Spartan-George V-14 Dagger
The Spartan-George V14 Dagger is Spartan Blades’ first collaboration with the gifted and prolific knifemaker Les George.
Beginning with the formation of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) following the end of World War 2, daggers have come to symbolize the most elite of our military special operations units and intelligence agencies. With the Spartan-George V-14 Dagger, our goal was to create a custom combat knife that improved upon a classic profile with better materials and a more thoughtful design.
The V-14 features a full-tang design combined with a 0.25 inch precision ground thickness, making for a very reliable blade. Each of these handcrafted combat knives is first hollow ground with four symmetrical bevels, then vacuum heat treated, double deep cryogenically treated and double tempered. The end result is added edge retention and toughness, thus fixing the classic durability problem that has plagued military combat daggers in the past.
In addition to an extremely high quality blade, the Spartan-Georgie V-14 combat dagger features an ergonomic and textured handle specifically designed for maximum comfort and a confident grip. This is where we opted to diverge from tradition, choosing an oblong handle with flats on each side to assist in the indexing and use of the knife during times of limited visibility. Simply put, this is a true combat dagger!
- Overall Length: 29.2 cm
- Blade Length: 17.1 cm
- Blade Thickness: 6.35 mm
- Blade Steel: CPM S35VN @ 59-60 HRC
- Blade Finish: Black
- Blade Style: Dagger
- Edge Style: Plain
- Handle Material: Black G-10
- Tang: Full
- Country of Origin: USA
- Parallel Import: No
Actually nicer than expected! I wasn’t expecting a proper F/S dagger but this is a really good version. The service from the knife guy was exceptional as always-what a pleasure!
I have a couple of these. Took me a while to fall for it, because I was already committed to the Harsey dagger, but I'm more and more convinced about this. It's not the elegant weapon that the Harsey is. I still think that's the best of the two, astonishingly mobile in the hand and beautifully designed. This is different. This is the brutalist, jackhammer version of a dagger. Unbelievably well made, not incredibly light but light for what it is, rooted to your hand. Deadly, agile, and unbreakable for all intents and purposes.
Historically, the Harsey is a modified Applegate Fairbairn, and this is a modified V42, both with an ancestor in the original Fairbairn Sykes. So they're family. How is this modified? Full tang, balance point in the handle, the cross guard is straight, no leather padding, no stacked leather handle. Does this make it worse? No. Not at all. It's miles better than the original. The handle is more ergonomic, filed off to make indexing easier, brilliantly balanced, great steel, and a 4-part, perfectly symmetrical grind. Spartan does an amazing job in their high end knives and you can't get better.
At this price, it's cheaper to buy from the Knife Guy than to ship from Spartan. Next year there will probably be a revised version. Do you need it? No. This is brilliant.
Note on the sheath: everyone loves kydex so this is kydex. I don't like it, but there's nothing wrong with it. Spartan sells a leather version for $120, but you have to ship and pay duties. Honestly? I'm likely to do that but you don't have to.