On May 13th I received extremely sad news from PTI’s India Director Sahil Chopra. His wife Smarika had passed away that day from Covid-19, just 20 days after giving birth to their second child. You can imagine what a devastating effect this must be having on Sahil and his family. His oldest son is just 4 years old. Sahil is serving in the Indian army and can be called away from home as the needs of the army dictate. Please pray for them.  

CONTEST: Everyone who purchases a PTI video from May 15th through June 15th, 2021 will be entered into a raffle to win one of the knives listed.

Each video purchased is considered one entry, with one knife allowed per winner.
(However, the Cold Steel Barong and Volpes trainer can ship together, upon winner request).
Winners are responsible for knowing their local laws on knife ownership.

PTI MEMBERS: PTI Advanced Seminar Review videos purchased during the contest period WILL count as an entry in the contest.

After the raffle, half of the proceeds of the video sales from that period will be sent to Sahil Chopra to help with the continuing expenses of this tragic event.

I have already looked into the possibility of starting a Gofundme campaign for Sahil, but unfortunately, that organization does not operate in India.

Note: While Gofundme does not work in India, PayPal does and may be used if you wish to contribute directly to the Chopra family. I have received permission from Sahil to send his email address to those who wish to donate directly. Please PM me if you would like his email address.

PTI’s senior instructors will be holding events to try and help the family during this difficult time.

(Details on the knives in the raffle are below).


Weight: 30.1 oz.
Blade Thickness: 1/4"
Blade Length: 18"
Handle: 4 3/4" long.
Steel: 1050
Overall Length: 25”
Donated by Chad Edward from: Lower Susquehanna Modern Arnis

Handcrafted from 3/4” thick polymer stock. 22 1/2” overall length. Full convex ground 17” blade with handle that is textured for enhanced grip. 1 lb 3oz.
Donated by Vulpes Training Tools:

The Magnum measures 6 inches closed, and 10 inches open, with a 4 inch blade.
8cr13Mov steel (Chinese AUS-8) @ 56-58 RK
Proprietary G10 Handles: Desert Tan,
Liners: Full hard steel
Dual access super polished pivot pin
Compound puzzle lock: dove tail joint into blade

Donated by Bram Frank at CDDS Knives:

Standard Size measures 4.25 inches closed, and 7.125 inches open, with a 2.875 inch blade. 
8cr13Mov steel (Chinese AUS-8) @ 56-58 RK
Proprietary G10 Handles
Liners: Full hard steel
Dual access super polished pivot pin
Compound puzzle lock: dove tail joint into blade
Donated by Bram Frank at CDDS Knives:

This knife was designed by custom knife maker and FMA practitioner Allen Elishewitz for the PTK group in San Antonio, TX (who very kindly gave it to me during my visit there). The knife has the PTK logo etched onto the blade and the PTK shield inset into the handle.
Overall Length:7.875"
Blade Length:3.375"
Cutting Edge:3.25"
Blade Thickness:0.15"
Blade Material:154CM
Hardness:57-59 RC
Blade Style:Spear Point
Blade Grind:Flat
Liner lock with flipper
Donated by PTI


Weight: 4.4oz
Blade Thickness: 3.5mm
Blade Length: 5-1/2"
Blade Steel: Japanese AUS8A Stainless
Handle Length/Material: 4-3/8" Kray-Ex™
Overall Length: 9-7/8"
Additional Features: Secure-Ex® Sheath
Donated by PTI

CRKT FOLTS MINIMALIST TANTO (Neck knife mini survival kit)
Blade Length 2.13" (53.98 mm)
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Steel 5Cr15MoV
Blade Thickness 0.11" (2.79 mm)
Overall Length 5.13" (130.30 mm)
Weight 1.60 oz. (45.36g)
Handle Polished Resin Infused Fiber
Sheath Material Polypropylene
Sheath Weight 0.50 oz. (14.17g)
Donated by PTI

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