Wilson Combat Personal Carry Knife

Wilson Combat Personal Carry | Custom Knife Review

The Personal Carry is built around a bar of hand…

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The Personal Carry is built around a bar of hand forged laminate steel. The inner 1095 carbon steel core makes for an unique pattern when it’s exposed by the high, flat grind of the blade.

Best known for their high-end custom firearms and firearms accessories, Wilson Combat also maintains a presence in top-quality tactical knives as well. With products ranging from various factory collaborations to their limited Tactical Custom Alliance pieces, Wilson has a nice array of styles to choose from. One of their latest is the Wilson Personal Carry, an elegant but practical fixed blade from Master Bladesmith Burt Foster.

I have to admit that I’ve gotten rather jaded over the years having been blessed with the opportunity to handle a lot of exceptionally nice knives that I’d likely never have gotten to work with otherwise. With that said, when I pulled the Personal Carry out of the box I was immediately impressed. The workmanship on the sheath and the knife itself are first rate and the craftsmanship is instantly apparent. The closer you look, the more impressed you get.

Blade Details
The Personal Carry is a fixed blade designed for every day carry. It has a 3.3-inch blade, is 7.5 inches overall, and weighs in at just 4.1 ounces. That’s a handy size for general purpose and not too difficult to carry, but the raw specs only tell part of the story. The materials and the execution of the Personal Carry are what set it apart from anything else in its class. The heart of the knife is a forge-welded laminate blade consisting of a 1095 carbon steel core sandwiched between two layers of 420 stainless steel. This gives a hard core with good edge retention, but still provides for strength and rust resistance with 90 percent of the exposed blade being the softer 420 stainless. The grind lines expose the inner carbon steel core and make for a dramatic and pleasing contrast on the blade. You can also see the laminate core when looking at the spine of the knife. The blade is elegantly stamped on either side with Burt’s personal stamp as well as the year the knife was made.

There are three handle choices on the Personal Carry, polished black G10, polished English walnut, and a scalloped black and gray G10. The latter is what I had for my test knife. Not surprising after seeing the metal work on the knife, the handle scales are expertly fitted to the tang with a seamless transition between G-10 and steel. The raised scallops and matte finish enhance the grip and give the handle the look of a 3D topographic map. It’s a nice mix of function and looks.

Like the blade, the sheath is also is a laminate. Burt sandwiches Kydex between two pieces of leather to create a sheath that has all of the structural benefits of Kydex while retaining the beauty of a handcrafted leather sheath. Each side of the sheath features on outer piece of leather which is embossed with an alligator skin pattern, an inner, molded Kydex insert, then a smooth inner piece which becomes the lining of the sheath when the two sides of the sheath are riveted together. A Kydex belt loop is affixed to the back of the sheath and set up for right-hand, hilt-up carry. The loop can be switched for right or left-hand carry in either horizontal or vertical positions. It can also be removed entirely so that the knife can be carried as a neck knife on a beaded chain. The retention on the Personal Carry is excellent. Just enough tension that the knife is secure, even if worn upside down as a neck knife, but not so much that it’s hard to draw or resheath in any of those positions. Like the rest of the knife, it’s a perfect blend of aesthetics and function.

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