Bear & Son Tanto Balisong Butterfly Knife Review

Bear & Son says, “We have a skilled and experienced work force capable of performing many of the extra hand operations that go into the making of our products. The Bear & Son Cutlery factory is unique. It is full self-contained. While some companies only assemble parts brought from various suppliers and put their names on the product, we do everything in-house from building our own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing our products. These steps ensure that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality and a real value for both the dealer and consumer.

This commitment to excellence has just improved due to rich family tradition in knife making craftsmanship not only by management, but also our experienced work force. Our customers and consumers can look for even more new and exciting products as a result. Our ongoing commitment is to make them in America and make them affordable. We want everyone to be able to afford what we are proud to make!”

This is a family owned company that came to be in 1991 when Ken Griffey and two partners bought the Parker Edwards knife facility. After a ride filled with turns and surprised, including a time when the firm actually was owned by Swiss Army Brands, Ken Griffey still heads the operation as president. His son Matt, who began to work in the factory when he was only 18, is vice president.
One of Bear & Son Cutlery’s biggest advantage and selling point is that 100% of their high-quality knives are made in their state-of-the-art Jacksonville, Alabama plant where they perform each part of the knife making task.

“Our fundamental positon is clear and absolute: we make high-quality knives, and we make them all right here in the U.S.A.,” said Ken Griffey. “And when we say Made in American, we mean everything—the steels, every component right down to the tiniest screws, and of course, every step of manufacturing. We’re a family company, and we are dedicated to keeping it exactly that way.”

Bear & Son offers a wide range of knives—from big Bowies to popular Butterflies, Bear & Son covers almost any knife that you could want. And you know that if you purchase one of their knives, you know that you can trust it.

Today, we are talking about the Bear & Son Tanto Balisong knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this Bear & Son knife is made out of 1095 high carbon steel. 1095 is a basic form of carbon steel, and is most commonly used in the construction of knives. It has a carbon content of .95% which serves to harden the steel and reduce the amount of wear that a blade will experience over time. Despite the reduction in wear created by the high presence of carbon, 1095 steel is not as tough as other types of steel due to the lower levels of manganese, which serves to harden the steel. However, the harder the steel, the more brittle the blade is going to be.1095 steel holds a great edge and is very easy to sharpen. Unfortunately, the proprieties of this steel do give it a tendency to easily rust. To combat the rusting, you will need to make sure that you wipe your knife dry after every sue and oil it every once in a while. As long as you keep up on the maintenance, your knife shouldn’t rust.

The blade on this knife has been coated with a black powder coating. The powder coating serves to increase the corrosion resistance of the blade, which is a major advantage for this butterfly knife that is prone to rusting. The coating also adds a sleek look to the knife, which gives you an elegant look to this knife.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a tanto blade style. The tanto blade has not been designed as a n all-purpose blade style, instead it has been designed to do one thing and to do it really well. The tanto blade style is going to excel at piercing through tough materials. This style of knife was originally designed for armor piercing, the tanto blade was later popularized by Cold Steel in the late 1980s, and is similar in style to Japanese long and short swords. The tanto knife has a high point with a flat grind, which leads to an extremely strong point that is perfect for stabbing into hard materials. The thick point of the tanto blade contains a lot of metal near the tip, so it is able to absorb the impact form repeated piercing that would cause most other knife blade styles to snap. The front edge does meet the unsharpened edge at an angle, rather than a curve. Because of this, the tanto blade style does not have a belly whatsoever, but instead, you have an extremely strong tip. This knife does not make a good all-purpose knife because of the lack of belly, which means that you will not have many slicing capabilities. With this Bear & Son knife, you will not be ready to take on all of life’s challenges, but you will be able to take on any situation that you need to pierce through any type of hard material.

 

Bear & Son Tanto Balisong Butterfly Knife
Bear & Son Tanto Balisong Butterfly Knife

The Handles:

The handle on this knife is made out of zinc. Zinc is a unique metal for making knife handles, but it is used for good reasons. For starters, we all know that steel undergoes the oxidation process, which forms rust. And then once the rust is present on the surface, the steel will continue to corrode. Zinc, on the other hand, has the ability to resist continued corrosion due to a very unique reaction. When zinc is exposed to the moisture and carbon dioxide that is present in our atmosphere, a protective layer of zinc carbonate forms on its surface, prohibiting the corrosion process that steel experiences. This protective barrier provides longevity that will allow the zinc handle to last for a lifetime. That being said, if it is submerged in water, the protective layer will not form, and instead, a white rust will form. This means that if you are living in a very humid environment or if you ever use this knife in a wet condition, you need to make sure that you wipe down the handle and make sure that it is completely dry before putting it away.

One of the other unique benefits of zinc is that it can “heal” itself overtime. As it continues throughout its life scratches and imperfections that were once present will virtually disappear. This is a huge advantage when it comes to maintenance, because many metal handles to get scratched over time, which is detrimental to the aesthetic and elegance of the knife; with the zinc handle, you do not have to worry about this.

Next, Zinc is also an environmentally friendly metal for a couple of reasons. This material is 100 percent recyclable metal that can be reused over and over again. Zinc is also a fungistat, which means that it prohibits the reproduction of mold, mildew, and fungus. This will also cut down on time and maintenance.

Zinc is a very soft and malleable metal that can be worked with, with ease, which does mean that it reduces the cost of this overall knife. Overall, zinc is an aesthetically pleasing, long lasting, and corrosion resistant knife handle material that is ideal for this Bear & Son knife.

The black handles on this knife are skeletonized, with five oval cut outs going down each of the handles. The handles also flare out at the end, which gives you a more secure grip and adds control when you are cutting with this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This Bear & Son knife is a butterfly knife, or a Bali-song knife, which is a folding pocket knife. The difference between a butterfly knife and a regular folding knife is that it has two handles that counter-rotate around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handle. This knife is also sometimes called a Batangas knife, after the Tagalog province of Batangas in the Philippines, where it was traditionally made.

This knife was originally used as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. They were also used as straight razors before conventional razors were available in the Philippines. This knife can be brought to play quickly using only one had. And, this knife can be used for art or amusement, when manipulations or flipping are performed.

There are two main types of construction when it comes to butterfly knives, this knife is a sandwich constructed butterfly knife. This means that the knife is assembled in layers that are pinned or screwed together. They allow the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers.

 

The Pros of the Bear & Son Tanto Butterfly Knife:

  • 1095 steel has high wear resistance.
  • The blade is very easy to sharpen and can be sharpened into a razor sharp edge.
  • The blade steel is extremely tough.
  • The blade is also very hard.
  • The coating creates a sleek look on this blade.
  • The coating on this blade increases corrosion resistance.
  • The tanto blade is extremely strong, especially the point.
  • The tanto blade excels at piercing, even if it is through hard materials.
  • The zinc handle is not prone to rusting.
  • The zinc handle is comfortable to hold, even for long periods of time.
  • The zinc handle can heal itself overtime, which means that you don’t have to worry about scratches.
  • Zinc is environmentally friendly.
  • The skeletonized handles cut down on overall weight of the knife.
  • The butterfly knife can be used for anything form self-defense to entertainment.

 

The Cons of the Bear & Son Tanto Butterfly Knife:

  • The blade is very prone to rusting.
  • The blade does not keep its edge retention for long periods of time.
  • The coating will scratch off after long periods of use or with heavy use.
  • The tanto blade shape does not have a belly, which is why it does not make an all-purpose knife.

