The Model 7 (M7) is my take on the very popular and iconic Sly II knife by James Lile. The Sly II was a version of the First Blood knife that Lile made for the hit motion picture “First Blood” starring Sylvester Stallone, some years ago. The First Blood knife had a 9″ long blade with sawteeth and two-tone finish and some other particular options. The “Sly II” was a version that offered different blade lengths but the same basic design. And because it wasn’t the movie knife, it was also less expensive, even though they were very similar to each other.
In my opinion, this knife looks better with a 7.5″ blade (which was originally offered by Lile) than with the 9″ blade. I don’t want to simply offer copies of other maker’s knives, so I have made several alterations in an effort to both slightly improve it and to make it my own. My M7 has a 7.5″-7.75″ long blade (they are all handmade, so sometimes there are variations) of stainless steel, with 440C being standard. It comes standard with sawteeth and my asymmetrical guard, which is much more comfortable than a lugged double guard. It comes with either a full blasted finish or two-tone satin and blasted pattern.
The leather sheath is hand stitched and features a drop leg swivel attachment that allows the knife to pivot at the hip when you sit or kneel down. A pouch with tin on the front of the sheath and steel plated aluminum buttcap are both options, as well as a PSK knife that fits behind the pouch on the front of the sheath. Cord wrap in green or black and sheath in weathered brown or black. Threaded ferro rod (instead of compass in the buttcap) is standard.