I just previewed the first finished out prototype of the most vicious of all small knives I have ever held in my hand. I am in love I can't seem to put it down.
The "Palm-a-hawk" is one wicked little ripper ! I am soooo pleased !
As the name implies it is a small palm handle hawk bill blade designed for devastating cuts. Overall it measures 6 7/8". It has a full tang with marcarta scales. The handle is oval shaped and provides a solid natural in the palm grip. The blade steel is ATS-34. The hawk bill blade style was chosen because I was looking for a powerful cutter in a small package. With a short blade it is my opinion that nothing beats this shape for devastating cuts. Alan Folts has been assisting me in the best geometry and steel combinations for strength in the blade tip while not losing anything in the cut. I think we have what we are looking for as I have made several dozen striking cuts at a heavy rolled up cardboard target with no damage to the blade tip and no noticeable loss of the cutting edge (still shaving my arm hair). The whole project came about as I was looking for an effective fixed blade knife smaller than the "Genghis" for my wife. The "Genghis" is a full 10.5" and more knife than my wife cares to hide on a warm day in NC. She has been carrying a Spiderco Ednura but we both feel that a fixed blade carried in a quick draw Kydex sheath is a better choice. However, now that it's done I think she will have to wait for 002. Because I really like this little I mean I have to do some more testing dear, honey, sweetheart.
Pics should be up later tonight. I will post a URL as soon as available.