The Mtech USA Xtreme Don't Tread on Me Stonewashed Assisted Opening Knife is truly a unique knife with more than a statement to make. Many have wondered how the coiled rattlesnake became such an iconic mark of the Gadsen "Don't Tread On Me" flag. The rattlesnake was the favorite animal emblem of the Americans even before the Revolutionary war. In 1751, Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette carried a bitter article protesting the British practice of sending convicts to America. The author suggested that the colonists return the favor by shipping "a cargo of rattlesnakes, which could be distributed in St. James Park, Spring Garden, and other places of pleasure, and particularly in the noblemen's gardens." Three years later the same paper printed the picture of a snake as a commentary on the Albany Congress. To remind the delegates of the danger of disunity, the serpent was shown cut to pieces. Each segment is marked with the name of a colony, and the motto "Join or Die". Other newspapers took up the snake theme as well in a sign and show of unity. By 1774 the segments of the snake had grown together, and the motto had been changed to read: "United Now Alive and Free Firm on this Basis Liberty Shall Stand and Thus Supported Ever Bless Our Land Till Time Becomes Eternity." Other authors felt the rattlesnake was a good example of America's virtues. They argued that it is unique to America; individually its rattles produce no sound, but united they can be heard by all; and while it does not attack unless provoked, it is deadly to step upon one.
In today's social and politcal climate, Americans feel disenchanted with the current state of affairs. Americans feel that the government is not listening, and only serving to further their own private/political agenda. The Gadsen flag and each of its incarnations have risen to popularity recently in hopes that those we have elected and entrusted with our well being a very strong message, as our founding fathers had. They will begin to listen intently, and remember the very important founding principal that is suppose to drive America, "For the People, By the People."
- SPRING ASSISTED
- 3.75" 3MM THICK BLADE, STAINLESS STEEL
- SNAKE ART FRONT SIDE ONLY ACID ETCHING ON STONEWASH BLADE
- 5" CLOSED
- BRUSH/STONEWASH 2 TONE FINISH US FLAG STAINLESS STEEL HANDLE
- INCLUDES STONEWASH FINISHED POCKET CLIP AND FRAME LOCK