The Nessmuk is based on George Washington Sears‘ (A.K.A – Nessmuk) design of what he thought was the best knife a woodsman could possibly carry. Nessmuk was an avid woodsman, and his popular book Woodcraft and Camping was (and still is) considered a “manual” for outdoorsman all across the globe. I highly recommend picking up a copy, it’s a joy to read.
You may notice that the overall design is conducive to that of a “skinning” knife – and it is. Nessmuk relied heavily on hunting and fishing in his adventures, and the processing of game was certainly an inspiring part of it’s design. While it can be used for a variety of tasks, it isn’t as versatile as others in the list. If you’d like to read up more on Nessmuk’s gear choices, Ross Gilmore over at WoodTrekker wrote a great article that can be found here. He runs a very fine site.
Blade Length: 4″
Blade Thickness: 1/8″
Overall Length: 8-3/4″
Blade Material: 1075 High Carbon Steel
Blade Finish: Blasted Satin
Sheath: Handcrafted Welted Leather
Weight: 8 oz
The Nessmuk blade is a fantastic value – just like many of the Condor knives. You just don’t run across very many 1/8″ thick, full-tang, high carbon steel knives that are built this well for the money. Couple the build quality with the sheath that the offer and it’s a no-brainer. So if you do a lot of hunting and/or fishing, or you’re looking for a nostalgia piece of kit – I would highly recommend adding a Nessmuk to your collection.