Spyderco Province Fixed Blade Knife 6.76" CPM-4V Satin Bowie, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath - FB45GP


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Jim Ankerson is a US Marine Corps veteran and a lifelong knife enthusiast. Unlike most knife fans who are content to collect cutting tools, he is obsessed with understanding the finer points of actual knife performance. To fuel that understanding, he began testing knives more than 30 years ago and has gradually developed his own demanding series of knife-test protocols and performance standards. As his knowledge and experience grew, Ankerson also began sharing the results of his testing and his unique insights on knife design on various Internet forums. That hard-won wisdom soon attracted a community of followers—and the attention of Spyderco founder Sal Glesser.

Based on his military experience and the knowledge he gained from his years of knife testing, Ankerson had an idea for a strong, versatile, and lightweight fixed blade knife that was an improvement on traditional Bowie knife patterns. To validate the concept and bring his design to life, he approached Darrin Sanders, a full-time knifemaker from Louisiana. Sanders grew up using knives in his father's grocery store and while working on offshore supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. He is also an accomplished outdoorsman who shares Ankerson's penchant for quantifying knife performance through hard, real-world testing.
Starting with Ankerson's vision and borrowing liberally from Sanders' "Camp Bowie" pattern, the two created a hybrid design that they felt offered excellent versatility and performance. To test that theory, they put it through their own demanding series of tests. Pleased with the results, Ankerson proudly shared the design with Spyderco's leaders at the BLADE Show in Atlanta. Spyderco was impressed with its clean lines and no-nonsense functionality and decided to take the handmade sample "on tour," displaying it at select trade shows with other concept models and prototypes to gauge customer interest. The feedback from Spyderco enthusiasts was overwhelmingly positive, so they decided to pursue a formal collaboration. The Province was born.

The heart of the Province is unquestionably its dramatic Bowie-style blade, which is precision machined from CPM 4V tool steel. CPM 4V is an advanced alloy specifically developed for applications requiring a superior combination of strength, wear resistance, and toughness. It is enriched with generous amounts of molybdenum and vanadium and is also a product of Crucible Industries' particle metallurgy process, which ensures a uniform distribution of the steel's alloys and a fine, homogenous microstructure.
The Province's stout, clip point blade is 0.154-inch (3.9 mm) thick and features a high flat grind and a full-thickness spine that balance strength, lightweight, and low-friction edge geometry for optimal performance. A swedge (unsharpened bevel) on the spine of the blade ensures an acute, utilitarian point that is also strong and well centered.
For maximum strength and a deft balance, the Province's handle features a full tang flanked by smooth, contoured G10 scales. The handsomely finished scales are 3D machined to create a hand-filling palm swell and are secured with three sets of stainless steel Torx screws. A flared "pinky hook" provides excellent grip security when the knife is used for chopping and a lined lanyard hole allows the easy attachment of safety lines and lanyards.

The Province comes complete with a beautifully crafted friction-fit leather sheath. A leather loop on the back of the sheath allows convenient strong-side or cross draw carry on all widths of belts. Its high-ride positioning holds the knife close to the body, allowing freedom of movement and minimizing bouncing while ensuring a smooth draw.
For users who prefer a more tactical style of carry, a custom-molded Boltaron sheath is also available as an optional accessory (only available through Spyderco directly). This durable snap-fit sheath has a symmetrical design and two-layer "pancake" construction secured by a series of eyelets. This allows Spyderco's versatile G-Clip mount to be attached to either side of the sheath to support a full range of carry positions. The eyelets can also be used to lash the sheath to military MOLLE gear and other platforms.
The Province is an extremely capable working knife that reflects the deep insights and hard-earned experience of its designers. If you're looking for a serious fixed blade you can trust, look no further.
  • Blade Length: 6.76"
  • Cutting Edge: 6.74"
  • Handle Length: 5.51"
  • Overall Length: 12.27"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.147"
  • Blade Material: CPM-4V Tool Steel
  • Blade Style: Bowie
  • Blade Grind: Saber
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: G10
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Sheath Material: Leather
  • Model Number: FB45GP
  • Model Name: Province
  • Designers: Jim Ankerson and Darrin Sanders
  • Weight: 11.4 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 716104651047

