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What can I really say? I mean, just try picking up a Harsey Difensa, 'nough said.
Excellent fit and finish on this knife. Razor sharp and very sturdy blade. The Kydex sheath was way too tight, but Kimberly at Spartan sent me a replacement that is perfect. Outstanding product and outstanding customer service. I am really happy with this purchase.
This knife has it all for me. Great knife steel; comfortable and well designed handle, not-too-big and not-too-small size; great blade geometry; very sharp...tough. A pleasure to use and carry. I look forward to many year's use.
Great fit and finish on knife. Getting to be a Spartan fan boy. Fifth Spartan blade I have purchased. Quality comparable to some of the best custom makers. The Difensa is one of the best all around camp/survival/general purpose fixed blades on the market regardless of price.
This blade is everything you want. Quality materials, beautiful design, top notch craftsmanship. The best there is. Thank you
The Difensa has the most ergonomic handle of any knife I've held, and I couldn't find any flaws in the finish or the grind.. The kydex sheath fits the knife perfectly (very snuggly at first). I haven't subjected the knife to any abuse yet, but if the rest of the details are any indication of its durability, I'm more worried about the blade getting bored and leaving me for another man than suffering any damage.
Spartan Harsey Difensa
In 1943, a battle was fought between the U.S. / Canadian First Special Service Force and German troops in Italy. Known as the Battle for Monte la Difensa, the courageous performance of U.S. and Canadian forces here was essential to the eventual Allied victory in Italy.
When the Canadian special forces commissioned Spartan Blades and master knifemaker William Harsey to produce a blade for them, we knew we wanted to create something special. Our goal was to craft a knife that would serve their special forces well in the years to come -- both in the northern woods of their homeland and on worldwide deployments alike. The result was the Spartan Harsey Difensa, named after the infamous and hard-fought victory achieved by cooperation between Canadian and U.S. forces.
The name speaks to this custom tactical knife’s excellent all-around field and battlefield use. The spear point profile of this handcrafted knife is flat ground, with a tapered top edge that makes for excellent tip strength, penetration balance, and sheer cutting ability.
The full tang and handle of the Spartan Harsey Difensa allow for a neutral balance in the user’s hand. Combined with the textured, ergonomic canvas Micarta handle -- modified from our Model II with no rear jimping -- this custom combat knife offers the wielder a comfortable, confident grip whether wet or dry.
Knife Name: Spartan Harsey Difensa
Designer: William Harsey
Overall Length: 11 5/8"
Blade Length: 6 1/4"
Blade Thickness: 3/16"
Blade Steel: CPM S45VN
Blade Hardness: 59-61 HRC
Blade Style: Spear Point - Flat ground main bevel with tapered top edge.
Coating: SpartaCoat - PVD - Tungsten DLC (Black) or ZrN (Flat Dark Earth)
Handle Material: 3D Contoured CE Canvas Micarta® Black or Green
Weight: 0.710 LBS