Spine Thickness at Bolster: 6mm
Total Weight: 200g
How does a manufacturer whose average knife weighs a kilogram go about making a small fixed blade? Like this.
The Spur is the smallest knife made by Kailash blades, but it is by no means the runt of the litter. With a focus on dependability and function, the spur packs as much heavy utility and function into as small a package as possible.
Boasting a relatively huge 6mm spine on a 4″ blade, this little knife can stand up to just the same kind of abuse as the bigger boys in the catalogue. Prying, batoning and general tomfoolery are not just expected but actively encouraged. This tanky spine is offset by the taller than average blade which when given a high flat grind allows for high cutting efficiency while maintaining the hard use durability which is the knife’s focus. The gentle drop point provides extra durability at the point to deal with heavy, borderline idiotic use without stopping it from being able to penetrate effortlessly. The low heel on the blade acts as an integral front guard to protect the hand during stabbing or prying, while the distally tapered spine cuts unecessary weight and distributes stresses more evenly through the knife.
The chopper blood running through its veins is further evident in its 4″ handle, where a strong comfortable grip is prioritised over reduced length. Designed to be a tight 4 finger grip or a 3 finger for extremely large/gloved hands the scoop in the spine acts as a thumb ramp of sorts, giving a great degree of control and retention to make up for any lost length in the handle. If that still isn’t enough the beaked pommel can also slip into the gap between your fingers to anchor the knife to the hand in even the most extreme rearwards one finger grips, allowing for more chopping utility than would be expected from such a small knife. The annealed, tapered tang is sandwiched by two thick rosewood or buffalo horn scales and terminates at the rear with a combination skull crusher/lanyard hole to give this small knife a little bit of extra destructive capability.
The Spur is a tough little knife with a big heart and a lot to prove. If you’re looking for a small knife made for cutting up cheese and apples for a picnic, buy an opinel. If you’re looking for a small knife made for cutting up apple trees to make into picnic tables, maybe you should buy the spur.
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.