Well thought out design from blade to sheath. Once you have it in hand, any skepticism is put at ease. If you’re a novice or a pro you’ll get it.
Excellent service. Great product, well made, and wickedly sharp!
The knife itself is beautiful yet deadly. I carry it whenever I go out (on my hip). It's easy to deploy and easy control.
Design is very practical, I especially love the hook on the pommel for faster draws
It's a fine blade and has a good weight when weilded, decently sharp as well.
Never thought I'd be the one who needed this. Captain of a ship, sailing with the East India Company. They warned us about the Caribbean, but I figured our ship was fast enough to make it through. 3 days from port I see every sailor's worst nightmare: the jolly roger coming fast over the horizon. Before we knew it, we were boarded.
Their captain made the mistake of grabbing my lapel, warning me to take me to the loot or else he would gut my whole crew. He didnt realize I had the MDV Plus One perfectly concealed in my belt buckle. With an easy one-handed deployment, he had this gorgeous 3 inch knife up against his throat. "You're not the only skallywag sailing these parts", I warned. "Ah, been watching Michael Donvito on Icy Mike's hard2hurt channel?", he said through a toothy smile. "Am i going to let you live to find out?", I whispered sternly so only he could hear. "You have excellent situational awareness" the pirate admitted.
With our new found mutual respect, we finished a few bottles of rum and they were off without a shot fired or a drop of blood shed.
Its terrifying to think what could have happened had I been stuck without my MDV Plus One.
Epilogue: the knife really is awesome though, I'm a huge fan.
CONGRATULATIONS On the cover of "Recoil Concealment" magazine!!! I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw what I knew to be the Skallywag Tactical MDV 1 Damascus and Rhino sheath on the cover of one of my favorite magazines. Awesome piece of gear!!
I’ve had the d2 dagger in the past and ever since coming across Skallywag Tactical, I’ve been intrigued and there’s no knife like the ones they produce. Such a beautiful blade I knew I wanted to get the mdv eventually and finally I had the opportunity to! Thank you Skallywag!!!
So I thought I'd let you guys in on a secret. I wear 2 mdvs appendix carry to my job in security. What I was looking for was a knife that was concealable under a shirt that I could grab easy with either hand if in a fight for my life. Also, if one hand is damaged, I can grab from both sides. Impressive solution to a self defense assurance. I will be able to at least grab one no matter the struggle or fight! Excellent self defense concealed carry knives!
Love the knife but with reservations, I am not a big fan of the sheath. So far I am having issues with getting it to carry in a comfortable position that I feel that is secure. You might have better luck than I have had.
I like the MDV for it's hook design that makes the knife easy to get a hold of and also the way it secures the knife to my hand... I added to the sheath a Pebble leather belt loop cut from a Russian ammo pouch and sewed on a button to match my other pocket knife and wallet... Then I used shrink wrap to make a handle by sliding the shrink wrap over a protected blade then shrunk the wrap to fit...
Changes I would like to see to improve the knife
• the hook to go outwards a little at the end to prevent it from hitting a pressure point on the backside of the hand between the thumb and pointer finger...
This is a truly superb EDC blade. I carry mine pretty much all the time. It's as much a part of my wardrobe as pants.
Love the knife and had to get the matching trainer (along with other blades!) Training with it now so it can become my Go-To Blade soon!
Great design. Excellent self defense blade.
Beautiful blade and very comfortably concealed. This is a must have.
Quality product, great customer service. Will be buying more.
Great Knife for self defence, quick delivery !
o sum it up - Awesome in Service
This is my go two EDC, one in my pocket and one in my truck.
Great quality products and I appreciate the thought effort put into them. Shipping was quick as well. Also find it cool that my nickname is scallywag lol.
Sharp D2 fits nice in the stock sheath. I modded mine (poorly) to get the rhino action on my belt loop. Pocket clips work well but do not work for me. Nice cigar companion knife when Operating in relaxing and safe environments.
Great blade, great service. Exactly as advertised!! Just get it with the trainer and then train!
i love the knife as did everyone i showed it to and let handle it. missed the scabbard once and found out it pokes holes in skin pretty easily too. got a dumb S award from my wife for that one. only wish is that the forward finger guard was a bit larger for us guys with big hands, would hate to have a finger slip forward onto that blade.
