In the ’90s there were two survival designs that set the bar for everyone else: The Timberline SpecWar and Aviator. These knives had modern American-tanto style blades, contoured injection molded handles, and some of the first factory kydex sheaths. Their distinctive look and style spawned a generation of American knife design, and inspired countless makers.
The smaller of the two, the Aviator was envisioned as the next generation pilots survival tool for the coming 21st century. Lightweight, with a strong blade, the Aviator was intended for hard use, at low cost to the user in weight and overall size.
Hand built on original Timberline blades, new from the factory but previously uncompleted, the Special Circumstances Aviator is the best of the classic, with an all new upgrade in materials, dimensions, and functionality.
Featuring a 3.75″ 440C blade, stonewashed and hand-honed, the Aviator’s grip is built from a frame of olive drab G-10 surrounded by black G-10 with hand-carved wrap-around texturing. This mortise-tang style handle provides a robust, but startling thin and lightweight grip. Overall length is 8.75″, with a grip thickness of only .35″. Light, thin, ideal for comfortable carry, and minimalist when worn on kit, but also hand-filling and secure.
Sheathed in .60 olive drab kydex, with multiple attachment points, the Aviator is fitted with a GripHook IWB clip for ease of carry, and adaptability to unique needs.
Hand built by Ian Wendt of Special Circumstances Inc – This is the first of a limited run of five pieces.