FULCRUM KNIFE OF EXTREMA RATIO
The Fulcrum knife has already
become a symbol of the Italian company Extrema Ratio. It is a very
well-known model, especially amongst military and policing units, which has
been gaining ground in the blade weapons field in recent years.
The Fulcrum knife is a multi-purpose weapon which can be categorised between
combat knives and field knives. It can be used effectively as a combat
weapon; in hand-to-hand combat it can successfully penetrate and cut targets
protected with bulletproof clothing. In addition, thanks to the more frontal
location of its centre of gravity, it is perfect for performing tasks in the
field. Thanks to its highly versatile and functional nature, it is an
indispensable knife for standard military equipment.
Fulcrum knife is available in two finishes and coating. The top of
the image is finished "geocamo", while the knife at the bottom shows a
The Fulcrum knife was designed as
part of a project carried out by an Italian infantry division called the
Alpini to renew its equipment. They were trying to create a knife that could
be used in all situations to confront any type of problem that may arise.
The Alpini are elite soldiers whose field of action is the mountains. They
are the oldest mountain infantry troops in action in the world, and more
specifically, are a corps which was created in 1872 with the objective of
defending the mountainous Italian borders conjoining Italy with France and
Switzerland. These troops played a key role in the two world wars and
nowadays maintain a significant commitment in Afghanistan, the main stage
for their operations nowadays.
Italian Alpini troops, Fulcrum knife users, are working mainly
in Afghanistan today
The anatomy of the Fulcrum knife is very characteristic thanks to its
Tanto style blade. It is a large strong knife, which is easy and fast to
grab even with only one hand, and can also support loads of more than 150
kilos without breaking. The material the Fulcrum knife's blade is made from
is similar to that used by Extrema Ratio for most of its products: N690
stainless steel (58HRC) enriched with cobalt, giving the piece an extreme
hardness. The length of its blade varies depending on the model between
110mm (Fulcrum C Model) and 180mm (Fulcrum Model). In all of them, the width
of the blade is 6.3mm. On the final third of the knife, close to the handle,
there is a serrated section which is very useful for using the knife for
sawing tasks. The handle is made from forprene, a high quality material
which enables a comfortable and safe grip. The knife comes in two different
blade finishes. One of these called "testudo" displays an open blade with a
layer of black nitrate which conceals the blade for when the weapon's user
needs to go unnoticed. The other finish is given the name "geocamo". This
blade displays a series of shiny engravings done by laser.
The knife Extrema Ratio Fulcrum is employed by
the Italian Army and U. S. among others
There are many
different varieties of the Fulcrum knife. From the original more traditional
model which introduced the Fulcrum name, to the Fulcrum K9 designed to
protect military dogs from attacks by other animals.
The traditional model has a blade length of 180mm and
the full size of the knife along with the handle is 310mm. The rest of the
features are similar to those indicated above. They are all shared by all
the knives of the Fulcrum model. The Fulcrum C (Compact) model is the
compact version of the traditional Fulcrum knife. It has the same features
as its predecessor, however the size of its blade is smaller, i.e. 110mm
blade length, which combined with the handle results in a full length of
210mm. Meanwhile, it has a weight of 200 grams. This characteristic makes
the Fulcrum C knife a tool that is easy to transport and conceal. There is a
variety of the Fulcrum C which Extrema Ratio has named the Fulcrum C Desert
Warfare, with a finish for use in one of the most inhospitable terrains on
the planet: the desert.
Fulcrum knife compact version for Desert Warfare
Another model is the Fulcrum S, which is the shortest
version of the traditional Fulcrum. This knife shares the same
characteristics as its bigger brother, only its size is different. The
Fulcrum S has a blade length of 150mm. The total measurement of the blade
plus the handle amounts to 280mm. The success of the Fulcrum knife gave rise
to its use as a bayonet. The knife was modified in such a way that it could
be attached to a rifle without losing its essential characteristics, and
this was how the Fulcrum Bayonet was created. This knife has similar
characteristics to the traditional Fulcrum but incorporates some innovative
systems. The knife has a double edged blade and an effective wire cutter. It
also includes a rapid extraction system; in addition it has a security
system to attach it to the body during a parachute jumps.
There is a Fulcrum model prepared for adaptation
to a rifle and performing the function of a bayonet
As a final model, we have the Fulcrum K9.
The design of this knife responds to the specific needs of the soldiers who
work with guide dogs from the Canine Unit of the Italian Army. Hence the
name K9, homophonic with the English word ?canine? (K-nine). Canine policing
units are present in most countries. They are formed of dogs usually of the
German shepherd, doberman pinscher, bloodhound and boxer breeds amongst
others, which receive specific training to help the police officer and other
forces of order. The tasks usually performed by these dogs are searching for
people who have disappeared, detecting explosives or drugs and the
persecution of suspects, amongst other activities. The work of these dogs
within the policing and military units is so important that in many cases it
is a crime to attack these exceptional dogs.
K-9 unit police dogs helped
As regards the characteristics of the Fulcrum K9, its
distinguishing feature is that it has a single guard unlike other knives
manufactured by Extrema Ratio which have the traditional two guards of
combat knives. In relation to the length of its blade, it is shorter than
the traditional Fulcrum knife blade. The Fulcrum K9 knife has a 125mm blade.
According to opinions from users of this specific model of knives, the K9
must not be limited to its use for defending dogs, but can also be used as a
combat or survival knife.
Basically, the Fulcrum knife is designed as an
effective weapon that can be adapted to different needs depending on the
model of the knife we select.
Fulcrum K-9 knife
specially designed for use in military and police canine
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