Overall Length: 9in/22.86cm
Blade Length: 4.75in/12.1cm
Blade Thickness: .195in/4.9mm
Blade Steel: A-2
Weight: 8 oz
Nessmuk was actually a person. His real name was George Washington Sears. He was an outdoor enthusiast in the late 1800′s and came to prominence through his published writings. While he is best known today for his book, Woodcraft and Camping, it is still in print today and is considered the actual primer to set the tone of Modern Bushcraft. He had already drawn a lot of attention to himself in his writings, Adirondack Letters, that had been published in Forest & Stream Magazine.
Sears, like most outdoor enthusiasts, loved to talk about his gear. He persuaded famous canoe maker J. Henry Rushton, who was famous for his rugged canoes, to make him 5 canoes to use on his trips. The one he liked the best was named the Sairy Gamp and it was 9 feet long but only had a 6′ rise in the center of its 26″ beam. It weighed only 10.5 pounds. The Sairy Gamp is now on display at the Smithsonian Institute. He had a tin maker construct him a very thin cup to conserve weight. He was very particular about his gear.
No one seems to know what happened to that original knife. It appears that Sears only had one made and never commissioned another. A number of custom makers and even a couple of factories have made replicas in recent years. The mystique of Nessmuk’s knife will live on forever and has inspired a lot of people to have an historical version of the knife and further (and more importantly) participate in Modern Bushcraft.
Most historians agree that the knife was 9 inches overall in length. It has been conjectured that the blade was 5 inches long and the handle was 4 inches long. That may or may not be the truth, we elected to give the knife just a little more handle and a little less blade to make the knife more comfortable in use.
When it came to knives he was equally interested in carrying only what he felt was necessary. He carried his “Trinity”. This consisted of a double end very large folding knife, a custom made double bit hatchet and his Knife. Here is his trinity and his knife.