The Spartan Blades Enyo is a knife designed for deep concealment, and at this it excels. It’s small, light, simple, elegant, and just enough to get the job done. If the blade was any shorter its combat effectiveness would be questionable, but it’s not. It’s basically a 2.6” scalpel that comes extremely sharp from factory. It stabs and slashes just about as well as any blade of that size could. This is a knife not specifically designed for bushcraft or use as a field knife but the gently sweeping blade would cut through small tasks like butter if you could justify using it for camp tasks. The grip is relatively sure for its size with practice, and was obviously designed for two specific methods of forehand purchase. Both involve guiding the blade with the thumb atop in one of two available thumb rest positions.
However, it’s not a knife you haphazardly pull from its sheath and swing around without worrying about loss or self-harm. It’s difficult to balance a sure grip with a large enough blade to be martially effective when designing a concealed carry fixed blade, and this is the main design flaw in the Spartan Blades Enyo. It is still a knife that can be used in a fight safely and effectively, but requires a lot of practice to get used to using the grip that is awkward at best (especially for those with large hands). The fit and finish is good, but it started to rust heavily after eight months of use, even after constant cleaning and oiling. It’s coated in an FDE PVD coating, one of the best available coatings in the industry today in a color that allows both knife and sheath to blend in relatively well with nature and many skin tones (although it seems cool factor was the first priority here). The only better coating for this purpose is the Cerakote we use on our blades. The kydex sheath is as excellent as it can be, without having a point of retention designed into the knife itself. This becomes a major issue though. Not having a good internal retention point for the kydex sheath, means the blade will become too loose over time. When the blade becomes loose in the sheath it can fall out, this being a neck knife, it could potentially end up seriously injuring the user. If you tighten the blade in the sheath, it can at times be difficult or impossible to get out, rendering the knife useless.
We found it strange that this knife began to rust given its listed steel falls under the category of stainless. However, edge retention and hardness was good so the blade had at least a decent heat treat. The grind was well done, a good representation of fine craftsmanship, and the knife was well made overall.
There is an incredibly large number of ways that this knife can be carried. In fact, with a knife this small and well designed the carry possibilities are limited only by the operator’s imagination. Our opinion is that this is a great neck knife, and it comes with everything needed to be carried in this manner. The dog tag type chain is perfect for this application as its strong enough to keep the sheath in place but will break before choking the user if tangled or used against oneself in a fight. It also come with a loop that we found to be a great way to set the knife up in IWB cross-draw. This knife is not one you would want to rely on as a primary weapon in a high threat environment. It’s a tool that can be carried almost anywhere, and the benefit comes in having it as a backup or when you can’t have a primary. If the time comes when you need a backup knife you’ll be glad you had it. Next to the Bone Tactical C.A.N.K, this is the best neck knife and small concealed carry fixed blade we have come across. We recommend this knife for professional use as a back-up knife or for vigilant individuals as a concealed carry knife.
Small size, light weight, and excellent sheath make it very concealable. Fit and finish is superb.
Small cutting edge, not an extremely secure grip, the sheath, designed as an afterthought, is dangerous.
Eight out of Ten Bones.
Knife Name: Enyo
Overall Length: 6 1/4"
Blade Length: 2 11/16"
Blade Thickness: 3/16"
Blade Steel: CPM S35VN
Blade Hardness: 59-60 HRC
Blade Style: Fixed Drop Point - this design allows for strength of the blade tip by placing it in line with the users hand while keeping the upward curve of the cutting edge.
Coating: SpartaCoat - PVD - Tungsten DLC (Black) or ZrN (Flat Dark Earth)
Sheath: Kydex (Black) or (Coyote) to match blade finish respectively.
Weight: 0.176 LBS (Knife)
Greg Tambone & Bone Tac Cadre