Boker Magnum 018 Auto Knife Review

One of Boker’s fantastic automatic knives is their Magnum 018. Boker has a great history of making durable knives that are affordable, effective, and good looking. The Magnum is nothing short of the Boker Standard.

Boker 018 Magnum Auto
Boker 018 Magnum Auto

Specs

Below is the specs list for the Magnum 018. This is somewhat similar to another popular Boker auto knife. The Boker Kalashnikov 74 is just slightly smaller than the Magnum 018. Here is the list:

  • Product Type: Automatic Knife
  • Overall Length: 8.0″
  • Weight: 4.50 oz.
  • Handle Length: 4.75”
  • Blade Length: 3.25″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.120″
  • Blade Material: AUS-8 Stainless
  • Blade Edge: Combo
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Sheath Included: No
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Down
  • Made in Taiwan

 

Handle Material

The handle on the Magnum 018 is Aluminum is usually treated by anodizing the metal to obtain its color, hardness, and protection. It is a durable metal for knife handles. Its low density provides for a nice, light feel to the knife without weighing the knife down. The most common type of aluminum used today a T6-6061 alloy. When aluminum is properly texturized, the handle can provide a considerably secure grip that is both comfortable and easy to hold. Despite its smooth appearance, it also provides excellent grip and is especially suitable for knives that will be used in harsh weather conditions or even in just very wet conditions. Another property that aluminum possesses is a high corrosion resistance. One possible negative effect that an aluminum handle can have is its conductive property. When it is cold out, the knife’s metal will cool down too. This can be potentially uncomfortable for some people, but others may take favor to this property.

 

Blade Steel

The steel that is used on the Magnum 018 is the Japanese manufactured AUS-8 Stainless Steel. AUS-8 is said to be compared to steels such as 440C, CM-154, and even D2. This steel is exceptionally hard, and is quite capable of achieving and retaining a sharp edge. This well-rounded knife has high quality in its hardness, toughness, edge retention, and corrosion resistance. While this metal is still far from being perfect, it is a quality steel for what it costs to produce.

 

Blade Style

The blade on the Magnum 018 is a tanto part serrated blade. The tanto blade has a somewhat chisel-like point that is thick towards the point (being close to the spine) and is thus quite strong. The tanto knife was inspired by ancient Japanese swords. The Westernized tanto is often straight but may also be gently curved. This style of blade became popular during the ‘80s shortly after the blade was created and introduced. The tanto does not have a typical belly (such as that on a drop point), which is sacrificed in exchange for a stronger tip. Its design makes it great for push cuts, rather than slicing, and piercing tougher materials because of its tip’s strength.

 

Serrations

In comparison with a sharp plain edge, the serrated edge on the Magnum 018 tends to do better in cutting hard material. Whether it be thick rope, hard plastics, bones, or any other fibrous material, a serrated blade is capable of cutting through it. A serrated cut works because of several key reasons. When beginning to cut, the tiny points on the serrations touch the object being cut. This allows for a centralized pressure on the cut. After applying this pressure, the dozens of little serrations act like hooks. Each tug and pull at the material until it is cut deep. The penetrating points and scallops greatly assist in cutting with their low-edge, sharp angle. Many question the usage of a serrated blade. They ask if it is even worth it to have as a tool when they have a sharp plain edge. However, it is difficult to ever really know when you will be needing a serrated blade. It is essential though to be prepared for whenever that situation arises. This is more truth in this statement because of the line of work that tactical knives find themselves in. For some people, having a combination of a plain edge and a serrated edge is important. You never know when it can come in handy. The nice thing about serrated edges is that they can still cut when dull, while a dull plain edge has a difficult time cutting.

 

Handle Design

Because of the way the Magnum handle is finished, with its discrete looking finger holds and its parallel grooves on the handle’s surface, it provides a solid grip to hold while using the knife. Most of the time, an aluminum handle is smooth and lacks any kind of texture. The Magnum 018 has a slight texturing to the handle that helps improve the grip slightly. The handle, along with the rest of the blade, have a curving arch that runs the full length of the knife.

 

Similar to 007

The Magnum 018 is related to its similarly built Magnum 007. It is as if the 018 is the darker side of the Magnum, while the 007 is lighter. The fierce looking 018 has a more tactical look to it while the 007 is more gentlemanly. For more info on the 007, check out its review.

