About Entrek USA

 

The Mission

Provide more than expected for less than expected.

The Line

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.

The Steel

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.

The Manufacture

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.

The Quality

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.

The Warranty

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.

The Maker

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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