The fighting knife has evolved much in the course of human warfare. Modern knife fighting techniques garnered from fighting styles around the world have further refined stabbing implements. There are several designs that are well-tested and have proven themselves in the field as of late. The Special Operations Combatives Program Dagger otherwise known as the SOCP dagger (designed by Greg Thompson) is one. The SOCP dagger excels in its ability to puncture easily through clothing and skin. It is however, lacking in its ability to slice and cut. Sentinel Gear has released the Sköll, a vicious knife designed for the well-informed individual in need of a knife that can do both.

Sentinel Gear Sköll: A vicious close quarters knife

The Sköll features  a 1095 hi carbon steel blade which measures in at 5/32″ thick. The knife measures 7.12″ overall and features a contoured handle which grips your skin even when wet. The blade itself features a trailing point tip inspired heavily by the Persian fighting knives of old. Just forward of the grip on the spine of the knife you have approx 1/2″ of aggressive thumb groves which helps when stabbing. Speaking of stabbing, my particular knife features a single sharpened edge otherwise known as a “chisel grind” although. The chisel grind allows for ease of sharpening. The chisel grind also has a tendency to cut or veer to one side, making for some effective cuts. Due to the slight upturn of the knife’s blade, on retracting the knife after puncturing flesh, it has a tendency to make a much wider cut than you’d think given the height of the blade.

Sentinel Gear Sköll: A vicious close quarters knife