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Marauder's

 

 

Marauder MK I A (Attack)

Specs:

Blade Length: 9.5" Weight: 11? oz.

Blade Thickness: ? Sheath: Leather

Overall Length: " Blade Steel: Aus-6a

Rc: 56-57

 

 

 

These had a double edge and were designed for military type applications. The double edge adds thrusting capability's to the design while retaining it's chopping and slicing capability. The Blade is Aus-6 which is a stainless steel made in Japan and is similar to 440a. The knife was designed by David Steele, and is clearly based on the Turkish Yatagan. The Yatagan is a descendant of the Greek Kopis as is the Kukri. The Marauder is quite similar to, and may have been based on a  Dan Dennehy knife.  The knife was pictured in an article written by Mr. Steele which appeared in Knife World in 1984 Mr. Steele has written for various firearms and knife related magazines for several years. Examples of the  Marauder are quite rare. The model was made for only a year.

photo courtesy of Tom Carey

photo courtesy of Tom Carey

photo courtesy of Tom Carey

 

 

 

 

Marauder MK I

Specs:

Blade Length: 9.5" Weight: 11? oz.

Blade Thickness: ? Sheath: Leather

Overall Length: " Blade Steel: Aus-6a

Rc: 56-57

 

Here we have the most common version of the MK I . These could also be had with a  green handle and green sheath. Those do not seem to be all that hard to find.

photo courtesy of Tom Carey

 

 

Here is an example of one of the green handle green sheath combos of the Mk I from the first batch of knives that were produced.

photo courtesy of Tom Carey

 

 

Marauder MK II

 

Specs:

Blade Length: 15" Weight: 21 oz.

Blade Thickness: .175 Sheath: Leather

Overall Length: 20" Blade Steel: Aus-6a (some also in 420HC?)

Rc: 56-57

 

 

The first Marauder Mk II was made in 1988 by Harumi Suzuki in Japan. The Mk II was designed by CEO Mike Stewart. The knives were tested in 1988 and approved for production in 1989. It is my understanding that the first batch of Mk II's had green handles and green sheaths.  Since a standard order for a production run is generally 500 we can speculate that there were only 500 or so of those early green handle/sheath knives. It appears that at some point later in the production of these knives the blade material may have been changed to 420 HC.

 

Below are two views of the original test sample made in 1988.

 

photos courtesy of Tom Carey

                                                                                       

 

 

The example shown below was made sometime after the first production run of the Mk II.

photo courtesy of  A.P. Lombardo