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The knife feels amazing in your hands both standard and reverse grip. It's balanced really well and the kydex sheath holds it nice a securely without any rattling.
First impression of this knife, kind of weird because of the angle of the blade but as I did a few drills with it, I start to understand why the angle. It's perfect and I can see there were some research went into it. I have no intention to use this in any form of fighting as I'm not in the military or anything like that and it is too big for EDC. From a collector point of view, it is beautifully made, and well balanced. I have the Enyo in S35VN which can hold a sharp edge very well, I would expect S45VN perform a little bit better. It is relatively easy to put a polished edge on using a 1000 grid diamond stone and a 16,000 ceramic stone. Don't get me wrong, the knife came razor sharp already. I just like to polish my knife edge to a mirror finish. The handle feels great in the hand but I thought it would look better with a set of wooden scales so I made a set with Brazilian Rosewood, it adds a little flare to the knife.
This knife is amazing, great quality. Their customer service is amazing as well; Kimberly is very helpful and responsive. I ordered this as a gift and I can't wait to give it to him.
Excellent knife. Craftsmanship, balance and end product are exceptionl. Second to none.
Beautiful knife and also beautiful slim sheath
I’ve had the Spartan Ares for a week now and decided to abuse the crap out of it. I know its a tactical/martial knife but I took it camping with me. I did some light brush clearing and other bushcraft related things with it to familiarize myself with its dynamic. It did okay at those tasks but again, tactical knife. It was exposed to salt water, sweat and hard edge use but no serious blemish and the blade is still paper cutting sharp. It is a very well balanced blade. I did not budget for the kydex sheath so I have the black nylon which has a bunch of loops and paracord that left me perplexed as to their function but maybe somebody in the service would use and know what they are about. I figured out a way to fold the belt attachment in such a way that made it inside the waist where legal but also let it hang off outside when in the woods. In short I got it as a defensive and survival knife at the recommendation of a Ronin Tactics video and thought if an expert with real life experience respects the knife then maybe they know what they’re doing. I suspect I’m right, backed up with the fact that I have my own limited martial arts experience as well as being a hobbyist blade smith as well. I carry this with confidence and give a hat tip to Spartan for making an outstanding weapon/tool. Worth every penny.
My Spartan Ares arrived today in the mail. My initial impressions are very positive. This is a blade that demands respect from its handler as well as inspires confidence. I put my other edc blade away as soon as I gripped the Ares. Seems like a good marriage where form and function compliment each other. Perfect fighter. Probably decent at other tasks as well.
Good looking design, but blade and coating were not. Coating had scuffs and scratches. Blade had dull spots and needed sharpened. I polished and sharpened the blade and now its way better. Quality control needs work. Solid blade material and nice looking design though.
Legendary style of curves, a true welcomed addition to carry.
Spartan Ares Fighter / Combat Utility Knife
The son of Zeus and Hera in Greek mythology, Ares was the god of savage war, bloodlust, and slaughter personified on the battlefield. We chose this fitting name for the Spartan Ares custom combat knife, as it’s the result of many years of combined knife making experience directed towards the goal of creating the ideal fighting knife.
The Spartan Ares is manufactured for the modern warrior. It is a military grade fighting / utility knife, with several distinctive features designed to assist the serious military professional.
The Ares handcrafted combat knife was engineered both for and with the input of various U.S. Special Operations Forces and other government agencies. If you’re looking for a high quality custom combat knife that will serve you well for years to come, you’ve found it in the Spartan Ares.
(Note: shown in photo with Spartan Enyo, which is sold separately)
Knife Name: Ares
Overall Length: 10 1/2"
Blade Length: 5 3/8”
Blade Thickness: 3/16”
Blade Steel: CPM S45VN
Blade Hardness: 59-61 HRC
Blade Style: Fixed Drop Point—this design allows for strength of the blades tip by placing it in line with the users hand while keeping the upward curve of the cutting edge.
Coating: SpartaCoat - PVD - DLC "Flat Black" or ZrN "Flat Dark Earth"
Handle Material: CE Canvas Micarta® - Black or Green
Weight: 0.422 LBS