John Mumfrey from Overcomer knives sent us a sweet and very interesting knife to check out! The Roman samurai slayer! After talking to john I realized real quick that his knives have one purpose! His first words to me were, I make knives in the image of righteous. I make them to Overcome the devil. Instantly I was like wow! So fast forward a week and I get this tool in the mail and I was amazed by this knife! All the knives from overcomer are handmade by john himself! So let's dive into a little about the john and the company!
Because of sin man is separated from God, nor can he please God. Man is self centered, self seeking and only cares about how he can please himself. He is good for nothing, not fit for the Master’s use. When a man comes to realize his lost, sinful condition, confesses his sin and places his full trust in Jesus Christ as Lord he is born spiritually into the family of God. At the beginning of this new birth man will be called a Christian and becomes, at this point in his life, an overcomer. Trials and adversity will come into a Christian’s life, but because Jesus Christ is now living inside of him he will have the ability to overcome. Until a bar stock piece of steel is shaped, heat treated and formed into its Master’s image it will not overcome. Once this steel is made into a knife it becomes an overcomer. It will overcome trials and adversity in the hands of its Master. WHY CHOOSE AN OVERCOMER KNIFE? Jesus Christ is put at the forefront of Overcomer Knives. A samurai sword is highly esteemed by many in this world. It is a religious experience for the sword maker, when making a samurai sword. The sword maker prays to a false god until the completion of the sword. Here at Overcomer Knives, I pray to the true living God, the Lord Jesus Christ, until the completion of a knife. I am self taught and have done extensive research on what type of steel is the best to use. All of my knives are made of air quenched steel, A2, CPM 3V and CPM 4V. All heat treating and tempering is done in my shop with a digital kiln. No two knives are exactly alike. I make my knives as the Spirit of the Lord leads me. The Scandinavian people are true outdoorsmen. This is seen in many of their knife grinds and designs. All of my knives come with a Scandinavian type grind. This is my favorite grind and is ideal for sharpening. I also add an additional edge on top of the Scandinavian grind for added strength. All of my knife designs are original and unique. I make my knives with the Spirit of the Lord leading me. Take a close look at my Roman Samurai Slayer. The Lord gave me this design from an ancient concept of catching an opponent’s blade. This knife can save your life from a Samurai sword attack in a last ditch effort. I test each knife personally with a real Samurai sword to make sure the knife can catch and deter it. All of my knives are guaranteed for life or until the return of Christ, whatever comes first, and against defects in workmanship or materials. A Born Again Christian overcomes through the blood of Jesus Christ. I will build a knife for you that will help you overcome anything the enemy can dish out.
About The Maker
John was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from De La Salle High School. After high school he joined the Louisiana Air National Guard as a Security Specialist in the 159th WSSF. He later attended Nichols State University in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. After college John worked in the family restaurant business. He later left the business to pursue a career in law enforcement. John served on the New Orleans Police Department and was stationed in the 5th district, which held one of the highest crime ratings in the U.S. at the time. John served as a patrolman and in a specialized mountain bike unit while on N.O.P.D.. He later left N.O.P.D. and went to work for Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. John served as a patrolman on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish in the third district, the highest crime area in Jefferson at the time. He transferred to the Traffic Division where he rode the motorcycles and enforced traffic laws throughout Jefferson Parish. In June 2005 John prayed about going to a church revival in Charlotte, NC. The only answer John received from the Lord was “Go up there, I’ve got something for you." John was perplexed by this answer, but was obedient to the Lord. He and his wife went up to the church revival in July 2005. John met all kinds of wonderful Christian people at the revival and was moved by how the Spirit of the Lord was moving there. He and his wife went back home to Louisiana and six weeks later Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. John could not evacuate due to his responsibilities as a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy. He was determined to check on his house in Arabi and started swimming to it through the lower 9th Ward. Rescuers in a boat saw John swimming and gave him a ride to his