MK Knives & Tools MK-01 Nomad KE “Gray & Hollow” Knife is a premium class knife designed for outdoor use and other applications depending on the materials used for its production.
The MK-01 is designed as a first choice tool for field trips, campsites and longer campsites. Its modern but subdued design will probably appeal to a wide variety of users. Traditionalists will appreciate its optimal dimensions and shape using natural hand cavities, supporters of novelties – materials used in the manufacturing process and the way of finishing.
About standards and the knifemaking process at MK Knives & Tools
Knifemaker Marcin Kampka does not recognize compromises. Each of its products is planned down to the smallest detail, each project, especially the custom one, must have individual features. Each knife must have a perfect finish, grinding, chamfering, etc. All screws – even the smallest ones – are gently chamfered to remove angular finishes. Each knife is treated as a separate whole and the holster is treated the same way. One must fit the other, the patterns on the holster must be consistent with those on the handle, etc. Mirroring every MK Knives & Tools knife we see not only the product, but we “feel” the hours spent in the studio. When we buy Marcin Kampka’s product, we buy many hours of his work. We can be sure that the knife has been polished to the smallest detail.
Please read more about the creative process and the MK Knives & Tools brand in an interview with Marcin Kampka HERE.
About model MK-01
MK-01 is produced from different types of steel (Elmax, Vanadis 4 Extra, Vanadis 23 etc.), with different ways of finishing the blade (PVD coating, stonewash, satin). The handle is usually made of a G10 composite, with a variety of colors and different original patterns, including those created by filling the designed cavities with resin in a color also chosen by the knifemaker. For each model, the knifemaker forms a suitable holster from Kydex®, whose colours (holster and accessories) match those of the blade and handle to make a consistent set. The materials used decide on a more precise use of the knife. For example, models in black PVD with a Kydex® holster in dark colours will surely be of interest to those who prefer military-tactical solutions, considering also that all holsters can be mounted to the MOLLE® system, harness components or tactical backpack.
About the presented execution of the knife MK-01
Premium steel as the shank of the knife construction
The presented MK-01 is made of one piece of Elmax steel (chrome-vanadium-molybdenum powder steel). So this is a full-tang knife. Elmax is one of the few steels available on the market that are in the absolute top quality of the premium knife materials. The knives made of it are extremely resistant to overload, remain sharp for an extremely long time and have excellent anti-corrosion properties.
Optimal knife dimensions
The dimensions of the MK-01 knife determine its very universal use. Optimal length (230 mm), predisposes it to various outdoor use, while the thickness of the head (5 mm), shape and construction materials used make it useful for more serious bushcraft, survival and even tactical activities. The size of the knife will allow for skillfully performing kitchen and camp work (preparing meals, planing, etc. ), but it will also make it possible to perform heavier casual camp tasks (stabbing, punching, etc. ).
Grind and blade shape for effective cutting
An interesting fact about the knife’s performance is the innovative CNC follow grind. It is visible at first glance in the form of characteristic grooves on both the real blade and the false blade. The concavity of the cut is very subtle and, in addition to the visual effect, it is designed to support the cutting process (it reduces the effect of the material sticking to the blade and facilitates splitting of the material).
When you look at the blade, you will notice a fairly oval drop point blade (a larger bulge at the cutting edge at the tip of the blade). This is a deliberate procedure to strengthen it in this area. If we take a closer look at the roundness, we can see that it is obviously not tanto, which is known for its strength, but the shape resembles it slightly. Of course, this is a trick for both strength and universality of the blade.
There is a jimpig on the back of the blade, which makes it easier to press the blade against the material to be cut. This element makes precise cuts, makes it easier to guide the cutting edge over the material and helps with pressure-intensive cuts.
The sturdy, thoughtful knife handle
The slim, shapely oval of the handle fits very well and lies securely in the hand, its gentle contouring helps to prevent the hand from slipping to the cutting edge. The rounded back protruding from each side of the handle makes holding the knife comfortable and secure.
The ergonomic, revised shape of the handle is made of a very durable G10 composite enriched with grey epoxy resin inserts. G10 is resistant to moisture, temperature changes, most solvents and acids and has high resistance to mechanical damage. In the presented knife the cover material has a rough pattern to prevent the handle from slipping in the hand. The handle covers have been screwed with sandblasted steel screws. The screws complete the knife’s design, elegantly blending in with a stonewash-finished blade.
At the end of the knife handle there is a hole for attaching an additional wire, which can serve as a protection against dropping the knife during operation, or an additional gripper to facilitate the removal of the knife from the holster. Originally, it includes a paracord section with a shade matching the design. The pointed tip of the knife, in which we find a hole for the paracord, can act as a glass breaker.
The sophisticated Kydex® holster and various mounting options
The knife has a holster made of hand-moulded Kydex® material with high impact and scratch resistance, low moisture absorption, resistant to a variety of weather conditions and many chemicals. In the presented model, the holster is made of black material, complemented by grey and black accessories (black viaduct with gray insert, gray steel screws, black screw washers).
We can fix the holster in several ways. It is attached to the belt by means of a heavy-duty nylon loop, heavy-duty, braided through, or an optional kydex holder (the holster is added to the set). For rucksacks and other elements with MOLLE® solutions, we attach it with an optional kydex holder (which has been specially prepared for this purpose; see short video in the tab: “Assembling to MOLLE solution”) or with string using the through holes in the holster. You can, of course, use the paracord wrap around the holster (its colour corresponds to the section not at the knife).
For consistency of appearance on the holster and the additional kydex clip we will find a “reflection” of the design on the handle.
NAME: MK-01 Nomad KE
STEEL: Elmax (61 HRC)
BLADE FINISH: Stonewash
TIP: Drop point
GRIND: CNC Hollow Grind
HANDLE: Black G10 with grey inserts
TOTAL LENGTH: 230 mm / 9.055″
BLADE LENGTH: 107 mm / 4.212″
BLADE THICKNESS: 5,0 mm / 0.196″
FINGER GUARD: Not available
WEIGHT: 182 g / 6.42 oz (without sheath)
SHEATH: Kydex® sheath