American Survival Guide

WC KNIVES WCNK

- Bootsy Collins

While the WCSK is adept at cut­ting chores best suited to smaller, thin­ner knives, Wil­liam Collins rec­og­nized that it was not al­ways the best tool for the job.

When de­vel­op­ing the WCNK (Wil­liam Collins Neck Knife), Wil­liam wanted to con­vert the util­ity and de­sign lan­guage of its big­ger brother into a com­pact, easy-to-use knife for all those times when a hard-use sur­vival knife was overkill.

The NK uses a sim­i­lar blade pro­file to the SK but adapts the grinds to be more ef­fi­cient when cut­ting and carv­ing.

The WCNK uses a full-size han­dle that is an ab­so­lute joy to use. Like the han­dle on the SK, the NK han­dle is com­fort­able in ev­ery grip po­si­tion I tried.

The blade is made from 0.125-inch AEB-L stain­less steel with Wil­liam’s pro­pri­etary heat treat­ment. As on its big­ger brother, the cut­ting edge main­tains a con­sis­tent an­gle for the full length of the blade. Changes in the pri­mary grind of the knife tran­si­tion be­tween a Scan­di­na­vian grind clos­est to the han­dle, for fine wood­work­ing, to a high saber grind for ef­fi­cient, con­trolled slic­ing. The cen­ter point, at the tran­si­tion be­tween the Scandi and saber grinds, has been re­in­forced to al­low the knife to be used for small wood-split­ting tasks. The tip of the NK is strong enough for drilling and light pry­ing while still be­ing fine enough for work in tight spa­ces.

I have found the WCNK to be the per­fect com­pan­ion to any of the larger knives in my col­lec­tion, and it is an out­stand­ing stand­alone choice for hik­ing, hunt­ing, camp­ing and cook­ing.

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