1911 Pistol Inspired Survival Knife

This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while:

The blade is 154 CM, 8 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide and 3/16 inches thick. The overall length is 13 inches.

This one has premium blue mammoth ivory, and some extra special survival stuff in the mag.

I had some partners on this project. Caspian arms made the grip frames available to me at a reasonable price, Ken Jantz at Jantz Knife Supply made the blades for me to my specifications and donated ten for the NRA knives, and my friend Scott Hamann at Metal Magic in Kenai Alaska. was also very instrumental in the building of these knives. The magazine from the knife is functional in a .45 (gives you one more round if you need it) and the knife accepts a fully loaded mag for your .45 if you want to do that.

Inside the magazine in the handle is;
The door of the compartment is a diamond hone
a Leatherman Micro
a magnesium and flint fire starter
a needle for sewing
a length of synthetic sinew for snares, fishing, sewing, a bow string etc.
fish hooks
it has capacity for a .45 round
and a flashlight is on the lanyard.

Source – Bladeforums

You can visit the knife maker Mark Knapp’s site – HERE

When is the ceramic Glock version coming? Oh wait.. that’s probably a bad idea because it could be taken undetected through airport metal detectors.



Punish3r June 15, 2011 at 12:09 am

Wow that is cool


brent June 15, 2011 at 02:11 am

that is awesome, put some VZ grips on that baby.


GPAT June 15, 2011 at 02:25 am

i must have one


That one guy June 15, 2011 at 04:08 am

Just one round? I am dissapoint, i cant take down a bear with just ONE round! Well… i probably can, but what if it just makes it angrier? D:


Otto June 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

Well ya gotta knife dontcha? : )


Paladin June 15, 2011 at 04:53 am

That’s too cool. Hard to find a truly unique idea for a knife that’s both practical and that hasn’t already been done a million times.

Jantz is a great company to buy from if you’re a hobby knife maker, btw. I’ve bought stuff from them often. Everything from finished blades you can fit up with your own handle material to raw materials to build from scratch.

Re: Glock Version – You’d have to wear a kevlar glove for the inevitable exploding knife failure :)


Jeremy S June 15, 2011 at 11:16 am

This is by far the 1911 fans got to have knife of the year….I will be hunting one down for myself!!!

Thanks for the post!


Leon June 15, 2011 at 07:20 pm

shit that is nice!


bima86 June 16, 2011 at 12:43 am



(hmmm.. I wonder if a glock would make a good handle)


Mark Knapp June 17, 2011 at 06:28 pm

Hi all, thanks for the nice comments. I just finished some dressed down versions with micarta handles. Had them at the Blade show in Atlanta. Making nylon web sheaths now, keep posted on Blade Forums.
Thanks again Mark


Gust June 18, 2011 at 01:38 pm

154cm blade? its not a knife. its a sword! lol. like, 1m and a half?


GPAT June 18, 2011 at 05:31 pm

No dude, look at the picture for half a second, obviously its not a meter long.
154 cm in this case, and in the case of ALL other quality knives, refers to the initial size of the metal before being turned into the knife you see above. The longer the inital metal the denser the blade. C’ mon, even my girl knows that.


doug warner February 14, 2012 at 05:36 pm

how can i get one and where


ENDO-Mike February 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I linked to the site in the blog article.


doug warner September 3, 2012 at 08:36 am

sweet i need one where can i get one


Mark Knapp September 4, 2012 at 02:41 pm

Hi All,

I want to let you know that we have a limited number of 1911’s available right now. Cost $750 for knife, sheath, mag., clip and certificate of authenticity.
We will have more available in the next few months. All contact info. is posted on our web site. Thanks, Mark


joe April 6, 2013 at 06:28 pm

So I’m wondering how practical this really could be. Can my fully loaded standard magazine fit in this handle? Sure would make a nice back up.


Angel Knapp April 8, 2013 at 09:15 am

The answer to your question is yes. You standard magazine will fit this handle.
Take a look at our web site http://www.markknappcustomknives.com, we are going in to full production of these knives and they will be ready in August of this year. We are running an early bird special on the first 100 knives. They sell for $750 and we are taking $100 off for the special. See details on our web site. Thanks again, Angel


Nate Meyer September 25, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Is there a way/place to get just te magazine?? Or somewhere with a write up on how to DIY build the mag… I love the knife but I think the mag is genius by itself..


ENDO-Mike September 25, 2014 at 11:40 pm

If you took a regular 1911 mag, cut the spring down, raised the floor plate up, then machined that cutout in you could accomplish the same thing!


Angel October 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

Nate, we will have the option to just purchase a magazine within the next year. We will get back with you to let you know when this happens. We just received our Patent this past August and we are now working on filling orders for the 1911 package. Thanks again, Angel


Nate Meyer October 4, 2014 at 11:50 am

Awesome!! Thank you!! Would love to have one of your knives eventually, when funds and the wife will allow it.. But the magazine is a brilliant idea for hiking etc..



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