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Brous Blades 2nd Generation Silent Soldier Neck Knife Review

Brous Blades Silent Soldier

Brous Blades Silent Soldier

Doing an inventory last week and we found these sweet neck knives from Brous Blades that never made it into our inventory for some reason.  So, in light of the fact we found 12 of them, I decided to review this knife.  Brous Blades hit the knife market with a bang a couple years back and hasn’t stopped wowing his followers ever since.  The very first knives of his that we carried were Silent Soldier neck knives.

After the first run of these popular neck knives sold out, he decided to make a few adjustments to the design and came out with the 2nd Generation of Silent Soldier neck knives.  This V1 style features a Wharncliffe style blade along with two finger holes and an extended finger choil for your finger.

There are actually 7 different grips with which you can hold the Silent Soldier V1 knife. Built from one machined piece of D2 tool steel, this every day carry tool allows you to get nearly any cutting done as well as doubling as a formidable self defense tool.  It comes in a kydex sheath with a belt clip, but if you remove the belt clip, you can attach the included black bead neck chain and carry it around your neck.

Built with the attention to detail you would expect from any Brous product, the handle has small patches of jimping right where you need them to get a nice, solid grip on the knife.  It also has the Brous Blades name on the spine–which I think makes a really nice neck knife into a classy, really nice neck knife.

If you want a neck knife that will last for generations with proper care, get the Brous Blades Neck Knife.  You can find all of our current stock here on our website.

Here is a nice video comparing the V1 from Generation 1 and Generation 2.  The video depicts the satin finished version instead of the black finished version we have in stock–but the style is the same.

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

  •  Overall Length: 4.625″
  • Blade Length: 2.33″
  • Blade Thickness: .187″
  • Blade: Steel: D2
  • Blade Type: Wharncliffe Fixed Blade
  • Sheath: Kydex
  • Grind: V
  • Weight: 1.4 oz.

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Benchmade 903 Mini AXIS Stryker Knife Review

Benchmade 903BK Knife

Benchmade 903BK Mini Stryker AXIS Knife

The Benchmade Stryker knife series has been delighting knife lovers for quite some time.  Now available in a mini format, the Benchmade 903 Mini AXIS Stryker features all the same great features in a smaller, more compact package.

When you order the 903, you get a knife built by one of the leading knife companies in the world.  Benchmade has been producing classic, quality knives since 1988.  The Stryker gives you a Black Class, tactical folder with the incredibly tough AXIS locking system.

Let’s start with the blade.  The 903 features a drop point blade.  You can pick it up with a plain edge or serrations.  If you want, you can also get it with a BK black tactical coat.  The 154CM stainless steel blade has a satin finish on the standard 903 model.   The heat treatment gives you a 58-60 HRC blade that is built for heavy use in serious situations.  The drop point blade gives you one of the most popular and recognizable blade shapes on the market today–and not without reason.  The slow curved, unsharpened spine of the blade drops into contact with the rounded edge of the blade in a slightly lowered point tip.  This shape gives it amazing tip strength as well as offering you maximum control of the blade edge as you make heavy cuts.  It also gives you a large blade belly for maximum cuts on slicing strokes.  Because of this ability to control the edge, this blade shape is extremely popular on combat knives.  Although the broad tip doesn’t give you the piercing strength of a clip point or tanto point, the other advantages of this blade shape make it the best selling tactical blade shape.

The 154CM stainless steel is an American made premium grade stainless steel.  First developed for tough industrial chores, it quickly became popular as a knife blade steel because of the all around qualities it affords.  The 154CM gives you great corrosion resistance as well as good toughness and edge retention. The satin finish on the blade gives it a low luster sheen that will continue to look good for years to come.  If you decide to go with the 903BK, the black BK1 coating gives you a matte black coating that adds excellent corrosion resistance to the blade.  If you are worried about corrosive environment, or if you prefer a dark color to eliminate night glare, the BK is the finish for you.  Otherwise, either the satin or the BK1 will give you a lifetime of good looking cutting satisfaction.  

