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The Selknam Knife honors the aboriginal inhabitants of "Tierra del Fuego" in the extreme south of Chile. Extinguished between the 19th and 20th centuries, they were skilled hunters, fishers, and nomadic land collectors of great size and strength. The Selknam Knife has a full tang blade with a typical Condor convex edge. The back of the spine has a finger grip for use during controlled cuts. It has a Condor Classic finish and a "Coconut Breaker" for breaking or crushing elements. The back of the handle has a notch for use as a "Bowdrill" and a scraper for fire starting with ferrocerium rods, thanks to its 90° steel cut. Its wide blade and slender handle lend it to hard, heavy use and it includes a handcrafted welted leather drop sheath with 1095 flint striker.
Walter A Matthews is a survival techniques specialist who also served as an officer for more than 20 years in the Chilean Marine Corps. In 2005 he founded in Chile the first Survival and Primitive Skills school. As a SERE Instructor, he has also trained Special Forces operators on survival techniques. His tactical experience, self-reliance, primitive skills, and bushcraft techniques in different locations throughout the world, give him the ability to design various types of knives and outdoor tools.