The Spartan Blades Nyx Combat Knife is one of those blades that just jumps out at you with amazing design lines, and high-quality materials and craftsmanship. It is one of those knives, particularly for knife enthusiasts, that causes the viewer to think to themselves “I must have this knife”.
Typically on BlueSheepDog we only post articles or conduct reviews on products with a legitimate law enforcement use. The Spartan Blades Nyx Combat Knife begins to stretch the categories of legitimate police use, because of the design that makes it appear as a miniature sword rather than a traditional fixed-blade knife. These very features make it stand out as an impressive field knife, and would definitely be limited to special operations use.
Nyx Combat Knife
The Nyx combat knife is a fully capable combat and utility knife, though its sharp blade and design lend much more to the cutting of a traditional knife than as a dull tool. The Nyx blade is designed with a thick belly providing excellent opportunities for field-related tasks like carving, cutting, and building necessary hides.
Blade geometry on the Nyx is also well made for field dressing game. Having a modified hybrid-recurve blade cut, the Nyx takes on a very historical Spartan blade appearance. Made with high-quality CPM S35VN steel, and a Micarta handle, the Nyx is ready for the hardest jobs in the harshest conditions. The blade is full-length, and the pommel is designed for both carrying straps and striking features. This would be a good glass-breaking tool.
The Micarta handle has a crisscrossed cut design for good tactile texture and a single fore-finger groove for a master grip. The Micarta material is designed for longevity and durability in the toughest conditions.
- Blade Steel: CPM S35VN
- Coating: SpartaCoat – PVD, DLC (Flat Black); ZrN (Flat Dark Earth)
- Handle Material: CE Canvas Micarta – Black or Green
- Overall Length: 10.0 inches
- Blade Length: 5.125 inches
- Blade Thickness: .1875 inches
- Blade Hardness: 59-60 HRC
- Blade Style: Hybrid – Recurve
- Weight: 0.48 lbs. (
- Nylon Sheath: Black, Coyote Brown, Multi-Cam
- Kydex Sheath: Black, Coyote Brown
- MSRP: $330.00.
Nyx and Law Enforcement
The distinctively aggressive appearance of the Nyx Combat Knife will definitely find hurdles from command staff officers attempting to minimize any “militarization” of their police force. It will be hard to create a positive light on this knife to community leaders, the media, and the public itself. Therefore the Spartan Blades Nyx will most likely be limited to special operations use in law enforcement.
Snipers (that tend to stay out of the public view) may find the Nyx to be particularly useful in sniper craft projects like cutting through dense underbrush, building hides, cutting materials, or even in up-close self-defense. SWAT Entry team officers could potentially find a place on their gear for the Nyx, but their more public view may limit their placement on gear.
Another area that may be able to get past the taboo of appearance could be maritime officers. Those officers often times have to deal with heavy-duty ropes, netting, and other industrial materials as they assist the boating public, and even board and inspect sea-faring vessels. In many ways, the Nyx is actually fitting for officers in this assignment. On one side recognizing the special needs of a knife for their duties, and on the other side paying tribute to some of the fiercest naval forces in the history of maritime. (Remember, after Thermopylae and the 300 Spartans stand, the Athenians utterly annihilated a massive naval invasion by the same Xerxes).
Finally, let’s not forget our brothers and sisters in Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD). The Spartan Blades Nyx has several potential uses in cutting through heavy materials, breaking through barriers, and helping to prepare counter charges or robots to disarm explosive devices.