clean the handle completely and result you can see here:


Rotarms Fischer knife after 400 grid

After 400 I used 600 and then final polishing with 1500...

As result - birch bark feels like very soft, velvet-like material. 

Rotarms Fischer knife after 600 - 1200 grid


Next step is important if you used your knife for cleaning fish or game. 
Please wiped cleaned birch bark with Hydrogen Peroxide solution. It will kill all possible organics and will whiten handle a little bit.

Rosarms Fischer knife cleaned by Hydrogen Peroxide

Now our handle is ready for sealing. As I said Birch bark was already stabilized and treated by bee-wax based solution but I would recommend to re-seal it after our deep cleaning.

Next step wipe it with any available fine mineral oil. For example "baby oil".  
In this case I'm using my favorite very fine “Japanese Sword oil”.

Rosarms Fischer knife after oil application


As you can see our handle got natural “dark yellow” look again and all pours are sealed. Usually I apply oil 3 times.

Next for a final touch I would recommend you to use something like a Renaissance Wax; you can buy it online from many dealers in USA. This is a very fine wax which will preserve you handle for a very long time!

Rotarms Fischer and Renaissance Wax

Now the Knife is ready again for any tough task you have of it :-)

Rotarms Fischer - final result


Rotarms Fischer - before and after



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Review from Lava_lamp

Posted on July 07, 2016 by Volodymyr Kovalov

ROSarms Messer-1 Review

I received a ROSarms Messer-1 (along with a Federal Super) last weekend through the pass-around here and wanted to share some thoughts.

Rosarms Messer-I

 "Messer" simply means "knife" in German and this 7 1/2 inch knife looks and feels ready for just about any task a hunting, camping, fishing, or working knife might perform. ROSarms also produces a slighter larger version -- the Messer-2 -- with an eight inch blade. Visually, the Messer-1 takes some design cues from Mora knives from Sweden, but improves on the design. The fit and finish, however, is nicer than any Mora I've handled. It's a sturdier design, too, with a wider and thicker blade (1 1/4 x 1/8 inches) and a fuller, more ergonomic handle. 


The handle is made from a natural birch nodule set off with stacked birch bark inserts. The bolsters and guard are crafted from brown Micarta. When in use, the guard is effective in protecting your fingers. Overall, the handle looks terrific and feels great in the hand. It's really a joy to hold - cool and smooth, yet grippy. The very nice lanyard you see in the photos doesn't come with the Messer -- it was tied by Hillbillenigma's young daughter, who earns a little money from her craft. You can get your own here:

Rosarms Messer-I


The 3 1/4 inch full-tang drop-point blade is well finished with a nice profile and an attractively-etched logo representing its origins in Zlatoust, Russia. According to the company's website (, the polished blade is hand made from 110x82 steel. 110x82 is apparently a Russian-made steel that compares to BG-42. The hollow grind is unlike any other knife I've seen and gives a modern look to an otherwise traditional style design. It's a nice blend.


The brown leather sheath has been the subject of some discussion amongst the previous reviewers, but I can't complain. I think it is relatively well-made and superior to the nylon or Kydex sheaths sometimes packaged with a knife in this price range (under 0.) Sometimes, you get no sheath at all. As to the Messer sheath, the construction and stitching is very nice and up to the level of the knife it fits, but the leather is a bit "corky" and un-refined. The stud closure seems antiquated but kept the knife securely in place.

Rosarms Messer-1Rosarms Messer-1 sheath

Size & Weight

The Messer-1 is remarkably light for its size. Here's a size comparison with an Olsen Hunter, a ROSarms Federal Super (reviewed by me here), and a Becker Tac-Tool from Camillus. The Messer-1 is 9.5 inches long in the sheath, the Olsen is 11 inches long in the sheath, the Federal Super is nearly 13 inches long in the sheath, and the Becker Tac-Tool reaches 13.5 inches in the sheath.

Rosarms Messer compare to other models

Rosarms Messer compare to others

On the scale, the Messer-1 is weighs only 3.8 ounces without the sheath and 5.6 ounces in the sheath. By comparison, the Olsen weighs 8.5 without the sheath and 12.3 ounces in the sheath, the Federal Super weighs 9.8 ounces without the sheath and 13.7 in the sheath, and the Becker Tac-Tool 1 lb 2 ounces plus another 5 ounces for the Kydex sheath.

I tend to prefer folders over fixed blades for weight reasons, but this knife actually weighs less than my Strider SMF (6.0 oz.) and my Spyderco Military (4.5 oz.) For those of you who like neck knives for their light weight, the Messer-1 deserves a look. It is too bulky for a neck knife, but its weight makes a strong argument for use as an EDC.

Rosarms Messer-1 and folders

In Use

When I put it to use, I found that the Messer-1 is a slicer. I used it to open up a few cases of water and Gatorade and it cut through the thick plastic wrap easily, with a light "zipping" sound. I also cut up some chicken and realized that it could easily replace one of my kitchen knives -- though the blade was a touch short for most kitchen tasks. Although it is relatively short, the leaf-shaped blade provides lots of "belly" and more cutting edge than would be found in a clip point or Bowie. (Spyderco fans know what I'm talking about here.) 

As shown in the photos below, the clever blade grind leaves a relatively thick 1/8 inch spine for strength and a thin edge for optimal slicing. It is shown here with a 1/4 inch thick Becker Tac-Tool. Note how the edge bevel is considerably thinner on the Messer-1.

Thickens of the Rosarms Messer-1

I also took it outside for some light chopping and made some fuzz sticks. The Messer-1 is a sturdy knife, but a little too small and light to be a great chopper. It cuts well, though, and made short work of the fuzz sticks. It would be a great camping companion, but I'd want a hatchet or chopper as well.

Rosarms Messer-I

Rosarms Messer-1 in use


Overall, I was very pleased with the Messer-1 and would have liked to keep it. Not having had any experience with ROSarms, I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the excellent fit and finish. I also like the blend of traditional and modern in the design and in the materials used. It is a tool-first kind of design, a great-slicer, and light enough that you would always have it when you need it.

The only Messer-1 available through right now is one gilded with 24k gold depicting a hunting scene. The MSRP is 0. The slightly larger Messer-2 with an undecorated blade and stacked leather handle sells for .50. At that price, it's a steal. You can order through the website or through World Knives:

ROSarms also sponsors a discussion forum in the manufacturers section of BladeForums here:

My thanks to ROSarms and Hillbillenigma for making this knife available to me for a short time.

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