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Shieldon EDC knife, MS01A Hierophant, 154CM blade, Double G10 handle, nested liner lock, Matthew Szymanski (USA) design

Item NO.: MS01A

Item segment: Blacksmith

Item name: Hierophant

Designer: Matthew Szymanski (USA)

Blade material: 154CM

Handle material: Double G10

Blade HRC: 58-60

Sharpened angle: 15-20

Blade thickness: 0.118”/3mm

Blade length: 3.38”/85.9mm

Handle thickness: 0.575”/14.6mm

Total length: 7.87”/200mm

Weight: 4.27 oz/121g

Main pivot hardware: T8

Assembly hardware: T8

Clip hardware: T6

Carry orientation: Right hand

Ball bearing: Caged ceramic

Blade style: Drop point

Handle color: Honeydew and jade

Pocket clip: Stainless steel tip-up

Lock mechanism: Nested liner lock

Open way: Flipper + thumb stud

Blade finish: Satin

Blade grind: Flat

UPC: 663376699621

MAP (USD $): 74

MSRP (USD $): 105

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Introducing the Blacksmith Hierophant MS01A, an innovative product from Matthew Szymanski and Shieldon.

This unique item is a combination of timeless craftsmanship and modern technology to create something truly special.

The Blacksmith Hierophant MS01A is designed with a sleek honeydew finish that makes it stand out from the crowd while still maintaining its classic aesthetic.

It features advanced materials like contoured G10 for the handle material and nested liner lock as the lock mechanism. The knife’s open way is a flipper with a thumb stud.

The pocket clip finish is bead blast which is heat treated for strength and durability.

The beauty of this item lies in the construction— each piece is handcrafted from the finest materials and meticulously designed to deliver reliable and lasting performance

Additionally, it has an ergonomic design for comfortable use in any situation. With all these features, you can be sure you have a dependable tool that will last for years to come.

In this blog post, we will discuss the product overall of the Blacksmith Hierophant knife and its step-by-step process.


Product Overall

Coming in at a lightweight 121g/4.27 oz, the Blacksmith Hierophant MS01A knife is much lighter than other EDC knives of similar size created by Matthew Szymanski – a renowned American designer and knife enthusiast.

Knife Blade

The knife has a 154CM blade. It is from the United States. The knife is good for everyday chores like cutting things.

It includes a swedge on the blade to improve aesthetics and overall balance, and it comes pre-sharpened at an angle of 15-20 degrees so that the user can get the most out of it right away.

This knife features a satin finish and flat grinding on the blade, which highlights the lines on the bevel while eliminating reflective glare.

Knife Handle

The knife handle includes one screw to secure the backspacer, while the other is hidden in the scale.

In addition, a nested liner lock is included, making the knife more suited for everyday carry (EDC) and the standard folding knife.

The divine Hierophant logo is complemented with a Honeydew mixed jade G10 handle and backspacer.

Knife Accessory

The 95% deep carry tip-up clip on the Blacksmith Hierophant MS01A makes it simple to conceal the knife and take it out of a pocket when necessary.

Additionally, it contains a ceramic ball bearing that makes it easy to open by three different deployment methods.


Design Process

Draft Presentation with Shieldon Team

Matt, a novice designer with little experience with engineering software but a lifelong passion for knives, sketches out many concepts while contemplating how to make a really original piece.

Matt has actually presented his creations to knife makers previously, but they all turned them down.

He knows he has a long way to go before he can become a well-known designer.

He spent the first 20 minutes of their meeting going through this rough draft and explaining his plan to Shieldon. Shieldon, which is also a new brand, decided to grow with him, so this was our first royalty design.

Blade Emphasis

Matt was amiable and open to chatting it up with Shieldon. He envisions the blade’s back spine taking this form.

Given the number of sketches he had on hand, it’s likely he was introduced to a wide variety of designs and gained experience by studying them.

Matt saw each drawing as a chance to learn something new.

Shieldon creates a blade from the feature

Shieldon and Matt discussed the blade feature, and then Shieldon created the feature to seem like the picture, earning Matt’s approval.

