The Chimera, a fire breathing beast made up of mutliple parts. The seeing of a Chimera was an omen of disaster...
/kʌɪˈmɪərə,kɪˈmɪərə/ - (in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail.
The Chimera is a mixed style combative knife, taking some influence from Pikal styles, it is adept at being used in both forward and reverse grips.
The Chimera is designed to be a fighting knife. Comfortable and very nimble in the hand, with the balance point at the finger choil, the Chimera is comfortable to use in either orientation. The edge and point are both very robust, designed for hard use, it is not a scalpel but rather a heavy blade that wants to be driven into and ripped out of its target.
The handle is very sleek and thin, aiding in concealment, but still comfortable and secure in the hand. The indent in front of the finger choil is designed for the supporting hand to overlap when used in a reverse grip stab and rip.
Steel: Böhler K460 or Elmax
Edge: Flat Grind
Hardness: 60-61 Hrc
Finish: Acid Patina
Blade Thickness: 5mm / 0.20 in
Blade Length: 75mm / 2.95 in
Total Length: 180mm / 7.09 in
Total Weight: 220g / 7.75 oz
Blade/Edge Options: Double Edge or Single Edge Pikal w/Swedge
Please Note: Specifications are approximate. Each blade is entirely finished by hand and minor differences in specifications are to be expected.
- Neutral Tip Index when held in Pikal Grip
- Will easily penetrate organic medium and most clothing
- Double Edge Option adds some versatility in Forward Grip
- Single Edge Option offers naturally Reinforced Tip
- Secure Ergonomic Grip with Minimal Protrusions
- Handle Free of Snag Points for Both Access & Stripping Actions
- Easily Concealable for most Average to Large Frame People
- Kydex Sheath offers secure retention and all day comfort.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
All Prices Include Shipping.
Prices are shown in both US$ for International Customers and SA Rands for locals.
G10 Scales – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – $250.00 / R2500.00
Carbon Fiber Scales – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – $290.00 / R2900.00
Exotic Wood Scales – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – $290.00 / R2900.00
Silk Tsukamaki Wrap – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – $320.00 / R3200.00
Elmax Version + $30.00 / R300.00
Steel Trainer Versions can be made to match the Live Blade priced from $125.00 / R1250.00
The Chimera is made to order in monthly batches. Typically, every month around 20 order slots are made available to customers. The Chimera can be ordered in this monthly cycle and is made to your specification with your edge, steel and handle preference.
Occasionally completed versions may become available. It’s best to keep an eye on Instagram or Facebook to catch these sales offers.
Black G10 or Carbon Fiber scales are fitted to the blade.
Scales are shaped and contoured ergonomically in either of our unique patterns, Tsuka or Tsunami.
Exotic Wood Scales
Hardwoods or Stabilized Exotic Burls are used to create exquisite scales. The types of wood available for making scales varies and depends on what is available at the time. Typically species like African Blackwood, Ebony, American Walnut and Wild Olive are what is preferred, however more exotic and figured varieties like Oak Burl, and Spalted species are also available. It’s best to ask if you have a favourite.
Exotic Wood Scales are shaped and contoured ergonomically in our unique Tsuka or Tsunami Pattern, given a simple grooved pattern, or polished smooth. Classic Checkering is also available as an option on certain hardwoods.
Traditional Silk Tsukamaki Wrap
A complete traditional Japanese Tsukamaki style wrap uses Japanese Silk Ito cord which is wrapped over a layer of coloured Samegawa, traditional sting ray leather used on Japanese swords. The Tsukamaki wrap is executed in a traditional Hineri-Maki pattern before terminating at the end of the handle.
The Silk Ito is sealed with clear resin to weather proof and cement it in place and provides a long lasting grip.
Silk Ito Colour Options: Black, Brown, Navy, Burgundy, Gold.
Samegawa Colour Options: Natural White, Antiqued White, Black or Crimson/Black.
Standard Kydex Sheath
High quality heat formed Kydex Sheath with either a Soft Loop mounting or metal belt clip. Soft Loops and Clips can be interchanged as desired by the user, and be mounted in either left handed or right handed configurations. The standard sheath can also be set up as a Static Line mount.