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I have been through 10-15 knives over the last couple years. I drop them, cut all types of material for work and then use it outdoors for my personal life. I have had Kershaws, Benchmade, Camillus, and all of the big box brands..... Some are better than others, some last longer than others, but eventually the fixed blade handles crack or the action of the folder drops off badly. I maintain, sharpen and lube them religiously and frankly I was tired of dropping $80 - $200 on these "low rent" knives. I have a friend that recommended looking into customs and handmades and thats where I began readin about Spartan. If I was going to spend the money, it had to be made in the USA.... I ended up grabbing the last Harsey Difensa from the Sparten website. I wasnt sure I would keep it, but as soon as it hit my hand, I knew it wasnt going anywhere. It fits my big paws perfectly. Its balanced to perfection and the craftsmen ship is second to none. I have since beat the hell out of it as I normally do and after 3 months it finally lost its edge. All other knives lost their edge on or before 30 days. Everything about the knife is incredible, from the hand written note thanking me to the feel in your hands to the toughness of both the blade, sheath, and handle.
Well done Spartan, you have a lifetime customer!!!!
I've had the Difensa for a while but I just recently started using it. This knife absolutely amazing. Splitting wood, cutting, slicing is so easy. The geometry and balance of the blade is perfect. The S35VN steel allows for a very sharp bevel which stays razor sharp even after reasonable use. The spear point supports any stabbing if needed and the hilt is big enough to provide a rock solid grip. The cutaway allows you to choke up on the blade for fine carving. The fact that the butt of the knife can be used as a class breaker is an added bonus, but I'm not sure if that was the original intent of Spartan Blades.
To be honest the only negative aspect of this knife that I can think of is that it pretty much makes any other knife in your collection obsolete. I've have a reasonable knife collection including Randall's, etc., but none of them come even close to the Difensa. You can probably debate whether or not you want to spend this amount of money on a knife, but if you do that will be the last dollar you have to spend on a fixed blade knife.
Fantastic quality, coupled with excellent customer service!
The knife oozes quality.
Ordered both the kydex and the cordura sheathes, both excellent. Secure fits, no rattle, quiet draw.
Wouldn't mind a version with a 7" blade for personal preference, but this one balances exceptionally well. Can't say enough good things about it.
It's got a place on my battle-bra a will be taking it to Africa with me.
As expected, a perfect example of the knife maker's art. Thank you and Congratulations, on a job well done.
Amazing, touch as nails! Love it
My second blade from this quality company!!
Always lookin for another....!
A very well - made, balanced and comfortable knife. I have a few custom made and high-end knives and this to date is my favorite knife. The quality and workmanship is phenomenal. I am very pleased with my purchase.
This is a top-quality tactical field knife, made with a great steel and attention to detail. I went with the green canvas and flat dark earth blade finish. Paired up with the coyote brown kydex sheath, this is a very earth-toned knife which would blend into any environment.
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 S35VN
Blade Hardness: 59-60 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