The Utility Knife, this knife has been years in development, which I have to admit I find great fun and is what I would call my 1 knife option for anyone who may just find themselves benighted in the wilderness, or anywhere else for that matter and in need of a tool they can rely on to perform any task which could be asked of a belt knife, almost a survival knife but designed to be truly useful preventing that scenario before it ever arrives, I suppose this could be described as my Prepper Knife.
Tweaks and inspiration have been take from many sources both civilian and military to inform the design and utilitarian nature of this knife. Everything has been taken in to account from the blade length, sweep and belly of the edge, drop of the point, comfort for extended use in the handle shape/ grind/ size and strength of the overall design and yet it remains light enough to be a permanent fixture on any belt. This knife excels at game and fish preparation, carving and fire work and all general tasks in the bush and around camp, with the strength to take splitting, prying and digging in it`s stride.
1 of the secrets to the awesome cutting performance of this blade is the semi height grind I apply right to the edge, just like a very high scandi, then I add the small to micro secondary bevel giving great slicing with a tough edge, you will not find this type of grind on a production blade, except of the highest quality due to the complexity of the work involved.
Made predominantly in 4 mm stock it can be beefed up to 5 mm making a real beast of a belt knife for hard use situations, almost belt and braces, tempered to 56/57 rc slightly favouring toughness over edge retention, giving an edge which will role rather than chip and be easier to maintain in the field. Of course this design will take all the custom options available, a real utility blade! As with all my knives it comes with its own 3.5 mm hand made high grade veg tan hide sheath, though Kydex is an option with this 1.
This has become my go to blade whenever I leave the beaten track and covers all my needs perfectly when teamed with my favourite Neck knife or pocket blade but that`s another video!