 

Automatic Knife

Automatic knives are a popular choice of knife to own. They offer many advantages that typical folders, fixed blades, or even a spring assisted knives do not offer. One benefit to owning an auto is its deployment speed. Some may argue that a spring assisted knife is just as fast as an automatic knife. This is true in many cases. However, what makes an automatic knife a better option is the ease in opening the knife. With the press of a button, or a flick of a switch, the blade will flash open in a blink of an eye. Not only is it quick, but it can be fired off with one hand. Plus, firing off an auto is fun to do. The firing and locking mechanism on the Magnum 018 is a plunge lock that utilizes a button. Until this little button is pressed on the handle, this blade is not going anywhere.

Having these features come in handy during many instances. For example, if one of your hands in a bind or holding an object in need of cutting, an auto can be opened right away with one hand and do its job. Emergency response teams, law enforcement, and military personnel are all constantly faced with tribulation that requires the use of a decent knife. In many high stress situations, having a knife ready in a blink of an eye using only one hand can help someone else live for one more day. They are different than a traditional knife and bring a new element to the knife industry.

 

Test

To give you a better idea on how this knife works in the “real world”, below are the results of several tests. These will inform you of what you can expect with the Magnum 018. The normal tests include cutting paper, cardboard, plastic, and rope. This testing also includes a fruit and vegetable test.

Paper- The paper was easy to cut, but it took some effort to get it started. Because of the blade style with a combo edge, there isn’t a lot of cutting edge to use. The serrated part of the blade got in the way of slicing through the paper. The tanto, with its two different edges, made it difficult to have a nice sweeping motion to cut the paper.

Cardboard- Cutting the cardboard was relatively simple, only because of the combination of the serrated edge and a sawing motion. Pushing through was slightly more difficult than pulling back when sawing through.

Plastic- All types of synthetic material were able to be cut; from tape to shopping bags, and from thicker bottles to heavy packaging plastics. The thicker stuff was easily cut with the help of the serrations. The tanto’s tip was perfect at penetrating the plastic packaging that we see around all the time.

Rope/Paracord- Here, cutting rope, is where the Magnum 018 performs well. The serrations on the tanto blade are designed to cut rope and other fibrous materials with ease. The serrated design did what it is intended to do. The rope snapped in half in a split second after taking the serrated blade to it. Of course I had to try using the non-serrated portion of the blade on the rope. The plain edge near the tip of the tanto blade cut the rope with ease.

Fruit/Vegetable- Only to be fair when talking about the tanto serrated blade, there had to be a test to see where the blade’s potential could truly shine forth. Where I imagined this type of blade to excel at is in culinary uses. The perfect foods to test the cutting ability of the Magnum 018 are apples and carrots. Most people, at one time or another, imagines slicing of a piece of apple and eating it directly from the blade (just like in the movies). The plain edge portion of the blade performed just as you would see in the movies. The apple is small enough that the small plain blade could cut right through the fruit. Carrots, denser than an apple, require a different cutting technique. Cutting carrots, especially raw carrots, takes great effort and force to cut. Luckily, there is the serrated blade that saws right through. It is similar to cutting a thin tree branch.

 

Carrying the Knife

It is very important to know how the knife feels when being carried around all the time. There are a few things to consider when looking to get a new knife. Those items include the following: its carry depth, its weight, its thickness and width, and its appearance.

Carry Depth

The Magnum 018 is comfortable to carry. Not only in your hand, but it is decently comfortable in your pocket. When closed, the knife is 4.75 inches long. A typically comfortable carry knife is anywhere between three and a half to 5 inches long when closed. The knife rests on the edge that range. A question I ask myself before getting a knife is “Will the knife fit in my pant pocket?” But I also ask “Will the knife fall out of my pocket?” Ever since I lost my own knife, I check to see if the knife has the potential to fall out.

Weight

One of the more important aspects to consider when choosing an everyday carry is its weight. It is the worst feeling to have to carry heavy objects in your pocket, no matter what it is. A good knife weight ranges anywhere from as little as 3.0 ounces to 5.0 ounces. The Magnum 018 fits right into this range. It weighs 4.50 ounces. It is about average in size. However, when holding the knife, it feels lighter than what you think.

Thickness and Width

When carrying a knife around all the time in your pocket, there is a limited amount of space available in your pocket. A good everyday carry knife should be comfortable to carry and easy to handle. The Magnum 018 is about an inch and a half wide at its thickest point from the top of the blade to the back of the handle. Its thickness from the left of the handle to the opposite side is between a half an inch and three quarters of an inch. The Magnum 018 is going to take up some room in your pocket, but not a ton of space.

