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BladeOps Exlusive Boker Kalashnikov S30V Auto Knife


     The industry classic Boker Kalashnikov Automatic Knife is now available with a CPM-S30V stainless steel blade, exclusively from BladeOps.  This fast opening auto knife features a satin finish on the razor sharp S30V blade. CPM-S30V resharpens wonderfully, holds an edge longer, and is more durable.  Each blade is individually serial numbered. At this price, there are no other automatics with S30V on the market.  Finally, get the performance of a high end automatic for a price that keeps your wallet intact.


                                                     Why S30V?

“CPM S30V is a martensitic (hardened) powder-made (sintered) wear and corrosion resistant stainless steel developed by Dick Barber of Crucible Industries in collaboration with knifemaker Chris Reeve.  Its chemistry promotes the formation and even distribution of vanadium carbides which are harder and more effective at cutting than chromium carbides.  These vanadium carbides give the steel a very refined grain, further improving the sharpness and toughness. . . .  Its composition is as follows: Carbon 1.45%, Chromium 14.00%, Vanadium 4.00%, Molebdenum 2.00%”


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Kershaw Ultra-Tek Sharpener Review

Kershaw Ultra-Tek

Kershaw Ultra-Tek Sharpener

The Kershaw Ultra-Tek Blade Sharpener is one of the most convenient touch up sharpening steels on the market.  I use the Spyderco Sharpmaker when I want to do a full sharpen job on my blade.  I also have a Ken Onion Sharp Maker which is a fantastic little belt sharpener.  But when I am outdoors, on the go, or just need to put a quick touch up on one of my blades, I go with the Ultra-Tek.

The handle is built from 6060-T6 anodized aluminum.  This means it is made from heavy duty aircraft aluminum and is going to take a beating.  This tool doesn’t mind if you throw it in your pack or gear bag and bang it around.  It is nearly indestructible.  The handle is 5″ long but the main usable part is 4″ long.  The other 1″ is actually attached to the sharpening stone and can screw onto the handle with the stone stored inside the handle or screw onto the handle with the stone out of the handle, ready for use.  At the top of the 4″ part, there is a band of diamond texture pattern for your fingers to get an extra grip.  The top 1″ of the handle has the same texture pattern on the whole of it.   The entire handle piece is simply a hollow tube, which makes it very easy to clean.

When you first open your new Ultra-Tek, the 600 grit, diamond coated oval shaft is stored inside the handle. This grit has been specially chosen for its superior ability to restore an edge.  When your blade is still in good shape, but is just a bit dull, pull out your Ultra-Tek and unscrew the oval shaft from the handle interior.  Flip it around and screw it on.  Now you have a 9″ tool ready to sharpen and realign your blade.

To use the Ultra Tek, you simply hold your blade at a 20° angle and slide your blade across the shaft.  You just pull the blade across the oval shaft in an arcing motion.  Slide and swipe your blade from the heel to the tip.  It works just like a steel or a hone–the kind you probably have in your kitchen for touching up your kitchen knives.  When you do this, you need to put quite a bit of pressure on the knife.  In fact, according to Bob Kramer, a master bladesmith, you should put between 4 and 6 lbs of pressure on your blade as you slide it across the sharpener.

If you do this regularly, you will quickly gain expertise at putting a razor sharp edge back on your knives.  The benefit to you is that your tools will be in better shape which means your cuts will be smoother and safer.

The Ultra-Tek doesn’t need water or oil which makes it a perfect field tool.  It weighs just 2.1 ounces, which means it isn’t going to weigh you down–exellent even for ultra light backpackers who want to keep their tools in tip top shape.  And the whole thing stores in a tiny space of just 5 inches by about 3/4″.

If you already have a nice sharpener for your knives, whether it is stones, a Spyderco Sharpmaker or even a nice electric sharpener, consider getting a Kershaw Ultra-Tek for quick blade touch ups.  You can find it here on our website.  Let me know what you think of yours below.


The Ultra-Tek requires no water or oil. It’s lightweight and easy to use. And it stores compactly, making it easy to take with you.


  • Steel: 600-grit, diamond-coated, oval shaft
  • Handle: 6061-T6 anodized aluminum
  • Sharpening steel length: 4 in. (10.1 cm)
  • Overall Length: 9 in. (22.9 cm)
  • Stored length: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Weight: 2.1 oz. (59.5 g)

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Advantages of CPM-S30V Stainless Steel

CPM-S30V has become one of the most used premium steels on the market among knife manufacturers.  Originally developed by both Chris Reeve (a world renowned knife maker) and Dick Barber of Crucible Industries, S30V is a martensitic powder-made stainless steel.