A great concealable knife and sheath. I’m just waiting for the other sheath to be back in stock so I can order that. And I’ve already let my friends know about your products.
C E Z.
I love the knife. LOVE IT. My only disappointment is the crap they sent to attach it to a belt or something - which I can't figure out. No instructions, its doesn't seem to fit anything. Very poor design and/or communication. I want it on my belt not in my pocket. I have no idea how to make that happen.
The blade comes sharp, fits well in the hand as well. I'm having to get creative with how I mount it as the small surface area pushes weird on my side (I am medium build with minor love handles). Would like 2 more screws to give more mounting options with the 2 clip options. Could go great horizontally but i need to use either a single screw for each clip or supply my own or else itll feel very lose. Over all I do recommend and am buying more from this company.
I was introduced to this by the YT channel, Hard2Hurt, and was interested. A nice small item that conceals nicely and is small enough to actually allow you to grab a pistol without a major grip issue.
I also wish this came as a live / trainer package. Anyone who is actually working with a blade with these designs and intentions, should probably be using a trainer to build some solid confidence before they go live.
Good blade hardly know your caring
Fits my big hand better than than I thought. Will wrap the grip with something.
Would like a Veff type cutting notch on back of blade. I will added one.
When nasty and nice are the same thing. I’d buy one for smaller hands if you had it. Call it the Kestrel.
Good, sturdy little knife
After having it for a few weeks i was quite impressed. The weight is nice and the balance fits well in the handle as opposed towards the blande. Due to my rather large hands its also a snug fit. Which that is probably more so my problem than it is the knifes. I still plan on improving it with the monkey tape even though it locks my hand in solidly. Overall its a great knife.
Very cool, concealable, and sharp.
Great quality too.
This is a well thought out piece of kit. Placement in the hand in various positions is comfortable and intuitive.
It is highly encouraged to also get the training version and the “little hooker sheath” for concealment.
I plan on lots of training over time.
There are other blade options available…this one ticked a whole bunch of boxes for me with “close in” “running out of options” scenarios.
Already used it hunting. A lot of guys I know don’t mind getting stuff down in the crooks and crevices of their knives and don’t really clean them up. I do. And it took me more time to find the sheath to put it away than it took to clean it. Dunked it in some bleach water then wiped it down with a towel. Please Note: Mine is not Monkey Taped yet. Would recommend retaping after field use.
I like the concept of it and easy to conceal.
The MDV Plus One is the perfect companion to the Razor or what ever your primary weapon may be. It conceals very well and is un unobtrusive due to its minimal dimensions. And can be deployed quickly as backup, counter or last ditch.
Very good knife! Perfect for self defense, well made, perfect design.
Fits very good in the hand, specially with the monkey tape.
Loved it 10/10
I Live in Brazil and have much bureaucracy for import something and Skallywag supported me the whole process.
Love this knife and sheath! I appendix carry it every single day and forget that it’s there! I got the knife, sheath, tape, and subscribed to Elite You! The combination of design and training is amazing! Highly recommend!!! 10 out of 10!
Lol not ready to show off my awesome blade handling techniques. Love the blade, it's quick, fast, and demands that you respect it. Right now I'm in training mode and keeping it my secret. Thanks and I'll update y'all later.
Have been looking at both the MDV & Aculeus for some time (since I got my first 2 Skallywag blades - D2 & Aluminum Daggers).
First impressions - Zero problems with shipping & packages - in fact much better quality boxes than just about anybody else short of full blown custom makers.
MDV D2 - SHOCKINGLY SHARP!!!
Chisel grind done to perfection!
ABSOLUTELY GET THE RHINO SHEATH! Flat out excellent low profile design & I had the MDV in my sweat pants' waistband within minutes of unpacking & even without a heavier construction waistband it worked flawlessly right from the 1st try!
You can't beat proper design that makes its use completely instinctive!
The blade, the trainer, the sheaths (Rhino & regular) all OUTSTANDING!!!