Appearance

The Magnum’s appearance is significantly different than its counterpart the Magnum 007. The 018 has a dark look that comes off intimidating at a first glance. The serrations add to the intimidation factor. But all of this intimidation is contained inside the conservative looking handle. Once unleashed, the Magnum is unstoppable.

 

Conclusion

The Boker Magnum 018 Auto Knife is a good, inexpensive, automatic knife that will satisfy your basic needs. There is no need to worry about beating up this knife. Pick your Magnum up today.

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Gerber Propel Automatic Knife Review

Gerber Legendary Blades was started by Joseph R Gerber. This company started out as a small batch of handmade knife sets in 1939. Within the next twenty years, Gerber became one of the most reliable knife companies in the business. Gerber’s mission is to design knives that pull in quality materials and groundbreaking designs. Their knives are built to last a lifetime. Gerber not only produces knives, but also axes, handsaws, flashlights, survival kits, multi tools, and much more. Every product that Gerber turns out is going to be quality, innovative, and last a very long time. Today we are going to go over one of their products in particular: The Gerber Propel Fully Automatic knife.

 

The Gerber Propel Fully Automatic knife was introduced in August of 2013. Gerber offers two different designs of the same knife for the buyers: The Propel Auto and the Propel Downrange Auto. These two versions were designed to mimic the 06 auto knife, which was an instant hit in the knife community. The 06 has a Federal National Stock Number, which allows federal agencies to procure these knives without going through a bidding process. Gerber kept all of the positive aspects of the 06, but they slimmed it down to make it a little more pocket-friendly. You can still expect to have the same durability, reliability, and field-proven performance. It is all just packed into a smaller package.

 

The overall length of this knife is 8.52 inches while opened. When the knife is closed, it measures in at an even 5 inches. The knife weighs 4.28 ounces. This is a great length and weight for your everyday carry knife. The length is not overly long, but you will still be able to perform your needed tasks with it. The knife won’t weigh you down, but it will still feel sturdy and durable while you are using it.

 

 

Blade:

 

Gerber Propel Automatic
Gerber Propel Automatic

The blade on this knife is 3.5 inches long made out of 420HC. This is a mid-range steel that is nothing extraordinary but can stand up to what you throw at it. The HC in the steel’s name stands for High Carbon, so this steel is a harder steel than other stainless steels. This steel is easy to sharpen. It is also a durable steel, even after periods of long use. Because this steel is easy to sharpen even in the field or on the go, many outdoor enthusiasts like this steel.

If you get the Propel Downrange version, the steel use will be S30V steel. This is a high end, premium steel that has high corrosion resistance. It is also a very tough steel. Because it is a premium steel, you can expect it to go the extra mile. Some people pry and dig with blades made out of this steel and don’t experience any compromised blade integrity. S30V steel will hold an edge very well, but it is harder to sharpen than the 420HC steel. This is a good all-around steel.

Whichever version you choose; the steel is coated in a black oxide coating. This coating is added for a few reasons. First, the coating helps add corrosion resistance properties. It also adds a black color which boosts the aesthetic of the blade. This knife has the blackening to match the handle. This coating also helps to prevent slipping while you are cutting in critical conditions. The black oxide also minimizes reflective purposes. This means that if you are in a tactical situation, you don’t have to be concerned about the sun’s reflection giving away your position.

The blade silhouette is a tanto style point. A tanto style point was traditionally in Japanese short words. The tip on a tanto blade is going to be stronger than many other tips, because it is a broader shape. However, the tanto silhouette creates two main bevels, which makes it trickier to sharpen than a different style. Also, a tanto blade will not have a belly, so slicing tasks will be trickier. This style does have a unique look to it, so if you like the look, buy it. Also, if you know that you need a stronger tip, go for it. If you are a beginner in the knife world and looking for a versatile everyday carry knife, I don’t know if this is what I would recommend.

There are actually three cutting areas on the blade. There is the front bevel, which is 1 inch that has been sharpened bi-facially. The main edge on the blade is divided between the plain and serrated portions. The plain portion of this blade is 1.25 inches and the serrated portion is 1.5 inches. Because of the three different sections, sharpening this knife is a pain.

Users of this knife have also noticed an up and down wobble when the blade is opened. But, they have also noticed that the Propel has almost no lateral wobble whatsoever.

