Make & Model - Spyderco Schempp Rock
Overall Length - 12.25 inches
Blade Length - 6.75 inches
Blade Width - 1.69 inches
Blade Thickness - 0.13 inch
Handle Thickness - 0.75 inch
Handle Material - Fiberglass-reinforced nylon
Weight - 9.1 ounces
Blade Material - 1095 carbon steel
Blade Material - VG-10 stainless steel
MSRP - $245
URL - http://www.spyderco.com
Notes - Don't let its looks (or the name) fool you. It might look like a modern, shorter version of a battlefield machete, but the Schempp Rock is classified as a "camp" knife. Designed by custom knife-maker Ed Schempp, it balances ergonomics and aesthetics to provide a well-intentioned and easy-to-handle knife for a variety of situations.
The drop-point, false-edge blade is VG-10, a premium stainless steel. A thumb rise provides additional leverage, while a deep finger groove protects the index finger. An exposed tang on the pommel has a hole to accept a lanyard, but because of the curved shape of the knife, we wouldn't suggest using it as an impromptu hammer.
The striking appearance, at first off-putting due to its unique curve, allows the user's wrist to curve naturally with the knife instead of twisting like with other knives. This cuts down on hand fatigue and lowers the blade closer to the subject in relation to the hand. The handle is injection-molded, fiberglass-reinforced nylon. The plastic sheath is designed to accept the knife via a friction fitting and can be reconfigured for both sides.

Pros:

  • Unique and thoughtfully designed for comfort and ease of use
  • Blade is both wide and razor sharp

Cons:

  • Hole in the blade is ornamental and largely just to retain the Spyderco aesthetic
  • Quite pricey

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