Review Sigma: A Shirogorov/Sinkevich Collaboration

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by CPP, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. CPP

    CPP Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2014
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    In what may have been the first lottery I have ever won, I was selected as one of 200 people–100 outside of Russia–who were afforded the opportunity to buy one of several Shirogorov/Sinkevich collaborations from the only authorized dealer for international buyers. This is another knife that defied my expectations and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. The Sebenza 21, the Emerson Mini A100 and the Benchmade Valet have been knives that instantly appealed to me due to their simple–perhaps plain–designs that rely heavily upon relatively straight lines. The Sigma, as you can see does not have many straight lines, but I decided to give it a chance. And I have no regrets about this decision.
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    Curvaceous as the Sigma may be, every curve has a function: providing the user with a superlative grip, both comfortable and secure. The underside of the handle is the only straight line on this knife other than Shirogorov's signature plunge lines.
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    The amount of contouring on the carbon fiber handle scales multiplies the comfort of the grip, tapering significantly toward the spine. The carbon fiber has also been extensively textured in a complex concentric circle pattern increasing the security of one's grip.
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    The blade is unusual–at least in my limited experience. A triangular Persian shape with a slight bulge toward the tip. The flipper tab is almost in line with the cutting edge and is therefore less likely to obstruct any cutting on a flat surface.
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    The flipper tab is barely proud of the handle yet provides authoritative and consistent opening. True to Shirogorov's reputation the action is extremely smooth and all the more satisfying due to the diminutive profile of the tab.
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    The handle scales are solid carbon fiber without liners which makes the Sigma surprisingly light for size. The locking mechanism is composed of a titanium "tab" attached to the scales by two screws concealed under the pocket clip. There is a steel insert on the locking tab and lockup is firm at 20%.
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    The pocket clip is perfectly functional and is a unique blend of a sculpted clip and a spring clip. The backspacer is anodized titanium and features a lanyard loop sunken into the scales.
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    The backspacer only partially spaces the scales apart as the scales are milled in such a way as to serve half of that purpose. I would love to see fixed blade version of this knife made as it would be the perfect paring knife for the kitchen. Maybe someday.
     
  2. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    Great review . Thanks for posting it. I particularly liked your comments of the handle design.

    Along the same lines as your conclusion, I would love to have a fixed blade version of my F3. With all the customs I’ve gotten into it’s probably only a matter before I commission one.
     
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  3. CPP

    CPP Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2014
    I consider my F3R my folding fixed blade as it can handle any of my heavier tasks short of preparing firewood. Shiro making fixed would also simultaneously solve the problem of knives for lefties. Sort of...
     
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  4. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    I can only imagine Shirogorov knows the demand for fixed blades versions of their designs and has considered it. Whether or they go ahead is anybody’s guess.
     
  5. CPP

    CPP Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2014
    I dug up this image of Jens Anso's daily carry from his instagram feed as I remembered being struck by the admiration one great knife maker has for another.
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  6. SbladeS

    SbladeS

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    Jul 10, 2017
    Great review. Great knife!!!:thumbsup:
     
  7. Pharmagator

    Pharmagator Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    When I win the lottery...
     
  8. alongoria

    alongoria

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    Dec 13, 2009
    Hello. I don't have a lot of awareness of Shirogorov and/or Sinkevich knives, designs, and models. From what I gather they are very well regarded and what I have read is very impressive. Having said that, I really like this particular knife! Very good for you that you were able to acquire it. Enjoy!
     
  9. CPP

    CPP Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2014
    I recently let go of several Shiros and decided to keep three, one of which figures into this afternoon's activities although I'm not sure how...
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