Posted By: Corey Lidster
8 people found this review helpfulI've been wanting a Spartan Blades knife for a while now, and I've admired Les George's designs, particularly his Hydra fixed blade. I've also been searching for a high-end dagger, but the Microtech 'ADO' is the only one I've found that came close to what I was looking for. The Spartan Blades - Les George 'V-14 (Marine Raider) Dagger' was a must-buy then, for me, a perfectly crafted double-edged weapon that feels very comfortable in the hand and is weighted just right. It has a nice, solid feel to it, courtesy of the contoured G-10 scales, and the edges are very sharp, meeting in a wicked point that could pierce the fabric of time and space. The black on black looks very slick, but I found it hard to choose; I'm not a soldier, and I'm not a ninja, so it all came down to personal taste, for me. They all look good, but are also precision-crafted implements of death. Daggers weren't made for whittling or cutting cardboard. Choosing to go with CPM S35VN, as Spartan always does, means it's made from what might be the best all around knife steel available; it's impossible to say with any certainty, of course, but it's definitely near the top of the list, a premium stainless with the edge retention and toughness required for a dagger; while I like D2 and CPM M4, I'd be concerned that the high Rockwell (62 - 64) of those high-carbon steels could lead to a broken tip. The 58 - 59 Rockwell of S35VN, as well as the high levels of vanadium and the addition of niobium give it a toughness and impact resistance that is ideal for a dagger.
It's a beautiful knife, and the sheath is of the highest quality as well, a thick, form-fitting kydex that holds the knife tight in any position, releasing only with a very solid push of the thumb. Spartan and Les George won the Blade Show 2014 award for 'Best Collaboration', and I think they deserved it. As much as I like my Chris Reeve-Bill Harsey 'Pacific', the 'V-14' might be my new favorite. KnifeArt were great to deal with. I live in Canada, so I was shocked when the knife arrived at my door less than 36 hours after I placed the order. Nice.
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