$230 – $270
Spine Thickness at Bolster: 6mm
Total Weight: 950g
The Bastard love child of a Chef’s Knife and a Hatchet.
Andrew loves knives with longer handles. On the Scourge, on Bowies, even on folding knives you’ll find that every handle has about one and a half to two fingers of extra wiggle room to make sure those with mammoth mittens don’t get too cramped, but also to allow those with smaller hands to be able to slide back down on the knife handle a bit to get a bit more power out of the knife. Now if you take that latter philosophy and design an entire knife around it you get the Longboy.
The 12″ long, tapered full tang extended handle gives it the speed, leverage and power of a much longer blade without introducing as much weight to the overall package. This allows it to be more mobile when held towards the front and fill a lot of the roles that you’d often need to run a separate smaller blade for. Choke up right to the very front and you’ve got a high dexterity grip on a knife blade for carving, food prep and delicate work. Hold it halfway down the blade and the weight of the rest of the handle balances out the blade, giving you a one handed chopper with a pretty hefty balance, good for chopping up meat, cutting branches against a stump, that kind of thing. Slide even further back to the pommel (flared for ease of retention) and at this point the blade feels and chops like a moderately sized hatchet, but with all that power being focused onto a very lean grind. This combination puts the longboy up with our most potent choppers, but doing so with a lower weight and more compact package.
The 10″ blade is seriously wide at the bolster, giving extreme cutting performance on a full flat grind. The width reduces as the thickness tapers down into a practical point for finer work and for a more refined balance when being choked up on while also increasing tip speed so the blade can adapt to light brushwork. The modified wharncliffe edge profile makes for an extremely predictable chopping dynamic, with a touch of curve for more of a shearing and cleaving effect while going through wood. It also provides heaps of functional belly for any surface work you might have in mind meaning that it glides through kitchen duty no worries.
Now we’ll be the first to admit that this is a pretty unique and strange blade. However, with incredible chopping performance balanced with finer control for food prep and carving that seems a small price to pay for what may well the be Ultimate Camp Knife.
Before Purchase, please read through our section on Warranty and Factory Seconds for information on the different grind types, tang options and how they affect the level of warranty we offer.