- Oct 2, 1998
A while back we had some discussions on neck knives, and as this was an area I was becoming interested in, I began to dabble a little in it.
First I purchased a Stiff KISS. For Seventeen bucks, how could you go wrong? A nice fun knife to experiment with.
Then I got a REKAT Hobbit Fang/Utility. (Straight vs. curved handle.) Nice Black T coated 1095 steel. Good kydex sheath and strong enough to abuse. The handle would not be great for thrusting or stabbing. Edge was okay on mine. I ended up sharpening it a bit.
Today, on the recommendation of my friend Jean Manuel Moreau, ("Nemo" on the boards) I ended up purchasing a La Griffe by Fred Perrin of France. (Available through Laci Szabo, 1-888-421-2147 Tell him Blues sent you.)
This is one cool neck knife. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes and handle materials, (can be seen on the website of the Knife Center of the Internet) and also a couple of different steels. Some new ones are 440C, but most are 1095 steel.
The one I got is an acid etched skeleton handled semi tanto. I call it semi tanto because the blade is curved more like a belly than a strict tanto toward the tip. Otherwise it is ground in tanto fashion.
The edge is ground on both sides and is very sharp.
Total length is about 5.5 inches, and the blade length is just over 2.5 inches.
This is not a cosmetically pretty knife, but it has its own beauty. Just don't expect the norm.
The hole which allows the index finger (or pinky in reverse grip) to go through allows for an incredibly secure grip in a knife this size. You are not going to lose your grip or have this baby taken away from you when deployed.
I find the grip very comfortable, and it is aided by filed thumb grooves on the spine.
All in all I am very happy with this little acquisition, and I hope some of you will want to take a look at one. This would serve as a utility/defense knife, and it is made to be used.