There’s something about things that are slim and pointy that bespeak of sharp. Think your grandma’s hatpin, ice picks, that nasty hypodermic needle at the doctor’s office when you were a kid, etc. Lean knives can be keen, too. Here are a few. (Click on an image for a larger view.)
Paul Brach’s reproduction of a Bob-Loveless-style fighter looks leaner than most in a black Micarta® grip and 8.5-inch blade of CPM 154 stainless. Overall length: 14.5 inches.
Cliff Parker gets a whole bunch of his mosaic damascus of 4600E, 1084 and nickel in the 3-inch blade and bolsters on either side of a svelte mammoth ivory handle. The thumb stud is 18k gold. Approximate closed length: 3.75 inches.
Bill Tuch offers up one of his sculpted-handle folders in a thinner-than-usual version. The 3.5-inch blade is ATS-34 stainless and the handle is 416 stainless. Approximate closed length: 4 1/8 inches.
Grace Horne revisits one of her favorite folder designs in a handle of wrought iron. The 2.5-inch modified sheepfoot blade is RWL-34 stainless steel. Approximate closed length: 4 1/16 inches.
A dagger from the Winkler Knives II line by Daniel Winkler would appear to draw inspiration from any number of classic combat dagger designs. It comes with a conventional synthetic sheath (not pictured).
Edmund Davidson’s long integral features a 6-inch blade of CPM 154 stainless in a hand-rubbed finish and a black-ash-burl handle. Overall length: 11.5 inches.
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