 

 

Handle:

 

The handle scales are made out of G10. On the Propel, the G10 handle scales are black. On the Propel Downrange, the G10 scales are tan. This material is a laminate composite that is made out of fiberglass. This handle will feel and work similarly to carbon fiber, but it is a much cheaper option. The handle material surprised me because Gerber usually uses glass filled nylon for their handle. G10 was definitely an upgrade compared to the commonly used handle material. To add texture and grip to the handle, Gerber has added checkering across the handle scales. They also added deeper grooves in areas along with the checkering. With both of those texturing techniques, you can feel secure while using and holding this knife.

The handle is pretty large and fills most people’s hand. On the spot where it touches your palm, there is a very slight swell. There is also a large groove where your index finger can fit. Because of this deeper groove, there is also a bump that also adds to fitting in your hand perfectly.

Gerber has attached the G10 scales to a metal frame using torx screws. There are four of these screws on each side of the handle.

 

 

Pocket Clip and Carrying:

 

Something unique about this knife is that the pocket clip can be placed on the knife in three different ways. You can mount it for the right pocket either tip up or down. Or you can mount it for the left pocket, but only tip up. Some users have reported bending the pocket clip while bumping it on things, but it is easily bent back into shape.

This knife carries pretty high in the pocket. If you are trying to conceal your knife, this probably isn’t going to be the knife for you.

Unfortunately, because of the checkering and deeper grooves on the handle, this knife has been known to destroy pockets. This isn’t usually a problem in most peoples’ minds, but if you are going to be dressed up, you might not want to carry this knife.

On the Downrange version, the pocket clip is tan, just like the handle. This tan matches many camouflage patterns, so you don’t have to worry about your knife standing out while trying to keep it concealed.

 

 

Action and Deployment:

 

Gerber Propel Automatic
Gerber Propel Automatic

The Propel uses a plunge lock and safety switch. To unlock the knife, you pull the safety switch towards you. Then to open the knife, you push in the round silver button. Along with opening the knife, it also locks it up so you can feel secure while using it for the heavier duty tasks. This button triggers a torsion spring inside that has constant tension on the blade. Because of this constant tension, you do not have to worry about blade bounce.

To close this knife, you push down the firing button and then manually close the blade.

If this knife is in your pocket, your best bet is to engage the safety. The safety mechanism shows red when it is disengaged. The opening button can be sensitive and you definitely don’t want to accidently open this knife while it is in your pocket. But, because it is a more sensitive button, the knife is easily deployed with just one hand.

 

 

Extras:

 

Both versions of this knife sport a pommel spike. This spike has been designed to break through most glass, including your car windows. This spike can also work as a lanyard anchor point.

 

 

Pros of the Gerber Propel/Downrange Automatic Knife:

 

  • You have two options of steel depending on what you like.
  • The 420HC is hard, easy to sharpen, and the edge lasts for quite a while.
  • The S30V steel is a premium steel that can stand up to much harder tasks than the 420HC steel.
  • The blade features a black oxide coating which helps resist corrosion, light reflection, and makes the blade less slippery.
  • The tanto silhouette has a stronger tip than lots of other tip style options.
  • The blade is a combo blade and the serrations are great for cutting through thicker materials, like rope or branches.
  • The handle is made out of G10 scales, which is a durable material.
  • The G10 comes in two different color options.
  • The G10 scales have aggressive texturing, providing you with excellent grip even in the trickiest of situations.
  • The handle is large and will fill your hand, helping with grip.
  • The pocket clip can be carried in three different ways.
  • The Downrange pocket clip is a tan that matches most camo patterns, so your pocket clip will not be obvious while carrying.
  • The knife is very easy to deploy using only one hand.
  • The knife sports a pommel spike, which works as a great glass breaker.
  • The length and weight of this knife is perfect for your everyday carry knife.

 

 

Cons of the Gerber Propel/Downrange Automatic Knife:

 

  • 420HC steel is a mediocre steel and doesn’t stand out, especially compared to other steel options.
  • S30V steel is a hard steel to sharpen, so you won’t be able to sharpen it in the field if the need arises.
  • The Tanto style blade is not a versatile blade. If you are a beginner in the knife community, I would not recommend this style.
  • There are actually three different cutting surfaces, which makes this an extremely hard knife to sharpen. Really, you are going to have to be a professional to sharpen it well.
  • There is an up/down wobble to the blade while opened.
  • The pocket clip doesn’t carry very deeply, so it is going to be obvious. This is not a great knife if you are trying to conceal it.
  • The handle has extreme grip, so it will beat up your pocket.