home, which was 14 ft. underwater. John was carrying an Emerson Commander knife, a Spyderco Shabaria, and a Swiss Army knife while swimming in the disaster area. John said “A good fixed blade knife would have been a man’s best friend at a time like this, but I had to make my folders do." Later the pastor John had met at the church revival contacted him and invited him to come to North Carolina to stay with him and his family. John knew this was what the Lord had meant when He told him that He had something for him. When Jefferson Parish was once again functioning after the hurricane John resigned from J.P.S.O. and moved up to North Carolina with his wife, Diane. The church reached out to them and helped them to get established and back on their feet. John took a break from law enforcement and went into security. Later he joined NC Traditional Archers and shot a custom long bow made by a friend/bowyer Bill Stroupe, owner of Cold Mountain Long Bows. Bill inspired John to make knives and showed him how to put his first handle on a knife. Later, John went to work part time for a well known Gun Smith who taught him how to work, shape, and refinish metal. John started out making knife kits but got the desire to make knives when the person looking at one of the kit knives asked him if he made the blade. John always had a love for knives, firearms, and primitive weapons. He loves the outdoors, wilderness survival, fishing, hunting and making knives. John stated "I have had a hidden talent God brought out in me and I want to bless my customer with a handmade knife that will stand the test of time, and overcome any situation the enemy can dish out." John still serves the Lord today and witnesses to the lost. He attends church regularly in North Carolina.
Ok so let's jump into this blade he sent us! First off it's length is amazing! Just under 14 inches!! With beautiful file work on the blade. And a ghost camo all along it as well. The scales are made from kirinite with brass pins. Which stands out! Ours is green color which I have to say looks real sick!! The blade and pomel have holes for attaching it to a stick to make as a spear. Back to the design of this knife. It's made as a self defense tool as well as a offensive weapon. The cut in the blade will block a attack from another knife or sword! And yes it can open a bottle!! The logo is really well stamped into the blade. This is a thick blade. Almost a 1/4 inch. Also in the pomel is a point that would be great to break glass or defend yourself. The edge is super sharp right outta the package. It sports a kydex custom sheath with a blade tech belt clip which I have to say I'm a huge fan of! The knife fits perfectly into the sheath tight with no play so it can be worn or carried in many positions.
The Gamma Seal Lid
Survivalbagsinc.com has sent us something cool! Food storage gamma lid buckets! 5-gallon buckets are a common storage device around the garage or storage shed. I use mine for gardening and for storing bird seed throughout the year. Regardless of its use, the functions of the lids are both to prevent water/moisture from entering as well as to create an airtight seal, thereby preventing its contents from degrading.
In my personal experience, I have two issues with the standard 5-gallon bucket lids. The first is that the standard lid is merely a thin flat sheet of plastic along the center radius of the lid. It deforms over time when you stack multiple buckets, and on numerous occasions I’ve had to buy new lids due to cracking. The second issue is the frustration and sore fingertips I get when prying the lid open (it has 6 peel away flaps along the outer edge), and the corresponding hammering it closed with a rubber mallet to get the lid on tight. All this creates a continual plastic fatigue and deformities, as well as slowly wearing out the soft rubber seal along the rim which creates the airtight/watertight seal.
The solution? The Gamma Seal Lid. It’s a two-piece lid that becomes easy to repeatedly open without the stress on the lid, and still be both airtight and watertight. The outer seal has the same soft rubber ring seal, but now only needs to be sealed one time. The inner lid screws to the outer sealed lid just like a bolt screws into a nut. However, the inner lid also has a soft rubber sealing ring to make it secure.
What I like about the Gamma Seal Lid is that both pieces are made in a three dimensional pattern that gives strength and rigidity to the product. The underside of the lid has the Gamma pattern for strength and finger grip, but also has 36 ‘squares’ that produces a lid half again as thick as the original, but much more durability.
If you plan on burying this bucket as a cache for emergency supplies, the Gamma Seal Lid will resist the months and years of weight the soil will produce. As a shed storage bucket, this will save many bruised fingertips and swearing trying to pry the lid off with a screwdriver or knife tip. So pick up a couple from survivalbagsinc.com for $28.75! It's a steal!!