G.H.K. Large Brut De Forge Camp Knife, Scandi Grind, Kydex Sheath (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, he is also a real gentleman and super nice individual.
Stavros made this large Camp Knife out of a piece of 5160 spring steel, using the actual spring from a MAN tractor. In case you are not familiar with MAN tractors, MAN AG is a German engineering company based in Munich, Germany. The company dates back to 1758, and today it is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of engineering equipment and commercial vehicles. The 0.25" thick blade is entirely hand forged, done in a Brut De Forge finish. The blade's edge is done with a Scandi grind. The top edge of the clip point shaped blade is also sharped with a Scandi grind. This knife is ridiculously sharp! Stavros calls the blade finish "post apocalyptic", and says that it is very well suited for hard work. The handle is covered in Mil Spec Kermantle Paracord, and covered in marine grade epoxy. It has a very comfortable and secure grip, and there is a lanyard for added safety. The knife comes with a low carry Kydex sheath, that includes a diamond sharpening rod. You may see some protective oil on the blade in the pictures.
Condition: New From Maker. MINT
- Overall length: 14 1/2"
- Blade length: 9"
- Weight: 1 pound 6 ounces (add 8 ounces with the sheath)