MK Knives & Tools MK-01 Nomad “Wood Spirit” 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.
MK-01 Nomad 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. MK-01 Nomad is a knife that would surely answer the question of what blade to take when we could choose only one tool (to be able to work with it as universally as possible). MK-01 Nomad from among all MK Knives & Tools models that can be used in the most versatile way.
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 “Wood Spirit”
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.
Durable knife handle
The handles with an ergonomic, oval shape are made of a very durable Desert Tan colour G10 composite. The handle consists black G10 liners and inserts made of stabilized wood, which give it a unique character. G10 composite is resistant to moisture, temperature changes, most solvents and acids, has high resistance to mechanical damage. In the presented knife, the material of the covers has a rough pattern that prevents the handle from slipping in the hand. The handle covers have been screwed with steel, satin screws, consistent with the design of the blade.
At the end of the knife handle there is a hole for attaching an additional cord, which can be used as a protection against dropping the knife during work, or an additional gripper that facilitates removing the knife from the holster. Originally, it includes a section of paracord with a shade matched to the design.
A refined holstex holster and various mounting methods
The knife has a holster made of hand-formed holstex material with a naturalistic texture, 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, supplemented with brown, Desert Tan and black accessories. The holster was twisted with steel, satin screws.
NAME: MK-01 Nomad “Wood Spirit”
STEEL: Elmax (61 HRC)
BLADE FINISH: Satin
TIP: Drop point
HANDLE: Desert Tan G10, stabilized wood
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: Holstex holster