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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 06:13

Tenable Nesstreet Featured

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I don't have much of an intro for this knife, as this is part deux of the Tenable launch lineup. Today, we're taking a look at the company's Nesstreet model. The Nesstreet is designed by Greg Wegrzycki, known in the knife community as Karambitmaker. He's a long-time martial arts practitioner, knife collector, and knife maker. His main passion is karambit and curved blade knives, but he sometimes creates more utilitarian items. You might think that this new model would be a karambit-style knife, but instead, Greg has created a well-balanced everyday carry knife.



The Nesstreet is inspired by the traditional Nessmuk while being a great choice for everyday carry. Nessmuk knives were designed to be simple, efficient slicers, comfortable to use while skinning, and suitable for camp food prep and basic woodcraft. The thin blade and grind, combined with an offset handle, make it an excellent performer. However, the lack of a point can make some bushcraft chores difficult, which is why it's often paired with another knife. The Nessmuk design is usually done as a fixed blade, but I'm seeing more use of this blade shape in folders.


The blade shape and handle on the Nesstreet are in perfect balance with one another. Together, they are partners in a meticulously choreographed dance. They perform a seamless ballet, where every twist and turn, every slice and cut, is a testament to their harmonious connection. Like dancers in perfect synchrony, they complement each other's strengths, creating a performance that is both beautiful and effective. I know it may sound cheesy, getting all poetic and stuff, but they really do complement one another. When opened, the two create a profile like a wave in motion, with the blade being lower than the handle. The handle features a deep finger guard, followed by a gentle arch that fills your hand like it was made for you. Every angle is chamfered, making for a super comfortable handle.


The business end of the Nesstreet is this beautifully sweeping drop point blade in 14C28N steel. Opening is done via a thumb stud, and it's interesting that we have dual studs but no means to flip the clip to left-hand carry. The high flat grind makes it superior at slicing and dicing. This type of blade excels at food prep thanks to the gentle curve. Though mainly aesthetic, the swedge is an eye-catcher on what could have otherwise been a standard Nessmuk shape. Because of where the tip is positioned, it's not particularly stabby, but the low tip makes skinning a breeze. The steel is good for everyday carry use as well as in the field. This would be great paired with the Work Sharp Field Sharpener should this knife need a touch-up. There's no jimping on the spine of the Nesstreet. Even with the deep finger guard, I would have loved having some kind of traction when making heavy push cuts.


The lock on the Nesstreet is a button lock, which I'm on the fence about using on this type of knife. Button locks use a spring-loaded post to keep the blade open. To close the blade, the button is pressed again, and the blade is manually guided back into the handle. This post positions itself behind the tang of the blade, preventing it from moving. I don't think a button lock would be good for some of the applications a Nessmuk would go through. I think gunk could get in the mechanism, preventing solid lockup. If you intend on using the Nesstreet for more than EDC purposes, be aware of its limitations.


The Tenable Nesstreet is a modern take on an age-old design. There's a lot of history behind this style, and it's awesome to see manufacturers using this shape outside of fixed blades. The knife performed well with daily tasks, not lacking in any specific area. If you love the Nessmuk shape and are looking to try it in an everyday carry package, the Nesstreet would do very well.

David Bowen

As Co Founder of Multitool.org David has been a multitool enthusaist since the 90's.  David has always been fascinated with the design inginuity and uselfulness of multitools.

David is always looking forward to what's new in the industry and how the humble multitool continues to evolve as it radically changes and improves the lives of users.

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