C Despins and TOPS Knives are proud to introduce the official of knife Mobius Training Solutions.
In early 2011 during an unseasonably cold week in Lamesa Texas, a group of men had gathered for a week long course in the method of Combat/Tactical Man Tracking lead by Clent Schoonover, Director of the MTS Advanced Tactics Division.
Clent Schoonover is a former CIA Officer/GRS Agent and DHS FLETC Lead Instructor. However, during the course of training Despins came to learn that Clent was highly proficient at the craft of hand to hand combat and an edged weapons enthusiast.
Long sessions of training each day flowed into intense discussions each evening and the discussions turned form talk of theory into hard contact hand to hand combat sessions. Despins was impressed and gifted Schoonover with one of his Back Bite knives. Clent became so fond of the Back Bite that he became a great promoter of it, to the Law Enforcement and Military persons that he trains.
Despins drafted an article in regards to his experience in Combat Tactical Man Tracking with Mobius Training Solutions that would later be published in the July 2012 Issue of SWAT Magazine.
Also his experience with Clents distinctly Southeast Asian styled edged weapons method inspired Despins to explore designing a knife that would both facilitate the method, and be suitable for the purpose of field craft. When Despins introduced Schoonover to the design, he was instantly sold. Clent offered to make it the official knife of Mobius Training Solutions and to lend his company logo to it.
HKT is an acronym for Hunter Killer Tracker. The acronym is boroughed, with all due respect, from the Military acronym for Hunter Killer Teams. Mobius Training Solutions has trained Military and Law Enforcement personnel in tactical application of many kinds, from basic to advanced handgun and carbine and more, but the real specialty of Mobius Training Solutions is training Hunter Killer Trackers.
The HKT design incorporates a broad cutting surface and an offset grip angle in order to better facilitate the forward thrust style of attack in addition to slashing. The wide bodied blade of the HKT is complimented by the signature concave strike face of the Back Bite fighting knife to facilitate supreme combative application.
The HKT is as recognizable as the design craft of C Despins as are the hackles on a Rhodesian Ridgeback!
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- OAL – 9 1/2″
- Primary Blade Length: 4″
- Bottom Blade Length: 1″
- Thickness: 3/16″
- Steel: 1095 High Carbon Steel RC 56-58
- Handle: Black Linen Micarta
- Blade Color: Black Traction Coating
- Sheath: Kydex
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