Named after gifted and prolific knife maker; Les George - the Spartan Blades George V14 Dagger in flat dark earth and green is a beauty to behold. This dagger is under 10 ounces but a full 11 5/8" in size. The blade is an impressive stainless CPM S45VN Steel with SpartaCoat and PVD Zirconium Nitride. The blade size is 6 3/4" with a blade thickness of an impressive 1/4". Each blade is double tempered, vacuum heat-treated, and four symmetrical bevels were hollow ground to ensure the blades have durability, toughness, and edge retention. It is also a blade you can rely upon with the 0.25-inch precision ground thickness. You will love the comfortable and confident grip due to extra attention to detail. For instance, the oblong shape with flats on each side provides help with indexing and you are able to use the knife in all kinds of visibility conditions - making it a must-have in combat situations. It is important to note that this knife was the winner of the BLADE 2014 Collaboration Knife of the Year and for all of the reasons stated above. So if you are looking for something to use that is a modern interpretation of a classic fighting knife, you will never go wrong with the Spartan Blades George V14 Dagger.
It may be a simple dagger, but it is a relic in time. Superb design, premium materials, and worthwhile value. You can't find Les George daggers for les than double the price (albeit, exquisite materials).
- Amazing design
- Suction groove
- 0.25andquot; thickness
- Full tang with G10 scales
- EXPENSIVE: Compared to other Les George daggers this should be considered a cheaper option, however $400 is not an easy option for most people.
- Sheath: The retention is very high, and the default belt attachment is sharp. I quickly switched to a horizontal belt carry (but would carry drop leg with a thigh strap in the back country). I think the default belt attachment could use another redesign -- it's not versatile.
- Hardware Coating: the hardware coating on the sheath (specifically the hardware on the default belt attachment) will rub off on the blade coating when contacted during unsheathing. The retention is high, and thus difficult to avoid pulling the blade across the black rivets. These black rivets impart their black color on the harder blade coating. I first noticed this in a single line when I got the blade, but then became two and then three and then four black lines. It occurs on the back of the blade as your pull it out of the sheath. It may strike on the sheath hardware and impart an discoloration. I am sad about this. The sheath leaves residue, which is a temporary problem -- but the black lines may be more difficult.
Just received my V-14. I've admired this knife for years and finally pulled the trigger. It's a beautiful, single purpose knife. Fit and finish is excellent. The dark earth blade coating almost has a bronze look to it, very attractive. Grinds are symmetrical. Handle is comfortable and grippy. The blade tapers to a needle point. The edges are not razor sharp, but for the intended purpose they don't need to be. This isn't a utility or camping knife. It's a stabber, meant to put a bad end to someone's day. I'm sure the edge is plenty sharp enough to easily penetrate clothing and flesh, which is the design function of such a blade. The sheath is very good, Kydex with an adjustable heavy ballistic nylon belt loop. The knife fits firmly into the sheath, as it should. Pressing your thumb against the sheath allows a quick and easy draw. If you're a dagger fan, buy it. You won't be disappointed. I wish it were less expensive, but I can find no flaws in the design or execution of the knife.
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I had purchased one a little over a year ago. Loved the overall design and craftmanship immeasurably. However much I was attached to it, I gave my first V14 dagger to a very close friend and colleague from New Zealand. Just had to replace it and did just that recently. Great feel and I particularly like the unusual color combination. I've seen few knives of this size that are this stable and balanced. Service and delivery were also top-notch, which is status quo for Knife Art.
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