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Sean Perkins Seraph

Oct 13, 1998
The Seraph is my first hand-made knife. I first want to thank Sean for making the purchase so painless, he responded to all of my e-mail quickly and answered even my stupidest questions. Between the time that I recieved his brochure and purchase, he revamped his website and raised prices slightly(still a very good value), but he was still willing to sell to me at the old price
When I made the final decision, he held one for me until I could send the money.

Now the knife: The Seraph is ~4" long with 1/2 of that blade. The blade is a scythe grind, a convex chisel with a very small back bevel to make sharpening easy. My first impression was very good, the knife was comfortable to hold and has a nice little sheath. Between the blued blade and the texture on the handle, it looks far more impressive than 4" of steel.

Using it: I have been carrying it all weekend(makes a nice dress knife) and have really grown to like it. It is not as fearsome looking as my BM Stryker SBT so doesn't scare people as much. The blade did not come exceedingly sharp(scrape have instead of popping) but still does mundane cutting chores very well. When I get a chance, I'll sharpen it to a really fine edge, and see how well the A2 holds it. My only complaint is that the sheath tends to sink down in my jeans, making it hard to access while sitting.(It's hard to explain to a prof that you stood up to get a knife to play with b/c their lecture was too d**m boring).

All in all it is a very nice little knife, and a great value for the money, I think now it's $70+shipping. You neck knife fans, Sean now also has a neck sheath for his blades.

Why did you stab that girl?
You won't believe this, but I had too much coffee!
-Edmond by David Mamet
Thanks for the review. I keep hearing good things about his knives. Its making me want one.(Must resist!!
I have Sean's Kerver and I love it!! It is 4" of "muscle" and really is handy and can handy big jobs even for it's small size.
Sean is a nice person to do business with and he does answer his mail promptly.
As a matter of fact, I'm going to buy me another one in the next few months.
I ordered a knife from Sean Perkins and he was most accomodating. I ordered a Kerver, but without the finger grooves (sort of like the Stygia but with the stone textured handle). He had no problem with the special request. He answers his email promptly, notified me when the knife was ready to ship, and I received it about 10 days after I placed the order. After I received it, I made a kydex sheath for it for neck carry. Works great and I am totally happy with it. I would definitely recommend this knife to anyone looking for a small, strong, utility type blade.
OK, so for those of you who have Kervers or Seraphs or Stygias, a couple of questions: Is the handle shape and texture the only difference? That is, does the each of those normally come in e.g., stone texture/finger-groove handle for Kerver vs stream texture/single-arc handle for Stygia? Are the blades otherwise as similar as they look?

What do you think of the handles? They look very short to me. A 2" handle seem like it would be hard to get much grip on.

Has anyone seen/handled the new designs, the Arcrescia and/or Scaetha? They appear to have more like a 3" handle, as well as more clearly distinct blade shapes (but just barely). Perkins lists those two as having "bright steel (no patina)". Not having seen or handled the knives in person, the description makes the patina seem like one of the more fascinating and unique features of Perkins' knives. What do you all think of the patina?


Paul Neubauer
prn - you are correct in that the blade itself is the same for the different models, the difference is in the handle shape and texture. The knives usually come with the grip shape and texture listed in the catalog, but Mr. Perkins had no problem with my mix and match request. The grip is a bit short, but I was looking for a small, strong fixed blade knife. I tied the leather lanyard into a hangmans knot and found that this aids greatly to the normal two-fingered hold. I made a kydex neck sheath for it, and the lanyard also helps when drawing it. The patina is a very unique part of this knife which I happen to like a lot, and is very difficult to describe. It's sort of like steel that has been blue case-hardened. This is certainly a lot of knife for the money. Kevin
After checking out his site, I have decided to order one of the Kervers. I really like that patina pattern, and he states it looks better with age! Very cool.