This month I got 3 new knives in the mail to check out. By coincidence, they are all 3 tanto style blades. These are all hand forged. I have been testing the first one quite a bit, and will post some more pictures and videos shortly. The first blade is made by Justin Vititoe. It is made from a Nicholson file, 1095 steel.
The next two blades are hand made by Edge Alaska. I got them from Mike Deshazo of Condition 1 Tactical (who makes awesome low profile backpacks by the way) to play with for a while.
I will post more pictures and videos of all these blades in action shortly. They are beautiful to look at and have performed very well with chores.
Edge Alaska ‘Extreme Tanto’
I tested these blades with a basic survival chore; building a bow drill kit, with hardwood.
For a side by side comparison, we used the Extreme Tanto and a KBar for the same tasks on the same piece of weed. The KBar went dull and unusable before even cutting our 18″ piece off of the log in the woods. The Etreme Tanto remained sharp and very useable, and finished the big work, as well as the fine whittling to finish the bow drill kit and start a fire. The spine of the Etreme Tanto also lends itself to baton through wood, which is not reasonably possible with the KBar as its sharpened back edge is not good for pounding on.
The blade still looks new, works perfectly, and is ready for the next chore.
O.A.L. 10 in (25.4 cm), Blade choil to tip 4.5 in (11.4cm)
Alloy- CTS XHP- Hardened in Oxygen free environment to Rc 61-62,
Handle- Traditional wrapped 6 mm cotton, Tsuka –Ito, over 550 para-cord. Sealed with 2-part Marine Epoxy.
Handmade by ‘Edge’
Business operated and owned by D.A.V.
Carpenter CTS XHP Alloy
(Nominal Analysis) 1.60 C, 0.50 Mn, 0.40 Si, 16.00 Cr, 0.35 Ni, 0.80 Mo, 0.45 V, Bal. Fe Air hardening, high carbon, high chromium, corrosion resistant alloy which can be described as either a high hardness Type 440C stainless steel or a corrosion resistant D2 tool steel. Possesses corrosion resistance equivalent to Type 440C stainless but can attain a maximum hardness of 64 HRC, approaching that of D2 tool steel. Now available in strip product form.
This proprietary alloy is in the Carpenter CTS™ family of alloys that offer superior edge retention and surface finish, an ability to be machined to a fine edge, and consistent heat-treatability from lot to lot. Consider CTS alloys for many blade applications including commercial food processing, paper processing, textile, packaging, recycling/refuse, kitchen knives, hand tools, scissors/shears, shaving razors, sport/hunting knives, ice skates, military/defense, law enforcement, salon blades and various surgical/medical applications.
Look for more on these coming soon.
New kydex sheaths for these blades are in production by Jim Wood in Indiana.