The Aculeus is No Lightweight! It is a solid piece of gear that like the MDV is near razor sharp. The grip texturing is about as perfect as you can ask for & the shape is comfortable in all grip variations. The sheath retention is 100% in inverted shake arounds yet the draw isn't so hard as to dislocate any of your joints. Once again - pretty durned perfect.
Skallywag's included mounting hardwear for the sheaths is also solid performing & no nonsense.
Purpose driven designs, outstanding material execution, just SOLID WOW!!!
BRAVO ZULU TO ALL YE SKALLYWAGS!!!
These blades Rock!
Robert David E.
Really like the overall design!!
The MDV plus one system from Skallywag Tactical is a “no nonsense” tool that is designed for professionals by professionals as a self defense weapon of close combat or last resort. It is well made, sharp out of the box, and delivered with a variety of clips for various mounts. Some stickers too, a nice touch for the “pirate life” ethos of this veteran owned company. The MDV itself is less “intuitive” than the D2 dagger and I, as a non professional, have worked with the trainer to get used to the positioning and holding of the knife. Watching the videos in the links has helped me. I like this system a for walking at night or jogging, though I will want to continue working with it. The trainer is a “must have” for hand positioning and best way to hold it when employing its use. With training and comfort, this is a superior weapons system and should be considered by those who go in harms way.
It's a solid blade, VERY sharp and i don't feel like it's going to snap like other cheaper blades I've owned.
Love the knife! Definitely need to get the Rhino Sheath though. I've been wearing it on my belt with the regular sheath and the hook on the handle digs into my side a little when I sit down. But otherwise I love this knife for EDC. extremely lightweight, I forget I'm wearing it when I'm standing up and walking around.
Beautiful blade, sturdy construction too. Only issue is on it's first outing it had a unlucky experience with a locomotive, only damage it got is the tip getting bent a bit
I like the Knife very much. How do I get the Rino Sheath? I thougjt it came with the Rino Sheath. Very fast delivery also, which is impressive!
This was the first knife I purchased from Skallywag Tactical. Now I own three others and come Xmas, my brothers will own a Skallywag blade, as well. And yes, my monkey tape is in transit.
Crazy good knife, disappears on your belt. It's my absolute favorite edc fixed blade.
I have watched the MDV Plus 1 for about four months. When the price drop occurred, I snatched it up along with the pocket holster.
For its purpose, this is a great knife. The one-piece design is simple and terribly effective. With both a front and reverse hold, the knife sticks to your hand. I was surprised by the chisel design of the blade; it's very pointy and only moderately sharp. I'm glad that I have my wonderful Worksharp sharpener.
I'll return and get the practice blade and slowly start to incorporate this knife into my daily travels.
I bought the MDV and the Rhinosheet. What a well designed blade, I bought it for carrying every day. As I am from Austria, I needed some sort of tool for EDC, and because concealed carry licenses are extremely difficult to come by in Austria, I was looking for a knife to carry.
I carry it behind by belt buckle, after a few hours you actually forget that you are carrying a knife. Kudos to the designer, that was a very decent idea.
great fit in my hand going to my go to
This arrived immaculately packaged, with a fully customizable sheath, and a heft that I didn’t expect from such a minimal looking knife. It just FEELS strong and confident. It carries JUST as I hoped it would, and with the Rhino sheath, it goes from pocket to belt to the waist of my shorts for ANY necessary carry method. Impeccable.
This is my Skallywag collection so far. The alumni. dagger, the Guardian, D2 dagger, & the Tact. pen. I carry the D2 daily, does' t matter what I'm wearing, it stays secure inside the waistband. The Guardian means business! I carry the alumni. dagger on an EDC Bag. The tact. pen is on the bag as well. Great products! You get what you pay for& that is a Fact.
Functional, perfect grip
My MDV came razor sharp right out of the box. I taped the handle to fit my hand and it really locks in solid. I'm very happy with my purchase!
I like having options on how I carry it. It's a perfect EDC companion to my pistol.
I like the knife, but, I did think it was going to come with some kind of belt clip because one of the pictures showed a couple of different styles of belt clip. Now I'm not seeing on the website where to order a clip. Overall I really like the knife!
The highest quality.
