The Lone Wolf Kelly Trailmate knife looks simple enough, but there’s an unusual idea included. This traditionally-styled fixed blade includes a leather belt sheath built for horizontal carry.
The Trailmate, designed by knife maker Steve Kelley, is another example of the fine detail and craftsmanship that’s standard for the Lone Wolf workshop. The slightly dropped point of the 3.5-inch high carbon stainless steel blade includes a section of false upper edge for piercing work. A flat section near the handle includes notched jimping for better thumb pressure. Two finger grooves provide most of the grip, but there’s enough handle beyond that to fit the palm comfortably. G-10 handle slabs aren’t just riveted to the full tang — the slabs sit on a base of epoxy for a permanent seamless bond to the metal. Each slab face is completely covered with milled cross-hatching for a non-slip hold even when wet. G-10 also resists extremes of temperature and holds up to chemicals.
Made of premium 154CM stainless steel, the 7-1/2-inch Kelly Trailmate weighs only 6.1 ounces, including the leather sheath. Flat ground and satin-finished, the Trailmate undergoes heat treating, tempering, and cryogenic hardening to toughen the steel and harden the cutting edge.
This knife’s carrying system should surprise you, since the fine leather sheath is build to ride horizontally on the belt. If you tried that with most sheaths, your good knife would soon be lying on the ground. The close form-fitting of the Trailmate’s sheath doesn’t leave room for slips. The handle grip slides into a snug silhouette that only releases the Kelly Trailmate when you lift and pull.
See the Lone Wolf Paul Perfecto for another unusual design from this team of expert knife makers.