I really wanted this knife to be a continuation of the line of daggers that preceded them, I did not want to make a reproduction, I wanted to make another step in the progression and evolution of the design.
No knife has more inherent intent than a dagger. For hundreds of years the dagger has been the symbol on lethal precision, and it still is today.
In 1941 the British government asked William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes to design a knife and system to go with it to train commandos during the dark hours of WW2, they did not hesitate to present a dagger. A dagger that had a well documented purpose to every aspect of its design.
As I researched this design (and it's derivative designs, the US Marine Raider Stiletto and the Army V42 dagger) I wondered how different it would be if we tried to meet the same goals that where set in 1940 (date) in 2014 with the decades of advancements in technology and materials. Not to mention we are not currently involved in a world war that we don't know how long it will last or if we will even win it...
I tried to combine the best elements of the designs and leverage technology and materials that where not available in WW2 in hopes of earning a place in the lineage of this design family.
It's been an extremely educational experience for me and I am very pleased with the result
The success of this design has brought about a collaboration with Spartan Blades for them to produce and sell the V-14. We where very pleased to be awarded the 2014 Blade show collaboration of the year for our project. Check it out here
The Spartan / George V14 Commando Dagger
Specifications: Knife Name: Spartan George V-14 Dagger Designer: Les George Overall Length: 11 1/2" Blade Length: 6 3/4" Blade Thickness: 1/4" Blade Steel: CPM S35VN Blade Hardness: 59-60 HRC Blade Style: Full Tang Hollow Ground Dagger Coating: SpartaCoat - PVD - Tungsten DLC (Black) or ZrN (Flat Dark Earth) Handle Material: 3D Contoured G10, Black or Green Weight: 9.28 Oz