Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider
- Oct 7, 1998
Design concept: me
Design assistance (mainly "heft and balance" issues): Harald Moeller
Maker: Harald Moeller
Materials: 1/4" ATS34 heat-treated by Harald using Ernie Mayer's suggested low-temp cycle plus cryo, black linen Micarta grips.
My baby. I was trying to get a big, fast blade capable of "overhead smash" power yet retain the speed and most of the stabbing power of a good "light Bowie" like the Black Cloud Bowie4, Mad Dog Cougar/Panther family or similar. The short grip allows it to socket "inside" the palm to aid tip maneuverability.
Influences include elements of the REKAT Hobbit, the Spyderco Civilian, the Mad Dog Shrike, the Black Cloud Bowie4, a Kukuri, grip related to a Puuko, etc. The single biggest influence was the Jaws4, built by Ernie Mayer of Black Cloud, designed by Laci Szabo. It has a short grip, an upper guard somewhat like The Outsider, a slender single-point "harpy" blade of 6" and a lower guard that can also act as a "trigger" for increased retention. What it didn't have was anything like this heft.
Over in the "design" forum at knifeforums you can look up old posts that include early blueprints. Harald did two plexiglas mockups including one close to my first blueprint, the other more like "where he thought I wanted to go". He was right; I modified that one somewhat with moldable epoxy scales and got the "spike" down as radical as you see here, dropping the same 1" from the prime cutting edge as the lower guard.
Scott Evans of Edgeworks is sheathing it now; the Kydex sheath will be a "pop out the side" design similar to an ISPC gun rig; the draw will involve moving the grip 2" sideways then rolling it 1" up and out to clear the tip.
My martial arts teacher, Dale Seago called it a "Klingon marital aid". It was actually NOT built as a "movie replica" and every detail has a tactical purpose.
Jim March (smiling and waving at Scott with a pained expression of urgency...
(post updated to reflect new graphic URL)
[This message has been edited by Jim March (edited 14 February 1999).]