Reviews and Ratings for Maserin 987/OL Siberian Knife 6-3/4" Blade, Olive Wood Handles

Maserin 987/OL Siberian Knife 6-3/4" Blade, Olive Wood Handlesrated 5.000 stars out of 5 (1 review)
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Maserin 987/OL Siberian Knife 6-3/4 inch Blade, Olive Wood Handles

 

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Maserin 987/OL Siberian Knife 6-3/4" Blade, Olive Wood Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Tom H
Illinois
Aug 13, 2019
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None

Beautiful Pike.

Pike, being translation of Siberian criminal slang for a knife; not the toothy water wolf of the Northwoods. Maserin must have re-commissioned the Santa Maria from out of dry-dock to transport their products to the U.S.A. During the two months I was waiting for Siberian Knife to complete the voyage to the New World, I was able to pick up and read Nicolai Lilin’s book, Siberian Education. It is a fascinating look at a fierce, independent, and sometimes violent outlaw subculture, born of the descendants of Soviet gulags and prisons. It is a culture that holds the knife in the highest reverence, even assigning mystic properties to the pike. Is the Siberian Knife a fighter? Hunter? Utility, or camp knife? The answer is, yes. The Siberian Knife encompasses all of that, and more (Not to be confused with the Yukutian Knife of the Native Siberians). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Beautiful lines on the Siberian Knife. But, definitely a case of, “form meets function.” It is obvious that Mr. Lilin knows knives. There is not a curve on the knife that does not have purpose, or is wasted on aesthetics. Everything is meticulously planned, from the downward cant of the blade; centering of the point to line of force; forward leaning guard; to the large finger choil with corresponding file work/jimping on the spine for choking up (best jimping I’ve ever encountered). There is some great tattoo art by, Nicolai Lilin on this knife and sheath. These tattoos have deep coded meanings in his culture according to the designer/author (himself a tattoo artist). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Comfortable/ergonomic, hand-filling handle of olive wood with beautiful wood grain (one of my favorite woods for handles). The neutral grip is comfortable in all grip styles. Siberian Knife is well balance, with fulcrum at the guard, and is highly maneuverable in the hand. The slight downward cant of the blade, and the recurved edge bring the magic mechanics of the belly into play for deep slicing with minimal applied force during a draw stroke (zipper cutting, I call it). Although it looks like a hollow ground blade in the photo, this is actually a saber grind, with plenty of tough steel behind the edge. Fine fit ’n’ finish on the Siberian Knife, as I have come to expect from Maserin. Arrived sharp, lean, mean, and ready for adventure. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This blade is made of 440C, 57-59 HRC, tougher than nails, good stainless steel roughly equivalent to: Böhler N690; AUS 10; or 9Cr18MoV (it is imprinted on the blade: 440C). I checked Maserin’s web site before I ordered to be sure, as they only list it in their descriptions/advertising as, “440 stainless.” It matters. Folks don’t want to be sharpening a 440A blade every time they use it. I have overlooked this knife many times because I thought it was soft 440A. Wake up Maserin! You may sell a few more knives. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I hope Mr. Lilin continues future collaborations with Maserin. There was an illustration by the author in the book of two beautiful crossed Persian style blades that would be highly sought after, if brought to fruition. Check out Nicolai’s rugged upswept/recurve bladed Maserin, Tusk fixed, and his 680 Police flipper (available @ KnifeCenter.com; 681 D2 flipper will be out soon). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nicolai Lilin’s Siberian Knife is not just a knife. It represents a peoples’ will to live as free men, independent of the yoke of tyranny. If you are of a similar mind, this is definitely a pike to have in your collection. You may want to grab one of these while they’re in stock at KnifeCenter. You never know when the Santa Maria may become lulled for a month, or two, in the doldrums of the horse latitudes, on her ‘viaggio di rifornimento’ : )