What knife do you carry during the Covid-19 pandemic?
There are a lot of options to choose from. I’m going with Steel Will’s Plague Doctor!
Steel Will offers three levels of pocket knives. First is their EDC. Up a notch is their Outdoor line followed by their Tactical line. I don’t know the difference. I’m cynical enough to know “Tactical” products are usually black and cost more.
The Plague Doctor is a product of the fertile mind of the mysterious designer Vaeringi. At least he is mysterious to me. I was unable to find a first name or any kind of bio.
The knife is a frame lock, with G-10 scales available in OD green and black. I went with green G-10.
The knife blade sports a flipper that rotates to form a deep guard for the index finger. The top of the blade has a riser with jimping providing a friction surface for your thumb. A depression in the handle feeds your thumb into the jimping.
There is no opening stud on the blade. This knife was designed to open with the flipper. Not enough of the closed blade is exposed to grasp it and open the knife slowly and politely. Politeness be damned, it’s a fighting knife.
I went with the OD green because it wasn’t black. There is a fine texture on the G-10 to help with grip but not so much you’ll sand the inside of your pocket. Steel liners support the scales and one side forms the liner lock. The lock takes a pretty solid bite out of the back of the blade. The blade pivots on what appear to be bronze washers. I’d put tiny drop oil on them too.
Let’s summarize the knife specs:
- Blade Length: 3.43" with a cutting edge that’s 3.54"
- Closed Length: 4.96"
- Overall Length: 8.31"
- Blade Material: D2 Tool Steel
- Blade Thickness: 0.14"
- Blade Style: Drop Point flat grind
- Handle Material: OD Green G10
- Handle Thickness: 0.51"
- Weight: 5.4 oz.
You can get you own Steel Will Plague Doctor for just under $80.00 at
It’s a lot of knife for a reasonable price.
Steel Will is a division of Sports Manufacturing Group (SMG), an American company located in Huntington Valley, PA. The knife was manufactured in China and despite my feelings about China due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is a quality knife. I would have no trouble carrying this to a knife club meeting or taking it off the pavement.