I wrote and re-wrote this review a few times as my opinions on the knife evolved. I exchanged some messages with Michael DonVito as well as Skallywag, and ultimately made some changes, but I am very pleased with the end result. I got one of the last full kits during a blemish sale. While I really appreciated the full kit, I remember when Skallywag was having a difficult time getting these knives in stock to fulfill pre-orders. By breaking the kit up, they can re-stock individual items even if some components get delayed in the supply chain. It also looks like you can duplicate the kit at a lower cost than the full price of the original package.
First, definitely get the monkey tape. The handle is minimalistic by design, but was not intended to be left that way. There really isn’t much to grab onto without it. I tried a few different wraps, but the monkey tape done like Michael DonVito recommends seems best to me.
Second, I like to nestle the heel of the handle into my palm during thrusting. The handle has a bit of a horn there that made that very uncomfortable; I ended up filing that smooth and adding some monkey tape there as well. With the handle being so thin, all the force kicking back through it will be transferred to a small area of your hand. The small amount of tape I added to the heel really helped to cushion that.
I strongly recommend adding a trainer and a rhino sheath to this live blade. Wrap the trainer just like your live blade and stab the crap out of a variety of objects, including harder items like wood. Your grip system needs to be sustainable in a dynamic-use environment – pressure test it.
I like the rhino sheath for both the belt loop carry method and for simply carrying it in my pocket. I really like the idea of drawing it with the sheath on to use as a less-lethal impact tool before escalating to a live blade by popping the sheath off. It really is a well thought out and minimalistic design, and the flat blade + sheath really disappears in your pocket.
I have much more expensive knives, but I’m really liking this one. Don’t be afraid to modify it as you need to and use the trainer to gain a true understanding how it will feel under hard-use environments.
I have purchased several knives from you guys …. All are Outstanding…. Recently purchased the MDV plus one and I am in the process of personalizing it for every day carry… I am extremely happy with all of my purchases and I will continue adding to my collection
Badass Knife !!! Great company !! Thanks
Great self defense blade
Over all I am pretty pleased with this purchase. Only one thing I have to say. When it comes to knives and sharpness, my family owned a butcher shop for a few years and I worked there. Knife in hand for 8 hrs a day for a few years in High School and on summer break during college. I know a sharp knife and am skilled in using them for self defense, Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do and Escrima. This blade was Alright. It had some really sharp spots and some that we Ok at best. I would suggest spending a little more time on the Sharpening process.
It is now my EDC knife.
Saw the box and immediately rocked the MDV during my kid’s practice. Was throwing batting practice, doing jumping jacks, athletic movements, and it stayed put and secure in the sheath with clip! Blade is of high quality. I feel highly confident the MDV will perform if called upon. Look forward using the trainer as well during our combatives training. Thank you Skallywag staff!
I received this awesome knife about two weeks ago. I've carried it every working day since then. To be honest, I've forgotten about it on my body until the end of day when changing out of uniform.
It came sharp and pointy, light weight and just awesome in general.
As you can see, I cord wrapped the handle with 550 with a half knot weave. It adds just enough grip and width to the handle and is pleasant in the hand.
Have a few of Skallywags blades
Big fan of them all
Sharp, durable well made blades.
Very very well made, great for CCW addiction, or for when the bad guys act Stupid. Great tool for that close up Get the F off me to transition to your weapon if needed. Great Job guys!!!
I bought one for my daughter and a second for myself. I am training my daughter in some basic self defense, and this tool is quite effective with proper technique. I did try to purchase the practice/training version of this knife, but it has been showing unavailable.
Amazing knife the MVD plus one is. Feels awesome in my hand. I love the fact that there is a trainer for the knife. Great product and a great price point!
Great knife, but got a question. You sent two different belt clips, but no screws, or illustrations as to where to attach them to the sheaths.
This is how I choose to carry and what works best for me. The sheath locks the knife in snug, so I don’t have to worry about it slipping out. The holes in the sheath are convenient for many different carry scenarios.
The knife is solid, sharp, and functional for self defense use. As recommended by Mike Donvito, grip tape adds to the performance of the blade and gives a more solid grip in the hand. Since purchasing the MDV Plus One, it is all I’ve been carrying. I retired my tactical folder and replaced it with a purpose driven blade designed by a man who knows knives and knife tactics. It takes an expert to design a knife for defense purposes, and this knife is the result. Excellent work, Mr Donvito, and all your crew aboard Skallywag Tactical. They have excellent communication and the knife shipped very fast. You truly feel like this is a company that cares about its customers and it’s reputation.
