Custom knifemakers are more than just enthusiasts of steel. They are skilled artists and intellectuals, each with their own unique talents and specialties. These individuals continuously bring innovation, diversity, and fresh ideas to the world of knives. One such maker is Ed Schempp, who not only cultivates wheat on his farm but also devotes his tractor rides to contemplating knives and all aspects related to them, including steel, designs, heat treatment, and metallurgical properties. Although he thinks about wheat as well, it is merely out of necessity. Ed's knives are distinguished by his signature symbol, wheat sheaves, which can be found on all of his creations.
Recently, Ed collaborated with Spyderco to design a knife called the Persian Folder. This exquisite piece combines elements of classic Western style with the allure of the exotic East. The gracefully curved Persian blade, typically seen in fixed blade form, has been ingeniously incorporated into a folding knife by Ed. Crafted from VG-10 steel, the blade features a hollow grind and a deep belly, culminating in an elegantly upswept tip. The spine of the blade boasts a subtle curve, providing a comfortable resting place for your thumb.
The flowing curves of the blade seamlessly transition into the handle, which is constructed from red G-10 material and adorned with polished steel bolsters. These curves not only enhance the visual appeal of the knife but also serve a functional purpose. They create a finger choil and a gentle bend in front of the index finger, ultimately culminating in a tail-like feature that allows for a multitude of grip positions.
To ensure convenient carry, a custom-designed steel pocket clip is positioned for right-handed, tip-up orientation. The balance of the knife, combined with its impeccable fit and finish, unequivocally signifies it as an Ed Schempp design and a genuine Spyderco masterpiece.