Spartan Blades Formido and Spartan Harsey TT Knives Review – USA Made
Patriotism and love of country permeates Spartan Blades at every level.
Unapologetically American, this knife company wants to restore the pride and luster once associated with carrying well-made hand tools.
They execute carrying out this vision very well.
With a global reach, Spartan extends this invitation to the rest of the world’s cutlery enthusiasts from the Fort Bragg, NC area since 2008. Spartan Blades was founded by Mark Carey and Curtis Iovito, both military veterans.
The Special Operations Truths are the principles which bind Spartan Blades to strict standards. These truths are: 1- Humans are more important than hardware. 2- Quality is better than quantity. 3- Special Operations Forces cannot be mass produced. 4- Competent Special Operations Forces cannot be created after emergencies occur. 5- Most Special Operations require non-SOF assistance.
Utilizing domestically made materials, veteran labor and or other American companies, Spartan Blades keeps the focus on home. Each piece is handmade by an American using American parts and components. This has garnered them numerous awards for various designs over the last 10-11 years and they are widely known in the knife community. As the company rises, their feet remain planted firmly on the ground.
Looking at their knives first hand, one can seriously begin to appreciate the level of quality and craftsmanship involved. Everything about these pieces is gorgeous, not just beautiful. If you are even remotely interested in quality knives, you owe it to yourself to check out Spartan Blades. Check out our write up below after testing their pieces for ourselves.
Available in black and flat dark earth blade finishes
Available with nylon or Kydex sheath options (MultiCam, Black, and Flat Dark Earth)
3.875″ blade length
8.75″ overall length
3/16″ blade thickness
S35VN blade steel
59-60 HRC blade hardness
Fixed blade style
SpartaCoat, PVD, Tungsten DLC (Flat Black) or ZrN (Flat Dark Earth) coatings
0.157 lbs. weight
MOLLE Nylon Sheath
1000 Denier Cordura fabric construction
MIL-SPEC webbing with edge binding and double stitching
Form fitted Kydex and felt liner
Snap closure retention strap for knife handle
Belt loop attaches to most belt widths up to three inches
Three PALS rows with 550 paracord lace on the backside
Spartan Harsey TT Knife
Available in black or flat dark earth blade options
Handle offered in Black Lenin Micarta and Camo Lenin Micarta variations
Nylon and Kydex sheath options (black, coyote brown, MultiCam, and black)
Mid-sized fixed blade knife
Spear Point blade style with flat ground main bevel and tapered top edge
Full tang handle
3D Contoured ergonomic linen Micarta handle for comfort and control
Pommel with lanyard hole in middle of angled tip
9” Overall length
4.5” Blade length
3/16” Blade thickness
CPM S35VN blade steel
58-60 HRC Blade Hardness
PVD Tungsten DLC (Black) or ZrN (Flat Dark Earth) coatings
0.46 lbs. weight
Flat Dark Earth Spartan Blades Formido Knife Review
Here is a sharp fixed blade knife that features a remarkable construction quality, brilliant durability and a stunning final finish. This self-defense tool is less than nine inches in length and the blade is exactly 3.875 inches. The S35VN stainless steel blade is truly thin, measuring only 0.1875-inch yet with a total hardness of 59 to 60 HRC.
Whether you are looking for your first tactical knife or a replacement for your older one, you want to choose wisely. Tactical knives are crafted so they always remain on your side. Therefore, you should pick a knife that works with the rest of your rig gear. You should also determine how you plan to use it.
Formido Self-Defense Everyday Carry Knife is to provide you additional security during the times you need it – and even when you do not. It simply gives you the peace of mind you need as you perform your day to day activities.
This knife is a tanto, which is a type of blade that was originally created to pierce armor. The style is straight-backed with a SpartaCoat Physical Vapor Deposition in a Flat Dark Earth (Zirconium Nitride) shade. The other option is Matte Black.
PVD coating on the knives is applied in a special vacuum chamber that has charged metal molecules all around it. The process is exceptional indeed because of the mere science involved. In the end, you get the metal vapor deposited evenly all over the parts of this knife. PVD coating enhances the durability of the Formido Self-Defense Everyday Carry Knife while making it attractive.
The knife’s sheath can either be a Kydex or lined nylon – the choice is up to you. Plus, it gives you different color options, including Coyote Tan, Multi-Cam, and Black for the nylon sheath. You can carry this tactical fixed blade knife on your belt, pack, or vest if you have the nylon sheath and inside your waistband or horizontally with the Kydex sheath.
Black Spartan Blades Spartan Harsey TT Knife Review
The Spartan Harsey TT (Tactical Trout) is a product from Spartan Blades combined with the legend in knife-making Bill Harsey.
Expect this knife to blow you away with its stunning features. Tactical Trout is a project that took years to finish. It began in 2009 in which it was a unique concept where it comprised of a Trout fixed blade that you could use outdoors.
The design process later progressed and became tactical. If you examine the knife, you will see a robust saber grind that is made to last. Plus, it has a handle that you can compare with the H-Class Tanto, which is also a tactical knife that Bill Harsey designed.
If you are a knife junkie, the Spartan Harsey TT is certainly something to be excited about. It measures a total of nine inches with a 4.75-inch blade. The cutting edge is about 4.25 inches in length. The whole knife in its naked glory (or without the sheath) weighs 7.2 ounces.
The Tactical Trout is durable because of the materials used but it is also comfortable to handle. Many midsize knives can be a little less convenient when in the hands of the users, especially when used as a defense tool or to perform field tasks.
The knife is designed to be easy to wield and carry but still has the size and length you need to get the job done. A great thing about this knife is that its spear point outline comes with a flat ground main bevel and a tapering top grind. Such style gives it a clean cutting edge without you worrying about its tip strength. It has a genius design indeed!
Let us also not forget about the full tang and handle of this knife. These aspects are created in such a way that the user will never have to complain about balancing the knife when used because of its stability.