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"Orion" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Rio Grande Agate gemstone  handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with frog skin
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Macha Navigator

"Macha Navigator" tactical combat knife, obverse side view in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Olive hardwood handle, locking kydex, aluminum, stainless steel, nickel plated steel sheath
"Macha Navigator" Tactical Combat Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 11.6" (29.5 cm), Blade Length: 6.75" (17.1 cm), Thickness: .242" (6.2 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 15.6 oz. (442 grams) Sheath: 11.8 oz. (335 grams)
  • Blade: ATS-34 High Molybdenum Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C59, Bead Blasted
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, Bead Blasted
  • Handle: Olive Hardwood
  • Sheath: Locking, Kydex, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Nickel Plated Steel
  • Knife: The Macha Navigator originated in the Macha knife pattern, designed for combat and defense for Principle Security Details. This variation on that design allows the knife to retain all of its original features, yet be secured in a locking tactical combat knife sheath. I made this Macha Navigator with a thick, deeply hollow ground blade in high molybdenum ATS-34 martensitic stainless tool steel for great toughness as well as high wear resistance and substantial corrosion resistance and a bead blasted non-glare finish. The blade has a good length of razor sharp single bevel cutting edge, and has 2 inches of my Barracuda Rip Teeth serrations. These are similar to my Vampire style, but with evenly spaced and smaller teeth, cut a bit smoother. The blade is very thick and extremely strong, as it is ground from 1/4" thick stock, with a half-length top swage to reduce the point profile. The knife blade has full and punchy modified vine filework throughout the spine, the fully tapered tang, and inside the handle all the way to the choil. The knife is bolstered with zero-care bead blasted high nickel, high chromium 304 stainless steel bolsters, which are dovetailed and secured with zero clearance peened pins for absolute permanence. The front bolster is sculpted at the face for better support of the thumb and sheath locking groove, and the rear bolster has a 5/16" through-tang chamfered lanyard hole for extra security when needed. The handle has bedded and pinned solid Olive hardwood handle scales, a very hard, tough wood that is naturally resinous and self-sealing. The Olive is smooth and silky to hold, and its light color compliments the gray stainless steels well. The knife feels very substantial and meaty in the hand, with the balance point at the forefinger. The knife has a great grip profile, comfortable in both forward and reverse grip styles.
  • Sheath: I've made one of my fine locking, waterproof tactical models for this knife, probably the best tactical combat knife sheath style made anywhere. While most makers use a single thickness kydex (.060"), I use kydex that is (.125"), twice that thick for strength, durability, stability, and longevity. The kydex is hot-formed over a 5052H32 corrosion resistant, high strength aluminum welt frame, secured with nickel plated steel Chicago screws and waterproof cement. The sheath has all stainless steel locking components in 302, 304, and 316 austenitic stainless steel for low-care, high corrosion resistance, and durability while positively locking the knife in the sheath. Even the machine screws and reinforcements are stainless steel. 1.75" wide belt loops are die-formed, in high strength, corrosion resistant aluminum, and are reversible for versatile wear in any position. The belt loops can also be relocated at the sheath tail, for inverted wear in a variety of positions.
  • A heavy duty, handsome, bold, and substantial tactical combat and working knife.

Thanks, T. S.!

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"Macha Navigator" tactical, combat knife, reverse side view. Note die formed high strength aluminum belt loops that are reversible and can be positioned in the lower area of the sheath tail for inverted wear. "Macha Navigator" spine edgework, filework detail. Modified vine filework is deep and bold, tang is fully tapered for weight balance "Macha Navigator" inside handle tang detail. Filework is full throughout the tapered tang, bolsters are dovetailed an bed beautiful and silky smooth olive hardwood handle scales "Macha Navigator" obverse side handle detail. Olive hardwood is resinous and tight grained, with tough and durable smooth finish "Macha Navigator" reverse side handle detail. Olive hardwood is bedded beneath dovetailed bolsters, secured with six zero clearance stainless steel pins "Macha Navigator" sheathed view. Sheath is postively locking waterproof in kydex, stainless steel, high strength aluminum, and nickel plated steel. "Macha Navigator" point detail. Blade geometry is well-balanced and crisp, single bevel edge is razor sharp in deep hollow grinds "Macha Navigator" tactical, combat knife, Barracuda serration detail. Serrations are even and tight, for smoother and finer cuts through tough materials.

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