Reviews and Ratings for Mercworx Small Shiva Combat Dagger 5.5" 154CM Blade, Black Micarta Handles - SMSH154

Mercworx Small Shiva Combat Dagger 5.5" 154CM Blade, Black Micarta Handlesrated 2.000 stars out of 5 (1 review)
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Mercworx Small Shiva Combat Dagger 5.5 inch 154CM Blade, Black Micarta Handles

 

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Mercworx Small Shiva Combat Dagger 5.5" 154CM Blade, Black Micarta Handles
rated 2 stars out of 5
Riggs
Milwaukee, WI
Apr 17, 2017
Pros: Materials, None
Cons: Weight, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality
Well I wouldn't bet my life on it
So to preface what I'm about to say, I'm an experienced martial artist that has spent years learning European, Philippine, and Japanese blade techniques. I'm speaking about this as a true fighting dagger. Long story short, where I you, I wouldn't get this. This is a knife for people that want something pretty to look at and nothing more. Its made by people that know how to make comfortable bombproof knives. They don't know how to use or make a real fighting knife. If you want an explanation keep reading. The big problem this thing has is that it's a dagger by shape only. The weight is extremely palm heavy making transitions fast at the tip but substantially harder to control. The grip is comfortable but very round again making transitions sloppy as the blade tends to want to roll around rather than snap flat giving you that instant index. The edge geometry is a bit of a problem as well. The blade is very thick. Think heavy duty bushcraft knife thick. This thickness makes it hard to get a shallow angle for a normal cutting edge or even a good sharp edge. The result is an edge that is supremely strong but pretty much dull as dishwater. You physically cannot put enough leverage into a cut to get this to work as a dagger should for slashing blows. The biggest problem I had was the grind of the edge and the heat treat. I already touched on the geometry, but upon inspecting the edge it was slightly wavy pointing to poor final edging at the factory. This was surprising given the polish and the grips where nothing short of superb in their execution. I wanted to give it a fair shot and so I tried lightly reprofiling the edge with some upper grit water stones and a honing belt. I went down to a 3000 grit water stone. Nothing I did could get it to sharpen up even slightly as a whole. Small patches would take an edge partially, but from years of sharpening experience I have to say I've never felt anything so inconsistent. It was like material was coming off the edge at a different rate in different areas. No pattern to it whatsoever. Just a really really bad heat treating job. My guess is its probably a result of the extreme difference in the thickness of the blade body and the edge causing some weirdness. In closing, I really wanted to like this knife. The tip design was way stronger than anything else out there, aesthetically it was gorgeous, it was made by a small US company. The problem is that they tried to make a dagger like a hatchet. Most of its problems would be solved by flattening the grip and taking the stock material thickness down by like 50% -67%. The heat treat problems, the weight, the lack of snap, the difficulty of basic maintenance, the overall clumsiness of this slab of steel and G10 just left me wanting. I bought this to be a knife I could bet my life on as a self defense piece. Now I'm out $360 or so with pretty much nothing to show for it...except for the absolutely awesome Emerson fixed karambit I got for less than half the price of this thats been a knife fighters wet dream. Kinda wish I just went with the Emerson from the start rather than paying twice as much to support a small company that apparently wasn't worth supporting. Learn from my mistake folks.