 

 

Conclusion:

 

Something to keep in mind before you purchase this knife is that because it is fully automatic, or a switchblade, it is not going to be legal in all states. Make sure you know your local switchblade laws before buying this.

Gerber only sells their automatic knives through websites with the proper credentials, so as long as you are purchasing from a trusted website, your knife will be backed by Gerber’s lifetime warranty. This knife was designed and built in the United States of America, so you can expect only the best quality. Along with being patriotic and designing and building this knife in the states, Gerber offers a Pro Program. This program is for first responders and military personnel. It gives these members exclusive offers and discounted prices. If you feel like you fit into either of these categories, it is definitely worth looking into.

This is an overall fantastic knife for your tactical or utility purposes. When you are searching for the perfect everyday carry knife, you want it to feel familiar. The Gerber Propel or Gerber Propel Downrange will feel familiar. They are both easy to work with and very durable. This knife will not disappoint you in the field. You are provided with two different versions so you can pick the one that will fit your lifestyle the best.

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Boker CPM-S30V Kalashnikov Automatic Knife Review — Video Review

Looking to pick up a Boker Kalashnikov with the ultimate blade? Check out the new, exclusive S30V Boker Kalashnikov at BladeOps.

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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%”

–Wikipedia 







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BladeOps One Day Sale on the Schrade SCALY Auto Knife

Schrade SCALY Auto Knife
Schrade SCALY Auto Knife–One Day Sale at BladeOps

If Steve Jobs was right when he said “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” then the Schrade SCALY is a triple crown winner in the design department.  This little button lock automatic conversion knife looks and feels great and even more important–it works fantastic.  With a Cali-Legal 1.75″  black finished stainless steel blade, the SCALY automatic conversion knife cuts through the clutter and mess of life with ease.  Blast through your daily chores knowing that whenever something needs to be cut, sliced, chopped or poked, the SCALY sits ready, willing and able.  And for an extremely limited time, you can get this fantastic knife for just $20–that includes free shipping.  At a 71% discount from MSRP of $70, this automatic knife is ready for action.  Get yours quick–the deal is for today only.  While you are thinking about it–get a few to give away as gifts.  Your friends and your wallet will thank you.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Overall Length: 4.75″
  • Blade Length: 1.75″
  • Closed Length: 3″
  • Weight: 2.13 oz.

 

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Boker Mini Kalashnikov 73BT Knife Review

Boker Kalashnikov 73BT
Boker Kalashnikov 73BT an automatic conversion knife for every man

The Boker Mini Kalashnikov 73BT is a button lock automatic knife with incredibly fast, strong action.  The AUS8 stainless steel tanto blade proffers 1.75″ of straight edge that are plenty for serious every day cuts.  The aluminum handle scales have several finger grooves as well as jimping on the spine so you have a secure grip at all times.  A deep carry pocket clip for discreet carry and lanyard hole for alternate carry round off this fantastic little auto knife.

A button lock auto conversion knife, the Boker 73BT Mini Kalashnikov is the kind of knife that can take serious abuse.  I carried a different variation of the Mini Kal for 30 days and recorded my impressions here.  Needless to say, it is one of my all around favorite “every day” style knives.  Obviously there are knives I like more.  For instance, I almost can’t get enough of my Benchmade Volli and my Microtech Troodon.  And I treasure my Brous Blades Coroner just because it looks seriously bad a**.  And no one is going to pry my old Spyderco Manix C101GPS out of my hands.  Of course there are knives out there that are better than the Boker Mini Kalashnikov.  But, in my mind, there are no other knives that even get close to competing for value.  Back in 2008, I carried a Boker Kal 74 with the Desert Sand finish.  I abused the living daylights out of this knife.  I did things that would make any knife lover cringe.  I cut sprinkler pipes with it. I used it to lay sod–meaning I was cutting the sod with it. I used it to pry up old nails in my woodshop.  I almost never did any maintenance to it–once or twice a month I would wipe it down.  I didn’t sharpen it once over the six month period.  And guess what?  I still have it.  And it is in great condition.  After the six months, I spent a few minutes giving it a really good clean up–which was very easy since it has an open construction style and even taking it apart and putting it back together again doesn’t take more than 10-15 minutes.  Then I sharpened the blade with my Spyderco Sharpmaker.  And it is in near perfect condition.  Sure, there are a few scratches on the blade.  Ok, way more than a few.  And the handle has a few spots where the finish has worn.  But it is still a perfectly functional every day carry automatic knife.  And the Boker Mini Kal 73BT gives you all the same great materials, all the same great Kalashnikov style, all the same great durability for an even lower price and in a smaller package.

