VALOR 360 Super Sport Ichiro Hattori handmade
Information from Hattori Website; http://hattoricollector.com
Valor Corporation of Miami Florida existed from the late 1960s until the early 1990s. In it’s time, it was a prominent seller of low cost firearms, ammunition, firearms related accessories and a large importer of knives from various Seki makers. While Valor’s knives covered a wide range of styles, some models were of high quality and stood out. Valor’s copy of the Gerber Mark II dagger, as well as the leather handled 373 were adopted as official knives of two separate US Army Special Forces units.
Valor marketed some models made for them by Hattori, some of which bore his name etched on the blade and some which did not.
A folder known to be Hattori made is the Valor 360 Super Sport, etched “Hand Made by Ichiro” and serial numbered 958 on the other side. The weight, construction and locking on this knife is equivalent to the Kershaw 1050.
OVER ALL LENGTH; 7.5’’ blade 3’’ knives being produced were often identified as 440 steel in order not to confuse the public with the steels used in Japan such as AUS 8. Many blades were later identified as AUS 8 steel. Brass bolsters, wood handle.
This knife is marked used as I do not have the box, but blade has no scratches on it. Brass shows some signs of tarnish, sturdy sheath is in great shape. Knife is numbered 958.
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