Blade of SAE 52100 steel, of 5/16″ x 11/2″ x 8″ (8 x 38 x 200 mm), with brass guard and handle of Retamo. Alternatively I can use SAE 5160 or AISI 440C steel, with 5 mm of thickness. The blade (any thickness) is conical from its birth to the tip and slightly concave, with more structure in the beginning to break almost anything. A genuine “all-terrain”.
The Model 38 is a very special knife Like most of my knives, it has no step up to start the cutting edge. I try to avoid sudden changes of contour.
The blade begins as a flat-parallel to become slightly concave in the cutting area and then convex in the tip section terminating in rhomboidal.
Thus we have three well defined areas for different purposes: acute and robust point to nailing, with convenient guard to avoid slip of the hand, the main area concave with adequate angle to cutting and a solvent angle in the birth, to break anything.
A totally reliable knife.