KNIFE WITHDRAWN FROM PRIVATE COLLECTION
* Type: Previously Purchased - year of production 2007
* Conditions: Like new
* Commercially available Yes
* Sharpening: Original
* Marks on blade: NO
* Signs on handle: NO
* Packaging: NO
* Sheath: In original cordura
* Manuals, Certificates and Guarantees: YES
* Checked and Certified by our internal laboratory
Folding knife made following specific requests of the Italian Army department 185th RAO (Target Acquisition Regiment) and currently supplied to the homonymous department. The supplied knife differs from the civilian one only in the total lack of writing or logos on the blade.
HISTORICAL NOTES ON THE DEPARTMENT:
The 185th RAO of the ''Folgore'' is a department with an ancient tradition, but brand new. In fact, it was born on April 3, 2000 following the reconfiguration of the 185th parachute land artillery regiment. Based in Livorno, it is an atypical department of the Artillery weapon, currently inserted in the basin of the Special Forces.
Entirely made up of volunteer personnel, the 185th RAO selects its components by passing a physical test and a qualification course on modules ''with increasing difficulty''. The tasks entrusted to the men of the RAO are many, but all very delicate: it is a matter of collecting information on enemy targets and 'passing' it on to one's command. More generally, we can speak of ''reconnaissance in sensitive areas''. ''It is therefore evident - they underlined to the Army - that the purchaser's activity takes place mainly in hostile territory, in small self-sufficient nuclei that act in isolation''.
The RAO paratroopers are specialists in ''infiltration and exfiltration'' techniques and are able to move around the operational area ''up to 8-10 days without external supplies''. They know how to ''evade capture, evade and escape from an area controlled by the enemy'' and, above all, how to ''identify, determine and evaluate objectives'' of strategic interest. Since 2002, the year of the reconfiguration, the detachments of the 185th Regiment have operated in all the hottest operating theatres: from the Balkans to Afghanistan and Iraq. Here they mainly carry out reconnaissance for medium and long-range information purposes and surveillance of the area of responsibility of the Italian contingent.
Intended Use: Military/Tactical
Type of production: industrial
Blade production: Italy
Blade: N690Co 58/60HRC stainless steel
Blade treatment: MIL-C 13924 bluing
Handle: 4.5mm anodized anticorodal aluminium
Blade length: 118mm.
Blade thickness: 6.3mm.
Closed length: 142mm.
Total length: 261mm.
Closure: modified front lock with additional threaded safety pin
Sheath: tactical Nylon compatible M.O.L.L.E. suitable for both closed and open knife
Notes: pocket diamond sharpener included