New Hand Forged Survival Knife From Indy Hammered Knives


The TEK Survival Knife

Hand forged by James Wahls over at Indy Hammered Knives

I recently received the official ‘MSB’ Survival Knife ;) from James. I am so thrilled that I must post about it and show you some ‘delicious’ pictures of the ‘TEK’ Survival Knife masterpiece…

I recently took it with me on a backwoods adventure in the snowy White Mountains of New Hampshire, and I absolutely love it…


TEK Survival Knife Characteristics & Specifications

-10″ Overall Length – 5″ Blade and 5″ Handle for Perfect Balance
-A Solid 3/16th” Thick 1095 High Carbon Steel Full Tang Blade
-Blade is Hand Forged, Hardened (58 RHC), Blued Jet Black
-Handle is contoured with “tread” for a better grip and awesome feel
-90 Degree Spine
-Scandivex Grind
-Custom Sheath Options: Tactical Sheath w/fire kit, Ferrocerium rod w/strap
-Lifetime Warranty

This Black Hammered Blade is 1095 High Carbon Steel, with a Rockwell Harness of 58, was left with the “scale” or “mill scale” (black iron oxide that occurs with all blades forged in the fire which I normally polish off).

Then the blade was “blued” jet black which is extremely corrosive resistant (not stainless). The blades edge is a scandivex grind that is ‘psycho’ sharp and easy to keep sharp in the field!

My First Impressions:
The handle’s “OD Green Canvas Micarta” treads make for not only a unique look, but a good grip. Especially important in all-weather conditions or any circumstance whereby a solid handle grip is especially important.

The heft. I weighed the knife to be 9.5 oz. Very solid and it ‘feels’ like it will be a work horse.

The blade is substantial, and let me tell you something… it is crazy sharp! I don’t know how he does it, but this thing will cut like a razor while having the substantial heft and strength of the blade behind it.

I asked James to add the ‘ridges’ to the back of the blade’s spine. I felt that it would make for a unique thumb posture for doing certain tasks. Plus, it looks good ;)

The MSB logo laser-etched into the blade is ridiculously cool…

The Kevlar Kydex sheath (with Ferro rod) is absolutely awesome. The knife snaps solidly and I have no concern for dislodging it. This sheath will last forever. The sheath’s mount is such that it can be set up for horizontal or vertical carry on your belt.

I carried the TEK knife all day last weekend while out working in the National Forest clearing fallen trees, branches, and other such trail maintenance. While the chain saws labored the vast majority of ‘work’, I couldn’t help but use the knife too ;)

The TEK Survival Knife


Pictures of the TEK Survival Knife









Note: The custom sheath can be worn in a variety of configurations. It came set up to wear on the belt horizontally, however I changed it so that I could wear it vertically on my left side, since I holster a handgun on my right side – particularly when out in ‘the bush’.



CONCLUSION: If you are looking for a U.S. Made, hand forged quality knife that will last generations, consider knife maker James Wahls. I have several of his knives and I appreciate the craftsmanship and uniqueness of every knife that he makes. They are not your ‘cheap’ knives made ‘overseas’ and mass-marketed in the ‘big box’ stores.

Indy Hammered Knives

The TEK Survival Knife

These knives are the real deal…

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  1. Looks like he blended function with art. Very nice lines and I’d love to have one but alas, I really can’t justify another knife.

  2. Very nice K-nife, a bit (WAYYYYYY) out of my price range though. And yes I know, ya get what ya pay for…

    Like the Wall Plate….. bears I believe??? hehehe


    1. I know it’s “cha-ching”… but I’m not trying to push the knife on anybody ;)

      Just helping out James by pointing out his unique craftsmanship for those who may be interested…

  3. Wow. That knife looks awesome. Truly a work of art. I really like the Kydex sheath. I will have to put that on the “when the CC are paid off” list to purchase.

    Adapt and Overcome.

    1. Indeed! Paying down one’s debt is a tremendous thing to do. I wish that more people would do as you are doing (it creates independence from ‘the system’)!

  4. Wow! I was going to order the Sojurner for my birthday next week, but now I have a real dilemma!
    Very cool…

    1. @kenny, I’ve gotta say though that some of those flashlights are worth every penny!