This knife has been exactly what I have been looking for in a concealed self defense knife! Perfect size, perfect fit in hand (and I have big mitts), and superb quality! Absolutely love it! Definitely recommend having both sheaths. When it's in the rhino sheath in my belt loop it vanishes behind my belt, and I can't feel it at all. With the standard sheath it's perfect when I'm just wearing gym shorts and clips comfortably on! Do yourself a favor and just buy it
This is a well thought-out, concealable, easy to use excellent quality knife.
It adds additional abilities to my existing skills. Highly recommend for professional and non-professional like me.
Love this blade. Since buying it, it has become my go-to EDC. The rhino sheath has a brilliant design, allowing for a reliable way of carrying--and drawing--the blade. Great knife; every part of it is thoughtfully designed.
Balance is second to none! Razor, sharp out the finally crafted box. Excellent sticker swag. Can’t wait to get my trainer! Excellent steel choice yet you hardly even know it’s in your possession because it’s so light.
A great edc knife. Sharp ass hell. I was testing it in magazine paper and almost sliced a part of my thumb off like a hot knife through butter. Light and handy and like second nature in the hand.
Great quality knife and really good to carry. Have been carrying it with the retention sheath for about a week, it is comfortable and secure, attaching the clip to my belts or pants can sometimes be a little annoying but just takes an extra second or two to get attached. I’ve been using the Rhino Sheath for just a few days but it is my favorite by far. Carrying with it is very comfortable and can carry it in a lot of different positions with great ease of drawing. Super fast to hook into a belt and very secure, it had less movement while walking around than the regular retention sheath did. Decently sharp knife but as I’m not carrying it for utility purposes, I haven’t really tested it out. Would definitely recommend.
Great service. My package went missing on arrival so I contacted Scallywag and explained my situation. They sent out a replacement free of charge. Stand up people at a stand up company. Will definitely be shopping from them again. Whether for personal or gifts I’ll be looking forward to supporting the company. Cheers!
I’m a retired heat treater over40yrs so I know steel. D2 is afa fabulous choice. The intention of the design is impressive and well thought out. I love it.
Got this bad boy last week with the sheath it came with, just got the Rhino sheath this week. Got distracted and pulled the MDV out with my hand too close to the end of the retention sheath and cut my index finger good, did I say that this b*tch is sharp? LOL
Now I have the MDV in the Rhino sheath and it works fabulous, really got to spend the time to train with the blade, but so far very happy with this purchase.
I was looking for a lo-pro fixed blade that felt substantial enough to be useful, but was slim enough (and fit within my state's laws) to comfortably conceal without drawing any sort of unwanted attention. This little blade fit all those parameters perfectly. It's comfy, inconspicuous, legal, and feels a little bit like carrying lighting in my pocket. The thoughtful design on the blade and sheath also make it easy and convenient to switch carry position based on whatever other tools I happen to have that day. This is an essential piece of my EDC and I don't go anywhere without it.
Small, lightweight, razor sharp... I love it, only had it a week? Maybe less, and already thinking about getting one for my wife, the D2 dagger was my choice before but.. this tiny thing takes the crown! Definitely worth the $ spent... don't think about it, just get one!
Better than I expected, and the belt carry options are fantastic.
Added MDV plus one, to our EDC lineup. Got one for our daughter also. She was genuinely surprised, and pleased.
We’ll put the trainers through the paces to get comfortable with the blade before committing to carry it. Reps pay off.
Thanks for the great tool.
Respectfully, Tony Haggard, Dallas Texas.
The MDV knife is well made and very comfortable to hold. The monkey tape adds a great addition to the handle. Once the sheath and knife are placed in position behind your belt it’s very secure. Have not had any issues while hiking or walking around. A great addition to your EDC.
I train and teach Krav Maga and this knife lines up with the combatives that I practice. Using it and training with it is simple and the training is worthwhile. The trainer is light and easy to maneuver, the live blade is hefty enough to build the confidence needed to use this knife. I love the knife so much I am recommending it to my friends. My brother already picked one up and we are going to practice as soon as his arrives. Don't forget the monkey tape! The MDV+1 is such an amazing tool in my kit, and I love carrying it. Thank you!
