Blade Magazine recently awarded the Spartan/Harsey Model 1 Limited Edition knife the “Collaboration of the Year” award at the 2010 Blade Show. So let’s take a closer look at this knife.
The Model 1 is a sleek-looking knife with lines that really appeal to my eye. It has similar dimensions and weight as the SOG Creed Bowie, which I have handled, so it is a formidable knife.
Here are the specs on the Model 1:
Knife Name: Spartan – Harsey Model 1
Designer(s): William Harsey
Overall Length: 13 1/4″
Blade Length: 7 5/8”
Blade Thickness: 3/16”
Blade Steel: CPM S30V
Blade Hardness: 58-59 HRC
Blade Style: Fixed Drop Point— The blade has a flat ground main bevel with a 10″ hollow gound top edge.
Coating: Flat Dark Earth (FDE) Spartacoat PVD ZrN
Handle Material: Black CE Canvas Micarta®
Sheath: Black Kydex with Belt Drop Loop
Weight: 0.862 LBS
About Spartan Blades:
Curtis Iovito and Mark Carey, Co-Founders of Spartan Blades, LLC, possess over 40 years of combined military service and experience. Since their retirement from US Army Special Forces they have been involved in the development, marketing, and program management of tactical gear and ballistic armor products. For years Curtis has designed and made custom knives for his friends in Special Forces and for other companies.All Spartan knives are manufactured by us in North Carolina with only US origin materials. Our Sheaths are made by US / US veteran owned businesses using only the best US Origin / Berry Amendment compliant materials. Both Mark and Curtis have spent a lifetime in the service of, and working to advance the interests of our country. Spartan Blades will do the same by only manufacturing in the U.S.A. with the highest quality domestically produced materials. Additionally, Spartan Blades utilizes other veteran owned small businesses in meeting our manufacturing mission.Spartan Blades, LLC is located in Aberdeen, NC just west of Ft Bragg, NC; “Home of the US Army Airborne and Special Forces”.
The Model 1 is Spartans first collaboration and they couldn’t have picked a more respected maker than Bill Harsey, Jr. Harsey has collaborated on knives with Chris Reeves (the ‘Green Beret’ an Pacific’ fixed blades), Gerber and Lone Wolf Knives. But he may be best known for designing the Yarborough knife which is given to every soldier who graduates from the Special Forces Qualification Course.
This is a true collaborative project with Harsey not only credited with the design of the Model 1 but also hand-grinding each blade. Price is listed at $550 on Spartans web site along with the words ‘sold out’. Perhaps this buys me time to convince my wife that I really need this knife 🙂 Short of this miracle happening, I am hopeful that Spartan Blades will consider offering the Model 1 as a standard production model with a price tag more within my reach.