Master bladesmith Josh Smith quit his day job to focus on his passion project--Montana Knife Company--just a few short years ago, and the company has already developed a cult-like following among outdoorsmen.
Each time MKC drops a limited quantity of its purpose-built knives, the collection sells out within a matter of minutes. Then fans set their timers for the next launch in hopes of snagging one of these coveted blades.
From the popular Speedgoat--a lightweight fixed blade perfect for all things wild game--to a comprehensive Culinary Collection, each knife is expertly crafted for the task at hand. MKC has also partnered with the likes of John Dudley and Cameron Hanes for special editions, but one of the most buzzed about collaborations is with Fieldcraft Survival.
A joint effort between Smith and Fieldcraft Survival's Mike Glover and Kevin Estela, the Fieldcraft Survival EDC Knife took over a year of research and development to get just right. The result is an easily concealable knife perfect for everything from self defense to bushcrafting applications.
Inspired by spearpoint blades from the bushcraft world, the MKC X Fieldcraft Survival EDC Knife features a nearly 4-inch fixed blade constructed of CPM 154 stainless steel with a bulletproof G-10 handle. It comes in black, olive, or black and tan.
The knife also comes with a Kydex sheath that allows for easy concealment under clothing or tucking inside a waistband. The sheath sports a built-in grabbing clip that swivels for optimal comfort and placement as well as a special indexing tab for easy, no-look holstering.
The Fieldcraft Survival Knife is compact and lightweight to conveniently carry yet robust enough to stand up to filleting, field dressing, and other tough jobs in the field.
"Rather than attempting to create something new, we wanted to provide a blade design that works well for many different applications and construction that would hold up to actual use," said Estela. "We wanted this knife to be at home on riversides and mountainsides in the hands of men and women who would use it to process fish and game into family-size portions. We also wanted this knife to be something held in the hand with confidence if your life depended on it for defense. True to many knives from cultures around the world, what works well in the field can work well for fighting."
This knife has already sold out multiple times, but MKC will be restocking it soon (and you can sign up to be notified about future drops). Hundreds of reviews are in, and the knife is certainly worth the hype--and the $325 price tag.
Montana Knife Company offers lifetime maintenance and sharpening on all its knives at no charge. So while it's a bit of an investment piece, you're getting a handcrafted knife that will serve you for many years to come.
Like all MKC knives, the Field Craft Survival EDC Knife is made 100 percent in the U.S. and hand-finished in Montana.
MKC X Fieldcraft Survival Knife Specs:
- Blade: CPM 154 stainless steel
- Finish: tumbled stonewash polish
- Handle material: G-10
- Sheath: black Kydex with swivel clip
- Blade length: 3 15/16 inches
- Total length: 8 ¼ inches
- Knife weight: 4 ounces
- Total weight: 5.7 ounces
Don't just cross your fingers and hope to get lucky enough to snag one of these EDC knives. Check the Montana Knife Company website often, sign up for alerts, and set reminders to log on the second these launches go live!
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