The Chimera – Tier 2 Custom

The Chimera – Tier 2 Custom

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The Chimera is one of our earliest designs. A larger, more robust Pikal style knife that dominates the encounter. Use the options to define and build your dream Chimera here!

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2023 Custom Chimera Options

Use the options below to define your Custom Chimera! It can be as simple or as complex as you like.

  • Blade Configuration *

  • Blade Finish *

  • Handle Type *

  • Synthetic Scale Material *

  • Synthetic Scale Texture / Style *

  • Organic Scale Material *

  • Organic Scale Texture / Style *

  • Optional Handle Liner *

  • Wood Burl Scale Options *

    Actual colour and grain will differ from pictures shown. We only use natural colour or neutral colour dyed burls. If supplies allow it, we will give you a selection of burl blocks to choose from in your selected species when you pace your order.

  • Wood Burl Scale Texture / Style *

  • Required Handle Liner *

    Handle Liners are required for Wood Burl and Tsukamaki handle types.

  • Tsukamaki Fitting Material *

  • Samegawa Finish *

    Samegawa is raw-hide ray skin which we colour in-house. Node sizes do vary, but we do our best to match the node size to the handle to ensure good proportions.

  • Tsuka Ito *

  • Resin Seal Ito? *

    Resin sealing the Silk Ito will weather proof it and protect it, however the resin can affect the colour and lustre of the silk ito. Not sealing the Silk Ito will mean that your handle may need to be re-wrapped periodically, depending on how often it is carried. Re-Wrapping can be done via our Legacy Services.

  • Pin Material *

  • Handedness *

    This is the hand you draw / access your knife with. We will set up the hardware on your sheath according to this selection. Tsukamaki handles are also configured according to your handedness.

  • Primary Sheath Type *

  • Primary Sheath Mount Spacing *

    Discreet carry Concepts mount spacing is recommended if you are unsure, as this will be suitable for any mounts you get from us.

  • Mount Options *

    Extra Mounts can be purchased separately from our Accessories section, if stock is available.

  • Optional Extra Sheath *

    Optional Extra Sheaths are made using the same Mount Spacing as your Primary Sheath. Additional Mounts can be purchased from our Accessories section, stock allowing.

  • Add a Matching Trainer? *

    Adding a matching trainer at this stage allows us to match it as close as possible to your live blade. Trainer's are supplied with the same handle, sheath and mount as the live blade choices. Ordering with your live blade also makes it slightly cheaper.

  • I understand the terms & conditions of buying a custom made knife, and acknowledge that this product can take 4-8 weeks to be made. This lead time does NOT include the wait time in the queue, transit time, or delays that can result from outside service providers.

Free Gift

Running until 31 December or while stocks last, all Tier 2 Custom Orders will include a Free Gift! Select from the available options below.

  • Select a Free Gift *

    Lapel Dagger | $0.00
    Shrike Obscura | $0.00

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The Chimera is a stalwart of our stable, a larger Pikal knife that follows our design philosophy of being extremely robust in order to dominate the encounter, and has been described as a “Bull-Dozer” by many of its proponents.

The blade configuration can be selected, allowing you to choose from Double or Single Edge variants, which can influence the robustness of the tip. Single Edge is tougher, while Double Edge offers greater penetration, with a Single Edge with Swedge option falling somewhere in the middle. The edge of the Chimera has been flat ground by hand to create a fine cutting edge that cleaves easily through organic soft tissue. The blade also features an indent on the ricasso, acting as a placement for the supporting hand when doing heavy, double handed drag cuts.

The handle is on the larger side, suited more for bigger hands, but is ergonomically considered much like its smaller brother, the Shrike. It also features the finger choil which adds extra retention for security, but can also act as an index on the draw.

The 2023 Custom Chimera comes with a variety of options allowing you to fine-tune your knife with some precision. The range of choices are largely aesthetic, but some like the Blade Configuration can tweak performance in one direction, and also allows for legal considerations in your jurisdiction, if you need it to be Single Edge, for example. There are a staggering number of possible configurations at your disposal allowing you to define whether your Custom Chimera is a simple, functional tool, or a functional yet finely finished heirloom quality piece that can be handed down to future generations.

For 2023 we have made provision to produce just 60 Chimera. We are a small custom shop with limitations of how many knives we can produce per year. We have put our focus on producing high quality individually tailored defensive knives and as such this means we can only make a limited number each year. The average Build Time for our knives is 4-8 weeks, depending on the configuration, but this does NOT include waiting time in the queue, or shipping transit time at completion. Before starting on this journey we encourage you to familiarise yourself with our Tier 2 Custom Build process, so that you are aware of everything that goes into making your Divine Companion 

Specifications & Options

Steel: 80CRV2
Hardness: 61Hrc
Overall Length: 190mm / 7.50″
Blade Length: 95mm / 3.35″
Blade Thickness: 5.6mm / 0.22″
Edge Geometry: Flat Ground

Blade Finish: Matte Black Cerakote | Satin Hot Blued | High Polish Hot Blued
Handle Style: Synthetic Scales | Organic Scales | Wood Burl Scales | Tsukamaki
Handle Scale Patterns: Tsuka | Tsunami | Kobayashi | Giger | Contoured
Sheath Material: Kydex
Sheath Styles: Full Sheath | Fold-Over Sheath | Full & Fold-Over Pocket Hook Sheath | Static Line Sheath
Mounting: DCC 5.1 HLR Gear Clip | Soft Loops
Design: Gen 3

2023 Quota: 60 Blades Allocated for 2023

Deposits & Part Payments

You can now place an order by paying a 50% Deposit. The balance payment can be paid in the following month, or settled in full anytime you wish during this period from your Account page. Orders will not ship until paid in full. 

Its important to know the terms and conditions associate with placing a custom order in this way. Please ensure you are familiar with these terms on our Shipping, Cancellations & Returns page.


  1. I own two custom Chimera’s and they are beautiful. Both blades are impeccable … the first was an earlier custom in M390 with a really nice Tsukamaki which hooked me, and my later was a Tier 2 with the Tsuanmi scales. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again, except for the tough decision of which model & options … and also being inexplicably drawn to the Shrikes too 🙂

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