 

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at four inches long, with a handle that measures in at 5 inches long. When this Bear & Son knife is opened, it measures in at 9 inches long. This butterfly knife weighs in at 5 ounces, which is relatively lightweight for how large of a knife this is. This knife is made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The 115 series of butterfly knives are one of several new knives released by Bear & Son Cutlery this year. This line of knives has expanded off of the popular 114 and 113 series of knives by offering different handle colors with the same traditional blade finishes and options. Offered in a wide variety of sizes, colors and finishes, these butterfly knives showcase pin construction and the blade smoothly operates on bronze phosphorus washers and precision ball bearing surfaces. This model, 115TANB, features black casted zinc handles, a closing latch with a double tang pin design and a tanto style blade in a black finish. The blade on this butterfly knife is made out of 1095 steel, which is tough and hard. The blade is easy to sharpen and can be brought to a razor sharp edge. The blade has been coated, which cuts down on corrosion and gives a very sleek look to the knife. The tanto blade shape is tough and can take on almost any task that involves piercing through something, although it does not have a belly, which means that it won’t be an all-purpose knife. The handles are made out of zinc, which are extremely corrosion resistant. The skeletonized handles cut down on the weight of the overall knife. Pick up this fantastic knife today at BladeOps.

 

Bear OPS Bold Action V Tanto Automatic Knife Review

Bear OPS Bold Action V Tanto Automatic Knife
Bear OPS Bold Action V Tanto Automatic Knife

Bear and Son has a rich family tradition in knife making. They have a skilled and experienced work force capable of performing many of the extra hand operations that go into the making of their products. The Bear & Son factory is unique: it is full self-contained. While some companies only assemble parts brought form various suppliers and put their names on the product, Bear & Son does everything in-house from building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing their products. It is these steps that ensure that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality and a real value for both the dealer and consumer.

This commitment to excellence has just improved due to rich family tradition in knife making craftsmanship not only by management, but also their experienced work force. Their customers and consumers can look for even more new and exciting products as a result. Their ongoing commitment is to make them in America and make them affordable. They want everyone to be able to afford what they are proud to make.

Bear OPS Knives is a new subsidiary of Bear & Son Cutlery. Because they take their obligation of duty to our country very seriously; their goal is to manufacture the best tactical knives available for those who serve. Bear OPS knives are made with Operational Precision for Superior Tactical Knives, or OPS, that can be relied on for any situation.

Bear OPS only uses USA manufactured parts, material, and a dedicated workforce. Bear OPS uses only premium 154CM and CPM S30V steel for their blades and use their own heat treat, waterjet, and CNC grinders to finish the blades. Bear OPS is designed and engineered by the experts in their R&D and their in-house tool makers. You will always be proud to carry a knife from Bear OPS.

Bear & Son Cutlery has already and will continue to manufacture the “best knives made in the USA” that will now include tactical and military knives made in the USA. Come pick up your favorite Bear OPS knife today at BladeOps.

 

The Blade:

This blade is made out of Sandvik 14C28N steel. This steel is ideal for the manufacturing of knife blades. This grade of steel allows for the highest attainable hardness without the compromising of microstructure integrity. This steel is often used in high end knives by top shelf manufacturers. Sharpening this blade comes with ease. The steel also has high resistance to micro chipping, rolling, or folding of the edge. This steel can achieve a hardness of 55-62 HRC. Sandvik 14C28N has a high corrosion resistance than lends itself well to working well in humid environment. Overall, this steel has optimized chemistry for a top grade knife steel with a unique combination of excellent edge performance, high hardness, and good corrosion resistance. Stainless steels have at least 12% chromium which does two things for the blade: it makes the blade better able to resist rust and corrosion. Stainless steels are also tougher than high carbon blades, and they look good for a very long time.

The blade has been finished with a black coating. Not only does the black coating provide a sleek look, it cuts down on corrosion, and reflections and glares. One of the only drawbacks to a coated finish is that it will scratch off after continuous use or time.

The blade has been carved into a semi-recurve tanto blade shape. The traditional tanto blade shape has a high point with a flat grind, which leads to an extremely strong point that is perfect for stabbing into hard materials. The thick point of the tanto blade contains a lot of metal near the tip, so it is able to absorb the impact from repeated piercing that would cause most other knives to break. The front edge of the tanto knife meets the back edge at an angel, rather than a curve. This means that a tanto blade does not have a belly. The Bold Action V instead has a recurve on the belly. The tanto blade shape is not designed to be an all-purpose knife, it is designed to do one thing and do that one thing really well. This knife has been designed to excel at piercing through tough materials. This style of knife was originally designed for armor piercing, the tanto blade was popularized by Cold Steel and is similar in style to Japanese long and short swords. While this knife will not prepare you to take on any situation, if you are ever in one that requires you to pierce through something tough, if you have this knife with you, there is no way that you won’t be able to do it.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of black and green G-10. This material is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. This material has very similar properties to carbon fiber, but because it is slightly inferior, you can get it for a fraction of the cost. And while it is cheaper to produce than carbon fiber is, it still has to be cut and machined into shape which is not as economical as the injection molding process that is used in Zytel handles.

To make this material, the manufacturer takes layer so fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. The material that results is extremely tough, hard, lightweight, and strong. G-10 is even considered to be the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and stronger than Micarta.

Checkering and other patterns add a texture to the handle, which provides for a solid, comfortable grip. The production process can utilize many layers of the same color, or varying different colors to achieve a unique look on the handle. The Bold Action V knife uses two different colors of G-10. The upper third of the handle is a black G-10 and the lower third is a green G-10.

Tactical folders benefit from the qualities of G-10 because it is durable and lightweight, non porous and can be made in a variety of different colors.

Unfortunately, this material is brittle, because all of the fibers are arranged in the same direction. This means that in that specific direction, the handle is going to be very strong. But if it is stressed in any other direction, or subjected to a hard or sharp impact, the material is going to break apart or crack. One of the other drawbacks to this knife handle material is that it does lack elegance because it does look plastic-y.

The handle on this knife is pretty simple. There are more angles than curves, although it still is very comfortable to hold, even if you are holding it for long periods of time. There is angled finger groove to allow you to get a better hold on this knife when you are using it to pierce through things. And of course, there is a finger guard to protect your fingers in case of slippage. There is also a rectangular lanyard hole on the butt of this handle.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only; however, it is eligible for a left or right hand carry option, which helps to make this an ambidextrous knife. The clip is a deep carry clip, which means that it will be easier to conceal within your pocket. The clip has been finished with a lack coating and is being kept in place by two small black screws that match the rest of the hardware on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife, or switchblade. Automatic knives fall under a strict set of laws in the United States, which means that it will not be legal to purchase, own, or carry in all states, cities, or areas. It is your responsibility as the user to know your local knife laws and obey them; BladeOps is not responsible for any consequences.

An automatic knife is a type of knife with a folding blade contained in the handle which is deployed automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is activated. The blade will pop open and lock into place until you choose to close your knife again.

There is an integrated safety on the handle. With this, you can lock your blade in the shut positon, so that you don’t have to worry about it deploying accidentally when it is in your pocket or any other situation. Plus, you can lock it open, so that you don’t have to worry about the blade closing on you when you are in the middle of using it.

One of the advantages to an automatic knife is that they will open more quickly and efficiently than a regular folding knife, so you are able to bring it into play more quickly.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4 inches long with a handle that measures in at 5 inches long. The overall length of this knife when it is opened is 9 inches. This knife does weigh in at 6 ounces, which is a little bit heavier of an everyday carry knife. The Bear OPS Bold Action V automatic knife is made in the United States of America.