      Like anything, one has to be careful (due-diligence) of what they’re spending their money on. A little bit of research will reveal the good choices among the bad…

  5. Looks good- – that’s one wicked handle.
    I also like the firestarter on the sheath- – a good carbon blade and a ferro rod seem to go together. And I see in the picture the rod is secured nicely to that matching Kydex loop with some shockcord/paracord, as I know that used rods can get loose in those holsters.
    So when is the MSB raffle for the Knife?…

  6. To Ken: Thank you for featuring the work of an independent craftsman out there. It is a nice looking piece of cutlery. Please continue to feature new products by craftsmen here on this site. It is fun to look at though like many regular posters here (including me and NRP,) I already have a lot of knives these days and most of the time, I restrict their use to the kitchen. I’m an old guy now and I do not gut out near as many pigs and deer as I did in my younger years.

    To Oldhomesteader: I would be interested to know the contents of your crash bag, clothing etc. you had with you for the long hike out. I have only been in one autorotation in a helicopter out of several hundred missions. ‘Walking out afterwards is a good thing considering the high rate of death or back injuries after a hard landing. (disturbing tendency to burn upon crashing too- lots of magnesium on board those things.)

    1. Another reason that I felt compelled to post this was just as you said… an independent craftsman, in the U.S. (not China!) who makes an excellent quality product. What a concept… ;)

      It is not easy today for a person to start a business making a product here in the U.S. , to market it, and to actually sell it with enough profit to continue (while competing with products make in China who pay ‘slave labor’).

      That’s exactly why I also buy products (and food where possible) from the locals here where I live. Sure, I pay a bit more, but I feel it’s the right thing to do.

  7. @Oldhomesteader, Wow, that was harsh… No one is suggesting that you throw away your KBAR and acquire this knife instead ;)

    The fact is, there are a ZILLION knives out there, many with their own unique attributes.

    This article is simply promoting one of our advertisers who happens to make great knives – by hand. IHKnives are unique in that they are ‘made from scratch’, hand forged, hammered, etc… No two are alike. Some people may like that concept…

    You’re right, the money to buy ‘any prep’ (including this or any other ‘knife’) could indeed buy ‘another’ prep instead (e.g. food, etc..), but that’s not the point, and that’s not a valid reason to trash a prep that you’ve never even held in your hand…

      1. okay, okay…good looking knife. AND, the guy modeling with the knife on his belt is nice looking too! I’m old, but not in a coma for gosh sake! Beach’n

    1. @ Beach’n

      Please PLEASE do NOT say “the nice ‘model’ who is modeling the knife” Ken’s head will explode…. HAHAHAH


  8. …and that’s why there are SO MANY different knives out there, some for the average Joe, some for the average Jane, some for those who can perhaps afford a little more, some which are not really meant to be used (collectors, or without scuffing it’s ‘prettiness’), etc.., and they are all at so many different varying price points. There’s something for everyone out there.

    Also, fyi, I use my knives (all of them) – not just ‘look at them’ – although some of them are purrty…

    I also am blessed and thankful to have a very nice Truck. Although it’s nice, I don’t just look at it, and am not afraid to use it – it gets a work out – believe me… In fact I just got home from a bit of off-road with it, having set up a ‘game cam’ at a pile of pig guts that we left across the field this morning after having processed 8 300-lb pigs.

    Hopefully you get my general point – there are lots of great trucks and average trucks, and there are lots of great and average knives. They ALL have their place in this world ;)

  9. AND to top it all off I broke a blade off my Leatherman Wave this morning…. UGHHH

    Not meant to be a pry bar I guess ?? :-(


    1. I think we are all guilty of pushing our tools beyond their intended limits from time to time… And when it bends or breaks, you just say to yourself, “I knew that would happen” (so why did I do it?) ;)

      1. Like the time I was chopping down a pine sapling with my Buck knife deer hunting for more cover, thinking all the while “this is not smart”, took a chunk out of the blade edge, yep proved it wasn’t smart. Had to buy a new one, kids sent it of for a new blade, bless their hearts, have two Bucks now, fixed one is at least 30 years old. Now have the small SOG FastHawk to hack at things with, old dog learns new trick. Didn’t know the baton trick back then.

  10. Awesome craftsmanship. Hope to one day afford one.
    The shrade will do until I can get a Morakniv or Cold Steel and then move up to one of these.

    Take care all and God Bless!

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