B&T Industries/Accu-Shot/ATLAS make some beautifully engineered products. I’m a big fan of ATLAS bipods, for instance, which isn’t a unique opinion among anyone familiar with them. Perusing their website I stumbled upon an interesting and somewhat ridiculous item from the B&T Industries line: The BT41 Letter Opener . . .
At first glance, it looks just a curiosity. Clearly they did an awesome job of using an actual bipod leg to house the dagger letter opener. It’s also pretty cool that they kept use of the integrated spring-loaded leg extension system to deploy/lock-in the letter opener. But once you dig into the details, things get a little weird…
“We machined the Handle and Pommel from 300 series Stainless Steel then tumbled to compliment the blade.”
Good to know my letter opener’s handle was tumbled. Because a handle that doesn’t compliment the blade just won’t do. As for that blade (sourced form Spartan Blades)…
“The double ground edges along the length of the blade are not sharp but the point is.”
Wait. So…is it even a “blade” if the edges aren’t sharp? Tell me more.
“The blade…is machined from 440C Stainless Steel given a Rockwell Hardness of C 58-59 with a Cyro treatment followed by Alumina then Ceramic Blast and finally a PVD Chromium coating.”
I see. And this opens letters exclusively? Are you sure it won’t be distracting if I want to take it from home to office and back again (I get a lot of mail)?
“The two Buna o-rings prevent rattling when sheathed for a stealthy presentation.”
Perfect! I’m sold. I definitely prefer to sneak up on my mail. You want one, too? No problem. With a price tag of $274.95 ( plus shipping) I’m sure there will be a few on the shelves for a while.