 

The Pros of the Bear OPS Bold Action V Tanto Automatic Knife:

  • The blade steel is easy to sharpen.
  • The steel has a high hardness, but is not brittle.
  • The steel has a good corrosion resistance.
  • The blade has been finished with a black coating, which gives the knife a sleek black look.
  • The coating also increases the corrosion resistance of this blade.
  • The recurve tanto blade shape has a very strong tip that excels at piercing through things.
  • The pocket clip is reversible for right or left hand carry, which helps make this an ambidextrous knife.
  • The pocket clip is deep carry so it will be easier to conceal the knife.
  • This Bear OPS knife has been made in the United States of America, so you can feel proud to own, carry, and use this knife.
  • The G-10 handle is tough.
  • The G-10 handle is light.
  • The G-10 handle is durable and low maintenance.
  • Finger groove and guard to give you a safe and secure hold on this knife.
  • There is a rectangular lanyard hole on this knife.
  • The automatic function will let you bring this knife into play quickly and efficiently.
  • There is a safety toggle on the handle, so you can lock the blade open or closed.

 

The Cons of the Bear OPS Bold Action V Tanto Automatic Knife:

  • Because the blade steel is a higher end blade steel, it does increase the cost of the knife.
  • All coatings can and will scratch off after heavy use or long periods of use.
  • The recurve tanto blade shape is not an all-purpose blade shape.
  • The pocket clip is only designed for tip up carry.
  • The G-10 handle is brittle.
  • The G-10 handle does lack elegance.
  • Because it is an automatic knife, it is not legal in all states, cities, or areas of the United States.

 

Conclusion:

The Bear OPS Bold Action V knife is one of several new knives released by Bear & Son Cutlery this year. Offered in 2 different sizes, this line of push-button side-open automatic knives feature an entire arsenal of knives that offer a more tactical look and feel. Offered in a wide variety of sizes, colors and finishes, these knives showcase ergonomic styling and a convenient slide safety to prevent accidental firing. This larger model, the AC-550-B4-B, features a green and black textured G-10 handle, stainless steel liners, a semi-recurve tanto blade in a black finish and the pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left or right hand carry option. Pick up this fantastic knife today at BladeOps.

 

Bear and Son 113B Compact Butterfly Knife Review

The Outdoor Wire put together a perfect history of Bear and Son Cutlery: “This company all began in 1991 when Ken Griffey and two partners bought the Parker Edwards knife facility, a sister plant to w. R. Case and Sons in Jacksonville, Alabama, to create Bear MGC Cutlery. A lot has happened since then to establish Bear and Son Cutlery as a rising force in the knife industry.

After a series of twists and turns, including a time when the firm actually as owned by Swiss Army Brands, Ken Griffey still heads the operation as president. His son Matt, who began working in the factory when he was 18, is vice president, as is Ken’s wife Sandy, who has played a key role as vice president of purchasing and premium department.

With their supervisors and management team, they bring a combined knife experience of more than 290 years, including positions with Gerber, Case, Buck, Parker Edwards and Schrade. They head a skilled team of 82 craftsmen.

As Americans become more and more concerned about jobs lost to overseas sources, they resent it when they see the words “Made in China” on a product. And they have less confidence in the quality and reliability—especially if it’s a knife.

Bear and Son Cutlery meets the test because 100% of their high quality knives are made in their state of the art Jacksonville, Alabama plant, where they do all their own tooling, pressing, heat treating, grinding, hafting, finishing and assembly.

‘Our fundamental positon is clear and absolute: we make high quality knives, and we make them all right here in the USA,’ said Ken Griffey. ‘And when we say Made in America, we mean everything—set steels, every component right down to the tiniest screws, and of course every step of manufacturing. We’re a family company and we are dedicated to keeping it exactly that way.’

With a wide range of knives—from big Bowies to popular Butterflies—Bear and Son covers almost every knife need. Bear and Son Cutler is a family business that insists on top quality knives and is dedicated to America.”

Today we will be discussing the Bear and Son 113B Compact Butterfly Knife.

 

The Blade:

440 steel is one of the most common steels for inexpensive knife blades, because it is relatively cheap but can still stand up to many tasks. This steel is not super high in wear resistance, but it does have enough wear resistance to stand up to mild day-to-day use. While this knife is not going to handle super humid environments, it is going to allow you to take on your average tasks. There are three different types of 440 steel: 440A, 440B, and 440C. The further along in the alphabet, the better it gets. The only issue sit hat often manufacturers simply mark the blade as ‘440”, instead of differentiating the letter grade, so knowing what you are actually getting can be tricky. As a rule of thumb, if it doesn’t say 440C, it is most likely A or B, because 440C can stand up to quite without losing its quality.

The blade has been finished with satin, which is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with a fine abrasive. This finish is designed to show off the bevels of the blade as well as showcase the fine lines of the steel. A satin finish is one of the most traditional blade finishes that you are going to get, which means that this blade is going to be very classic. However, a good satin finish does add a decent chunk of cost to the knife because it is a manual process.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a clip point blade shape, which is one of the most popular blade shapes that you can get. This is a versatile blade shape which means that you can find it on a variety of knife styles, from Bowie knives to regular pocket knives. The shape is formed by having the spine of the knife runs straight from the handle and then stop about halfway up the knife. At this point, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This area looks to be cut off and on this Bear and Son knife is straight. This section is referred to as the clip, which is where the knife got its name from. Because of the clip, this knife has a lowered point, which means that you are going to have more control when you are using the knife. And because the tip is controllable, sharp, and thin at the spine, the clop point knife is exceptional at stabbing. This is because of those characteristics, the knife has less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. One of the reasons that this knife is so versatile is because of the large belly that is ideal for slicing. And slicing is one of the most common tasks that you are going to be doing throughout the majority of your days. One of the drawbacks to the clip point bale style is that because of its narrow tip it is going to be prone to breaking fairly easily.

 

The Handles:

The handle on this knife is made out of zinc. Zinc is a unique metal for making knife handles, but it is used for good reasons. For starters, we all know that steel undergoes the oxidation process, which forms rust. And then once the rust is present on the surface, the steel will continue to corrode. Zinc, on the other hand, has the ability to resist continued corrosion due to a very unique reaction. When zinc is exposed to the moisture and carbon dioxide that is present in our atmosphere, a protective layer of zinc carbonate forms on its surface, prohibiting the corrosion process that steel experiences. This protective barrier provides longevity that will allow the zinc handle to last for a lifetime. That being said, if it is submerged in water, the protective layer will not form, and instead, a white rust will form. This means that if you are living in a very humid environment or if you ever use this knife in a wet condition, you need to make sure that you wipe down the handle and make sure that it is completely dry before putting it away.

One of the other unique benefits of zinc is that it can “heal” itself overtime. As it continues throughout its life scratches and imperfections that were once present will virtually disappear. This is a huge advantage when it comes to maintenance, because many metal handles to get scratched over time, which is detrimental to the aesthetic and elegance of the knife; with the zinc handle, you do not have to worry about this.

Next, Zinc is also an environmentally friendly metal for a couple of reasons. This material is 100 percent recyclable metal that can be reused over and over again. Zinc is also a fungistat, which means that it prohibits the reproduction of mold, mildew, and fungus. This will also cut down on time and maintenance. The handle has been coated with a black epoxy powder, which increases the life of the blade by increasing the corrosion resistance. Unfortunately, a coating will always scratch off after time or heavy use.

Zinc is a very soft and malleable metal that can be worked with, with ease, which does mean that it reduces the cost of this overall knife. Overall, zinc is an aesthetically pleasing, long lasting, and corrosion resistant knife handle material that is ideal for this Bear & Son knife.

The handles on this Bear & Son Butterfly knife are black and skeletonized. The skeletonizing of the handles does reduce the weight considerably as well as adding an aesthetic look to the blade. Each of the handles has four ovals cut down the middle of each handle. These holes increase in size as they go towards the butt of the handle. These ovals also add texture to the knife, so that you can have a more solid grip on your knife when you are using it in many different environments.

 

The Mechanism:

This Bear and Son knife is a butterfly, or bali-song, knife. This style of knife is folding pocket knife that has two handles that counter rotate around the tang so that when the knife is closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles.

