A relative newcomer to the knife market (as it was established only in 2012), Quartermaster has quickly gained a reputation for interesting design features and durable construction. The company also proudly bears a made-in-the-USA seal for all of its products. For the March 2014 issue of Tactical Knives, Phil Elmore examined two of Quartermaster’s recent designs, the QTR-5 and QTR-6.

Many of Quartermaster’s knives are assigned nicknames inspired by ‘80s television characters from series like Magnum P.I. The QTR-5 (or Theodore “T.C.” Calvin) is a 6-inch, kerambit-style knife with a reversible pocket clip for ambidextrous carry. According to Elmore, “Perhaps one of the nicest features is the ledge, or protrusion, on the finger ring. This permits bracing the kerambit in its extended position (which adept users may employ for hooking, slicing attacks) and can also be used for blunt striking.”

The 7.75-inch QTR-6 (or Orville “Rick” Wright) also grabbed Elmore’s attention through its drop-point blade and handle design. “The feature most knife users will notice immediately is the knife’s quadruple thumb studs, two on each side,” Elmore noted. “The extremely sharp, drop-point blade, which is ground on both sides, opens smoothly and locks positively.”

For the full review, check out the March 2014 issue of Tactical Knives, available on newsstands and digitally November 19, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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