The V14 fixed blade dagger from Spartan is an example of classic WW2 commando dagger meets modern design, manufacturing and cutting edge material.s This dagger has a full length double sided blade ground from thick 0.25-inch stainless CPM 3S5VN blade steel.
The blade size is 6 3/4" and is constructed out of stainless CPM S35VN Steel with SpartaCoat and PVD Zirconium Nitride in flat black. S35VN is known for it all around high-quality performance; blending excellent edge retention, rust resistance, and toughness.
Spartan Blades didn't stop the symmetric double ground blade, the handle is a comfortable ergonomic design and to assist in indexing, it is oblong with flats on each side - a deviation from the usual. The full tang construction provides a fixed blade with maximum strength and in this case an excellent balance. The total size of this tactical dagger is 11 5/8" and a weight of under 10 ounces.
Only thing that took a little while getting used to is the handle. My fingers are pretty long, so it felt a little awkward at first however I'm getting used to it. Would be nice to have different grip options however the knifes craftsmanship makes it worth buying hands down.
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I'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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