This knife originated in Batangas in the Philippines, so it is sometimes called a Batangas. This style of knife was commonly used by the Filipino people. It was used as a self-defense and a pocket utility knife. These knives were also used as straight razors before conventional razors were available in the Philippines. This knife is also used as an entertainment tool, with manipulations called “flipping”.

There are two styles of butterfly construction styles. This knife is a sandwich construction, which means that the knife is assembled in layers that are pinned or screwed together. This style of construction allows the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers.

There are a couple of pieces to the butterfly knife that separates it from a typical folding knife. For starters, there is the bite handle, which is the handle that closes on the sharp edge of the blade. This will cut the user if they are holding the handle when they go to close it. The other handle is known as the safe handle, which is the handle that closed on the non-sharpened edge of the blade. The bite handle is also usually the handle that has the latch on it. Then there is the kicker, which is the area on the blade that prevents the sharp edge from touching the inside of the handle and suffering damage. Then there is the latch, which is the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. Lastly, there is the tang pins, which are the pin(s) meant to hold the blade away from the handle when closed to prevent dulling; and, in some cases, a second pi to keep the handles from excessively banging together while the butterfly knife is being manipulated.

 

Bear and Son 113B Compact Butterfly Knife
Bear and Son 113B Compact Butterfly Knife

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.25 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.8 ounces. This Bear and Son knife made in the United States of America.

 

The Pros of the Compact Butterfly Knife:

  • The blade is pretty rust resistant.
  • The blade is going to be able to stand up to any day-to-day task.
  • A very classic blade because of the satin finish.
  • The clip point style blade is very versatile because of the belly that this blade boasts.
  • The clip point blade allows you to excel at piercing.
  • This blade is a fantastic all-purpose blade.
  • The zinc handles are not prone to rusting.
  • Zinc has a way of healing itself over time.
  • The skeletonized handles keep the weight down as well as adding grip.
  • The butterfly knife can be used as a self-defense weapon, a razor, and even for entertainment.

 

The Cons of the Compact Butterfly Knife:

  • The wear resistance of this knife is not super high.
  • Satin finish adds cost to the knife.
  • Because the blade does have a narrow tip, it is more prone to breaking.

 

Conclusion:

Bear & Son Cutlery prides itself on providing excellent quality and real value to all of its customers and their butterfly knives are certainly no exception. The skeletonized nature of the handles help reduce the overall weight and the pin construction eliminates the need for adjusting which makes this an ideal entry-level model. This smaller model, the 113B, features zinc handles that are epoxy powder coated in a black finish, a satin finished clip point style blade and this model does not have a pocket clip. Pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife Review

This company all began in 1991 when Ken Griffey and two partners decided to buy the Parker Edwards knife facility, which was a sister plant to W. R. Case & Sons in Jacksonville, Alabama, to create Bear MGC Cutlery. Since then, a lot has happened to really establish Bear & Son Cutlery as a rising force in the knife industry.

This company has gone through a series of twists and turns, which includes a time when the company was actually owned by Swiss Army Brands, Ken Griffey still heads the operation as president. His son Matt, who began working in the factory when he was 18, is vice-resident, as is Ken’s wife Sandy, who has played a key role as vice-president of purchasing and premium department. With their supervisors and management team, Bear and Son has a combined knife experiences of over 290 years. Needless to say, they head a skilled team of 82 knife craftsmen.

Americans are becoming increase more and more concerned about jobs lost o overseas sources, but Bear and Son Cutlery meets the test. 100% of their high-quality knives are made in their state-of-the-art Jacksonville, Alabama plant, where they do all their own tooling, pressing, heat-treating, grinding, heating, finishing, and assembly.

Ken Griffey has said, “Our fundamental positon is clear and absolute: we make high-quality knives and we make them all right here in the U.S.A. And when we say Made in America, we mean everything—the steels, every component right down to the tiniest screws, and of course every step of manufacturing. We’re a family company and we are dedicated to keeping it exactly that way.”

Bear OPS is a new division of Bear and Son Cutlery. When they first introduced the line, Bear and Son released this statement: “Bear and Son is product to introduce our new line of tactical knives—Bear OPS. Because we take our obligation of duty and to our country very seriously; our goal is to manufacture the best tactical knives available for those who serve. Bear OPS knives are made with OPS (Operational Precision for Superior Tactical Knives that can be relied on for any situation.”

Today we will be going over their Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly knife that sports a 1095 Carbon blade.

 

The Blade:

1095 steel is a basic from of carbon steel, and is most commonly used in the construction of various knives. This steel boasts a carbon content of .95% which serves to harden the steel, and also works to reduce the amount of wear that a blade will have to endure over time. Even though you do get the decreased wear because of the high presence of carbon, 1095 steel is not as tough as other types of steel because it does have lower levels of manganese, which is what hardness different steel types. However, manganese also does make blades more brittle, so this steel is not going to be as brittle as other steels. 1095 steel will make this blade hold a great edge and as a bonus is very easy to sharpen. While a heat treatment to this steel can be used to increase its overall strength, if the steel gets too brittle, it is going to break on you. This steel is also usually used on blades that are not too thin, because the thickness behind the blade keeps your knife from easily breaking. To keep this blade rust free for the longest time possible, make sure that you are rinsing it off after every use, make sure that you wipe it clean, and also that you oil it once a week. The oil will help to form a barrier that prevents moisture from reaching the steel. Because the properties of this type of steel do make it prone to rusting easily, you will often see knives with this steel finished with a coating.

And a coating finish is exactly what this blade has. While you can get this blade in a variety of different colors, the version that we are talking about today (B-600-B) sports a black powder coated finish. This coating is also known as a black paint and has one of the lower qualities out of blade coatings. Coatings provide corrosion resistance, but they will scratch off eventually. And because the powder coating is on the lower end of the quality spectrum, this coating is going to scratch off quicker than other coatings would. One of the benefits of a coated finish is that it is a matte finish. Because Bear OPS is a tactical line, the coating finish is the perfect option because there will be no reflection off of the blade to give your position away in a tactical situation.

The 1095 blade has been carved into a full-bellied drop point style blade. This blade shape is one of the most popular blade shapes that is in use today—and for very good reason. This blade style is strong, versatile, and will equip you to take on almost any challenge. One of the most common places that you are going to find a drop point blade is on a hunting knife. This is because the point on a drop point blade is lowered, which means that it is easily controllable. It is this lowered, controllable point that makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. But, you are going to find this blade shape on a variety of knives that are not hunting knives. For instance, the drop point blade shape is a very popular blade option on tactical and survival knives. This is due more to the way the shape is formed. The unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. This lowered point provides more control and adds so much strength to the tip. And while the tip on a drop point blade is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is so much stronger. It is this tip strength and its ability to hold up to heavy use that makes the drop point blade shape such a good option on tactical and survival knives, such as the Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly knife. The drop point, especially the drop point on this particular knife, feature a very large belly, which makes slicing a breeze. Drop point blades are really only known to have one real disadvantage (which is also one of its advantages), and that is its relatively broad tip. This broad tip does make it less suitable for piercing than the clip point, but you have to remember that it is this broad tip that provides the point strength hat is not going to be found on clip point knives.

This blade does feature a row of small, shallow jimping right where the blade meets the handle to add some added control when you are slicing with this butterfly knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this Balisong knife is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Aluminum is one of the lower-density metals that is commonly used in knife making. This material is extremely corrosion resistant. The majority of knife handles that are made out of aluminum are made out of the 6061-T6 alloy, which has one of the highest tensile strengths of all the aluminum alloys. This name just means that the type of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 tempered. This aluminum alloy has also been known as aircraft aluminum, because it is used extensively in aircrafts. This metal is a very durable material for knife handles, and although it is a low density metal, it still gives you a nice, hefty feel to your knife without weighing the knife down. When an aluminum handle is properly texturized, it can provide you with a reasonably secure grip that is also comfortable to use—even for extended periods of time. But, aluminum does have high conductive properties, which means that if you are using this knife during the colder months, the handle is going to feel like it is biting into your hand. Aluminum is usually considered inferior to its stronger, but also more expensive brother Titanium. Some of the pros about an aluminum knife handle is that it is going to be strong, light, durable, and very resistant to corrosion. However, it is going to be cold to hold, more slippery than some knife handles, and is susceptible to scratches and dings.

