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Nazarov Knives Elmax Fixed Blade Review

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Cryptyc, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    I received a knife in the mail yesterday that I was very excited about. In a thread posted on this forum, a new member @Demkov had posted that he owned a small shop in Russia that was producing knives. He asked for members to post which knife they would review and what they would do for the review and he would pick one of us and give us that knife for free to review. I copied the post below in italics:

    Hello everyone, my name is Dmitry. I'm from a small town in Russia - Vorsma.
    We knifemakers, the name of our small company Nazarov Forge https://nazarklinok.ru
    I would like to offer our knife for free, in return receive an objective review.
    I ask to leave applications in this thread, who wants to get a knife. I will choose the most authoritative one.

    Our catalog and website - https://nazarklinok.ru

    I apologize for the poor knowledge of English.



    Well I decided to browse his website and put my name in with the knife of my choice. I chose this knife to review and submitted it to his thread:
    https://nazarklinok.ru/en/product/nozh-bars-elmax-karelskaya-bereza/

    Product Specs:
    Steel - Elmax
    Hardness - 62HRC
    Thickness - 3.5mm (.14 inch)
    Blade Length - 130mm (5.12 inch)
    Blade Width - 27mm (1.1 inch)
    Handle Length - 130mm (5.12 inch)
    Weight - 150 grams (.33 lbs)

    I was pleased to see that he had chosen me and two other members to receive knives for review. He had made a YouTube video showing the knives and saying they were shipping. In less than a week from that video, I had this knife in my hand.

    The knife arrived packaged well (crap ton of bubble wrap and plastic hahaha). It comes in a box with nothing but the knife and sheath inside:

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    Upon initial inspection I was truly impressed with the weight and balance of this knife. It is extremely light and balanced directly at the guard. I cannot read much of his website, but I'd imagine it is a knife designed for hunting, but due to the great balance I could see it used for many other things (maybe a fighter blade, etc).

    The knife comes in a semi-polished finish, full polished edge, and with stippled and scalloped wood scales, which are truly unique and give it so much character. Honestly, I stipple almost all my firearms and do most of my knife scales so that was one of my main reasons for picking this blade:

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    The overall package is very light and no frills. I could see this being very handy in use and wondering about in the woods. I'd imagine due to the extreme light weight, I'd probably forget I even had it on. Here's a shot of it in its dangler sheath, which is very basic but very functional:

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    Admittance, I did already sharpen the edge because it was not shaving sharp (my standard). The elmax steel sharpened easily and took a very keen edge. I will update tomorrow with comparison pics with other knifes and will update after the weekend with some woods use. Until then, enjoy the pics.
     
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  2. barrabas74

    barrabas74 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    That is a beautiful looking knife and the handle certainly makes it unique. I look forward to hearing more about how it performs and feels during use.
     
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  3. katanas

    katanas

    Jan 6, 2012
    I'm jealous; mine didn't arrive yet. :( Maybe today. :D Yours sure looks great, especially seeing your reflection in the guard. :cool: Congrats!.....Update, nope :( and leaving for a few days; maybe the wife will call with good news-she's leaving me...I mean it arrived. ;) Perhaps some fun next weekend. :cool: Looking forward to your use review. :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Ok some size comparisons. Based on the weight and intended use I figured a BK16 was a close comparison.

    Here they are side by side. Blade is longer on the NK knife.
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    The blades are almost as thick, but the BK16 is only slightly thicker:
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    The blade on the BK16 is slightly wider:
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  5. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Looks great @Cryptyc!

    Mine arrived today in the UK. Really beautiful work. :)
     
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  6. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Yes, I agree. The fit and finish on mine is very nice. No complaints from me for sure.
     
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  7. katanas

    katanas

    Jan 6, 2012
    I just got to examine mine (arrived late yesterday). :thumbsup: Very well done , a couple of surprises, hopefully pics to follow (haven't done that yet but I'm going to give it a go). If the use holds up, these are VERY well worth looking at. :cool:
     
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  8. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    My thoughts exactly. I feel sanguine about their ability to hold up to use, given the production values. Will be taking mine into the forest this weekend. So far my review is shaping up very positively indeed. I was dreading receiving a poor product, as would feel obliged to give an honest review regardless. I don’t think that will be the case. :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    I am also interested in how these will perform. I hate that I wasn't able to hit the woods this past weekend and hope to remedy that situation this upcoming one if time permits (Saturday is a flooring day unfortunately...I hate tile work lol). I will be paying close attention to how this blade holds up, and the stippled wood handle. I am not overly hard on my equipment, but I don't baby it for sure. We shall see. The Elmax took a super keen edge, so it'll be interesting to see if it holds up or chips.
     
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  10. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Use review coming up soon gents! I am back in my home state and hope to hit the woods this weekend for a full use review. I’ll make sure to take pictures and let y’all know how this blade holds up to the use I believe it was intended for.
     
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