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How are Sean Perkins' knives?

Feb 4, 1999
I have been contemplating the purchase of a Sean Perkins knife ever since I saw a picture of the Seraph. After looking at his website there are even more choices! Doh! Anyway, anyone own these and what do you have to say about them? Worth the money? Practical design or more of a fashion statement?
If you go about 60 days back, or search here, you'll find my short review of the Seraph. in a nutshell, I really like the knife, it cuts, it's easy to carry and it doesn't scare people. my only complaint is that the sheath isn't perfect. It has a tendency to sink into my pocket and rotate, making it hard to get at the knife when seated.

I like my women like I like my knives: strong, sharp, well-formed and pattern-welded!
I have a Kerver. I like it a lot. It is a fun little knife to carry and Sean Perkins is a first class guy to deal with.

Well worth the money imho for a small custom knife made with a lot of care (obvious when you examine the workmanship) by the maker.


Live Free or Die

I e-mailed Sean after I saw his ad in Knives Illustrated and asked him if he could send one of his brochures to me. And that he did, all the way to here, Finland, for free! He has also answered all my e-mails promptly and he has been really friendly and helpfull. His knives look good and I've been pondering really hard, should I order one and the more I think of it, the more it seems that I need one. Just gotta decide which one to order, and I'm tempted to get all the three available sheaths (pocket, belt and neck).

My two bits,

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I bought a "Kerver" from Sean several months ago and really enjoy using mine and do most every day of the week. Sean is a great person to do business with and I consider him a friend. Lastly, he makes one nice knife that will last a long, long time!
I've been taking a second look at Sean's work myself. I have a Boye Basic 1, roughly the same size as the Kerver, but I've wanted something with more "meat" to hold onto, and the Scaetha and Arcrescia models, as well as the Kitchen Kerver have really caught my eye. I'm pretty fond of A-2 after using it pretty hard in my Reeve one-piece. tough choice, as both the Scaetha and Arcrescia are very similar. Any big differences between the two?

Don LeHue

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The only difference I can see between the two is the finish and maybe a slightly different handle shape.
I have a Kerver, and it is the best little knife out there. Dont worry about the two inch handle being to short, its not. I use it for absolutely everything and it holds an edge well. Sharpens easily if you follow his instructions. Get one of the belt sheaths, its small and conceals 80% of the knife. Sean is a great person to do business with, and you will love the Kerver. I have mine on now. The patina is something you really have to see to understand, great added bonus. I'm ordering a kitchen kerver next month.

Dark Nemesis

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Chiro75 said (of the Arcrescia and Scaetha):
The only difference I can see between the two is the finish and maybe a slightly different handle shape.

Actually, the biggest difference between those two is the blade shape. The Scaetha is sort of a Wharncliffe blade while the Arcrescia has the same blade shape as the Kerver, Seraph or Stygia. The Taka (new) appears to have a good deal more belly than any of the others.

Nobody who speaks from experience has so far had any complaints about grip security, but, personally, I have some misgivings about just what any of them would feel like in my hand. The blade shapes and blade to handle relationships are just very different from the usual sort of knives that I see or handle every day, so I just find it difficult to extrapolate. I find, for example, that I don't much like the style of paring knife where the blade looks like a smaller version of a chef's knife, preferring the type where the blade edge lines up more closely with the lower side of the handle. On this basis I have my doubts about any of the Perkins knives as shapes that I would feel comfortable with as general utility knives. I could easily be wrong and find that I would love them, but I'm not confident of that without handling them. OTOH, if you tend to prefer the chef's knife shape in a paring knife (or like the Boye Basics), you might feel much more confident of liking the feel of Sean's knives. Certainly nobody I've heard of has had anything at all bad to say about the quality of Sean's knives. I would have no fears on that score, but only on how it would feel in my own hand.

Paul Neubauer