The two handles on this knife are silver, with plenty of grooves carved into them for aesthetic as well as helping with your grip. These handles are also slightly curved to give you a more comfortable hold on the knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a butterfly knife. This style of knife is also known as a fan knife and in the Philippines it is known as a balisong knife. This style of knife is a folding pocket knife, but it has a significant distinction from traditional folding knives—it has two handles. These two handles counter-rotate around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within the grooves in the handle. This type of knife was commonly used by Filipino people, especially those in the Tagalog region, as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. This knife style has also been used as an art form and entertainment form, with the art form of “flipping”.

Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife
Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife

This style of knife is actually now illegal or restricted in many countries, often falling under the same laws and for the same reasons that switchblades are restricted. This particular Bear OPS Balisong is known as a sandwich constructed balisong knives, which means that the handles are assembled in layers that are screwed together and sometimes use a ball baring system. They allow the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers.

One of the key components of a butterfly knife that other styles of knives don’t have is the latch. This is the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. This latch holds the two handles together and attaches them at their butts when the knife is opened, having them form into one single handle, without the fear of them coming apart in the idle of using this knife. The handle without the latch is considered the safe handle and closes and typically closes on the non-sharpened edge of the blade.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4.125 inches long, with a handle length of 5.125 inches. When this knife is opened, it is going to measure in at 9.25 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.9 ounces. This Bear OPS knife was proudly made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The Bear OPS Bear Song VI is one of several new knives released by Bear & Son Cutlery this year. This line of balisong butterfly knives feature an entire arsenal of knives that offer a more tactical look and feel. Offered in a wide variety of sizes, colors and finishes, these butterfly knives showcase screw construction and the blade smoothly operates on bronze phosphorus washers and precision ball bearing surfaces. This model, the B-600-B, features gently curved silver anodized aluminum handles, closing latch, double tang pin design and a full-bellied drop point style blade in a black powder coated finish. The 1095 steel used for the blade offer you high wear resistance and make it easy to re-sharpen the blade when needed. The black, coating finish is going to help fight of corrosion that this blade is susceptible to. The combination of the steel, the blade shape, and the handle material make for a truly tough butterfly knife. Pick up your Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife today at BladeOps.

 

Tactical Pens Review

Here at BladeOps, we carry more than just knives. In fact, we have a large collection of tactical self-defense pens. Today, we are going to go over what a tactical pen is and then the pros and cons of a couple of our favorites that we carry.

The modern tactical pen is two very different things—it is a usable writing tool, but it is also a weapon for self-defense. The history isn’t completely clear, but many people trace the lineage of this extremely discreet back-up weapon to the original Kubotan, which is the self-defense “spike on a keychain” that was developed by Grand Master Takayui Kubota in the 1970s.

The origin story of this weapon isn’t the important aspect though, the important thing to focus on with a tactical pen is that they can deliver a painful blow to your opponent, if you do become separated from your original weapon.
One of the biggest benefits of a tactical penis that it is going to be one of the most discreet secondary weapon that you could be carrying. It is a low-key, non-threatening tool that is going to be mostly ignored by anyone who sees you using it. They just look like a wide pen.

When using a tactical pen, you should be carrying it somewhere handy. If you let it sink to the bottom of your purse or backpack, you aren’t going to have access to it when you need it the most. If you are using this weapon as a weapon, instead of the writing tool, do make use of all of its characteristics. The pen end can easily be used to give shallow stabs to your opponent, but the blunt end can also be used for “hammering” against your opponent. Also, if you are in the middle of defending yourself, don’t just hit your attacker once. Keep hitting them until you can tell that they are rendered unable to keep fighting.

Some things to keep in mind while you are using a tactical pen: don’t let this be your one and only weapon if you are expecting to fight. It’s a great backup plan, and fantastic if you have nothing else, but it’s still a pen. Also, don’t think that after you know how to fight with a tactical pen that you will be able to fight with any regular pen. Tactical pens are specifically built rugged and thick—perfect for fighting. It’s never a bad idea to have a tactical pen as your go-to pen, just in case you also run into a situation where you have to use the pen as a self-defense tool. Just because these pens have been designed as a fighting tool, doesn’t mean that they make a lousy writing tool.

At BladeOps, we do have quite the variety of tactical pens and bands that sell tactical pens. Today we are going to go over some of our favorite tactical pens.

 

The CRKT Williams Tactical Self-Defense Pen:

CRKT Williams Tactical Self-Defense Pen
CRKT Williams Tactical Self-Defense Pen

From the very beginning, CRKT has been driven by a single purpose: to bring useful technological advancements and entirely new product concepts to today’s market. This tactical pen is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Aluminum is a very low-density metal that is often used in knife making and defense tool making. Because it is such a low density metal, it will remain sturdy in the face of an attack, but you won’t have to worry about carrying around a super hefty pen. We don’t want your hand to cramp up. This material is very corrosion resistant, which just means that this pen will last a long time, no matter which environment you live in. This is a good thing, because it would be pretty lame if your writing tool was rusting on you. The aluminum that is used in this pen is 6061-T6 allow, which means that the type of aluminum used is 6061, and it is T6 tempered. This metal has one of the highest yield and tensile strengths of all aluminum alloys, which is going to benefit you when you are using this pen as a defense tool, not so much when you are using it as a pen. Aluminum alloy is cheap to machine because it is a softer metal, which means that the cost of this pen will be less than a tactical pen made out of a different metal.

This pen has been anodized black, which just means that the steel underwent a chemical process that actually changes the color of the metal used. This gives your pen a sleek, black finish that isn’t going to chip or peel off.

CRKT does have a variety of colors and shapes, but this Williams tactical pen is a pretty basic model that is going to do a decent amount of damage. This model was designed by James Williams, who brought forth his martial arts and military training into the design and execution of the Williams Tactical Pen. Each model features a tapered body and clean lines—which allows the user to utilize its full potential while still remaining in a discreet package. The overall length of this pen is 6 inches long, with an overall diameter of 0.63 inches. This tool weighs in at a light, but strong 1.2 ounces.

 

Smith & Wesson Grey Tactical Pen and Stylus:

Smith & Wesson Grey Tactical Pen and Stylus
Smith & Wesson Grey Tactical Pen and Stylus

The next tactical pen that we will be going over is made by Smith & Wesson. Smith & Wesson is all about weapons. They started out producing guns, before moving to produce knives as well. And now, they are producing self-defense tools. But, because of their history in all things self-defense, they know a thing or two about creating the perfectly discreet weapon for you.

This pen is also made out of 6061-T6 aluminum, so you know that the pen will be able to stand up to being used as a self-defense tool, but because aluminum is such a lightweight material, you don’t have to worry about your pen tiring your hand out when using it to write.

The Smith & Wesson Grey Tactical Pen and Stylus is the third generation model of this series. This tool features a soft tip that works perfecta s a stylus for all of your electronic devices. The cap screws on and off for access to the pen and the cap can be screwed on the back end for easy storage while writing The end of the pen is pointed and can be used as a self-defense tool if the need arises. The pen writes in black and uses Schmidt p900M Parker style black ball point pen refill.

