Americans, especially those from the Texas/Arkansas region, have a soft spot in their hearts for Bowie knives, and current and former Marines tend to bitterly cling to their Kabars. My affections, however lean more towards the Sykes-Fairburn dagger. Maybe it’s because I grew up reading about the exploits of the Commandos and the 1st Special Service Force, but I’ve always loved that wicked little knife, and had something like this in my dorm room in school for slicing apples and the like*.
Because of my Scottish heritage, I’ve also loved the skean dhu. I like the idea of a compact little holdout blade that serves a bunch of purposes, one of which is self-defence in supposedly “weapons-free” areas**.
So I was VERY happy to unwrap this little thing on Christmas morning.
Not a bad little knife. I usually steer away from off-brands like Smith&Wesson, in favor of CRKT, Kershaw, Gerber, et al, but this little thing had decent reviews from people in the know, so what the heck, I added it to my wish list, and now it’s mine. The knife is very well balanced and feels light in my hand. The sheath is leather and solidly-built, with a snap to secure the knife in the sheath and clip for mounting in your boot, belt or wherever. The handle is steel and easy to grip and feels more solid in your hand than any folding knife ever will. The blade is 440 steel and is powder-coated black (Yeah, I know, but it looks good.) so be wary that continued heavy use will degrade that finish. On the other hand, it’s under $20: If the knife starts to look too raggedly, buy another.
I don’t wear boots that often and I don’t really see an easy way to carry it on a day-to-day basis, but I do like this knife. I’ll fully admit this wasn’t a logical, needs-based item for me: I don’t have a self-defence purpose for this knife, I just like it.
Sometimes, we buy things for a reason, and sometimes, we buy things because of how they make us feel. This little knife was definitely the latter, and I’m totally okay with that.
* I’d get kicked out of school and arrested for that today, much less for the throwing knives I had right next to that knife…
** Plus ça changé, plus ça meme chose.