About Entrek USA
Provide more than expected for less than expected.
The Entrek USA line of high quality knives consists of over 30 models ranging
from the Lynx at an overall length of under 6 1/2 inches to the Strike Eagle at
over 14 1/2 inches. We continue to listen to the people who use Entrek USA
knives and design knives to meet their needs. Hunting, utility, tactical
we make knives to fit many uses.
At Entrek USA we realize and believe that almost any steel with enough carbon
in it to harden properly will make a good useable knife. We also realize
one steel cannot be all things to all people. With 36 years experience we
just aren't that impressed with the glamour steels. Therefore we chose to
use an old standby that has proven itself for many years, 440C Stainless Steel.
When heat treated, subzero stabilized and double drawn to 57-58 RC it will hold
an edge as well as almost any other steel and with 17% chromium it is one of the
most corrosion resistant steels available.
The Heat Treat
Heat treating of the steel is the most important step in the making of an
Entrek USA knife. We have our heat treating done at Blanchard Metals
Processing in Salt Lake City, Utah. The blanks are heated in a vacuum
furnace, air quenched, subzero stabilized and double drawn to 57-58 RC which
gives the best all around performance in 440C.
At Entrek USA we combine the latest technologies such as laser blanking and
some old but reliable methods like drill fixtures, add 36 years of experience
(especially nice when grinding blades) to make the highest quality hand made
production knives. Every step is important and receives the time needed to
do it right. Every knife goes through many steps in the production process
such as blanking, surface grinding to flat and parallel, marking the blade for
grinding, freehand rough grind (40 grit), freehand finish grind (120 grit),
drill handle for guards, handle screws, and thong hole, tapping the screw holes
heat treat, assembly of handle components, hand shaping the handle, sand blast
for a nonreflective finish, marking and sharpening. We use the best
materials available to us and we have a reason for using what we do. For
instance we use only black canvas micarta from one company, Accurate Plastics,
in Yonkers, New York. Why? They have consistent quality and color we
can even use pieces from different sheets for handles and can't tell the
difference. All work except blanking and heat treat are done in house.
Entrek USA knives are hand made in the USA from the highest quality
materials. There are lots of good knives on the market, and some not so
good, but there are fewer and fewer top quality knives that are made in
the USA. If you are looking for value compare Entrek USA to any other
knife on the market, we think you will go with Entrek USA.
If this Entrek USA knife fails for any reason it will be repaired or replaced
at the option of Entrek USA at no cost to the original owner. To date we
have replaced four knives in 12 years, all were damaged while being used for
other than their designed purpose.
Ray Ennis made his first knives by cold forging and filing barn spikes into
knives when he was a teen. He made and sold his first custom knife in
early 1973. It was made from a car spring and was still curved, the
selling price was $10.00. This was when he was in the US Air Force making
about $7000.00 a year (some things never change) so it was quite a bit of extra
money. He bought his first piece of O-1 tool steel from Young
Manufacturing in Grand Forks, ND (they still do the laser blanking for us)
shortly there after, learned to heat treat, grind and polish. In 1977 &
1978 Ray attended the Colorado School of trades for gunsmithing where he learned
better polishing techniques and machine skills which were incorporated into his
knife making. During the time since he sold his first knife he has
continued to learn new skills which have helped improve his knife making.
Working as a gunsmith, machinist, tool and die maker, welder (heli-arc, mig and
oxy-acetylene) tool designer, and CAD have all made him a better knife maker.
His devotion to the craft, loyalty to the people who use his knives, and a
determination to give more than they expect define his trek.
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