The overall length of this pen is 5.7 inches long and weighs in at 1.4 ounces. This is a sleek pen that not only works as a weapon and tool, but also gives you a stylus, which is a pro of choosing this Smith & Wesson SWPEN3G.

Smith & Wesson also offers a tactical pen that has a Firestarter and window breaker on it. Both of these different pens are available in a variety of different colors.

 

The Schrade Black Tactical Fountain Pen:

The Schrade Black Tactical Fountain Pen
The Schrade Black Tactical Fountain Pen

This is the tactical pen that I choose to carry with me. Schrade also chose to use the 6061-T6 aluminum to give you a tool that doesn’t weigh you down, but can stand up for you if needed. The Schrade Black Tactical Fountain Pen combines the best of old world style with modern defensive capabilities. It features a classic fountain pen tip and the butt of the pen can be used as a glass breaker or self-defense tool in case of emergency. The tip screws onto the back of the pen, when you are writing with it so that you don’t lose track of your cap. And the pen comes with two refills as well as Schmidt K2 converter. I can attest that the ink is smooth and the pen is easy to write with. The pen is also pretty easy to refill when you run out of ink, which can be a little bit of a hassle on some tactical pens.

The overall length of this pen is 5.7 inches long and it weighs in at 1.4 ounces. Since fountain pens aren’t typically peoples’ go-to style of pen, Schrade also carries regular pens, a pen with a stylus, and even a pen that has a fire starter and whistle on one end. These pens are available in a variety of colors.

 

The Bear Edge Tactical Pen:

The Bear Edge Tactical Pen
The Bear Edge Tactical Pen

Bear Edge is a division of Bear & Son Cutlery offers high quality products that utilize mostly imported parts that are proudly assembled in the United States of America.

Each and every model of their tactical pens accepts both Standard and Fisher Space Pen refills. This particular model is made out of a black anodized aircraft aluminum body, a threaded pen cap with a carbide tip glass breaker, and a pocket clip for added convenience. The pocket tip will keep this pen discreet and secure, so there is no chance that you lose this.

The overall length of this tactical pen is 5.75 inches long, with an overall diameter of 0.55 inches long. This pen weighs in at a mere 1.3 ounces.

 

The Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen:

The Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen
The Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

Gerber chose to make this pen out of stainless steel. Stainless steel provides excellent durability and resistant to corrosion; however, stainless steel is a heavy metal. And, stainless steel is a pretty slippery metal. But, this material is so strong. To combat the slipperiness, there are plenty of ridges and grooves carved into this pen. You won’t have to worry about lacking a grip when you are using this Gerber tactical pen. The stainless steel has been anodized to a sleek black, although Gerber does offer this pen in other colors.

The Gerber Impromptu pen is a rugged heavy-duty tactical stainless steel pent hat offers the convenience of a writing instrument with the capability to break glass in an emergency situation as well as offer a back-up self-defense tool. Not only does this pen write, but features a “Rite in the rain” ballpoint pen cartridge which means that you will able to write—even in wet conditions. The integrated stainless steel pocket clip allows for this pen to remain handy at all times and the writing component is deployed with the push-button design at the base of the knife.

The overall length of this pen is 5.68 inches and it does happen to be our heaviest pen so far—weighing in at 2 ounces. This pen was made in the United States of America. This is the only tactical pen of Gerber’s that we carry, although you can get one of their knives in a set with this pen.

 

The Boker Plus Multi-Purpose Tactical Pen in Blue:

The Boker Plus Multi-Purpose Tactical Pen in Blue
The Boker Plus Multi-Purpose Tactical Pen in Blue

Boker Plus knives and tools are innovative in terms of function and design, as well as guaranteed for everyday use. Conception, design, and construction are carried out in Solingen, and production takes place in Europe, the USA, and Asia. Boker Plus tools are in close cooperation with international acknowledged experts form military, police, and security as they develop and test tactical tools for the professional user.

With this versatile pen, you are prepared for anything. It not only serves as a high quality writing tool and a stylus for a smart phone or tablet, it also features a glass breaker tip in case of emergency and can be used as a kubotan for self-defense. The sturdy clip keeps it readily accessible at times, and the screwed on cap prevents accidental separation. The deep finger grooves provide phenomenal comfort.

Changing the ink cartridge proves to be extremely easy, you simply unscrew the pen counter clockwise to prevent accidently disassembly. This pen is compatible with Fisher Space Pen cartridge #PR4.

The overall length of this pen measures in at 6 inches, with the diameter being 13.9 mm. This knife is one of our lighter ones, weighing in at 1.4 ounces.

Boker has a wide variety of tactical pens that come in a wide variety of colors.

Bear and Son CB17 Cocobolo Butterfly Knife Review

Bear & Son is a family company that has a rich tradition in knife making. They have a skilled and experienced work force capable of performing many of the extra hand operations that go into the making of their products. The Bear & Son Cutlery factory is unique. It is full self-contained. While some companies only assemble parts brought from various suppliers and put their names on the product, they do everything in-house, form building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing their products. These steps ensure that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality and a real value for both the dealer and consumer.

This commitment to excellence has just improved due to rich family tradition in knife making craftsmanship not only by management, but also their experienced work force. Their customers and consumers can look for even more new and exciting products as a result. Their ongoing commitment is to make them in American and make them affordable. They want everyone to be able to afford what they are proud to make.

Today, we will be discussing the Bear & Son CB17 Cocobolo Balisong/Butterfly knife with a black blade.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 440 high carbon stainless steel. This steel is a relatively low cost, highly corrosion resistant stainless steel. This steel is used in many production knives because it has a good balance of edge retention and it is easy to re-sharpen. This is a good all-round steel that has now been overshadowed by many of the newer super-steels on the block. Because it is a high carbon, but still a stainless steel, you get a wide variety of benefits. The stainless steel aspect of this steel is that they generally have at least 12% chromium, which does tow things. For starters, it makes the blade able to resist rust and corrosion a lot better than high carbon blades, but it is going to be softer than a carbon steel. Because 440 steel has a high level of carbon, it is not going to be as soft as a regular stainless steel. With the high carbon aspect of this steel, you get strength and hardness which means that it is going to retain an edge for long periods of time. Overall though, with this steel you are going to get a blade that can get the job done. You are going to be able to rely on this blade to last when you need it to and to not break or chip. However, you should keep in mind that you do get what you pay for, so when being compared to other newer types of steel, it isn’t going to measure up.

The blade has been finished with a black coating. There are a few major benefits to having your blade coated instead of just finished. One of the biggest advantages is that it creates a layer in between the steel and the environment. This means that rusting is going to be significantly cut down when compared to bare steel. The next major advantage is that the coating creates a matte finish, which means that glares and reflections are cut down completely. When applied correctly, a coating can even make this blade easier to pierce because it does not have as much drag. Unfortunately, coatings are added onto the steel, instead of altering what the steel actually is. This means that a coating is not permanent and will scratch off after heavy use or over time. Once the coating scratches off, the blade is unprotected and the coating benefits are gone. The hassle with this is deciding if it is worth it to re-coat the blade, or just get a new knife. The Bear & Son Cocobolo Butterfly knife is a little bit more of a classy knife, so while you may be using it often, I would bet that this is not your EDC—which means the blade coating is going to last a significant amount of time.