This is one. Of all my belt EDC’s this is the one I go to. Very comfortable, no clip required, the Rhino sheath makes it work. The blade is short and stout, sharp and fits perfectly.
I saw your product on a YouTube video, it was interesting and I liked it’s concept. I checked your website and what really inspired me to buy it was you get 2 knives and 2 sheathes, that Rino sheath is awesome, great idea! One for practice and one to carry. Great knife!
This one arrived a little blemished with a burr on the knife edge and the tip wasn't flat. Craig on the customer support team was awesome and very responsive. Ultimately, I feel great about the purchase and experience, but it was blemished so I couldn't give it the full 5. Still an awesome EDC.
I love the knife and set. My only regret is that I don't have a Rhino sheath for my training blade. If I could have paid for two in the set, instead of the factory gift sheath, I'd have taken the paid option.
I'd like very much to have a Rhino sheath to train with, and do not feel comfortable having my blade in the factory sheath at all. Thanks for your time.
Been carrying my MDV since I unboxed it. Love the trainer for practice. Comfort & stealth qualities unmatched.
Another blade to the collection! 3rd blade from skallywag and have yet to be disappointed. The YouTube videos showing off uses and demonstrations are a huge help and the blade is perfect for EDC.
The whole experience has been great. The product is great quality a training knife is provided for safety and two sheaths to cover your carry needs. A great product and most if not all accessories to train and use.
Took a while to receive it in Germany.
Feels great in hand and fits my hand perfectly.
I like the thought behind it, to provide a defensive item and additinally one for practice. Not only selling a knife, but merely a kind of a systematic approach. Because of the small size it is more plausible to explain that it is meant for defense only.
The second sheath with this hook is practical.
I am in the prozess to find out, how to carry the little companion best.
Amongst my other blades, this is a spezial one.
Thanks a lot for that good idea.
Yours C. A.
Great product , great customer support.
I am really enjoying this blade. Especially the trainer. The simple and uncomplicated design is very effective. As well as the carry options! A VERY over looked detail in any blade. Ok, you can use it. Can you carry it? Thanks guys!!
I don't usually post reviews, but was tempted into this by the offer of a 10% off coupon. All opinions are my own are are honest, though. Overall, I'd give the whole thing four and a half stars if that were an option (only whole star increments available here, though), as I'd prefer to carry the live blade at least without any branding.
If you're looking for a self defense/close combat oriented EDC knife, the MDV currently has my strongest recommendation. The grip/handle is designed with that in mind (a bulkier handle, while more comfortable for chopping/extended use, is harder to conceal, and the hook at the end makes it easier to draw from a pocket with the hook exposed).
Michael Donvito (MDV) has dropped mentions before about releasing a video course for this knife in particular (the sheaths are designed such that you can have the knife in hand and use it even with the sheath on, and for being able to deploy the sheath while having the knife in hand), which I am pretty eagerly waiting for.
In the meantime, I find the knife easy to carry in my front pants pocket with the included 'rhino' sheath. It's low profile and doesn't have any sharp corners or edges which would wear a hole in the fabric of the pocket (a potential problem with some other EDC items like keys or flashlights).
I purchased an extra 'rhino' sheath so that I could practice with the trainer while my live setup stayed 'as is', since the MDV plus One product package comes with only one 'rhino' sheath.
4.5/5, would recommend and purchase again.
Monkey tape is recommended for adjusting the handle (making it thicker in places), but I haven't found it necessary quite yet (YMMV, depending on if you prefer having a more substantial handle).
The versatility of carry positions is a big plus: the 'rhino' sheath enables one to tuck it into belt loops, between the belt and pants anywhere around the waist, with the end hook above or below the belt depending on the position and preference of the wearer (seated/standing, left handed/right handed, etc.)
Love the minimalistic profile. One can handle notice it. Very light weight, handlers great. This is really an excellent concealable blade.
The biggest draw back is; the blade is extremely not sharp! Dull is an understatement! I think they forgot to sharpen the blade.