G10 Handles
G10 Handles Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Spyderco Province Fixed Blade Knife 6.76" CPM-4V Satin Bowie, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheathrated 4.500 stars out of 5 (2 reviews)
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Spyderco Province Fixed Blade Knife 6.76" CPM-4V Satin Bowie, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath
rated 4 stars out of 5
Brian M.
Apr 21, 2020
Pros: Materials, Finish, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
Beautiful Knife
The knife I received is a specimen to behold aesthetically speaking. The grind, surface finish, sharpness and modern style Bowie blade were all excellent. The balance (cg) is right on the first finger. This is my first knife using CPM 4V. I will definitely be looking at more Spyderco fixed blades in the future. The knife weighs 11.4 oz without the sheath, which is very light for a knife this size. For reference, I have a lot of Bark River Knives and this is right up there with them. I would buy this knife again. It would be nice if Spyderco would make a mini version of this with a 4" to 4.5" blade at a 0.125" blade stock thickness as a smaller alternative/companion knife. There are 2 things that prevent this from being a perfect knife in my opinion. 1. The sheath. The sheath looks very good, has a nice build quality, has good retention and has a very minimal footprint. The problem is the belt loop. It is placed where the top of the belt loop is about an inch in front of the handle, a little past the hole in the blade towards the tip. This causes the knife to ride well into the ribcage when on the belt. It is also too low to use a dangler attachment because the CG of the knife is well above the belt loop. This would make the knife top heavy if used with a dangler attachment and likely result in losing the knife.2. The handle. The handle is of good quality G10 brought to a smooth finish. The handle also has a generous palm swell. My problem is that the handle is too blocky with respect to the edges at the top and bottom of the blade.This would be uncomfortable after prolonged use. I would like to see the edge radius tripled at a minimum. The silver lining is that the handle scales appear to be removable so they could be taken off and sanded down or homeade micarta scales could be improvised.Overall great knife
Spyderco Province Fixed Blade Knife 6.76" CPM-4V Satin Bowie, Black G10 Handles, Leather Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Tom H
Aug 17, 2019
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Province Begs to be Used
This is my most anticipated knife of 2019. Where Respect is more a closet queen (just don’t do much knife dueling anymore), Province definitely wants to be used. I was kinda puzzled by the name. Didn’t think it was for, “an administrative district or division of a country.” The fourth definition makes more sense: “proper or appropriate function or scope,” with Jim Ankerson, being a guru of metallurgy and its application to blade science. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This is my first blade in CPM 4V. I sure like CPM 3V, so I’m sure the added wear resistance and edge retention of CPM 4V will be excellent. I see on Crucible Industries website, that CPM 4V can be hardened as high as 64 HRC for maximum wear resistance, and max toughness at 58 HRC. I imagine Spyderco struck a balance around 60-62 HRC, but I haven’t found specs on it anywhere. Anyway, Province should have great edge retention, and plenty of toughness, ta boot. Does CPM 4V negate the need for differential tempering, laminate steels (hard/wear resistant core steel, wrapped in an outer shell of softer/tougher more resilient steel), and convex edges in a wear resistant hard use knife? Only hard use of Province will tell. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Arrived hair-splitting sharp. Appears to be a 20 degree edge on this compound saber ground, clip point Bowie blade. The handle is hand filling. I don’t know that I would call the grip comfortable, but it definitely feels secure in the hand (kinda a squared-off, blocky grip). Province is well balanced, with fulcrum at index finger in a hammer grip. It is easy to maintain and maneuver in the hand. You can loop a leather/paracord lanyard from the pommel to the Spyder hole to create ultra secure retention while chopping. Nice leather sheath with rivets, so it is less likely to slice through the stitching of the sheath. I’m going to make a Kydex sheath, anyway. More appropriate on a hard use, survival/camp knife. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, I took Province out back and did a comparison to Fallkniven A1 (both w/factory edges), a similar knife, not in appearance, but in, “proper or appropriate function or scope.” I worked them out on some aged oak and black locust logs. On a scale of 1-5, 1= least effective; 5 = most effective; F = Fallkniven, S = Spyderco. Batoning: F = 4, S= 4; Chopping: F = 4.5, S= 3.5; Drilling: F = 4, S= 3.5; Carving/Fine Bushcrafting (fuzzy sticks, etc.: F = 3.5, S= 4; Comfort w/Long Use: F = 4, S= 4.5; Stabbing/Penetration: F = 3.5, S= 4.5; Slicing a Tomato Afterwards w/out Dressing the Edge: F = 2, S= 5; Overall Averaged Score: F = 3.64, S= 4.14. Take away: Fallkniven, A1 is a better chopper; Spyderco, Province is a better slicer (It slices tomatoes paper thin, No B.S. Try it yourself! Better edge retention, too). No one can say, “Province isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.” >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Province proved itself to me. The edge takes a beating and stays wickedly sharp. If you plan on using this as a survival knife have a plan to sharpen it in the field (diamond grit sharpener, etc.). It should be at least as difficult to sharpen as S30V when it does dull. Probably not something you’re going to sharpen on a rock in the stream. With use, the handle turned out to be more comfortable than my first impression of it. Province is an excellent camp/hard use knife that should provide many years of service.


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