Spartan Blades’ Spartan-Harsey Hunter
Ever since I got my hands on their Horkos model, Spartan Blades has been one of my favorite knife companies. Formed by two retired Green Berets, the knives turned out by Spartan are application-driven, robust and elegant in a subdued, tactical way. And most of their knives are named after ancient Greek gods, which is pretty cool.
Their newest offering, the Spartan-Harsey Hunter, is the result of the second combined effort between Spartan and knifemaker William “Bill” Harsey. The goal was to create a knife that a service member could carry in combat and use after returning home when camping and hunting.
The knife is perfectly balanced, with a 5-13/16”, full-tang S35VN steel blade with a HRC of 59-60 and a hollow grind. One remarkable thing about this knife is how the scales seem to melt into the tang, leaving hardly any perceivable edges. Maybe that’s because the scales are 3D machined from 3/8” canvas Micarta. All bevels on the blade are hand-ground by Harsey. Currently, the knife is only offered with the Falt Dark Earth SpartaCoat (bottom photo) with black or green scales and a nylon MOLLE sheath. MSRP: $495 --DM
There were a staggering number of companies, big and small, showing off their newest knives at SHOT Show this year. We waded through the crowds and pulled out these selections as the best new knives of 2012.