Levison Wood's Explorer's Edition | Savernake Knives

A Passion Project

It took us almost a year to develop this knife in conjunction with Levison. His interest in knives stood out from the beginning and together we have created a truly unique knife.

“A knife is one of the most important pieces of kit in an explorers’ arsenal. As a passionate collector, I have picked up treasures from the most remote corners of the world  which include fascinating ceremonial knives and daggers from almost every country that I’ve visited. I have been fortunate enough to gather incredible artefacts including Kukris from Nepal, Janbiyas from Yemen, a silver Kinjal from Dagestan. What interests me is the elaborate workmanship that goes into making these tools which are often works of art.With the ‘Explorer’s Edition’ knife, I hope to create something that you can keep forever- a piece of history. It has been an honour to work with the incredibly skilled craftspeople at Savernake to create knives that are truly unique and special.”

As Practical as it is Historic

So what makes this knife so special? A perfect blend of history and functionality.

The knife handle is made from the fallen down branch of an ancient yew tree in the church yard of Levison’s local village in Staffordshire. A limited edition of the first 50 knives to be made will contain an extra special iron pin – a piece of exploration history. The pin comes from one of the trains that TE Lawrence blew up in 1917 as he fought with Arab tribes to contain the Turkish Army in WWI.

On a functional level, the thick spine is perfect for splitting wood and lighting fires with a steel, while the signature Savernake concave blade gives an edge that is fine enough for skinning and gralloching. To aid in the latter the knife has a gentle drop point and is designed to be held comfortably (with a supporting finger along the spine) in the reverse position. 

Aside from the personal connection for Levison, the Yew handle is an excellent choice as it is a wood that requires very little care, is extremely resistant to the elements and is comfortable and non-slip in the wet. The handle is extremely ergonomic, giving a fantastic grip in all conditions, and is suitable to small and large-handed users alike.

The sheath has been designed for quick and easy release of the blade, with extra leather sown along the blade receiving area for extended durability


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