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 Options: Bohler K460
Configuration Options: Single Edge w/ Swedge / Double Edge
Blade Finish Options: Dark Etch / High Polish Etch
Edge Geometry: Flat Grind (Single / Hybrid (Double)
Hardness: 60 Hrc
Blade Thickness: ~5mm / 0.20 in
Blade Length: 75mm / 2.95 in
Total Length: 180mm / 7.09 in
Total Weight: 220g / 7.75 oz
Years Produced: 2018 – Present
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 range from $300.00 – $800.00 depending on steel, final configuration and finishing, handle specifications and other extras which may be included.
Each piece is priced individually. Please get in touch for a more accurate price estimate and/or to be added onto the Waiting List.
The Custom Chimera, Kydex Sheath, presented in Tengui Wrap with Certificate of Authenticity, Care Instructions.
Custom specifications be requested via Waiting List.
PRODUCTION NUMBERS BY YEAR:
2020: In Progress
HANDLE & MOUNTING OPTIONS
The Chimera is made with a variety of handle configuration and materials.
A complete traditional Japanese Tsukamaki style wrap uses Japanese Silk Ito or leather Ito cord which is wrapped over a layer of colour lacquered 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 in traditional termination knots through the Kashira.
The Silk Ito is sealed with clear resin to weather proof and cement it in place and provides a long lasting grip. Leather Ito is sometimes also used, although less common, and is left in its natural state un-coated.
Liner: Copper, Brass or No Liner
Ito: Silk Ito (Black, Brown, Burgundy, Navy, White, Gold or Green) or Leather Ito (Black or Brown)
Samegawa: Natural White, Antiqued, Black or Crimson
Fittings: Carbon Fiber, Black Buffalo Horn, Red/Brown Buffalo Horn, Bone, Brass, Titanium, Shibuichi, or Shakudo
Fittings Finishing: Brushed or Polished. Metal fittings are textured or polished, left natural or patinated. Titanium fittings are textured or polished, and heat anodised.
Accent Pins: Mosaic Pins can be used on fittings.
Synthetic scale handles are also commonly used to complete this model.
Liner: Brass or Copper, or No Liner.
Material: Black G10 or Carbon Fiber.
Texture Pattern: Tsuka Pattern, Tsunami Pattern, Grooved Pattern.
Wood & Burl Scales
?Both local and exotic woods and burls can be used for handle scales. This depends entirely on what is available from suppliers and this list is not exhaustive.
Liner: Brass, Copper or No Liner.
Woods: Purple Heart, African Blackwood, Wild Olive, American Walnut.
Burls: Walnut Burl, Rooibos Burl, Japanese Maple Burl.
Pins: Brass, Copper, Brass Tube, Mosaic Pin.
SHEATHS & MOUNTS
The Chimera is completed with one or more of the following Sheath & Mount Options.
Sheath: Full Sheath, Fold Over Sheath, Pocket Hook Sheath, Static Line Sheath
Mounts: Discreet Carry Concepts HLR Clip, Soft Loop Mount (Fold Over Only) or Micro Cord (Static Line).