$150,000 for a knife? It may seem excessive to many, but not to the fertile mind of Cabot Guns’ CEO Rob Bianchin. After all, when you have a $4.5 million pair of meteorite pistols on your desk, you can’t use just any blade. Cabot took the firearms world by storm by combining innovative manufacturing techniques with unconventional materials and adding a healthy dose of imagination. With the introduction of the Platinum Mamba Knife, they are applying those same groundbreaking principles to the blade world.
Cabot Guns was born out of the recession, when Penn United Technologies’ skilled machinists and their aerospace quality equipment sat virtually idle due to a lack of industry demand. This Rust Belt manufacturing facility’s employees decided to apply their ample talents and sophisticated machinery to building the finest handgun that they could. What began as a pride project ended up as an independent company: Cabot Guns. Cabot builds standard production 1911-style pistols such as the $3,695 S100 and the $9,995 Jones Deluxe, as well as custom handguns whose options and pricing are only limited by your imagination.
To create the Platinum Mamba knife, Cabot partnered with Italian blademaker Alessandro Colombatto the director of Sandrin Knives. This family business has built products for industrial cutting applications for decades. Colombatto is a second-generation tungsten carbide specialist who is one of those rare artisans who pushes the boundaries with passion and skill. Cabot and Sandrin first forged their partnership while creating the Big Bang Knife, a unique creation that incorporated handles made of 4.5-billion-year-old slabs of meteorite, the same materials used to create the Big Bang Pistol Set.
Sandrin is the only company that has crafted a consumer knife blade constructed entirely of tungsten carbide, a material traditionally reserved for the industrial industry. Their “super metal” blades were first exhibited in 2016; this engineered material is harder than steel and provides an edge surface that lasts 20 to 30 times longer than the best steel on the market. Their blades can actually be used to sharpen steel knives and cannot rust or melt. Sandrin’s use of a proprietary grade of tungsten carbide, long considered too hard and brittle for knives, as a blade material promises to be highly disruptive to an entire industry. “I’m a bit of a materials science geek, and what they have done is a game changer in my opinion,” Bianchin says. “There are some people that can enhance a knife product by design, but what he is doing has the potential to change the game.” Rearden Metal anyone?
Not only does Sandrin’s tungsten carbide possess superior cutting properties, the precision of the blade itself is unparalleled. The knife is shaped using a diamond-impregnated Computer Numerical Controlled multi-axis grinding system that is 10 times more accurate than traditional machining. Moreover, the hardness and metallurgical consistency of the material allows for tolerances to be controlled to light band measurements. The knife is perfect dimensionally and features tolerance parallelism of 0.0003 inches on the blade, which is far beyond anything that has ever been done before in a traditional steel knife. According to Bianchin, it is a measurable and provable fact to say that Sandrin knives are the most precisely made blades ever made.
With the success of the Big Bang Knife, Cabot and Sandrin dreamt of a second marquee project and decided to make the Platinum Mamba a reality. “The creation of the Platinum Mamba was a two-year project involving approximately fifty artisans including some of the most skilled and talented in the industry and from all over the world,” said Colombatto. While Sandrin brings their passion and unique expertise to the table, Cabot delivers their imaginative over-the-top style. “The platinum casting contractor who is considered the best in the jewelry trade told us this is the largest use of platinum they have been involved in,” said Bianchin “These folks do work for all the bigs, including Tiffany’s. It’s just an outrageous amount of platinum. The design of the handle, the setting of the diamonds and inlay of the black jade was all done here in Pennsylvania. It was kind of crazy but we did it just for fun.”
“Pirates would have crossed oceans, risked their lives in battle against enemies to own an item such the platinum mamba, a sign of bloody power.” Colombatto said. There’s no need to risk one’s life, though; all you need is $150,000. For those of us without that kind of pocket change, Sandrin has introduced a gentleman’s pocket folder knife with a tungsten carbide blade that is the width of a human hair. That knife retails for $279.
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