Nordsmith Knives Unveils the Pilgrim: the Right Sized Survival Knife

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Emphasizing strength and portability, the Nordsmith Pilgrim is your Right Sized Survival Knife, designed to cover all your bases with a full-size handle and versatile blade.

Pre-order information will go out soon to subscribers to the Nordsmith Knives mailing list. Be sure to subscribe at if you want to guarantee early access. More info after the jump.

SPECS: (each knife is handmade in the USA – specs may fluctuate)

Blade Steel: AEB-L Premium Stainless
Overall Length: 8.675”
Blade Length: 3.8125” (measured from tip to scale)
Sharpened Length: 3.75”
Blade Thickness: 5/32”
Weight: 6.75 oz
Sheath: Leather pouch sheath with firesteel loop and dangler attachment
Sheath Weight: 3.5 oz
First Run Handle Material: Green Canvas Micarta with Yellow G10 Liners

Standard Price: $236.00
Pre-Order Discounted Price: $225.00

“I designed the Pilgrim as my go-to knife recommendation. Combining a do-everything blade shape with an easy to carry size, the Nordsmith Pilgrim is the perfect knife for campers, hikers and hunters alike.” –David C. Andersen, Founder, Nordsmith Knives


Versatility: A survival knife does you no good unless it is actually useful for other tasks too. It has to be a “knife” first, and a “survival knife” second, so a classic shape is best. With a drop point blade that can cover all your bases, the Pilgrim works in any outdoor scenario.

Ease of Maintenance: AEB-L edge retention is fantastic and it hones as easily as many carbon steels, making field maintenance a breeze, and thanks to its stainless qualities, you will not have to worry as much about rust.

Strong: The blade needs to stand up to stress in an emergency, but you still want it to slice well. The 5/32” thick blade of AEB-L has plenty of toughness and is not too thick for general use.

The handle is made with durable canvas micarta (which will not swell or crack like wood) secured by large bolts and two-ton epoxy for maximum strength. 

Portability: Make the knife easy to carry, and you are more likely to have it when needed. With a blade under four inches and a full sized handle, the Nordsmith Pilgrim is legal in most jurisdictions across the United States. (Always check your local regulations before carrying a knife).

Finger Guard: The guard on the Pilgrim is large enough to protect your fingers (especially important for a survival situation where you might be battling frostbite or fatigue) without getting in the way during everyday use.

Multipurpose Handle: Many survival knives have a protruding tang. While this can be useful for thumping on things, they can be very uncomfortable when in use. As a compromise, the Pilgrim features a vertex on the pommel that will concentrate your force to one point, yet everything is still rounded over so it is comfortable in every handhold and won’t dig into your side while on your belt.

The first run will be limited to thirty knives in the signature colors of green micarta with yellow liners, all with a special “1st” stamp. Each knife carries a fully transferable lifetime warranty against defects.

The pre-order will go out to subscribers of the Nordsmith Knives newsletter before any other venues, so be sure to subscribe using the form at if you want first crack at it.

Thank you all for your continued support!

-David C. Andersen, Founder, Nordsmith Knives



  1. Jon M. says:

    So this is the prototype you mentioned at BLADE! Looks super rad and nicely designed, well done! The addition of the yellow liners is a great touch.

  2. Sam L. says:


  3. Thanks Jon and Sam! Was good to meet you at BLADE Jon. Hope you had as good a time there as I did!

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