Gryphon M-10 Utility-Boot Knife - VG-10 Blade - DLC Black Finish - ON BACKORDER - MORE SUMMER 2013
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Gryphon M-10 Utility-Boot Knife
Since Bob Terzuola, or "Bob T" as I call him, first showed me his prototype for what we would later dub the M-10, I was thrilled
by its straight-forward design. I believed then, and still do, that it's the finest fixed blade knife in its size range. The M-10
falls into that just right category of being large enough to accomplish most tasks, yet small enough to be carried with ease. The
handle fits your hand perfectly, whichever grip you choose. It's obvious that fixed blade knives, by their very nature, are stronger
and safer than folding knives. The downside of fixed blade knives has always been their difficulty to conceal, and the negative
attention they can bring. That problem is solved with the M-10 and its just right size. The full tang blade is given a black DLC coating
to reduce glare. The indestructible handle is made from DuPont Zytel, which is checkered to give you a positive gripping surface.
So many good knives are limited by the inadequacies of their sheaths. I'm a firm believer that a sheath should not only
protect the knife from loss and the elements, but it should also protect its owner. One more factor to consider is how comfortable
is it to carry, and how reliably can it be deployed under stress. This quest has led me to the best concealed carry sheath maker in
the business -- Mike Sastre of River City Sheaths. Mike's Drawpoint sheath was developed with direction from Master at Arms James
Keating of Combat Technologies. The Drawpoint sheath can be carried two ways. First, as an IWB sheath for Jim Keating's Drawpoint
Method of Reserve Grip response to an attack. Built for speed, there is just enough material above the guard to hold your knife
secure, but no more, allowing excellent grip acquisition on the draw. It attaches to the belt with a IWB Loop - a soft, adjustable
angle belt loop with Pull-the-Dot Snap for inside the waistband carry, that can be adjusted for carry angle and edge orientation.
Secondly, it can be carried outside the belt (or on a pack) using the included G-Clip fastening system that Mike Sastre designed
and developed for Spyderco. Both the Belt Loop and the G-Clip, along with their respective mounting hardware are included. The
sheath material is .090" thick Concealex
For discreet IWB (Inside the Waist Band) carry, or mounted to a harness or pack, the Gryphon M-10 is one of the finest fixed blade
knives on the market. Given all of these features, and better yet, getting one in your hand and you'll see why the Gryphon M-10 is
still my personal favorite! Jeff
Category End Use: Tactical/Survival/Field Utility
Blade Steel: VG-10
Handle Material: Black Zytel
Blade Length: 4"
Length Overall: 8 1/2"
Blade Thickness: 3/16"
Weight, Knife: 4.2 oz. (119 g)
Sheath Material: .090" Concealex
Weight, Sheath: 3.6 oz. (102 g)
4/4/2012 7:52 AM
I'm often in areas where I can't carry my usual concealed handgun. While I always have a folding knife on me, I now also carry this concealed. The knife is comfortable, functional and razor sharp. And the fantastic sheath makes this worth every penny. I can run 5 miles with this tucked inside my running shorts, against my skin, and almost forget that it is there. I wish all fixed blade knives came with such a high quality sheath.
2/29/2012 10:39 PM
the blade is great for defence and utility. the vg-10 steel is a awesome choice holds a great edge and its pretty easy to sharpen. the handle has great checkering and fits great in my hand. its long enough to use with gloves on and feels very good in the hand. the only thing i have say is a con if you can call it that is the handle has boxed sholders but it doesnt bother me havent felt it to be a problem over all a great knife
2/21/2012 11:58 AM
This knife may be among the very best of its type and size that's out there. The blade is well designed and came very sharp. The handle is comfortable,non slip, and adaptable to various grips. Among the best attributes of the M10, is that it comes complete with an outstanding custom sheath fitted to each knife. This is the best sheath that I have received with a factory (non custom) knife. For those of us who carry and use knives, this is quite an advantage. It means not having to spend the extra time & money to contact a custom sheath maker and commission him to produce a sheath. This is an outstanding total package and a real bargain for such quality.
(Palm Beach County, FL)
10/18/2011 11:59 AM
I purchased this knife from Cutlery Shoppe based on the reviews of this knife on a local forum, as well as the reviews I found from other sources. I've carried this knife a few times and have found it to be very light and easily concealed, the blade is sharp and the handle fits in the hand perfectly, especially in reverse grip. I can't say enough good things about this knife, the Mike Sastre sheath, or the customer service of Cutlery Shoppe. Keep up the great work, Jeff!
9/3/2011 12:19 PM
A couple of weeks ago in a thread on a concealed carry forum I moderate, a friend posted a pic of the original Gryphon M10 w/a sheath by Mike Sastre. I remembered handling this blade at a gunshow years ago, and really liked the feel and balance. So I found the Cutlery Shoppe ordered one. It arrived just 4days later.
Have worked with the blade a little the last couple of days. It comes out of the sheath lightning fast. Very natural in the hand and handles like a dream, like I'm not holding anything at all, with either reverse or sabre grips. The Mike Sastre sheath is excellent! Very secure, yet gives up the blade without argument, either OWB or IWB. I was very happy to learn that Mike is personally making the sheaths for these great blades.
After my last couple of production knives came from the factory as dull as a butter knife I was VERY please to see that this blade came out of the box shaving-sharp. Only took a few strokes on the Spyderco Sharpmaker to bring it up to 'ludicrous-sharp'.
For those looking for a quality fixed-blade that comes with everything you need ready to rock right out of the box at a price that won't give you sticker shock, I'd definitely give this one a look. Service from the CutleryShoppe has been great.