The MK-02 knife is a premium knife made in the MK Knives & Tools workshop, designed for everyday use.
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-02
MK-02 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.
About the presented execution of the knife MK-02
Premium steel as the shank of the knife construction
The presented MK-02 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.
MK-02 knife dimensions
The dimensions of the MK-02 knife indicate that it is intended for everyday use. The whole with a length of 203 mm and a discreet 85 mm blade will work well when preparing a meal, opening a carton or planning a piece of wood. The compact size of the knife itself, as well as the whole with a holster, will allow you to move freely and inconspicuously from place to place, will not restrict movement, 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.
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 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-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.
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NAME: MK-02 KE
STEEL: Elmax (61 HRC)
BLADE FINISH: Stonewash
TIP: Drop point
HANDLE: Black G10 + epoxy inserts
TOTAL LENGTH: 203 mm / 7,99″
BLADE LENGTH: 85 mm / 3.45″
BLADE THICKNESS: 4,0 mm / 0.16″
FINGER GUARD: Not available
WEIGHT: 136 g (without sheath)