ULA is excited to collaborate with Kestrel Knives to bring you the ULA Alpha Knife! Proudly made in the USA, the Alpha Knife weighs a mere 24 grams. The Nitro V steel sheepsfoot blade is designed to slice with ease. This blade is perfect for those that weigh their gear in grams and is sure to become a staple in any backpacker’s kit.
The production run for this edition is limited to 250 pieces - each knife comes boxed with an individual COA marked x/250.
ULA ALPHA KNIFE FEATURES
■ 4" Handle
■ 2 1/2" Blade
■ 0.08" Thick
■ Nitro V Stainless Steal
■ Garner Heat Treat 61 RC
■ Thumb Jimping
■ Stonewash Finish
■ UL Kydex Robic Sheath - 8 Grams
■ Kestrel Knives Lifetime Sharpening Policy
We did not know it at the time, but the genesis of this collaboration between ULA and Kestrel started 10 years ago. Nathan, the owner of Kestrel, posted his first “Ultralighter” knife on a forum and I was instantly in love with the fixed blade, size, and lack of weight. If you’re an internet sleuth, you can still find the original forum post today!
I’ve always loved knives and have been torn balancing the size and weight of fixed vs. folding knives. Since most backpackers use knives primarily to prep food with some secondary consideration for preparedness, a heavier fixed blade isn’t optimal. Most backpackers use knives to slice cheese, meat, and veggies. Sanitation is also more of a concern with a folding blade as there is always the inevitable food bits that end up in the mechanism and handle.
The ULA Alpha is the result of Kestrel and ULA’s effort to produce a knife that blended ultralight and functionality while offering a premium steel.
We partnered with Kestrel knives because of our mutual commitment to made in USA products which you get in both the Alpha and sheath. Beyond a unique design, we wanted to put our ULA heritage into the knife, so we printed the Kydex sheath in our legacy color of Green Robic. The Alpha run is limited to 250 pieces and each knife comes boxed with an individual COA marked x/250.