When designer Paul Scheiter created the original Blackbird SK-5, he made sure to strip it down to the necessities. He also said, “I believe the more complicated a product becomes, the more likely it is to fail when your life depends on it.”

The resounding success of the Blackbird SK-5 led Scheiter to expand the line to include a smaller version of the knife better suited for a wider range of tasks. That knife is the latest Badass Knife of the Week.

The Ontario Blackbird SK-4 is a compact version of the renowned SK-5 and subscribes to the same ethos of function over gimmicks.

The SK-4 isnt just a shrunken version of its larger brother. Instead Scheiter reworked the design to ensure it performs well and feels good in the hand.

It all starts with the 4-inch blade. The drop point blade design is robust and versatile, while the 154CM stainless steel is durable, holds an edge, and sharpens easily.

The knife features a shortened version of the handle but retains the gentle curves that fill out the hand and prevent fingers from sliding onto the blade.

Along with a nylon sheath for different types of carry, the Blackbird is a knife you’ll want to carry whenever you’re outside.

For more info on this Badass Knife of the Week, see the product page for the Ontario Blackbird SK-4.



Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at Tim@knife-depot.com.
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