Custom knifemaker Stuart Ackerman is a South African native who
currently lives in New Zealand. A veteran of extensive military combat
service, he knows from harrowing personal experience what a knife really
needs to do in the field and incorporates that real-world insight into
every one of his designs.
Ackerman originally designed the Sustain to meet the needs of a group
of daring sportsmen who hunted wild pigs with only a knife and a small
pack of dogs. He also wanted it to be a highly functional all-purpose
cutting tool well suited to “sustaining life” by helping to make fire,
build shelter, and prepare food.
The heart of the Sustain is its broad six-inch blade, which features a
sturdy saber grind and a long swedge (unsharpened back bevel). It is
expertly crafted from Crucible® CPM® 20CV—an advanced particle
metallurgy stainless steel that contains a high volume of chromium and
vanadium. This potent combination gives it a remarkable combination of
high wear resistance, superior corrosion resistance, good impact
toughness, and excellent polishability.
For maximum strength, the Sustain features full-tang construction
capped by contoured, polished G-10 scales that are secured by blind
pins. The handle’s ergonomic profile includes a substantial integral
guard and subhilt to protect the user’s hand from sliding forward, a
flared butt to maintain positive control when chopping, and a large
lined lanyard hole for easy attachment of safety cords or lanyards. A
handsome traditional leather pouch-style sheath completes the package
and allows convenient carry on the belt.
6 1/4" 20CV drop point blade, 11 1/2" overall, Black G-10 handle, leather sheath. Taiwan.