Our team discussed at length which option was better. Matt has keen attention to detail.

Handle making process

When it came to the construction of the handle, our specialists all agreed that a contoured G10 handle would be best, which made it a lot easier to complete the aesthetic sketch.

As the knife’s handle neared completion, we paused and resumed negotiating about the pocket clip.

Meticulous detail on deep carry

The primary issue up for debate is whether or not the deep carry clip ought to be positioned somewhat lower than the pommel, which is another name for the handle end tip.

When something is completely hidden in a pocket, it might be a hassle to get it out.

Finally, we’ve come to an agreement that the clip may be 95% deep carry, with the handle sticking out of the pocket only a little.

This creates room for two fingers, allowing the handle to be easily drawn out and clutched.

Knife measurement

After checking each portion of the knife, we disassembled it to determine its precise measurements.

There was an internal framework to build, and our professionals had to ensure that all of the parts fit together securely.

In reality, this is not a simple task. Engineers working with CNC had their strengths put to the test.

Since our team couldn’t afford to make any mistakes, Shieldon stipulated that all measurements be accurate to within 0.01mm.

In actual production, we allow for up to 0.2 mm errors.

Viewing of transparent image

The knife’s inner workings are clearly visible in the translucent picture, allowing us to determine that it has a blade length of 3.39 inches (86 millimeters) and an overall length of 7.87 inches (200 millimeters).

Shape testing

Shieldon establishes standards that an EDC knife should meet in terms of aesthetics and ergonomics, as well as be popular in contemporary culture.

Although it’s not all that challenging to produce a single item in this way, maintaining this standard for subsequent products is more challenging.

Pivot structuring of knife

The knife’s pivot presents the greatest challenge.

A sharpened edge might be exposed if the blade is not precisely circled to the inside of the handle, which could cause injury, or the blade could be damaged if the edge hit the backspacer or went over it.

Our specialists keep checking the pivot to make sure it circles at the correct spot while we’re producing the graphics.

Viewing of engineering image of the knife

Once the pivot is securely in place, the knife will be almost finished.

An engineered drawing of the new knife has finally been shown. Matt, the product’s designer, named it “Hierophant” because of the sense of religious mystique it induces.

Close and open of knife

Here, we can observe that the blade has a snug fit into the handle when it is closed.

Even when a hole is made in the handle, there is still a sizable choil where the index finger may rest, ensuring a secure grip during use.

Color brainstorming

Shieldon’s professionals planned to present the picture while discussing the best color of G10 for production.

Matt insisted on working with a unique shade, and we agreed that it would look great with the Hierophant brand.

After much deliberation, specialists settled on a pale shade that is somewhat near to white.

Hierophant explanation

The role of the hierophant in religious communities is to lead worshippers to sacred sites.

Accordingly, a hierophant is someone who explains mysterious ideas and rituals.

When opened, the blade resembles a hierophant delivering a message to his congregation.

Finalization and reorganization

Shieldon always has the graphic engineer reorder all the parts and make sure they fit together like a knife as a last check before sending them out to the workshop for the CNC machine to begin processing.

This is how we determined the thumb stud was positioned too near to the handle and made the necessary adjustments. That’s a crucial stage before going into large manufacturing.

Final product

After much deliberation, we settled on the honeydew G10 for the ergonomic grip and the jade G10 for the back spacer.

Honeydew, like the ambiance of a church, should be a highly valued hue in today’s knife market.

From the high altar to the floor of the church, Jade G10 shines like a spotlight on every prayer. To sum up, that’s how the Shieldon Hierophant came to life.

Summing Up

That’s how Shieldon’s specialists designed and manufactured the Hierophant. We put a great deal of thought into every step, from sketching to choosing materials and constructing the blade.

Our rigorous process ensures that our products meet all of the quality standards we require and that they are aesthetically pleasing, ergonomic, and safe to use.

That’s why Shieldon is known for making some of the best EDC knives on the market. We hope you enjoyed reading about the Hierophant and our process of creating it.

Hopefully, you can now appreciate the effort that goes into making a great EDC knife even more!



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