Demko Knives has a new line of affordable fixed blades out for the fall. The Armiger series comes in two different sizes, two steels, and a large suite of blade shapes to suit every user’s need.
Andrew Demko may be best known for his folding knife mechanisms like the Shark Lock, but, since establishing his own production line a couple years ago, he has not been neglecting the fixed blade side of things either. The first offering along that line was the FreeReign, a mid-sized chore-devourer with the signature, rugged Demko look. Produced with solid but affordable materials, the workhorse FreeReign was an offering conscious of the the average knife enthusiast’s price range, and the Armigers definitely build on that foundation.
There are two sizes of Armiger available. The Armiger 4 is the big brother, with a blade length of, you guessed it, 4 inches. It’s offered in three different blade shapes, each tailored to a different suite of uses. Most straightforward of the bunch is the clip point, an all-arounder that will be comfortable chewing its way through the average camp knife’s workload. Meanwhile the spear point, which has a sharpened swedge up top, as well as the tanto shape, evoke more tactical applications. These two shapes can also be had with fully serrated blades.
No matter which model you pick, every Armiger 4 comes with a powder-coated blade made from 80CrV2 steel. 80CrV2 is a tool steel in wide circulation these days, with solid performance metrics and a forgiving sharpening experience. The handles are made from a thermal plastic rubber handle, so it will eat up shock and take quite a beating.
The Armiger 2’s 2-inch blade comes in either a clip point or Demko’s own “shark foot” style profile, a modified sheepsfoot with some curve to its low edge. Both blades can be had serrated, too, but there is no blade coating on any version, and no 80CrV2. Instead, the steel is 4034, an entry-level stainless comparable to 420HC; for a small backup knife like the Armiger 2 it should hold its own, even if it can’t compete with the big name steels of today. Its presence here also allows the Armiger 2 to hit a $20 price point, making it the most affordable knife from Demko Knives yet. The Armiger 2’s sheath comes with a keychain clip, so it can be carried in some unconventional places.
The entire Armiger line is available now.
Knife in Featured Image: Demko Knives Armiger 4 Clip Point
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