G.H.K. "Survival Knife", Stocked Hollow Handle, Kydex Sheath
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 his "Survival Knife". The nearly 1/4" thick blade is made from 440C steel with a black oxide finish. It is sharpened for the first 3" from the choil to the saber ground bevel, for heavy cutting, chopping, and batoning wood. The rest of the blade, up to the point, is razor sharp for more delicate work. The blade spine has jimping close to the handle for control, and there is some very aggressive sawteeth on the blade spine for cutting and sawing. The handle is hollow slabs of 6061 Aircraft Grade Duraluminum with an industrial epoxy coating. The paracord lanyard includes a steel washer to open the handle in case of emergency. The low-carry Kydex sheath includes a Diamond Sharpening Rod. To remove the knife from the sheath, pull the tab on the paracord, undoing both snaps, and releasing the backstrap which secures the knife in the sheath. Inside the handle are a Ferro rod, P38 can opener, 3 meters of waxed high strength sail twine, a small candle, 2 small nails, 2 safety pins (large and small), 2 screws with eyelets, and a sterilized scalpel blade. You of course can modify the contents to meet your own personal requirements. Stavros' tools are meant to be used. This is a great camping / survival knife. Well thought out, and ergonomic.
Condition: New From Maker.
- Overall length: 9 5/8"
- Blade length: 5"
- Handle length: 4 5/8"
- Weight: 1 lb 8 oz (knife and sheath)