American Survival Guide
WC KNIVES WCNK
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.