A while back I had the pleasure of meeting knife maker and former Marine Bryan Bates for a set of photos to accompany a profile on his unique knife crafting process. Bates was brought to the internet’s attention after a cell phone video of him arguing with Senator John McCain over sending troops to Syria during a Tucson town hall meeting went viral. Author Mike Detty decided to pick up the story for Tactical Weapons Magazine, and I accompanied him to meet Bates at his home and shop located just southwest of Tucson.
Bates’s unique method may definitely leave some people feeling a little unsettled. From BatesKnives.com:
Bates Tactical Knives are not for the politically correct. Every blade is stamped with the word “Infidel” in Arabic. During the hardening process the red-hot blade is pulled from the forge and immediately quenched in liquid with pig’s blood added to it, completing the “Infidel” touch.
Regardless of how you feel about his process, after meeting the soft-spoken former Marine Rifleman, there is no doubt in my mind that Bates cares most about manufacturing a quality product to help the fighting men and women get their job done. It was a pleasure meeting him, and I thank him for his service. Bryan can be reached through his website BatesKnives.com
See a preview of Detty’s article at TacticalLife.com
To read the full profile, see the July 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, currently available on newsstands.