The blade has been carved into a clip point blade shape. This blade style is the second most popular blade style that is in use in today’s cutlery industry—and for good reason. This blade style is all-purpose and for an all-purpose knife, it can pierce like a champion. To form this blade shape, the spine of the knife runs straight form the handle and then stops about halfway up the knife. At this point, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This portion is lower and is referred to as the clip, because it looks as if the metal has been clipped off the blade. This is also where this blade style got its name. Like mentioned, the clip creates a lowered point on this blade shape, which serves many purposes. For starters, the lowered point gives you more control over your cuts and slices. This means that you can perform fine detail work with this blade with ease. And, because the tip is controllable, sharp and thinner at the spine, the clip point makes a great stabbing weapon because it has less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. The next reason that this blade style is so popular and versatile is because it features such a large belly. Bellies are the cutting edge of the blade and the bigger the belly, the easier it is going to be to slice with this knife. While not many people do use a butterfly knife as their everyday carry knife, the majority of tasks do require slicing, which means this knife is able to act as an EDC knife if that is what you want from it. One of the only drawbacks that a clip point blade has is that the tip is fine. The fine tip means that this blade is going to be prone to breaking if it is used on harder targets. But, the fine tip also gives you the impeccable piercing ability, so you win some you lose some. You just have to decide which part you want to win and which part you want to lose.

 

Bear and Son CB17 Cocobolo Butterfly Knife
Bear and Son CB17 Cocobolo Butterfly Knife

The Handle:

The handle is made out of cocobolo wood with nickel silver bolsters.

Wood has been used as a knife handle basically since knives came into existence. There are a few major benefits to having wood handles—they are durable and attractive, wile also being pretty inexpensive. The wood allows you to have a durable, but still inexpensive handle for heavy duty knives. Really the biggest advantage to having a wood handle in the modern era is that they offer a very beautiful look to your knife. They make your knife look like a classic tool. Cocobolo is a tropical hardwood of Central American trees. When in use, it means that the manufacturer has used only the heartwood, which is wood that as a result of a naturally occurring chemical transformation has become more resistant to decay. This wood has an orange or reddish-brown color, often with a figuring of darker irregular traces weaving through the wood. This wood stands up well to repeated handling and exposure to water, which makes it a very common wood for knife handles. This wood is very hard, fine textured, and dense, but it is easily machined.

The nickel silver bolsters are used to insure strength and durabily. Nickel is hard, which is where you get the strength and durability from. But it is also malleable, which means that it is easy to work with, so it will keep the overall cost of the handle down. Nickel is also not very reactive because it reacts very slowly with oxygen. This is a big benefit because it won’t rust and it will remain shiny over time. The bright silver also contrasts nicely with the deep wood and provides a very classic, elegant look. The bolsters are on each end of each handle.

 

The Mechanism:

The Cocobolo is a butterfly knife, or a Bali-Song as they are commonly called. This style of knife originated in the Philippines, where it was called a fan knife. This style of knife is a folding pocket knife that has two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles.

This style of knife was originally used by Filipino people as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. Since then, it has been used as a razor, an entertainment tool, and time and time again a self-defense weapon.

However, this knife is now illegal and restricted in many countries, often under the same laws and for the same reasons that switchblades are restricted.

These knives are called balisong, and the meaning is not entirely clear where this name came from. Except, it is a popular belief that it derived from the Tagalog words baling sungay, which literally means broken/folding horn, because they were originally made from carved caribou and stag horn.

This Bear & Son Balisong knife has a sandwich construction, which means that the knife is assembled in layers that are generally pinned together. This allows the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. Hewn the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers.

There are a few main parts that differentiate a butterfly knife from a regular folding knife. For starters, there is the bite handle, which is the handle that closes on the sharp edge of the blade, this is usually the handle that sports the latch. The opposite handle is called het safe handle. This closes on the non-sharpened edge of the blade.

The next piece is the kicker, which is the area on the blade that prevents the sharp edge form touching the inside of the handle and suffering damage. This portion of the blade is at the portion of the blade that meets the handle and is unsharpened.

Next is the latch, which on a butterfly knife is a standard locking system. This latch holds the knife closed and keeps it from opening up when the user doesn’t want it to. Along with the latch is a latch gate that is a block inside the channel of the handles stopping the latch form impacting the blade.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3 3/8 inches long. When this butterfly knife is closed, it measures in at an even 5 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 9 1/8 inches long. This knife was made in the United States of America, so you can feel proud to own, carry, and use this knife.

 

Conclusion:

The Bear and Sons Cocobolo butterfly knife is a fine specimen. It is made with Nickle silver bolsters and genuine Cocobolo wood handle sales. The Cocobolo wood handles scales are a hard wood that can be used time and time again without eroding while also not being affected by water. The Nickle adds an element of durability to this blade. Because of the hard wood and the Nickle, the handle is low maintenance and will last a long time. The handle is elegant, without being ostentatious. The blade is made from high carbon stainless steel with a black coating. The blade is durable enough to get the job done, but won’t compare to a super steel. The blade has been carved into a clip point blade shape, which is versatile and designed perfectly for piercing. This Bear & Son knife is a butterfly knife, which is one of the few styles of knives that can be used for entertainment. The butterfly knife has pin, or sandwich construction with a handle latch. Overall, this is a spectacular looking butterfly knife with a nice smooth action. Bear & Son is a trusted knife company, which means that you are going to be getting a durable, yet still very classy knife. Pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

Bear OPS Dark Grey T/E OTF Automatic Knife Review

Bear and Son has a rich family tradition in knife making. They have a skilled and experienced work force capable of performing many of the extra hand operations that go into the making of their products. The Bear & Son factory is unique: it is full self-contained. While some companies only assemble parts brought form various suppliers and put their names on the product, Bear & Son does everything in-house from building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing their products. It is these steps that ensure that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality and a real value for both the dealer and consumer.

This commitment to excellence has just improved due to rich family tradition in knife making craftsmanship not only by management, but also their experienced work force. Their customers and consumers can look for even more new and exciting products as a result. Their ongoing commitment is to make them in America and make them affordable. They want everyone to be able to afford what they are proud to make.

Bear OPS Knives is a new subsidiary of Bear & Son Cutlery. Because they take their obligation of duty to our country very seriously; their goal is to manufacture the best tactical knives available for those who serve. Bear OPS knives are made with Operational Precision for Superior Tactical Knives, or OPS, that can be relied on for any situation.

Bear OPS only uses USA manufactured parts, material, and a dedicated workforce. Bear OPS uses only premium 154CM and CPM S30V steel for their blades and use their own heat treat, waterjet, and CNC grinders to finish the blades. Bear OPS is designed and engineered by the experts in their R&D and their in-house tool makers. You will always be proud to carry a knife from Bear OPS.

Bear & Son Cutlery has already and will continue to manufacture the “best knives made in the USA” that will now include tactical and military knives made in the USA. Today, we will be discussing the Bear OPS 110-AIBK-S Dark Grey T/E OTF Automatic knife.

Bear OPS Dark Grey T/E OTF Automatic Knife
Bear OPS Dark Grey T/E OTF Automatic Knife

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of Sandvik 14C28N Steel. Sandvik Steel Company explains this steel by saying, “Sandvik 14c28N is the latest development in Sandvik’s range of knife steels. Optimized chemistry provides a top grade knife steel with a unique combination of excellent edge performance, high hardness and good corrosion resistance.” This steel is ideal for knife blades, because this steel grade allows for the highest attainable hardness without the compromising of micro-structure integrity. This steel is often used in high end knives. With this steel, sharpening is a breeze and the blade maintains its edge for long periods of item. This steel reaches a hardness level of 55-62 HRC. This steel also sports a high corrosion resistance, which is ideal for a tactical knife such as this, because you never know what environment you are going to end up in. This steel is actually an upgraded version of Sandvik’s 13C26, through the addition of Nitrogen, which helps with corrosion resistance.

The blade has been finished satin, which is the most common blade finish that you are going to find in the cutlery industry today. This finish is created when the manufacturer repeatedly sands the blade in one direction, with increasing levels of a fine abrasive. The abrasive that is most commonly used is a sandpaper. This finish is a very traditional finish, because its luster falls right in the middle of the spectrum. This finish is used to showcase the bevels of the blade as well as show off the fine lines in the steel. The satin finish even helps increase the corrosion resistance levels of the Sandvik steel, although not enough to be super notable.

