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This is a knife made of one of the most extreme super steels available in knife making.
This is a knife made of one of the most extreme super steels available in knife making.
This is a knife made of one of the most extreme super steels available in knife making.
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Mako EDC Knife with CPM REX 121 Super Steel

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The Mako model:

This model was designed by Gary Creely for a customer who wanted a small EDC (every day carry) fixed blade knife that would be legal to carry in his state (sub 3" blade). This customer was Micheal Christy who is a respected voice in the knife community of the topic of sharpening and blade steel. The original goal was to have a model that would be made from the latest high-performance steels, even steels that production companies have not dared to use yet. 

As time progressed the Mako developed, and not only sports high-performance steels but is a high-performance small EDC design. The handle shape is a non-traditional design and delivers very comfortable ergonomics.

Mako
Mako

 The dimensions will vary slightly from blade to blade because they are handmade. The blade stock thickness will be about .110". The scale will be made from black G10, and the pins will be either 1/4" lanyard tubes with glued up scales or removable scales. 

Rex CPM 121 Steel

If edge retention is your primary concern you just can not beat CPM REX 121. Just take a look at the chart below.

The Sheath:

Pocket Sheath
Pocket Sheath

The sheath:

The sheath for this knife is really what makes it a real EDC option, even for people who work in a place where having a knife on your belt would be frowned on. This sheath is the perfect compliment the the Mako. These sheaths are also handmade in the USA by JouFuu Leather. This sheath is an example of an extremely high quality piece of leather craftsmanship. This sheath is not an after though, but rather part of a well designed EDC rig. 

 

Knife, Sheath, Pouch, and Signed Authenticity Card
Knife, Sheath, Pouch, and Signed Authenticity Card

Rex 121 Considerations:

Although this is one the highest edge retention and wear resistant steels on the planet there is a price to pay in other areas. This steel is not a good choice for chopping or any sort of prying. It is meant to slice and stay sharp for a very long time, but it will not handle abuse. It is also not a stainless steel, so you will need to look after like a carbon steel blade. Over time it can develop a patina. 

Although sharpening Rex 121 is a bit more challenging than softer steels, however with proper sharpening equipment it is very manageable. 

Risks and challenges

The main challenge when working with this kind of steel is that it is resistant to the tooling used to shape it. Becuase of its extreme hardness (68 HRC) it takes more effort to grind the steel. It is also a very expensive steel, 300% more than other premium steels. We use quality ceramic abrasives to grind the blades which also adds to production costs. The size of this blade allows us to adequately manage those challenges.

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