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OK, so I was looking to replace my duty carry knife. My older knife was another custom made, it is a good knife just a little heavy and thick. I struggled for a couple days trying to decide between the enyo, the cqb tool, and the Phrike. In hindsight I probably should have contacted Spartan blades to get their opinion. Regardless I am quite happy with my decision. I was worried from looking at the pictures that the knife in its IWB kydex would not keep the handle high enough on my hip so as not to be covered by my gun belt. It is not a problem, the handle is easy to get to, and with just the one strap holding the sheath to my interior belt there is enough movement so as not to interfere with me getting in and out of my work truck. The knife is well made, lightweight and comfortable in the grip. The knife is thin, even with the scales on the handle yet sturdy. The thickness for me is perfect so that I don't have to adjust my gunbelt with an odd fit. I also ordered the nylon sheath as a separate item. Our vests are outer carrier vests so I just keep the molle nylon sheath attached to my vest at all times. I simply transfer the knife from my beltline to my vest as I need to. For me it is a good set up because the vest would interfere with me getting to my knife quickly.
I am very pleased with this knife. For years I carried different large knives while I was in the military and now in law enforcement as a K-9 security team leader and sniper. I first bought my son one as a gift and was so impressed that I got me one. It is the right size for what I need to do with a knife.
Just a ps. Mark and Curtis are two wonderful guys with tremendous integrity and commitment to their mission, which is to make the best custom knives on the market. While so many other custom knife makers are too busy to talk with a potential buyer, these two guys will go out of their way to help you find the best blade for YOUR mission. This is why I keep coming back to Spartan again and again.
The Phrike is in my opinion the best concealed carry fixed blade made for defense/utility I have ever owned. The ergonomics are flawless. The grip has no match that I am aware of, and it's flatness make it the ultimate in it's class. Don't tolerate mediocrity. Invest your money in a sure thing that you will hand down to your grandchildren. Buy this knife!!
Just received my new Phrike and once again have been very impressed by the quick delivery, excellent packaging and superb customer communication, from status emails to the hand written note on the bottom of the packing slip.
The knife itself, like the Enyo I previously ordered is just a gem: beautifully designed and exquisitely crafted. The Okudan Kydex sheath is equally well crafted and well compliments the quality of the blade.
I look forward to carrying this beautiful utilitarian tool every day.
Very fast shipping. This is a great knife, perfect size for outdoor use. My only issue is the snap on the nylon sheath is very hard to re-snap one-handed while the knife is on your belt, very tight fit. Will definitely get the kydex sheath when back in stock. All quality work, and very sharp.
To me, details are everything! Whether it's character or craftsmanship, it's all in the details.
The first thing I did when I opened the box was check the contours for smoothness, look for burrs, find the balance point, and assess the cutting edge. It was all there.
Second, but not insignificant, is who I buy from; I would much rather give my money to American vets than purchase some cheap sh*t Chinese or Indonesian garbage. Get the real deal, buy a Spartan Blade!
The Phrike is the best knife I have used. I whole-heartedly recommend it. I think it's the ideal knife for outdoorsmen. It's the perfect size for a field tool and light enough that you'll never notice the weight no matter how many miles you hike. The handle is comfortable with or without gloves. This is a really well-designed knife, and the flat dark earth blade with tan handle looks spectacular.
awesome blade. lightening strike carbon fiber scales. chad Nichols birdseye Damascus steel blade. just plain sweet. great for opposite side shoulder rig, belt, back pocket, even around ur neck.
Spartan Phrike Self Defense / Utility Knife
According to ancient Greek mythology, Phrike was the goddess of horror and fear. In the ancient Greek language, the word “phrike” literally meant “tremor” or “shivering.” The Spartan Phrike custom self defense knife is certainly an imposing blade: despite its small size, the Phrike stands out as an effective, finely crafted, and perfectly honed tool for both self defense and utility use.
The Spartan Phrike’s small, lightweight blade was designed specifically to be easy to carry for self defense and bushcraft. The knife’s 4.25” blade and minimal inset handle make it comfortable, slim, and highly portable.
The Phrike is an excellent utility knife, and can be carried on a daily basis for managing common tasks. It’s also perfect for the outdoors, and can be taken along on hunting and backpacking trips. In addition to this, the Phrike makes for a phenomenal handcrafted self defense knife, and is ideal to carry for emergencies and unexpected situations.
Available with a nylon MOLLE sheath or Kydex sheath in multiple color options.
Note: the nylon MOLLE sheath option features a military style pull dot fastener (snap). This is perfect if you’re looking for maximum retention capabilities. However, the pull dot style fastener can create wear on the G10 handle inserts if you’re not especially careful with how you carry the knife. Therefore, we recommend placing the lanyard underneath the snap in order to cut down on wear to the Phrike’s handle.
Knife Name: Phrike
Blade Length: 4.25""
Overall Length: 8.50""
Blade Thickness: 3/16""
Blade Steel: S35VN
Blade Hardness: 59-60 HRC
Blade Style: Fixed, Swedged Drop Point
Coating: SpartaCoat – PVD – Tungsten DLC (Flat Black) or ZrN (Flat Dark Earth)
Handle Material: G10 (Black, Green, and Coyote Tan)
Sheath: Lined Nylon MOLLE sheath (Black, Coyote Tan & Multi-Cam) or Kydex w/IWB loop.
Weight: 0.244 LBS