We currently have a Cabot Guns Black Diamond 1911 we’re testing and will run our review in the near future. In the mean time, given the inevitable comments that follow any high end 1911 review, we asked their CEO, Rob Bianchin, to tell us what makes Cabot’s pistols different…and worth the price. Here are his thoughts:
Cabot Guns represent a departure from traditional pistol construction and embody a new ideology as to how a 1911 can be built. Rather than force fitting over-sized components through traditional techniques like the rest of the industry, our guns are built like scientific instruments or a Swiss watch where each component is constructed and then perfected to tolerances beyond what has been employed in the firearms industry. This philosophy has been disruptive to generally accepted norms. The precision allows for complete interchangeability of components which was considered impossible prior to Cabot Guns — we call that Clone Technology . . .
It’s also important to me that Cabot firearms are also aesthetically beautiful. It allows me to combine my love for technology and fine art. Design elements are carefully crafted. Traditional hand polishing is at the heart of the exceptional finishes we are able to produce. There is no automation or buffing wheels involved in the finish — only traditional hand polishing with stones, compounds and diamond compounds are utilized. We are fortunate to have at our service master hand polishers. Hand polishing is a dying trade and is passed down from master polisher to apprentice, and it takes several years before one is able to polish to our standards. It produces a perfect flat, straight edges and perfect rounds.
While not relevant to the Black Diamond base model, grips are another element where we push the envelope. I personally travel each year to hand select the wood which is used on our grips. We employ exotic materials such as mammoth ivory, mammoth molar, Borneo amber and meteorite. Storied London firearm maker Boss & Co. give us access to their excess cuttings, some of the finest figured Walnut on the planet.
Cabot pistols are rare as our production is very small and therefore limited in availability. Moreover, we are the only producer of a true left-handed 1911 which is completely inverted. Not only does this allow us to serve left-handed shooters, but it provides us the format to make what is probably the coolest thing we do — mirror image pistol sets comprised of both right and left-handed matching pistols, the pinnacle to collectors. We also made the first true folded steel Damascus 1911. All these factors contribute to the rare attributes which define a Cabot pistol.