The founders of Kryptek share a brotherhood that could only be forged in combat. In the deserts of third-world countries, through the crucible of physical conflict with the enemy, the founders found themselves fighting our nation’s battles, and a part of a culture where results meant the difference between success or failure, victory or defeat, and most importantly, life or death.
A Bond Forged Through Combat
The experience of combat has been one of the most exploited occurrences in the history of mankind. The emotion of combat takes many forms, one of the strongest of which has to be the relationship it can, and often does, generate.
Hardship comes in many forms when our nation’s soldiers are called to war. Things often taken for granted become luxuries. Examples include; drinking water out of the tap, sitting on a porcelain toilet, attending a school play, tucking your children in at night, and more often than not, spending time hunting, fishing, or just enjoying the outdoors.
Throughout their military careers, the founders of Kryptek have sacrificed more family activities, important milestones, events, and hunting seasons than they care to recall. Family time and activities have become much more cherished, almost sacred, and time spent in the outdoors, a precious gift.
Fusing Combat Experience With A Love For The Outdoors
The Kryptek founders experiences are not necessarily unique. They are shared by many who have chosen the lifestyle of a professional warrior, or soldier. The brotherhood is actually vast. What is unique, however, is the fusing of combat experiences with their passion for the outdoors, and bringing to market a product that represents this. Knowing that when the opportunity does present itself, regardless of the elements, it must be seized, and there can be no compromises with one’s “kit”, or gear… such is Kryptek.
While serving together, in the Ninewa Providence in Northern Iraq, the Kryptek founders, discovered they shared a common thread…an unprecedented passion and desire for extreme big game hunting, especially in austere environments. The type of hunting where one pushes himself both physically and mentally. They shared a common mentality, and philosophical attitude about the pursuit of big game. Their success on the battlefield was directly related to this mentality. The same principles applied. Skill sets necessary in combat are often applicable to the hunter. This is where that Butch Whiting and Josh Cleghorn began their journey in what would result in the Kryptek Outdoor Group.