Out of 10’s of thousands of knives on the Blade Show floor, it was the Kim Breed Model 15 that was the only one that stopped me in my tracks. I am not sure what caused me to connect with that particular knife so strongly, but it must have been fate. It was my first custom knife purchase, and I gained a friend in Kim to boot.
I say that it was fate because fast forward to last October, when Kim donated a presentation quality Damascus steel Model 15 to the Project Healing Waters banquet. I solicited the donation on PHWFF’s behalf because Kim is a retired USA SOF Master Sgt. and I thought he would appreciate the work that they do. I had no intention of buying the knife at auction, but at the end of the night I had. It was meant to be.
I called up Kim the other day to ask if he would be interested in participating in our “5 from the Grinder” series (he agreed). We chatted for a while when Kim told me about a new model he is adding to his catalog. He is calling it The Diablo.
To loosely quote Kim from our conversation:
“It isn’t really a fighter, it isn’t really a skinner, but something in-between. It has a slightly upswept tip, and I just like how it cuts. It’s just a cool knife”.
I am biased by my fondness for Kim and his knives, but I agree that the Diablo is a cool knife. It looks like it would be nimble and fun to use. It has a “cut-ey” look to it.
Like most of Kim’s non-art knives, the Diablo is made from 80CrV2 carbon steel with g-10 scales. It retails for $250 but if you are Military/LEO/Firefighter you Kim will give you a 10% discount. In a world where makers no one has ever heard of are asking $500 or more for their “custom” knives, the “price to pedigree” of Kim Breed Knives are in a class by themselves.
If you want to buy one of his knives, you can get on Kim’s list by emailing him at SFBreed@yahoo.com.