MK Knives & Tools MK-01 Nomad “Honeycomb & Olive” is a premium class knife handcrafted in Marcin Kampka’s workshop, designed for outdoor use and other applications depending on the materials used for its production.
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 Nomad
MK-01 Nomad 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 or micarta, 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 Nomad
Premium steel as the shank of the knife construction
The presented MK-01 Nomad 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 Nomad 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
The blade of the knife has been derived from a flat grind, which is very effective and versatile in use. 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 olive G10 with black expoxy inserts in honeycomb pattern. 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.
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 sophisticated kydex holster and various mounting options
The knife has a holster made of hand-formed kydex material, which is characterized by high impact and scratch resistance, characterized by low moisture absorption, resistant to various weather conditions and many chemicals. In the presented model, the holster is made of black material.
We attach the holster to the belt with the use of kydex buckles, which can also be attached to MOLLE solutions. The initial mounting of the buckles allows the entire belt to be mounted vertically. However, it is possible to change the position of the buckles in a way that allows for more discreet horizontal installation (along the belt, on the back or at the front on the hip belt). Then just unscrew the buckles and change their arrangement. Strongly stable fastening (if we prefer it) can be obtained additionally by tying the holster through the through holes in it. Of course, you can use the paracord supply that the holster is wrapped in (its color corresponds to the section 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 “Honeycomb & Olive”
STEEL: Elmax (61 HRC)
BLADE FINISH: Satin
TIP: Drop point
HANDLE: Olive G10 & Black Honeycomb
TOTAL LENGTH: 230 mm | 9.06″
BLADE LENGTH: 107 mm | 4.21″
BLADE THICKNESS: 5,0 mm | 0.2″
FINGER GUARD: Not available
WEIGHT: 189 g | 6.67 oz (without holster)
SHEATH: Kydex holster