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Scorpion Knives John "Lofty" Wiseman "Signature" Survival Tool, 11" Black Parang Style Blade, Beech Wood Handle

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Part Number: SCTACTLW113
Manufacturer: Scorpion Knives
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SCTACTLW113: John "Lofty" Wiseman 11" Black "Signature" Survival Tool
Scorpion Knives
John "Lofty" Wiseman was the youngest person ever to pass selection at the age of 18 with the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) in 1959. He served with the SAS for over 26 years and saw active service worldwide.

He setup numerous operations including the SAS Counter-Terrorist Team that ended the Iranian Embassy siege in London and also trained the first members of the US Green Berets who returned to the USA to form the famous Delta Force (US Special Forces).

John "Lofty" Wiseman's "The SAS Survival Handbook", first published in 1986, has now sold over one million copies and since retiring from the SAS, Lofty has trained survival instructors and consultants, expedition members, overseas survival training specialists, military and civilians around the globe.

Lofty developed the idea of a new survival tool because he could not find anything on the market for the serious wilderness survivor. He needed a tool that would cut efficiently, from saplings to mature trees; that could be used to prepare game and feather wood for kindling; that would be able to dig holes and construct traps, shelters and rafts and would hold its edge through all of this and be easily sharpened.

Drawing on his years of experience living in the wilderness Lofty worked closely with the legendary knife designer Ivan Williams and Scorpion Knives to create the Lofty Wiseman Survival Tool, which achieves all of the aims above. Each tool is hand crafted by Scorpion Knives and is able to carry out the toughest and most arduous tasks with great efficiency, year after year.

The beech wood handle is contoured to fit the hand so comfortably it can be used for extensive periods without discomfort. To ensure consistency, the handle is CNC milled by master gunsmiths Boxall & Edmiston, and being beech wood it can be tuned by an individual to their precise grip.

The 11" (280 mm) blade is curved to give maximum cutting ability with minimum effort. The back is broad and gives it perfect balance. The blade is hand ground with great precision to a razor edge that is easily maintained. Near to the hilt the blade is ideal for close carving or feathering wood. The weight of the blade is carried to the end and is perfectly balanced with the angled handle to effortlessly chop wood. Finally the double-edged point to the blade gives it good digging capability and is excellent for skinning and scraping hides.

The AISI 1055/BS EN9 steel has been selected to take shock and bend rather than snap. The blade is hardened to RC 54 from the front cutting edge backwards. This ensures it holds a keen edge that can be sharpened in the field but which leaves the main body of the blade ductile enough to bend rather than snap minimizing any risk of being left in the wilderness with a broken knife.

The uniquely designed Cordura safety sheath that comes as standard not only protects the knife but keeps it secure and ensures that when the knife is drawn the hands are well away from the edge and clear of danger.

The blade of the Lofty survival tool can be specified with either a natural steel finish or with a black Fluoralon coating. The coated blade resists corrosion better in environments with salt air or when it may come into contact with salt water. To maintain this knife at it's best, the blade should be dried after use and lightly oiled before being stored for any period of time.

In addition to the out-and-out survival tool with its 11" (28 cm) blade, a smaller 8-1/2" (22 cm) blade is also available that is ideal for the weekend enthusiast where weight and space is at a premium. This has all of the features of the 11" blade and out performs everything in its size range.
  • Blade Length: 11" (28 cm)
  • Blade Steel: AISI 1055/BS EN9 Steel with Black Fluoralon Coating, 54HRC
  • Blade Thickness: 1/4" (6 mm)
  • Overall Length: 16.5" (42 cm)
  • Handle Material: Beech Wood
  • Sheath Material: Cordura
  • Weight: 24 oz. (680 g)
  • Hand made in Sheffield, England

UPC Code: 200024

Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
4.333 (3 reviews)
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4 out of 5
Jun 24, 2014
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Finish, Overall Quality
over all I like it.
First things first. Quality: Our tool doesn't have any grind issues as others have reported. What it does have is loose handles that are very rough and will require sanding. The loose scales are the reason I can only give four stars. The sheath is the most comfortable I've seen on a large knife. I absolutely love the sheath. Unfortunately it's not as safe as they claim. While unsheathing the knife quickly the sharpened back edge can make contact with the back of your fingers. As for performance... We did some moderate chopping with this tool and the performance was quite good. Impressive in fact. The sheath and knife together seem relatively light for the size. I even slept with this tool on my belt. I wore it for three days straight and was very happy with the comfort and would almost forget it was there. It's easy to ReSharpen and you can beat the heck out of it. The handle does take some getting used to but does give a good, firm grip. All said and done I'd definitely buy it again.
4 out of 5
Tampa, FL
Jun 28, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Finish
Combat Parang
I received my knife today and immediately took a close look at it, especially given all the conflicting reports of quality issues with this model. I’m glad to report that the quality is fairly high and the design doesn’t disappoint. The handle shape takes a bit to get used to, but is quite comfortable for light duty (I did a little trimming on some overdue tree branches). My only point of contention, from a quality finish perspective, is the tip of the knife. The sharpened tip on the backside did not properly align at the tip with the opposite side. What’s more, it was ground at a more pronounced angle on the right side than the left (back of the blade). However, given the limited use of this cutting surface, I don’t consider it a mayor issue. The steel seems stout enough (cut 4 inch branches without dulling the edge) and the handle is quite secure (no play whatsoever). The design is indeed functional, with one caveat; this is a combat oriented Parang. The tip and back of blade edge is clearly geared towards making this a knife capable of stabbing. Given its intended use (for survival), I can definitely concur with the potential need to do just that in the event of a close encounter of the furry or reptilian kind. However, this makes it somewhat more dangerous to handle around people, and more difficult to sharpen with kits that grip the spine of the knife. Nevertheless, given care and a little work, this is a knife that I feel should perform quite admirably if given the chance at its intended purpose. It may not be perfectly executed, but given the complexity of this design, it's a very good attempt. I'm happy with it!
5 out of 5
J. H
Aug 30, 2012
Pros: Overall Quality
Cons: None
eksellent to use on clearing smal tres and thickets. and if you want to take a bigger trea it has smal problem with that to.
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