Martensitic is a specific type of stainless steel alloy. There are three main classifications of stainless steels if you want to classify them by their crystalline structure.  They are, austenitic, ferritic and martensitic.  Martensitic steels are carbon steels that are usually tempered and hardened.  This tempering gives the steel good hardness and high toughness.

S30V lands directly in the Martensitic camp.  It is also a powder made, sintered stainless steel.  Sintering is the process of making a solid by using heat and/or pressure without actually taking the substance to the liquid state.  Sintering is often used with materials that have an extremely high melt point, such as molybdenum.  CPM-S30V contains a 1.45% Carbon, 14.00% Chromium, 4.00% Vanadium and 2.00% Molybdenum.  Since it has a small but significant presence of Molybdenum, this high end stainless steel is produced by mixing tiny “ball bearing” bits of each of the appropriate ingredients.  After being thoroughly mixed, the entire batch is sintered or fused with heat and/or pressure.  This allows the atoms in the various materials to fuse together into one solid piece of stainless steel.

The vanadium carbides in S30V give the steel an extremely refined grain.  The uniform grain structure created during the process of making CPM-S30V gives the blade uniform wear and strength across the entire blade.  This means there are no weak points like can occur in many other stainless steels.

If you are looking for a high end stainless steel knife that will keep an edge, that will be durable, and will resist corrosion–definitely consider one made with a CPM-S30V blade.

According to Wikipedia, “CPM-S30V is considered a premium grade knife steel. It is so expensive that it strongly affects the price of the knife, and is largely used in higher-end production and custom knives.”  

Because of its high durability, high corrosion resistance and edge retention, Benchmade Knives entire new line of premium hunting knives, appropriately called the HUNT series, are all made with CPM-S30V.  Many other knife makers use it extensively as well including Spyderco Knives, Piranha Knives, Zero Tolerance and Microtech Knives just to name a few.

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Microtech DOC Killswitch Automatic Knife Review

DOC Killswitch

DOC Killswitch, MT154-10, Stonewash Blade

The DOC Killswitch, an automatic knife collaboration project between Anthony Marfione and Mic Strider, features a fast opening blade that is built for tactical situations.  The knife boasts an anodized aluminum handle with traction inserts that offers an uncompromisingly secure grip.  A titanium sub lock keeps the blade securely open.

The first thing you notice about the DOC Killswitch is the unique geometry on the spear point blade.  The shape gives the blade extra strength near the tip.  Which makes the knife perfect for combat and tactical situations where heavy pressure is often exerted on the end of your knife blade.  The blade also boasts a choil that allows you to “choke up” on the grip when you need to make controlled cuts.  A set of wide, shallow jimping sits atop the spine of the blade and gives your thumb extra purchase when you are holding the knife in the choked up position.

More jimping is found along the angled butt of the handle.  This allows you to get a very secure grip when you hold the knife in a reverse grip.

The blade snaps out with serious authority when the trigger button is depressed. The blade is kept securely open with a titanium sub lock.  The activation button is a unique shape.  When the blade is closed or open, you can swing the button over to a locked position.  This will make it impossible to either open or close the blade.  When you swing the button back into the active position, you are then able to depress the switch to open the blade.  If the blade is open, you can depress the button, which unlocks the blade, and then close the blade with your other hand.

Back of Killswitch

Back of Killswitch

The handle is a classic Strider shape with three large indentations on the front scale.  Grip tape is inserted into the indentations to give you an extra solid grip.  The two handle scales have a large, shallow finger groove that fits your forefinger just perfectly.  It also gives your pinkie finger a nice grip spot when you use the knife in a reverse grip.

An oversized pivot screw features a triangular indentation that gives the knife a great look.  Each of the five smaller frame screws have a similar triangular shape.

An extra wide tip up pocket clip is found on the back scale.  The pocket clip reads A. Marfione and then below that it reads M. Strider.

This fantastic automatic knife does everything you want from a serious tactical knife.  It offers you a fast opening blade that locks up tight.  The blade gives you maximum strength at the tip for heavy piercing cuts.  The spear point blade makes this blade ideal for slashing cuts.  The handle is comfortable in a variety of positions.  And the materials are top notch.  This auto knife is one I would recommend to a friend that was looking for a serious combat automatic knife.  Find the entire line of DOC Killswitch knives from Microtech Knives here on our website.  Let me know what you think of yours down below.


  • Overall Length: 9.125″
  • Blade Length: 3.75″
  • Handle Material: 6061 T6 Black Anodized Aluminum
  • Weight: 7 Ounces

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