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BAG OF EVIL - Al Polkowski Polecat
  The Bag of Evil, a phrase coined by two of my brothers from the NYPD, will feature gear, guns and knives that have made their way into my BOE.  


Professional Operators Kit
Al Polkowski Polecat
Philthy's Sidewinder La Griffe Sheath
Alpha Innovations Kubaton
Alpha Innovations Jaw Jacker
Foster Brothers Saps and Jacks
Sharkee Training Knives
Al Mar SERE 2000 as Utility Folder
Todd Foster Coin Sap
Rick Hinderer Modular Kubaton
Al Polkowski Bodyguard
Alpha Innovations Tactical Dog Leash
SO Tech Go Bag
Boker Subclaw
Raven Concealment Holster
Wilderness Frequent Flyer Belt
BladeTech Vellekamp Profili
Wilderness Titanium Intructors Belt
SO Tech Mission Go Bag
Alpha Innovations Stylus
Alan Folts Titanium Chopstix
Gerber Artifact

When I really first started getting into going to knife shows about 4 years ago I met Al Polkowski at the New York Custom Knife Show.

At a master firearms instructors course several years ago I was involved in some “off line” edged weapons training and was introduced by a classmate to his Polkowski / Kasper Companion. His was a custom and one of the nicest knives I had ever handled.

At the time there was no way that I could afford one, lucky for me Columbia River Knife and Tool was making a production model which I ordered the day I got back from that course. Until this day the CRKT model is the finest inexpensive self defense blade ever produced.

Upon meeting “Uncle Al” at the NY show that year I mentioned the name of the man who had introduced me to his work. Al and I became fast friends to the point where he jokingly refers to me as his son.

After several years of prodding Al finally has gotten a website up. While he was in the mist of that process we began to talk about him making a knife for me. After years of fondling all of his martial offerings I settled on the
Polecat and its 4-inch blade.

The only thing I asked Al to do different was file work forward of the top guard to allow more force to be brought to bear on the tip of the knife just by sliding the thumb forward. I also asked that Al provide me with two sheaths. One for my Mercharness and one for the Tactical Tether.

I call this the PCO or Professional Carry Option. Upon taking receipt of the
Polecat at the 2006 NY Show I actually got three sheaths. The last one had a J hook for IWB carry. That was Al's idea. Now I am not a fan of IWB carry using the J hook until I realized what it allowed me to do. I am able to snap it onto the internal divider in the bag of evil for quick access. The J Hook IWB carry is absolutely the fastest way to don a fixed blade when the need arises.

Al Polkowski Polecat

For over a month now I have been carrying the Polecat using a Tactical Tether when off duty. When I run I use a Mercharness under just a t-shirt. The knife lies very flat and stays put even during wind sprints. At the least the Polecat is clipped inside the Bag of Evil and always within arms reach.

If I had to choose one word to describe Al's knives, customer service and personality it would be “classic”. While I continue to support up and coming custom knife makers I have to encourage anyone who needs a knife to go into harms way to contact Al for one of his legendary blades.

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