The Steel Will Druid 200 – A First Look
Part One – A couple of months ago, I caught a knife review on YouTube touting the Steel Will Druid 200. It mentioned a favorable design, good stainless blade, excellent leather sheath, and a very reasonable price of $70. Sure sounded like a great deal. But did I need another fixed-blade knife?
Naaa, not really. I own a Randall Model 5, which I purchased last century. (see it here) The blade has a complex geometry, with a mid-sabre grind, and a long swedge that runs the length of the steel. It is hand-forged from 1/4″ thick stainless, 5″long, full tang, with a drop point, modest bit of jimping and a finger choil. It The hilt and butt cap are German-silver. The grip is stag antler with finger grooves. And a fine leather sheath tops things off. Yes, that baby cost me a bundle back then. $250? Still I’m glad I bought it. Today the same knife would cost double and be back-ordered 5 years.
Yet, all that got me thinking. If I damaged or lost my Randall, there would be no getting another one. So didn’t it make sense to substitute something cheaper and easier to replace? You know – give the Randall a rest? Hell, sure it did! At least that’s was my lame excuse.
Lo and behold, here is my Steel Will Druid 200. Overall the knife it is 11.5″ long, 13″ housed in the sheath. It has a .2″ thick, 6.1″ long stainless steel blade. Full tang? Yes. Drop-point? Yes. The leather sheath has a swivel belt mount, and is well constructed. (a sheath of this quality alone could bring $50 on the open market) The grip has a rubber-like feel. It is a good size (5.25″), a good shape, comfortable, and sports a lanyard hole. Steel Will claims the knife to be 9.3 ounces. Both my digital scales say otherwise, stating it to be 8.95 ounces. Home in the sheath, the Druid tips-in at 12.55 ounces. Okay that’s enough for now. We’ll examine more in the next post.