Meyerco Dirk Pinkerton knives
I’ve been a big fan of small fixed blades for years, ever since getting my Morseth Boot, Gerber Mark I and Guardian back in the 70s. My state allows the carry of fixed blades with CCW permit, which prompts the appeal. I love my HAKs, Emerson La Griffes, Cold Steel Point Guards (now “Pro-Guard”), etc.
In that vein, I just spent some big bucks on some "custom" fixed knives and was pleasantly surprised. Meyerco produces several versions of Dirk Pinkerton's fixed blades, which I thought looked interesting. So I took the plunge and spent a total of $21 (through Amazon.com) and got two pretty cool tools.
The Thumb Drive utility keychain knife is basically a small kiridashi about the size of the Buck Hartsook necker. No, it's not SV30 and it's probably not heat treated by Paul Bos, but for nine or ten bucks it's not bad. AUS6 is given a bad rap, but unless you know its AUS6, you wouldn't really care. It slices and dices and is easy to sharpen. It’s easy to carry, handy and disposable. The sheath ain’t the greatest, but it works. I’m gonna put a better lanyard on it to improve the draw and grip.
The Variable Claw Ambidextrous is a variation of the Fred Perrin La Griffe or bearclaw design. For twelve bucks you get AUS6 and a not bad sheath. I like tinkering with blades I’m gonna keep, so I’ll probably bevel the grip a bit and inside the finger hole, then rewrap with some vintage 550 cord I’ve got left from “back in the day.” I think I kinda like it better than my Emerson La Griffe, which I NEVER thought I’d ever say. The blade is twice as long and the grip is symmetrical but works for me. I wear it as a necker now, but will probably mount the sheath on a Spyderco G-clip for reverse appendix carry.
I plan on getting a couple of more. The Variable Broad Head looks promising as a double bladed pocket or neck knife; the Wharning is a poor man’s Spyderco Ronin; and the Persian Personal Defense knife looks like a small fixed blade Chinook. The reviews are generally good with the occasional complaint about quality control on the grinds. As for the steel, AUS6 does a pretty good job on flesh.
As Mr. Kalashnikov often says, "Perfection is the enemy of good enough."
And for the money, why not? I often give away knives as gifts or to seduce and corrupt my friends into the dark side of the force. These little things are exotic looking, yet perfectly useable and practical. Knife snob that I am, I might even get one of Pinkerton’s handmade blades for vanity’s sake. They’re pretty affordable in comparison to other makers. But for those of us who understand the value of a disposable blade, well, the factory models are "good enough."
Last edited by R Keith Hoffman; 01-23-2012 at 05:42 AM.
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