I am sure there are plenty of knife snobs out there who will disagree with me.  I get it.  And you are right–a Benchmade, Spyderco, Microtech and many other companies make better overall knives.  But for the price to value ration, you can’t beat an automatic Boker Kalashnikov.

Check out the 73BT on our site here.  Let me know what you think of yours down below.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Length, Open: 5 7/8″
  • Length, Closed: 3.25″
  • Blade Length: 2 3/8″
  • Blade Material: AUS 8 Stainless
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Deep Carry Pocket Clip
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Schrade Mini Spear Point Auto Knife Review

Schrade Auto Knife
Schrade Auto Knife–Mini Spear Point SC60MB

Schrade is an iconic knife company.  The roots of this company are deep.  Back in 1904 Schrade Cutlery Company was founded.  It later merged with the Imperial Knife Company which was founded in 1916.  Then, in 2004, Schrade closed its factory doors and sold the name to Taylor Brands which has continued producing quality knives under the Schrade Knife banner.  The Schrade Mini Spear Point knife features all the high quality standards you would expect from a great knife company.

The stainless steel blade comes in the clip point or tanto style.  It can be found with either a standard edge or with a 40% combo edge.  There are advantages to either style.  With a tanto blade, the tip is less likely to break. The geometry of the blade gives you extra blade strength for the tip.  A clip point blade gives you a sharp tip that is useful for cutting in tight place.  It also has much greater piercing power compared to the tanto style.  All available styles have a black finish on the blade.  The blade has a thumb ramp with jimping for an extra secure grip with your thumb giving you more control on both fine and heavy cuts.

The blade steel is 4116 stainless steel.  4116 is a fine grained stainless steel.  It is produced by the German company ThyssenKrupp.  Originally it was used extensively in medical devices and food processing machines.  After some time, many knife manufacturer’s realized the properties and began to use it in knife blade steels.  It has both carbon and chromium which give it fairly high corrosion resistance.  It has decent strength and also keeps an edge fairly well. I have carried several knives with 4116 stainless steel and have always been satisfied with the blade performance.

The handle on this knife is fantastic.  Aluminum with a black finish. The handle is semi open construction for easy maintenance.  It has three finger grooves that extend up and across the face of the handle.  The indented portion of the handle on the three extended grooves has significant dimple texturing for a solid grip.  The spine has jimping almost from end to end.  The button is inset in a small groove along the top side of the front handle scale.  On the back handle scale you find the slide safety.

The tip up pocket clip is deep carry.  A glass breaker is included.  This is an automatic conversion knife meaning that it isn’t produced as an automatic.  It is produced by Schrade as a manual knife and then a spring is added aftermarket to convert it to an automatic knife.  I absolutely love this knife.  It fits my hand well, is built from quality materials and is just the right size for every day carry.  If you want one for yourself, you can find them on our website here.  Let me know what you think of yours below.

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Smith and Wesson Auto Conversion Knives, SW80 Series

Smith and Wesson 80BT
Smith and Wesson 80BT auto conversion knife

Smith and Wesson Knives produces loads of great fixed blade knives as well as folders.  Every once in a while, they also produce a button lock manual folder knife that can easily be “converted” to an auto knife with some minor modifications.  Although S&W doesn’t sell these “converted” knives, secondary suppliers buy up the manual versions and convert them into automatic knives.  The SW80 series is one such set of knives.  Available with modified clip point or tanto blades with either plain edges or combo edges, these large auto knives are great for every day carry.

Both the tanto and the modified clip point variations have a slight recurve in the blade. Recurve blades give you maximum slicing power, especially when cutting ropes and straps.  Plus, they look great.    On these conversions, there is a slide safety on the back of the handle that keeps the blade in either the locked open or locked closed position.

The handle has grip tape inserts that give your hand lots of grip.  A finger choil as well as some mild jimping on the spine give your hand even more grip.  A removable pocket clip (tip up) is held in place with a hefty glass breaker.

This is a great every day auto knife priced at about $35.00.  Although the “conversion” voids any warranty that Smith and Wesson Knives offers, the knife is durable and sturdy enough that it shouldn’t be a problem.  Similar in price and construction to the extremely popular Boker Kalashnikov series, the SW80 series is going to give you a slightly longer blade, a longer handle, as well as a recurve blade.  Check them out on our site here.

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