THE JUNGLE KING KNIFE OF AITOR
One of the most famous knives on both the national and
international market is the Jungle King knife from the prestigious brand
Aitor. It first made an appearance in the 1980s and gained fame thanks to
the release of the films starred in by the popular Sylvester Stallone.
The Rambo films were not an original idea, but were based on the novels by
the Canadian author David Morrell. The battle-hardened star Rambo represents
a veteran US soldier who forged his personality and character during the
Vietnam War. This long-lasting war constituted yet another piece in the
complicated puzzle of the Cold War in which two "heavyweights" came head to
head: United States and the USSR. The Cold War was a historical period which
lasted from the end of the Second World War to the end of the 1980s; it was
characterised by an international climate of constant tension between
Russian Communism and the capitalism led by the United States. The
confrontation between both powers never went as far as being direct but
instead they used the processes of decolonization which were taking place in
both Africa and in Asia to carry out their battle. Both the U. S.A. and the
USSR joined forces with different groups of new emerging countries
encouraging the confrontation and fight.
The premiere of the movie Rambo boosted
survival knives manufacturing
The Vietnam War was, along with others, one of the typical conflicts of the
period. Part of the old French colony of Indochina consisting of Laos,
Cambodia, Annam, Tonkin and Cochinchina was the setting for a brutal war
which broke out at the end of the 1950s and continued until the middle of
the 1970s. Both generally and in detail, the Vietnam war can be summarised
as a confrontation between the two areas into which Vietnam territory was
divided due to the colonial conflict with France. South Vietnam with a
government allied with the U. S.A. fought against North Vietnam which was
predominantly Communist; both sides, like in most armed conflicts throughout
history, defended their predominance and hegemony over the other.
The Vietnam War was one of the most violent wars of the second half of the
20th century. During it, systematic bombings were targeted not only at key
military points but also at the civilian population, communications and
factory infrastructures... the U. S.A. used traditional weapons: submachine
guns, rifles, knives; but also chemical weapons such as the feared napalm or
"agent orange" which affected the health of civilians and soldiers, as well
as the environment which suffered serious attacks given the high levels of
contamination. In the region, the consequences of the war were tremendous,
with more than two million Vietnamese killed, thousands injured and orphaned.
As for the American victims, it was not just limited to the over 5000 dead
and 150 000 injured, but also as the years passed those who survived
experienced psychological problems which lasted for the rest of their lives.
The Vietnam War was one of the first conflicts
portrayed by international media
The war seriously affected American prestige on the
international stage. The defeat branded its foreign policy for several years.
In addition, within the country itself the citizens rejected and
marginalised the veterans of the Vietnam War, stigmatised and isolated them
from society. They didn't welcome them as heroes as the soldiers had
expected. In addition, the soldiers didn't know how to reintegrate into
civilian life and in many of their minds there always remained the bloody
memory of the war.
The character Rambo is all part of this context of confrontation and the
consequences subsequent to his return to the United States. The figure John
Rambo carried out his military career in Vietnam. The weapons attributed to
this soldier are extremely varied. In the films we have seen him use weapons
such as bows, mortars, mines, machine guns, machetes, revolvers and knives.
Due to the hype amongst the global population as a result of the release of
the saga of Rambo films, bladed weapons industries set to work to
manufacture reproductions of the knives and machetes used by the star Rambo,
an expert in guerilla warfare and survival techniques. One of these
companies was Aitor knives, which in 1985 launched the Jungle King knife
onto the market. Prior to this Aitor model, it had created two other
versions, the Jungla 463 knife and the Jungla 464 knife, weapons which could
be considered "relatives" of the later Jungle King knife.
Jungle King I knife includes a survival kit for emergencies
The Jungle King knife has a stainless steel blade, enriched with chrome,
vanadium and molybdenum with a hardness of 56-57 HRc, with a mixed
cutting edge, which displays a smooth part and a spine with a serrated
saw which can come in extremely useful in specific situations. The
handle of the Jungle King tactical knife made from stainless steel with
nickel and chrome, peralumal or polyamide (depending on the version) was
designed hollow so it could contain elements which could assist the
carrier of the knife in situations of risk. More specifically, the
survival kit of the Jungle King knife includes these elements stored in
both the hilt and in the cover of the knife:
The Jungle King II knife is the little brother of
the knife Jungle King I
Compass: Stored in the screwed top
of the hilt of the knife. A compass is an essential piece which must
form part of the equipment of any adventurer and excursionist as it
helps to determine the direction in which the holder is facing.
Fishing kit: Includes, hooks,
fishing line, weights and thread. When we are in situations of danger
food is an urgent necessity. Therefore, the Jungle King knife includes
these items to help the user to obtain solid food to eat.
needles, safety pins and thread. In the course of
the adventure we can experience tears in our clothing which can be
repaired using this sewing kit which is included with the JK knife.
First aid box: Dressings, scalpel
and tweezers which could come in very useful if any injuries are
sustained during the journey.
knife: This is an auxiliary knife
which can be used as a tin opener, screwdriver and key for screws and
items included in the
Jungle King knife are a pencil,
tubes of latex
(ideal for use
as catapults), pins
and nylon cord. In
addition, the cover of the knife which is made from polyamide with
fibreglass includes a grindstone.
The tactical knife Jungle King III has smaller dimensions
than the others and also includes survival kit
The Jungle King knife has had two successors: the Jungle
King II knife and the Jungle King III knife. The essential difference
between them resides in the measurements. The JKI has a blade measuring
20.5cm in length, the JKII has a 13.5cm blade, whilst the JKIII has a blade
development of 10.5cm. The survival kits also vary considerably, as can be
seen in the photographs. The knife company Aitor also offers spares if any
of the accessories that accompany the Jungle King knife are mislaid. When
buying a knife Jungle King, depending on the model, we can choose different
finishes: white, black or camouflage.
The kits of the Jungle King knives vary considerably,
however, include the essential elements in distress.
It has been several bodies of the armed forces of different countries that
have included the Jungle King knife as part of basic military equipment.
Thanks to its usefulness and quality of materials the knife Jungle King has
a foothold in the market as one of survival knives most desired by
collectors and fans of the weapons.
The Special Operations Unit of Marine Spanish Armed Forces Jungle
King used the knife in their military operations
Jungle King knife]
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