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The Hardtail Knife- Indiana Made Custom D2 Fixed Blade


The Hardtail Knife- Indiana Made Custom D2 Fixed Blade
The Hardtail Knife- Indiana Made Custom D2 Fixed Blade

The Hardtail Knife- Indiana Made Custom D2 Fixed Blade    The Hardtail Knife- Indiana Made Custom D2 Fixed Blade

The Hardtail Knife- Indiana Made Custom D2 Fixed Blade. This listing is for a single knife with a Tanto edge Cerakoted in Vortex Bronze with a black kydex sheath. If you wish a different color or edge, please reach out to me. The hardtail is a simple skeleton knife designed with the backpacker, mountain biker, and everyday user in mind. It is designed to be a thin, lightweight, hard use companion for any adventure.

It was named after the hardtail mountain bike. A hardtail is bike with front suspension, but no rear suspension. This makes the bike lighter, quicker, easier to maintain, and most importantly keeps the trails fun. Sure, the full suspension bikes will soak up the gnarly sections of trail and keep the rider more comfortable. The hardtail is one for the purists that enjoy the challenge and appreciate the fun that comes with overcoming the trail. There's a beauty in simplicity and minimalism. This knife was designed with a similar mindset, develop the knife in its barest form and build a pure, reliable, and simple heirloom tool. The blade shape and grind is intended to keep as much strength in the tip of the blade as possible. The big downside to skeleton knives in general is that with much time in the hand, they create hot spots and early hand fatigue.

One of the quickest ways hand fatigue occurs is sharp edges around the knife. The edges around the Hardtail have been radiused to reduce hand fatigue and help maintain a solid working grip. I designed this knife to be able to be carried in a front pocket, back pocket, on the belt, or on a backpack strap.

Made from Crucible's D2 carbon steel, the blade is heat treated, cryogenically treated, and 100% hardness tested by Peter's heat treat. D2 steel is a common'good' steel. There are many alloys that have been edge retention or better corrosion resistance.

D2 can be really solid performer is the heat treatment is done properly. Like any other steel alloy, the chemical makeup of the steel is only part of the equation, the second part is the heat treating. Not all D2 knives are created equal. Peter's heat treat is a leader in the heat-treating industry and can squeeze every little bit of performance out of D2.

In my opinion, D2 makes an excellent steel when heat treated well. The blade is coated in a Cerakote finish. Cerakote is commonly used in the firearms industry because it is a 2-partpolymer-ceramic coating that helps prevent rust and has impressive abrasion resistance.

Note, like most all coatings, Cerakote will wear off with use. If you use this knife hard, which it's meant for, the coating will wear off with time. I think the wear on the blade just adds to the character of the knife.

The edge is hand finished to a 3. Mpolish for optimum edge retention and refinement. The edge is sharpened to a 48. Involute angle for a good mix of chopping and slicing. The kydex sheath has spacing to accept a Ulti-Clip or a Tek-lok. A Ulti-Clip or Tek-lok is not included in the sale.

Material: Crucible D2 Carbon Steel. My name is Noah, I've been making knives for several years.

Located in Southern Indiana, I have designed and built my own 2x72belt grinder and Cerakote oven. I have always had a passion for knives since I was young. I have always wanted the perfect EDC fixed blade, but I have always struggled to find it. Instead, I decided to make it. I've been making knives for a couple years, but nothing I felt was good enough to sell. If you're not satisfied with my knives, please let me know.

I will stand behind my products and make it right however necessary. Thank you for your time considering my products. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Knives, Swords & Blades\Collectible Fixed Blade Knives\Modern Fixed Blade\Custom & Handmade".

The seller is "x_iron_hawk_x" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.

  1. Blade Material: D2
  2. Tang: Full
  3. Dexterity: Ambidextrous
  4. Blade Length: 3 - 3.49in.
  5. Blade Edge: Plain
  6. Modified Item: No
  7. Vintage: No
  8. Brand: Unbranded
  9. Blade Type: Tanto
  10. Type: Everyday Carry, Boot
  11. Year: 2022
  12. Original/Reproduction: Original
  13. Features: Lanyard Hole, Sheath Included, Colored Blade
  14. Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  15. Handmade: Yes


The Hardtail Knife- Indiana Made Custom D2 Fixed Blade    The Hardtail Knife- Indiana Made Custom D2 Fixed Blade