Besh Wedge is a specific knife grind comprised of two diagonally opposed bevels converging to create a third cutting edge developed by Brent Beshara. The Besh Wedge has been featured in Knives Magazine, Guns, Knives Illustrated, Gun Digest, Blade, and Guns & Ammo.
Brent Beshara developed the Besh Wedge in 2000. Beshara joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983. He is a former Clearance Diver and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator with 24 years of service in the Canadian military. He was a member of Joint Task Force 2 (JTF-2) and Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI).
Beshara has more than 30 years of experience as a trained martial artist. He lives in Newfoundland, Canada with his wife, artist Keli-Ann Pye-Beshara, who is also the general manager of Beshara's knife-making company.
Beshara was inspired to create a more robust knife after witnessing the poor performance of many knives in the field. He apprenticed with Wally Hayes, a Canada-based custom knifemaker and a master bladesmith in the American Bladesmith Society. Beshara learned of Hayes after inquiring about a knife made by Hayes that had been strapped to a Toronto SWAT team member's leg in Toronto.
Beshara found when traditional daggers were ground to a sharp point that the double-edged, diamond-shaped cross section weakened the tip. Beshara resolved this issue by grinding the blade with two diagonally-opposed, chisel-ground edges that merge into a third, broader cutting edge, thereby creating a stronger, three-edged blade called the Besh Wedge. The blade of the knife keeps its thickness and maintains both strength and cutting ability along with stronger thrusting power. The result is the strongest knife tip in the world.
The Besh Wedge design has been used by knife manufacturers Blackhawk, Boker, Buck, Ka-Bar, Mantis, Masters of Defence, Meyerco, SOG Specialty Knives & Tools, Scorpion Knives, TOPS Knives and WR CASE and SONS.
Beshara's first version of the Besh Wedge was the XSF-1, a military dagger. The name was derived from Beshara's status as an "ex-Special Forces" member, or XSF. Beshara has noted that when pronounced, the name intentionally resembles "excessive one" to signify the knife's strength.
The VP-100 is a military knife designed with the Besh Wedge grind and named in honor of Victoria Patricia, Lady Mountbatten, to commemorate the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), also known as The Patricia's, in 2014. Beshara was approached by the leadership of the PPCLI in 2005 to design a knife to commemorate the unit's 100th anniversary.
The VP-100 was created in coordination with a Taiwanese manufacturer who also helped manufacture the UK-SFK (United Kingdom Special Forces Knife). It is 12" long with a 6.5" blade, full tang construction, AUS 8 stainless steel, textured G-10 handle scales with traction grooves, double guard, and multi-position buckle.
SOG Swedge series
The Besh Wedge grind has also been used in the SOG Swedge series of knives. The Swedge series is comprised of the Swedge I, II, and III models. The blade on each model is made from AUS 8 stainless steel with handle scales made from textured black G-10 and features finger choils and riveted Kydex sheaths.
Both Swedge II and Swedge III are conventional-grip fighting knives. Both have Wharncliffe-style blades. The Swedge II has a 3.31-inch blade with an overall length of 8.44 inches and weighs 5.5 ounces. Swedge III features a 4.25-inch blade with an overall length of 10.1 inches and a weight of 7.5 ounces.
- Janich, Michael (2011). "Besh Wedge in the Business". Knives Magazine. Vol. 31. pp. 12–17.
- KI Staff (October 2010). "SOG Swedge Uses BESH Innovations". Knives Illustrated. Vol. 24. p. 10.
- Janich, Michael (Spring 2015). "100 Years in the Making: The VP-100 Combat Dagger". Guns Magazine. Vol. 22. pp. 44–47.
- Elias, Abe (October 2012). "4 Sharp Steel Concealed Carry". Knives Illustrated. Vol. 26. pp. 60–63.
- Haskew, Mike (2011-05-09). "BESH Wedge Sweeps the Knife Nation". Gun Digest. Vol. 28. pp. 17–19.
- Kertzman, Joe (August 2010). "The Great Blade Unveiling". Blade Magazine. pp. 20–25.
- Haskew, Mike (December 2014). "Updating a Legacy". Blade Magazine. pp. 12–19.
- Janich, Michael (June 2010). "Besh Wedge Daggers". Combat Arms - Guns&Ammo. pp. 108–111.
- "Brent "Besh" Beshara designs the V-42's first grandchild: The Case® Besh Wedge". Knife Newsroom. 2016-06-27. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
- Stetzer, Tim (March 2011). "Cutting Swedge!". Tactical Knives: 16–20.
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