Sosby Blades Spike - Crafting Brutal Simplicity
By Luke Crawford
A few months ago I noticed Sosby Blades popping up on Instagram. After seeing the blades in the hands of a few people in the knife community whose opinions I value and trust, I realized I needed to add one to the collection. I noticed Sosby Blades was located fairly close to me, so I decided to head up to the shop and document the process of my blade being built.
Parker Sosby is full time knife builder and part time rocker. When he isn’t busy making new blades he’s singing in a metal band, and has played for a few different bands over the years. Parker has always had an interest in blades, but once graduating high school and quickly realizing how awful working a standard 9-5 job can be, he decided to pursue his passion with the creation of Sosby Blades. Parker focuses his designs around function, and usage in fighting styles such as the Libre Fighting Systems, Sayoc Kali and Atienza Kali. One of the most inspirational parts of Parker’s story is that he suffers from hand tremors, similar to what those with Parkinson’s disease experience. However, Parker doesn’t let this stop him and is still able to craft some beautiful blades in his Martin, Ga workshop.
Parker’s blades stand out for a few different reasons. One of those is the price point. His best seller, the spike, retails for only $150. Parker believes that everyone should have access to a high quality knife, for that reason he focuses on keeping the price in such a reasonable place. In a world of very expensive knives, Parker is producing a quality blade at a hard to beat price. Another feature that makes Sosby Blades stand out is the fact that the knives are completely hand made. Parker starts with a 154cm steel blank, and turns it into a working knife without the use of water jet, CNC machines etc.
As mentioned previously the blade starts its life as a 154cm steel blank before being cut to a rough shape by hand. Once the blades rough shape is complete Parker then profiles the blade with a variety of sanding belts. The next step, heat-treating, and is the only part of the craftsmanship not done in house. Heat-treating is necessary to harden the metal so that the blade will hold a proper edge and last the user for many years to come.
After the blade returns from heat-treating it is then sandblasted by hand. This gives the blade a nice smooth non-reflective surface. Once the blade has been properly blasted it undergoes an acid wash and tumbling to give the blade the unique speckled finish it is known for.
The next step is the sharpening process. Once again done by hand, Parker utilizes various grits of sanding belts to put the edge he desires on the blade. The blade is given a right hand chisel grind to aid in the ease of field sharpening. The final step is the cord wrap. By utilizing a Japanese inspired cord wrap Parker is able to give the blades a comfortable yet incredibly functional handle.
After having and carrying this knife for a few months I have grown to value it tremendously. It goes just about everywhere with me in a VEIL Solutions IWB sheath. Due to the blades size and weight its very easy to carry and quite comfortable to conceal. I feel it mates well with my other EDC blade, a DPx Gear Hest 2.0. I use the DPx Hest for the mundane tasks one encounters on a daily basis, and carry the Sosby Spike specifically for use as a defensive tool. As a brand new student to the art of knife fighting I have already gained an appreciation for the Sosby Spikes single-minded simplicity. Having witnessed first hand the craftsmanship and artistry that Parker personally put into my Spike, I expect I will be returning to Sosby Blades as I grow in my knowledge of knife fighting.