For some time now I have wanted to pick up a neck knife to use as a last-ditch weapon and E&E tool for when I’m working overseas. I’ve looked at different brands here and there but nothing really caught my eye [given, aesthetics don’t have anything to do with stabbin’ a fool, but admittedly I do like the “wow” factor when it comes to knives].
So when Spencer Alan Reiter over at SAR Global Tool [formally SAR Custom Knives] sent over one of his handmade SARclops Knives I was way stoked. The one he sent to me is made of Titanium, but the standard SARclops are made out of 1/8" thick, CPM 154 CM heat treated [in house by Spencer] to a Rockwell hardness of 59, with a 1 ½ inch long blade, Ceramic tumbled finish [stonewashed] and a carbide deposit on the back side with a Rockwell hardness of 71.
Spencer tells me that the carbide deposit is a challenge to lay without rolling the edge, but it gets sharper after use [so the more fools you cut the sharper it gets, that just sounds evil – “I like it!”]
The cord-wrapped ring [or “eye’ hence the name] is big enough to stick your finger through even while wearing gloves [unless you’re wearing arctic gloves]. The cord wrap around the eye is tight and beautifully weaved, I am guessing that he does this also by hand – it looks way cool and makes for a nice slip free grip. The cord wrap comes off by just slicing it free, but that would take too much away from the “cool” factor for me to remove it.
At first I thought the way you grip it had sort of a weird feeling – you place your middle finger in the eye and then grip the handle with your index and ring finger. After holding the SARclops a few times it didn’t feel strange anymore, actually it is a solid grip with about a zero chance of fumbling or slipping while engaging the knife [slashing a fool].
On one side of the blade is the eyeball and lightning bolt SARclops logo. In Greek mythology there were three Cyclops brothers who worked as blacksmiths for the gods, they forged all the cool tools like the trident, helmet of invisibility, and lightning bolts for Zeus. On the other side of the blade is Spencer’s Rock Star signature.
Some people don’t like this style of blade but after watching some videos and reading books by Michael Janich I am convinced that the wharncliffe blade is the best for small knives.
The amount of damage from stabbing someone with small knife is somewhat limited due to the minimal depth of penetration [that’s what you girlfriend said – ha!], so slashing/cutting is the best option when using a small blade. The wharncliffe blade transmits maximum pressure across the entire length of the blade while slashing, especially at the point [an important factor in a small blade].
The Kydex sheath [also hand-made by Spencer] is finished perfectly and fits the SARclops like a glass slipper on a princess. You can get it set up with a MALICE clip and hardware for belt or rig carry for only a few bucks extra. I am using it as a Neck Knife so I skipped the MALICE clip and just ran some 550 cord through it [it comes with MIL-SPEC bead chain but I like 550, to me it doesn’t dig into the neck as much when yanking the knife out under stress].
Spencer is a recently retired Army NCO and an all around good guy, he has just started making knives and tools full-time and is well on his way to becoming a big name in custom knife-making. So if I were you I would grab one of his knives “pre-famous” before one hits the cover of a knife magazine and you have to wait in line for one.
The SARclops runs for about 200 bucks [for the non-Titanium model] Check out the SAR Global Tool blog for availability of the SARclops and other handmade Knives and Tools by Spencer
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James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and slashing fools with his SARclops. James G. on FACEBOOK