Siembida Custom Knives
My perfect backcountry hunters knife, period.
Lightweight, sturdy, comfortable and good looks to boot. The 2 3/4” blade reaches out about the same length as the average index finger, making it a seamless extension of the users hand. Paired with a lightweight kydex sheath it fits nicely in a pack lid, on a bino harness or a pack shoulder strap. I offer the meadowlark in .082 and .062 blade thicknesses. .082 is ideal for all around use and .062 for the ultimate in weight reduction.
The Raven was designed out of my love for bolo and khukri style knives, but with in a belt carry friendly size. With a 7” blade and overall length of 11 1/8”, it’s compact enough to be used like a belt knife, while having enough length and forward weight to effortlessly perform snap-cuts through rosebush, saplings and briars.
The Baby Vulture is an evolution of the Peregrine. Same amazing handle ergonomics, but paired with a much more everyday chore friendly sheepsfoot blade profile. The blade makes the most of its short length by having significantly less belly, and in use feels almost like a beefy folding pocket knife but offers the bombproof construction of a full tang fixed blade.
The Harrier is my idea of the ultimate field knife. 5” blade and overall length of 9 1/2”; it rides on the belt so well you’ll forget it’s there, but it’s anything but a flyweight when it comes to work in the field. The signature ‘tadpole’ handle shape puts the meat of the handle where you need it, up front, and leaves the ‘tail’ floating in your hand. This minimizes hand fatigue and gives you a new level of dexterity and control. By changing hand tension you change the angle the blade is presented to your work.
In 5/32” 154cm, this is the ultimate woodsman’s knife.
My first knife design! It’s evolved some over the years, but it’s purpose and main design remain the same. With a 3 1/4” blade, and 7 7/8” overall length it makes an excellent mid-sized bushcraft and field knife. It has an ideally proportioned belly to make for a good skinning knife while it’s squared spine excels at striking a ferro-rod for fire prep in the field.
Model Sage Grouse Bowie
I made the Sage Grouse Bowie when I got an itch for a more western Bowie inspired knife. The heavily bellied 5 1/2” blade sports a unsharpened swedge, giving it a very fine tip which makes it excel at skinning. It’s heavy .100 thick spine gives plenty of mass for light chopping and batoning through firewood in camp and it sports my classic tadpole handle shape.
The Valravn was designed upon request by a buddy who liked my Raven model but wanted something bigger. With a 10” blade 3/16” thick at the spine, it is a real powerhouse of a knife. Purpose built for hacking, chopping and batoning firewood and shelter construction. It’s an ideal knife for clearing shooting lanes around tree stands, building brush blinds, and fire prep around camp.
The Wood Thrush was my idea of a good compromise knife. Traditional lines met with a straight drop point blade makes for a good knife both in hunting camp, as well as doing bushcraft and practicing primitive skills. The handle contours are extremely comfortable and offer excellent control without producing hotspots during heavy work.
The whiskey jack harks back to simpler times, when men spent long hours skinning fur bearers after a good week of running trap lines. This is an amazing blade for skinning, as well as trimming silver skin from meat. It’s 3 1/2” rear-swept blade glides effortlessly through hide and meat and it’s long pointed tip is perfect for deboning quarters after a successful hunt.
One of my earlier models, the peregrine still kicks tail in the field and is one of my personal favorites. It’s my compact bushcraft oriented model, with a 2 1/2” blade and 6 1/4” overall length. It’s handle is stocky and while only a 3 1/2 fingers long, it is very ergonomic. It rides on the belt so well, you’ll be constantly checking to make sure you didn’t leave it at home.
The blade is at what I call the sweet spot, exactly the right length for cleaning big game in the field. The reason is simple: hold it with your index finger running along the spine and the tip of the blade ends where your index finger ends. It becomes an extension of your hand and allows for easy work in blind areas like the chest cavity of a deer or elk, when reaching in to cut the esophagus.
This model comes standard with a squared spine, for easy striking of a ferro rod.
The Whippoorwill is a 5” bladed boning knife built with hardcore hunters and fishermen in mind. I process a lot of wild game every year in my home and a good boning knife is essential. The signature tadpole handle shape gives the same ergonomics and control as all my other designs, but with a few tweaks for more control when working down those hard earned meat quarters. By widening and slightly flattening the handle, it has excellent handling properties and gives good leverage for turning mid-cut while working meat off bone.
The Magpie is my favorite addition to my models lineup for 2021. Designed upon request made to me by my taxidermist Jeremy Bennet, who wanted a knife that handled like the nimble little Meadowlark but was much larger for long hours of skinning and processing deer in his shop. To accomplish this I mated my superbly nimble and comfortable Whiskey Jack handle to a new 3.5” blade which I based on the Meadowlark but lengthened and attend width to in order to match the width of the handle. The resulting knife is a fantastic skinning knife, quite possibly my best skinning design yet. Extremely nimble and lively in the hand, much like the Meadowlark, but with less hand fatigue when you have multiple animals to skin in one work session. The Magpie was designed for the front country hunter, who doesn’t value weight and bulk savings but is rather much more concerned with ergonomics and efficiency. It’s blade is shaped so as to make maximum use of its tip while having enough belly for slicing cuts without being obnoxious or in the way. The spine curvature is intentionally long and shallow, making the initial unzipping cuts very controlled and effortless.
If you are the hunter that always volunteers to help everyone else in camp skin their harvest this is the knife for you!
The Ruffed Grouse is a shorter, more utility oriented design which I based off my Ptarmigan Chef model. Sporting a 5” blade and absolutely excellent handle ergonomics, the Ruffed Grouse is the knife I always find reaching for in my kitchen, for tasks ranging from chopping, to paring, slicing and even trimming cuts of venison after a successful hunt.
The thin, full height grind and thinly ground edge makes it shockingly effortless to slice through onions and potatoes.
From dicing herbs to slicing up cabbage this knife seems to do just about everything well!