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Macha Navigator

"Macha Navigator" obverse side view in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Olive hardwood handle, locking kydex, aluminum, stainless steel sheath with ultimate belt loop extender, sharpener, and fire starter
"Macha Navigator" Custom Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 11.6" (29.5 cm), Blade Length: 6.75" (17.2 cm), Thickness: .233" (5.9 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 15 oz. (425 grams) Sheath (with extender and accessories): 1 lb. 2.0 oz. (510 grams)
  • Blade: ATS-34 High Molybdenum Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to 60HRC
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel
  • Handle: Olive Hardwood
  • Sheath: Locking, Kydex, Aluminum, Stainless Steel
  • Belt Loop Extender: Polypropylene, Nylon, Diamond Pad Sharpener, Magnesium/Firesteel Firestarter
  • Knife:  My client requested this fine custom 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 razor sharp edge, with 2 inches of my Vampire Rip Teeth serrations for tough cutting chores. The blade is thick and extremely strong, as it is ground from 1/4" thick stock, with a two-thirds length top swage to reduce the point profile without sacrificing spine strength. The knife blade has full and pronounced sunrise filework throughout the spine, the fully tapered tang, and inside the handle all the way to the deep 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 wide thumb ramp 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 sheaths 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 304 stainless 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.
  • Ultimate Extender: My client requested an additional option: my ultimate sheath belt loop extender with full accessory package. This allows a lower, more traditional placement of the locking sheath on the belt, and will accommodate thicker belts and belts up to 2.5" wide, and includes the anti-flop shock cord with nickel plated steel snap retention, the diamond pad sharpener, and the magnesium-Firesteel fire starter. Learn more about these useful accessories here.
  • A useful, durable, and extremely tough package.

Thanks, T. G.!


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"Macha Navigator" reverse side view. Sheath has die formed aluminum belt loops that are reversible and can be located in several positions along the welts of the sheath "Macha Navigator" spine edgework, filework detail. Deep sunrise filework extends throughout the fully tapered tang "Macha Navigator" inside handle tang detail. Bolsters are dovetailed and smoothly contoured, bed fine Olive wood handle scales "Macha Navigator" obverse side handle detail. Olive is dense and waxy, a tough, self-sealing hardwood that is durable and long-lasting as well as beautiful "Macha Navigator" reverse side view. multiple zero-clearance stainless steel pins bed handle scales to tang. Deep quillons support hand, deep choil delineates grind and serrations "Macha Navigator" sheathed view. Sheath is positively locking and waterproof, tough and duraable. "Macha Navigator" point detail. Blade has substantial strength, razor sharp hollow ground blade and edge. "Macha Navigator" with ultimate belt loop extender and accessories. Screws in sheath are stainless steel Chicago screws "Macha Navigator" reverse sheath belt loop extender detail. Extender allows more traditional wear of knife and sheath, and is made of polypropylene and nylon, waterproof and extremely strong "Macha Navigator" ultimate sheath belt loop extender with accessories, diamond pad sharpener, stainless steel framed magnesium-firesteel firestarter

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