The MK-03 Rambler knife is a premium knife made in the MK Knives & Tools workshop, intended for use in the bosom of nature. Forest, mountains, camp etc. are the natural environment for this knife.
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.
About the MK-03 Rambler
The MK-03 Rambler knife is a great tool for a future user. Its fairly large size (260 mm in total), does not give the impression of exaggeration when held in the hand. Its weight is really accurate and does not tire the hand to much. Design of MK-03 Rambler, the design is also polished. Attention is drawn to the handle very nicely and ergonomically designed, with a clear gripping line (recess in the handle), which will successfully fit a hand of both smaller and larger sizes. The recess in the handle on the one hand does not force the unnatural position of the fingers on the handle, and on the other hand prevents the knife from slipping out of the hand, even when cutting with a swing.
About the presented version of the MK-03 Rambler knife
Elmax steel as the core of the knife construction
The presented MK-03 Rambler is made of one piece of Elmax steel (chrome-vanadium-molybdenum powder steel). It is a full-tang knife. Elmax is one of the few steels available on the market in the absolute top quality of materials used in the production of premium knives. Knives made of it are extremely resistant to overload, stay sharp for a long time and have excellent anti-corrosion properties.
Grind and blade shape for effective cutting
The MK-03 Rambler knife is made with a flat grind, and the blade is designed as a drop point. A blade with these features is very versatile to use. In the MK-03 Rambler model, the blade is quite wide (close to 4 cm), which makes it very durable also under higher overloads. On the back of the blade there is a jimpig, which makes it easier to press the blade of the knife to the material being cut. This element enables precise cuts, makes it easier to guide the cutting edge along the material and helps with cuts that require pressure.
Micarta on the handle of the knife
Grips of the handles with an ergonomic, oval shape are made of Micarta laminate (Olive Canvas Micarta) with G10 orange-colored spacers. Micarta is resistant to moisture, temperature changes, most solvents and acids, has a high resistance to mechanical damage. The presented Micarta knife has a rough structure that prevents the handle from slipping in the hand. The handle covers have been screwed together with sandblasted steel screws. The screws complete the knife’s design, elegantly matching the stonewash-style blade. What is important in the construction of the handle is the rounded spine, protruding from each side of the handle, made of the steel protruding beyond the outline of the Micarta cladding. According to some users, this procedure makes the handle even more grippy, and certainly stronger, due to the greater width of the steel in this place.
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. The pointed end of the knife, in which the paracord hole can be found, can act as a breaker for the glass.
A refined Kydex holster and various mounting options
The knife has a holster made of hand-formed Kydex material 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, enriched with orange and olive additions.
We attach the holster to the belt with a thick nylon grommet, strong, solid but flexible enough that it does not bother and does not compress when squatting or bending down. The set with the knife and the holster also includes an additional Kydex buckle. The buckle is put in place of the disassembled nylon grommet, which allows for mounting to MOLLE solutions (backpack, shoulder strap, harness with this solution). The optional protection of the knife can be obtained thanks to the through holes in the holster, by threading a string or a rope into them and additionally tying them. Of course, you can use the paracord supply that the holster is wrapped around (its color corresponds to the paracord section attached to the knife).
NAME: MK-03 Rambler “Olive & Orange”
STEEL: Elmax (61 HRC)
TIP: Drop point
HANDLE: Olive Canvas Micarta + orange G10 liners
TOTAL LENGTH: 260 mm / 10.24″
BLADE LENGTH: 131 mm / 5.16″
BLADE THICKNESS: 5,0 mm / 0.2″
FINGER GUARD: Not available
WEIGHT: 230 g (without holster)
SHEATH: Kydex holster