As most of you know, it's been a while since I've made any full size Skirmishs. After some prodding and consideration, I've decided to start producing them again on a very limited basis.
After looking at some of the old parts
and fixturing, I decided it was time to give it a facelift. My goal was to keep
the same size (5"blade, 11"oal) and basic blade shape but give it a more
aggressive look while at the same time improving the ergonomics and retention
ability. The original one had sort of a teardrop shape towards the back. I
always liked the butt end of my Maxi Melee fixed blade with it's pinky catch so
I designed that into the handle. Like all my designs, I made the curves generous
enough to be comfy in a gloved hand. In my opinion, the orignal had a back
spacer that was just too small. This one puts a lot more material much farther
forward and adds two more screws. It also provides a lot more grip. Lastly more
material was added at the bottom of the frame in front of the finger notch to
provide better retention while stabbing forward. The pocket clip on the drawing
is CLOSE to what the final one will look like, I will probably tweek it after I
machine the first ones out and see how they feel in the hand. Overall, lots of
improvements in the handle area, I hope the styling is appealing as
As far as the blade, Jim Burke and I built a couple Skirmishes
together over the years. On those, I ground the top of the blade to give them a
different look. I always that look as I felt it gave the entire knife a much
more aggressive look so I added it to the 2012 edition. Also added are much
more pronounced thumb grip serrations. Again, intended for use with a gloved
hand. Lastly, gone are the 3 holes in favor of the single oval. I know the 3
holes where very distinctive but...............anyway...........
I'll be working on these with Jim Hintz
from Nth Degree Knives. Other than posting updates and photos here, he will be
handling orders, etc. With my pending shop move, this will be a HUGE help. Our
thoughts are to make a few protos and see what happens from there but right now
my main focus will still be Henchman Flippers and Mini Skirmishes. I'm hoping to
have one for Jim to carry at Blade.
It takes a while to make drawings
like the one above that won't ever be used other than to post here. When I do
the inlay side, I'll post a photo of that as well but at that point a finsihed
knife will be very close.