The Ultimate Firearms Destination for the Gun Lifestyle

CRKT Forged By War Program

Quite a few of the RECOIL staff are former, retired and currently serving military. When we got the email from CRKT about the Forged By War program we figured it was a worthwhile cause and something we had to share. It allows veterans to design things for CRKT and direct a portion of the proceeds towards a charity of the makers choice. The video below and following text explains what this program is all about. So far there are two knives and an axe in the program.

CRKT Forged By War Program Supports Returning Veterans and Their Charities of Choice

In 2013, Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical, designer of elite, military, tactical tomahawks, approached CRKT® with the news that he had been working with a few combat veterans that had returned from war with varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

To help work through their challenges, they had been designing and forging steel into custom tools. Drawing from their experience earned in combat situations, they have been creating tools they wish they had available to them in the battlefield.

CRKT® cares deeply about our returning veterans and we saw a way to give back to the community that created them. In 2016 we’re honored to announce the launch of the Forged By War™ program.

These are mission ready tools, designed by veterans, with 10% of the CRKT® net profits of the program donated to the veterans’ charity of choice.

Mission ready tools that are…Forged By War™.

The first three tools we are proud to announce include the new Clever Girl™, designed by Austin McGlaun of Columbus, Georgia. This fixed blade tactical knife features a black, powder coated upswept blade with a tough, injection molded, glass-reinforced nylon handle that sits comfortably in a sheath that’s MOLLE-compatible for multiple carry options. It aligns with Austin’s philosophy that in a fight you want something you can grab quickly, use if necessary, and then go home to your family. Austin’s charity is The Green Beret Foundation.


The Sangrador™—which means “bleeder” in Latin—features a 5.5” dual-edged SK5 steel dagger-style blade with a black powder coat finish, non-slip G10 handle and MOLLE-compatible sheath. Its designer, Darrin Sirois of Fayatteville, North Carolina, has seen his fair share of knife fights as a Special Ops fighter, but his best feedback still comes from teammates. Darrin’s charity is Purple Heart Homes.


The Birler™ tactical pack axe won’t go AWOL on you when you need to break down doors, bust floors, or take down trees to rescue a fallen soldier. Designed by Elmer Roush of Brasstown, North Carolina, a blacksmith and Vietnam vet, the blade is forged from 1055 carbon steel and features a hickory handle. It cuts down pack weight and anything in its way. Elmer’s charity is The Green Beret Foundation.


The Sangrador knife manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $150.00
The Clever Girl knife manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $125.00
The Birler pack axe manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $89.99

You can see these and a ton more here or check them out on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter.


Enter Your E-Mail to Receieve a Free 50-Target Pack from RECOIL!

NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOIL

For years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included).

Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.

You want this. Trust Us.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to the Free