G.H.K. "French Apache Thorn" (SOLD)
Stavros Gizelis made his first knife using a scrap iron bar at the age of 7 years old. He has been a serious knifemaker since 2002. His has a technical background as a weapon smith and armorer, and after 18 years of working in this sector became interested in "tactical" oriented edged tools. He is entirely self-taught and works hard at making "original" designs. His knives are 100% handmade using only the most basic tools - no belt sander or electric furnace. He uses a handmade propane forge, an old anvil, a small angle grinder, and many hand files. The passion he has for knives is the real driving force behind his work. He uses only high carbon alloys and especially tool steels such as Swedish O-1 tool steel, Austrian D-2 tool steel, L-6 steel as well as old files, steel cables and leaf springs of trucks (5160). All of his knives are razor sharp and they stay in that condition even after hard usage. For larger knives and axes he uses a zone hardening / tempering method so as to combine strength and sharpness but without brittleness. He calls his knives "overbuilt", so as to be tough and strong for the needs of his clients. He does not make knives for collectors, but knives for hard working users, such as Law Enforcement officers, members of the Special Operations community, and anyone wanting a tough sharp blade. He does not have a basic line of knives, but rather makes every knife to be one of a kind. He is always willing to listen to an interesting idea about a new knife design. Contact us if you have a specific idea. Stavros is not only a talented knifemaker, but a true gentleman and super nice individual.
Stavros calls this tool his "French Apache Thorn". This tool is a historically correct reproduction of the close quarters combat weapon used by the famous (or infamous) Parisian Apache Street Warriors in the early 1900s. “Les Apaches” as they were known in France, were a violent criminal underworld subculture of early 20th-century hooligans, night muggers, street gangs and other criminals. This reproduction was made with old world craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail. This is a museum-quality tool, made of high tensile Manganese Bronze with an Antique Patina finish. This tool will last a lifetime! Stavros etches the initials "G.H.K." on the inner side of the butt end. Stavros' tools are meant to be used. This is a great EDC back-up tool – drop this one in your pocket…just in case.
Condition: New From Maker
- Overall length: 3 7/8"
- Weight: 4.0 oz