The name “Nessmuk” comes from an avid outdoor sports writer named George W. Sears. He wrote many articles on canoeing and ultralight camping for magazines using “Nessmuk” as his pen name. GeorgeSears
He wrote about the “perfect knife kit” for outdoors use. It consisted of a skinning knife, a double-bladed folding knife and a double-bit belt axe.  The skinning knife was based on a Green River knife pattern – also sometimes called a buffalo skinner. nessmuk

Like the infamous Bowie knife, the “Nessmuk” knife has taken on many other shapes since the drawing above was published. After seeing these knives by Tai Goo, I decided to bring the two together for my take on the Nessmuk design. I wanted the handle to provide protection from the blade, but didn’t want an actual guard (interferes with kitchen/detail use).  I also wanted a longer blade and deeper belly.  Lastly, I wanted “clearance” under the handle so you could use this in the kitchen without racking your knuckles on the cutting board.


My goals for the Nessmuk knife are:

Efficiency in the kitchen
Utility for hunting and skinning
Toughness in camp duty and chopping
Simplicity in design and function

My first nessmuk was created with the help from the kind folks over at Ramanon Forum. After a few prototypes worked the bugs out, I settled on the design you see above. I also decided to offer the same pattern in a variety of materials as well as grinds – for specialized tasks and general use too.


9.5″ overall
5.25″ blade
4.25″ handle

Blade Specs:

I make this knife from several different steels: 3V, O1, S30V and 1095.  My preference, naturally, is 3V – by far the best all-around knife steel ever made.  It’s also more expensive and harder to work with.  but the trade-off is well worth it.  O1 is a great budget-oriented tool steel.  S30V is high-performance stainless steel and 1095 is a low-cost, simple carbon alloy steel that allows for my “as-forged” finish.  NOTE: I only do certain grinds in specific steels – please see the list below:

3V carbon steel = Scandi grind (12 degrees per side) out of 0.140″ thick steel; Full flat grind in 0.286″ thick steel
O1 tool steel = Full flat grind in 3/16″ thick steel
S30V stainless steel = Scandi grind in 1/8″ thick steel
1095 carbon steel = Scandi grind in 3/32″ thick steel with “as-forged” finish

Full flat grinds are better for general, all-around use
Scandi grinds (zero-bevel-edge) are best for push cuts, chopping, batoning

All the above steels are hardened to 60-61 HRc for maximum wear-resistance and toughness.

All blade spines are rounded over on the “hump” of the blade as well as right in front of the handle – for maximum comfort during use.  The tip and the curve between the front and “hump” are left squared off for maximum utility – the tip for drilling, the curve for striking a firesteel.

Instead of a guard, the blade “drops” at the ricasso allowing the Nessmuk to be used on a cutting board as well as making for a guard to keep your hand from slipping forward onto the edge.

Handle Specs:

4.25″ long, made from 1/4″-3/8″ thick handle material (depending on blade thickness), corby pin and chamfered lanyard tube, tapered handle fronts, rounded edges
All synthetic handles (Micarta, G10, etc) are heavily sandblasted for a super grippy better-when-wet finish
All natural materials are handsanded to 600 grit and then handrubbed with Briwax


3V flat grind = $280
3V scandi grind = $220
O1 flat grind =  $180

Handle Options:

Natural Canvas Micarta (included in Base Price)
Black Canvas Micarta (included in Base Price)
Green Canvas Micarta = adds $20
Black G10 = adds $30
Orange G10 = adds $40
Blue G10 = adds $30
Red G10 = adds $30
Blue/Black G10 = adds $40
Black/Tan G10 = adds $40
Cocobolo = adds $30
Arizona Desert Ironwood = adds $70
Sambar Stag = adds $120

Add $10 for liners (specify red, black, blue, green, white or yellow)

Sheath Options:

All leather sheaths by Butch Hagedorn

Pouch – deep carry = $65
Quickdraw = $80
Dual-Carry (Horiz & Vert carry) = $95

Black leather adds $20
Tooling adds $20-40

Sorry – no kydex available.

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