Spartan-Nemec Folder: Czech Design Delivers Tactical Sophistication

Spartan-Nemec Folder: Czech Design Delivers Tactical Sophistication
Spartan-Nemec Folder with Titanium handle.

Collaboration between Spartan Blades and Ondřej Němec is sleek, slender and ready to serve.

Hard-use, tactical tools—Spartan Blades‘ designs are generally as conspicuous as a hand grenade in a sewing circle. That happens when the mucky muck has a Special Operations background.

But simply because the North Carolina concern favors brute superiority over frivolous aesthetics doesn’t mean it’s devoid of a sense of style. The freshly minted Spartan-Nemec Folder is more than proof.

Release in early December, the straight-back folder is a dashing addition to the Spartan Blade’s catalog. And while it appears more James Bond than Rambo, the knife offers up the same exceptional tactical performance for which Spartan is renowned.

Spartan-Nemec Design Background

For those who follow European knifemaking, the moniker of the new blade is a tip-off of its origins. Boasting a slightly Americanized play on Ondřej Němec’s surname, the knife is a collaboration with one of the Czech Republic’s premier designers. His company—Acta Non Verba Knives (ANV)—has become known for knives that have a desirable balance between modern lines and tactical practicality. Overall, his portfolio teams with clean design, with just enough swagger to catch the eye, without crossing over too gaudy. Which, in so many words, sums up the Nemec Folder.

Spartan-Nemec Folder Design Points

Spartan-Nemec with carbon-fiber handle.

Right off the tick, the Spartan-Nemec Folder grabs attention with its overall svelte design. Intentional, the 3.5-inch blade knife is meant to nearly disappear on the person and prove as unobtrusive as possible in carry. Along with its thin lines, Spartan and Němec have opted for lightweight scale materials, with the choice of titanium and carbon fiber. The scale is enhanced with attractive diagonal millwork—certain to improve the purchase of the knife.

The blade is S35VN, a well-rounded top-end stainless-steel, with a long drop-point profile and sporting the choice of finishes. Well, at least for the carbon-fiber model, which is offered with a tumbled or Black PVD blade. The titanium iteration is only available with a stone-washed blade.

The Nemec’s blade is deployed via an understated kicker, which blends in well with the rest of the design. Getting it into action is quick and smooth, thanks to a caged-bearing pivot system. Finishing off the package, a deep-carry wire clip (tip up), which makes the knife nearly disappear on person.

As for cost, the Spartan-Nemec folder falls in the toner end of production knives, with the carbon-fiber model boasting a $275 MSPR and the titanium a $295 MSRP.

Spartan-Nemec Folder Specs:
Designers: Ondřej Němec
Blade Length: 3.5”
Blade Thickness: 0.125”
Overall Length: 8”
Blade Steel: Premium CPM S35VN
Blade Hardness: 58-60 HRC
Blade Style: Folding-Straight Back-Flat ground
Blade Finish: Stone Washed (titanium); Tumbled or Black PVD (carbon fiber)
Frame: Liner Lock, Satin Titanium Finish with Black Hardware or Sculpted Carbon Fiber
Weight: 2.624 ounces (titanium); 1.984 ounces (carbon fiber)
MSRP: Titanium $295; Carbon Fiber $275

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