Steve Corkum Small Persian Neck Knife
Steve Corkum has a bit of a bad reputation online for not delivering paid knife orders, and has even earned himself a spot on the Blade Forums Hall of Shame. While this is a bit of an embarassment and challenges his credibility as an honest person and businessman, he still makes a very impressive knife.
I have to admit that his previous bad reputation does tarnish the enjoyability of the knife somewhat, but everyone makes mistakes, and the knife on its own, is very nice. The cord-wrapped handle is resin-impregnanted, making it impervious to sweat and moisture, and also very grippy. The knife is extremely thick, and appears to use 1/4″ stock.
The spine is also ground to the top of the edge grind, leaving the knife with no flats.. very nicely done and much more difficult that typical grinds that knifemakers these days do.
The turks head knot begins right at the edge of the blade, leaving the ricasso and plunge grind not visible. The rayskin is sort of yellowish/off-white color, with the black cord-wrap perhaps not showing the perfectly shaped diamonds that most Japanese Sword Collectors would expect, but given the application of this knife, it is satisfactory.
The knife is supplied with a Kydex sheath, which scratches up the blade a bit when it is deployed and replaced, but these types of things are unavoidable. Overall, its a fantastic knife, with very beautiful grind lines, made by a very skilled knifemaker. I feel the quality of the blade is very good and I enjoy having the Steve Corkum Small Persian in my collection. It works really well as a neck knife, and could be strapped to a boot as well.
Blade Length: 3 1/2″
Overall Length: 7 1/4″
Blade Steel: Clay Tempered 1050 carbon steel
Handle Material: Ray Skin Wrapped with Resin Impregnanated Cord