The C.U.M.A. Protector is the first Waysun Johnny Tsai design that was designed by request and for mission specific end users. In late 2015, Johnny was approached by a former Marine, current Member of the Coast Guard and field supervisor for an "un-named" Federal Law Enforcement Special Response Team Supervisor. The Agent wanted a design that could be carried by the other officers on his Police Vest team as well as something that he could use while working his weekends with the Coast Guard.
The knife needed to have a couple of things:
1: A glass breaker.
2. A a seatbelt cutter.
3. It needed to be a functional edged tool to assist with weapon retention.
Johnny knew that this design was one that active military and law enforcement personnel would be using and depending on to save lives so he wanted to put extra care into designing it. While visiting his friend Matt Szbuka, Johnny noticed one of his C.U.M.A. Battle cleavers had broken and Matt had drawn a Karambit style hawkbill blade on the broken blade with a sharpie. After brainstorming on how to add the required features, Matt then ground down a very crude prototype out of the broken blade. The two then showed the proto to the agent and with his nod of approval, Johnny then sent the prototype to TOPS KNIVES and had them redraw it and created a much cleaner prototype. After two or three takes, both the Agent and Johnny were confident that this new C.U.M.A. Protector would fit the bill.
Finally available for production, we are PROUD to present to you the C.U.M.A. PROTECTOR. A 1095 high carbon steel blade that has been black powder coated and heat treated to 56-58 Rockwell. The blade is available with two scale color options. Black G10 with Red liners or Black and Blue scales with white KNIVES. The knife includes a fitted Kydex sheath complete that has a swivel belt clip
The C.U.M.A. Protector is a Waysun Johnny Tsai design. It is made 100% in the USA by TOPS KNIVES and is EXCLUSIVELY distributed by DAYONE GEAR.
Waysun Johnny Tsai is a Chicagoland native. He is a freelance writer and published book author (Practical Kung Fu/ Triumph Books 2008). Johnny has also authored and published 9 DVDS on the topic of Practical Street Defense. Johnny currently designs knives and self-defense products for the following companies: TOPS KNIVES, Smokey Mountain Knife Works, SLYSTEEL KNIVES and DayOne Gear. As a lifelong practitioner of the martial arts, Tsai has over 30 years of professional teaching experience in practical street defense. He is the founder of C.U.M.A. COMBATIVES and The C.U.M.A. SURVIVAL SCHOOL and regularly teaches courses on Disaster Preparedness as well as on the topic of Bugging Out and Urban/Wilderness survival.
For more information on Sijo Waysun Johnny Tsai please visit www.cumasurvivalschool.com