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This is the Severance

Unmistakable, Definative, and Still Unequalled

The Severance was already in the early stages of the design process when a Federal Drug Interdiction Team approached Northern Knives with a request. They were looking for a blade that would perform as a strong machete and also have the ability to chop through a helicopter fuselage with little or no damage to the blade. The latter requirement was due to most operations being run from helicopters. The design was finalized, the Severance produced, and is today used in Federal, State, and Military environments. Now it is now being produced for the open market.

The Severance was featured in the mystery thriller State of Emergency by Marc Cameron. Mr. Cameron is a U.S. Marshall, a USA Today Bestselling Author, and described by Brad Thor as "One of the hottest authors in the thriller genre." Jericho Quinn (America's blunt instrument in the War on Terror) is an adventure motocyclist, champion boxer, Air Force Academy grad, Fulbright Fellow, a father, an extremely talented killer, and the central protagonist in the Quinn adventure-thriller series. Read more about State of Emergency here. Mr. Cameron's books are available here.

The handle is designed for a firm, competent purchase and for comfortable prolonged usage with no resultant hot-spotting in the hand. The handle design also eliminates the possibility of a fatigued hand moving up onto the cutting edge. Like our other designs, The Severance is a knife of uncompromised reliance. It is designed to stand up to punishment other custom knifemakers would consider 'abuse', such as prying, chopping, and batoning through thicker material, repeatably.

All 3DK designs are refined with the heaviest of users in mind. Our priorities are maximum versatility and durability, to insure that our knives are used often, and for many years to come. We want a knife that is, without exception, as tough as we could possibly offer. Original 3DK prototypes were beat with sledgehammers until failure. This was so we could gauge the overall strength of our handling process, which differs significantly from other makers' typical tubed handling process . Only after that do we move on to field testing.

Some of the features incorporated into the final design are:

  • Strong forward handle face, with thumb ramp
  • Strong slicing/penetrating tip
  • Recurve edge for increased cutting capability
  • No rear blade edge notch (read: useless mini-choile) that might hang up in netting, rope, or other material
  • Rear handle "persuader" or puncture tip
  • Handle tubing for lashing to a pole if needed

The Severance's custom convex grind blends to a full convex Scandi / Bushcraft grind on the modified tanto front edge, a full Scandi / Bushcraft grind is also available. Commonly, the final edge on the blade is finished at 60-grit, to an edge that will shave paper. This particular grit is used mainly for two reasons: 1. This grit leaves larger striations in the steel, resulting in a more toothy edge, which takes much longer to wear down in the field, and ultimately staying sharp longer. 2. This coarser grit mimics the texture of rocks found on the forest floor or in the stream bed, which means you can literally sharpen the Severance with a rock to a shaving edge.The titanium barrels, and top-rated handle materials resist corrosion as well as adding to our exceptional handle strength. The titanium tubing also offers many lashing options. Lashing is often a must in the extreme situations in which our customers find themselves.

The blade steels utilized are top-rated N690, K110 (D2), and Elmax steels by Bohler-Uddeholm. Tempering of the blades is finished with a cryogenic process, all done in-house, resulting in Rockwell readings ranging from 57 to 62 depending upon the steel and application.

We think all this makes the 3DK lineup the toughest, most long-lasting custom knives available anywhere. Proudly made in Anchorage, Alaska.

Many variations are available, all using premium steel, top-rated handle materials, and titanium tubing. Custom variations are also available.

Steel choices are:

  • -Elmax
  • -N690
  • -K110 (D2)

Two grinds are available:

  • -Full convex to convex modified tanto
  • - Scandi / Bushcraft

Handle materials include:

  • -Micarta (several colors)
  • -G10 (several colors)
  • -Carbon Fiber
  • -Competition Grip Rubber
  • -Some special requests may also be accommodated.


  • Overall Length: ~17.5" (44.5cm)
  • Blade Length: ~11" (28cm)
  • Weight: ~19oz - 24oz (539g - 680g)
  • Handle Thickness: ~1" (~25mm)
  • Steel Thickness: ~.2" (~5mm)

Every 3DK custom comes with our lifetime warranty, and is sharpened free for life. Click here for more details.

Custom knives vary quite a bit. The variances in specifications above (grind option affecting weight) represent the full spectrum of the models we make. The Scandi / Bushcraft grind removes less material than the full convex option, resulting in a heavier blade, and different weight distribution. Weight variance given does not include carbon fiber handles. For information on specific models currently available please contact us.

Prices start @ $349

Every Severance comes with a custom Kydex sheath (including large Blade-Tech TEK-LOK™) made in-house by Northern Knives.

Being the largest full service knife shop west of the Mississippi gave us many advantages when developing our own cutom in-house knives. We are able to compare and contrast, literally, thousands of knives. What works, what doesn't, what customers perfer, and what they dislike, and countless other factors were compiled from our, and our customers experiences. The result gives 3DK a line of knives that can out-perform most all other custom knife makers.

For additional details or if we do not have a Severance available on the website in the configuration you would prefer please contact us. Thanks again for you support and interest.