1970's Bianchi Nighthawk II Survival knife M 1400
Bianchi Nighthawk were manufactured by Carl Schlieper, a German hardware manufacturing business established in Remscheid, Germany in 1793. Carl Schlieper also produced Eye Brand knives, sometimes called German Eye and were Hammer forged in Solingen Germany for over 100 years. Hammer forging compresses and realigns the blade steel's grain structure, thereby increasing the toughness and edge holding characteristics of the knife blade. Hammer forging is more costly and time-consuming process, but worth the effort.
Eye Brand made two different survival knives each a different size and shape. Carl Schlieper bypassed the importer of Eye Brand in the late 1970's and sold the knife to Bianchi Leathers before the design was introduced under the Eye Brand banner. Those knives were marked "Bianchi" and naturally Bianchi made the sheaths. After the Bianchi manufacturing run was completed Schlieper introduced the knife with a different sheath that was marked "Survival Knife".
This Nighthawk fixed blade from Bianchi features a spear point Satin Toned blade with serrated and sharpened top edge. 3/16" blade stock of 440C High Carbon Stainless Steel. The handle has a brass S-Guard, green composite handle that is hollow, and a removable brass butt cap. Comes with a green nylon military style sheath with survival items. . This knife measures 10 1/2" with a 5 7/8" blade and in the sheath the weight is 1 lb. 3 oz.
This knife has been used and sharpened. You can see small scratches on the blade and sharpening marks. This blade is Satin Toned to reduce reflection but when the knife rubs on the sheath or is sharpened it produces shiny spots on the blade. The sheath is military green Cordova Nylon, well-constructed with double stitching. The sheath has a compass in a pouch, the front pouch was designed for a small survival kit, the back of the sheath still has 1/2 of the sharpening stone still attached. The small survival kit is missing from the pouch, inside the handle is fishing line and a few hooks. Another compass is inside the pommel cap but no longer functions. Legs straps attached.
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