Field Knife D2 test

I made four Field Knife profiles in D2, and decided to test one hard, just to satisfy my own questions.


I batoned the knife through aluminium and copper cable. Easy.


I batoned it through bluegum wood and pine wood. Of course, the edge was affected to a degree, depending on the material being cut. But it was easy to sharpen on my Radius Master grinder.


I batoned the knife into a 220 litre oil drum. It took a while before I was able to penetrate the drum.

This took three blows with a piece of Jarrah crossarm.

Levering the knife, and it popped out, the edge chipped a tad.

It took a few passes on my grinder at a slow speed with new belts to get the edge back.

A ceramic rod made it shaving sharp.

I made a simple waist sheath and a cross draw sheath. I only use Kydex for my sheathing.


The stylised “Three/Zed is a logo I use for for own knives that I never intend to sell. but once this test was publicised, someone offered to buy it.

I hope that he uses it, hard. I want my knives to be used, not sitting in a drawer somewhere in the darkness.

Kalgard Gunkote finishes.

Kalgard Gun Kote is a hard, abrasion resistant coating which meets and exceeds all military and aerospace specifications for protective coatings. With a pencil hardness of >9H, the 2400 Series will flex with a 180 degree bend. The 2400 Series Gun Kote is formulated to provide excellent impact resistance, lubricity, heat dissipation, chemical and corrosion resistance, durability and scratch resistance. The cured coating will not attract dirt or debris. The US Navy Seals and other military groups use Gunkote on their weapons for durability in salt water and abrasive resistance in desert conditions.


These blades were 10 selected from a bunch of Pingo knives made by Spyderco as the Edge Matters Forum 2017 Forum Knife. The Tenacious and the Pingo are mine

The steel is K390, and with spec of Carbon – 2.45%   Chromium – 4.15%
Cobalt – 2.00%  Molybdenum – 3.75%   Silicon – .55%   Vanadium – 9.00%
Tungsten – 1.00%