The blade opens smooth with the ambidextrous thumb studs.  The blade, with a bit of practice, can also be opened by pulling the AXIS slide and snapping your wrist at the same time.  When done correctly, you can get the blade open in a hurry with just one hand.  Once open, the blade locks in that position with the nearly indestructible AXIS system.  The AXIS® is a 100% ambidextrous design that includes a small, hardened steel bar which rides in a slot machined into both the steel liners on the knife.  The bar extends out through both liners and handle scales.  Positioned above the rear of the blade, it engages a ramped, tang portion on the blade when the blade is opened.  Two omega springs, one on each liner,  allow the locking bar to engage the tang. When engaged, the tang becomes wedged between the locking bar and a stop pin.

One of my favorite locking mechanisms in the world, the AXIS keeps the blade open and “locked” in that position until you pull the slide back towards the butt of the handle.  This releases the blade and allows you to close it.  The AXIS system also serves to provide a positive pressure that helps keep the blade closed when you want it that way.

 

The handle on the 903 consists of two, textured black G10 scales atop stainless steel liners.  The handle is comfortably shaped and gives you all the control you could ask for.  A thumb ramp right where the handle and blade meet on the spine gives you thumb a solid position for control cuts.  A shallow, jimped finger groove gives your forefinger a comfortable control point as well.

The Benchmade 903 Mini AXIS Styker combines all the great things you love about a Benchmade knife into one serious tactical package.  You get a tough blade, serious blade lock up with AXIS system, and a comfortable, grippy G10 handle that is going to withstand whatever environment you choose to operate in.  If you are looking for a small to mid sized tactical folder, the Benchmade 903 series could be the perfect knife for you.  Check out these Benchmade Knives and many more here on our website.  Let my know what you think of your Stryker in the comment section below.


SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • Blade Length: 2.94″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.104″
  • Handle Thickness: 0.400″
  • Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Weight: 2.84 oz.
  • Pocket Clip: Reversible, Black, Tip-Up
  • Lock Mechanism: AXIS
  • Overall Length: 6.81″
  • Closed Length: 3.87″
  • Sheath Material: Sold Separately
  • Class: Black

SOG Flashback Assist Knife Review

SOG Flashback Assist Knife

SOG Flashback Assist Knife

SOG Knives has been producing ultra thin assist and automatic knives for several years.  Their SOG-TAC and SPEC-Elite lines of automatic knives have been consistently delighting everyday and tactical users around the world.  When you order one of the ultra thin knives from SOG you get a high quality knife built from top quality materials.

The Flashback Assist knives are no exception to the standard that has been set by previous knives from SOG Knives.  In fact, the Flashback series builds on an already strong platform of quality and excellence.  The Flashback knife has an AUS 8 stainless steel blade with either a satin finish or the TiNi black finish.  You can pick it up with a tanto or drop point blade.  The mini Flashback is also available.

The handle on the Flashback is stainless steel wrapped around a glass reinforced nylon frame.  This gives you all the strength of stainless steel and the weight reduction of GRN.  The ultra thin handle is less than 1/2″ thick–which is absolutely incredible.  This, combined with the reversible deep carry pocket clip make this one of the most unobtrusive knives you can possibly carry on a daily basis.  You almost won’t even know you have it in your pocket.  Throw in the fact that it only weighs 3.7 ounces and you have a powerful tool that isn’t going to weigh you down.   And yet, because it has such top quality construction, you have a knife that is going to handle whatever you throw at it.  Use it hard and it will continue to perform.

Here are five things that make this knife great.  First, it is amazingly thin and light which means it isn’t going to gobble up pocket real estate and it isn’t going to weigh you down.  Second, the knife has an AUS 8 blade which will give you all the cutting power you need on a daily basis.  Third, the knife feels good in your hand.  It is built for maximum gripability and control.  It has jimping and curves in all the right places.  Fourth, the price is right–at this price you can pick up one for you and one for your friend.  Fifth, the deep carry pocket clip means that you can carry this one without blaring that fact to the world.  And the bonus reason is that SOG Knives are built tough and they back it up with a limited lifetime warranty.

SOG Knives just keeps producing top quality, every day carry, tactical knives for prices that almost command you to purchase them.  Get over to our website and pick up your new SOG Flashback assist knife right here.  And rest easy knowing that your new knife will continue to perform to the quality standards that SOG Knives is so well known for.


SPECIFICATIONS:

Overall Length: 8″
Blade Length: 3.5″
Blade Thickness: .125″
Blade Steel: AUS 8
Blade Style: Drop Point, Plain
Blade Finish: Hardcase Black TiNi
Weight: 3.7 oz

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