The blade has been carved into a tanto blade shape. This blade shape is not designed to be an all-purpose blade style, but instead has been designed to do one thing and that one thing exceptionally. With the tanto blade, that one thing that it excels at is piercing through tough materials. This blade style originates from Japanese long and short swords, which were created for armor piercing. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that Cold Steel modernized and popularized the tanto blade shape for common cutlery. The blade is created with a high point and a flat grind, which is where you get the crazy strong point that excels at stabbing into hard materials. The tanto blade shape has a very thick point that contains more metal around the tip than your average knife style, so it is capable of absorbing the impact from repeated piercing or tough piercing that most other knives could not withstand. The front edge of the tanto blade shape meets the unsharpened edge at an angle, rather than your usual curve. Because of this, the tanto blade does lack a belly, which you have to sacrifice to get such a strong tip. It is because of the lack of belly that makes it more of a one-task blade shape instead of your everyday carry/ all-purpose blade shape. By choosing this Bear Ops knife, you will be prepared to take on the toughest of materials. The tanto blade shape and the high end steel equip you so that you can trust this knife when the going gets rough.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this Bear OPS knife is made out of aluminum. Aluminum is a very popular knife handle material because it has quite a few major benefits. For starters, aluminum is a low density metal, so while it is tough, it is also lightweight. This is also a benefit because aluminum gives the user the heft that they want from a knife to feel like they can take on most tasks, without actually weighing the knife down. When an aluminum handle is texturized correctly, you will be able to have a pretty secure grip on the handle. Aluminum is also a comfortable handle to hold, even if it is for long periods of time. The only times that it can start to feel uncomfortable is during the colder months or in the colder environments. This is because aluminum has high conductive properties and if you are in a cold environment, the knife handle can feel like it is biting into your hand. Unfortunately, aluminum also has a limited resistance impact, which just means that it is prone to scratches, dings, and dents.

Aluminum is often compared to titanium, which is considered its brother because they have many of the same characteristics, with titanium being the higher-end metal. However, because aluminum is softer, it is easy to work with and machine, which is ideal for keeping costs down when producing an automatic knife, such as this one.

The overall pros to the aluminum handle is that it is strong, light, durable, and resistant to corrosion. The overall cons to an aluminum handle is that it can be cold to hold, it will be a little bit slippery, and it is susceptible to scratches and dents.

To help add texture, enhance your grip on this knife, and make it aesthetically pleasing, Bear OPS has added a chevron pattern near the top of the handle and near the butt of the handle. These grooves will give you the texture that is needed to keep a secure grip on this knife in most tactical situations. Plus, the manufacturer has added a few portions of jimping down the sides of the handle. These sections of jimping will help give you a more secure grip while you are working with this knife. The handle is rectangular with very few curves. However, the spine and bottom portion of the handle do curve ever so slightly to fit better in your hand and help give you a little bit comfier of a grip.

The aluminum handle has been anodized a dark grey. The anodization process not only adds a sleek color, but also increases the materials corrosion resistance, strength, and durability. And because the anodization process changes the face of the metal, instead of just being applied onto the metal, the dark grey color won’t chip off.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is statically designed for tip down carry and only on the traditional side of the handle. This is a drawback of the knife, because it means that it is not even a little bit ambidextrous.

However, along with the pocket clip, this automatic knife is equipped with a glass breaker, which may come in handy in many tactical situations. This glass breaker extends from the butt of the knife and can be brought into play quickly.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is an automatic Out the Front, double action knife. An Out the Front knife is commonly known as an OTF knife. This is a style of pocket knife with a blade that opens and closes through a hole in one end of the handle. This is different than your typical pocket knife that has its blade stored in the side of the handle. OTF only refers to the basic portion of the knife’s mechanical operation where the blade slides parallel with the handle to deploy.

Then, OTF knives can be further divided into either a manual OTF knife or an automatic OTF knife. This Bear OPS knife is an automatic OTF knife. That being said, because it is an automatic knife, it does fall under the same strict laws that a traditional automatic knife would fall under. Automatic knives are not legal in all states, cities, or areas of the United States, and it is your duty, as the user, to know your local knife laws. BladeOps is not responsible for your consequences. An automatic OTF knife blade travels within an internal track or channel in the same manner as a manual OTF knife. But the automatic main spring drive and switch mechanism enclosed within requires an automatic knife handle to be thicker and longer than a similar size manual OTF knife. The sliding switch rests on the spine of the handle. The switch does have stepping on the side of it to give you a better hold when you are trying to deploy your knife.

Then, there are also two kinds of automatic OTF knives: the single action and double action. This knife is a double action, which means that the blade will deploy and retract with a multifunction switch and spring design. This contrasts with a single action OTF knife, which would deploy automatically, but must be manually cocked or retracted to close. This being a double action automatic knife is an advantage because you can bring this knife into play and put it away just as quickly. Plus, closing the knife can be a one-handed operation.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this OTF knife measures in at 3.25 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. When the blade on this knife has been deployed, the knife measures in at an overall length of 7.5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.2 ounces and was made in the United States of America, so you can feel proud to own, carry, and use this knife.

 

Conclusion:

Bear OPS is a tactically-inspired division of the Bear & Son Cutlery brand with a sole mission of providing top-end products for those who serve. These products are 100% Berry Compliant–offering USA-only manufactured parts, materials and labor. It comes as no surprise that Bear OPS now offers a brand new automatic knife into their arsenal–a double-action out the front complete with smooth contouring, aggressive styling and a glass breaker function to enhance its versatility. This model, the OTF-110-AlBK-S, features a dark grey anodized aluminum handle, a tanto style blade in a satin finish and a pocket clip that is statically designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle. Pick up this fantastic tactical knife at BladeOps.

 

Bear OPS Bold Action III (Cali-Legal Auto Knife) Knife Review

Bear OPS Bold Action III (Cali-Legal Auto Knife)
Bear OPS Bold Action III (Cali-Legal Auto Knife)

Bear OPS Knives is a new subsidiary of Bear & Son Cutlery, which is a family owned company that was started in 1991. Their mission was to design and manufacture the “best knives made in the USA”. They proudly introduced Bear Ops because they take their obligation of duty to our country very seriously. Their goal with this subsidiary is to manufacture the best tactical knives that are available for those who serve. Bear OPS are made with the OPS (Operation Precision for Superior Tactical Knives) that can be relied on for any situation.

With a Bear OPS knife, you are going to find only USA manufactured parts, material, and a dedicated workforce. They make sure to only use supreme materials so that these knives can stand up to anything. Some of these premium materials that they choose to use are 154CM and CPM S30v steel for their blades, with their own heat treatment, waterjet, and CNC grinders to finish the blades.
Bear OPS knives are designed and engineered by the experts in their R&D and their in-house tool maker. With every Bear OPS knives, you will find a Lifetime Limited Warranty. While Bear & Son is continuing to manufacture the “best knives that are made in the USA,” you can find the “best tactical and military knives made in the USA” at Bear OPS. Because of the dedication, premium materials, and extreme detail that go into all of Bear OPS knives, you will always be proud to carry their knives.

Bear OPS products are definitely not your every-day knives. They are tough, well-made, and able to tear through just about anything that is unfortunate to be in your path. You can remain confident with these knives, because they are not going to let you down when you need them most.

Today, we will be talking about one of their bolder knives, the Bear Ops AC-325-AIBk-B Bold Action II, which is a California Legal Auto Knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of Sandvik 14C28N Stainless Steel. This steel is especially known for manufacturing knife blades because it encompasses a wide variety of characteristics that people search for in their knives. That being said, this is a premium steel, usually used for high end knives, so it is going to raise the cost of your blade a little bit. This steel has the capability to attain the highest hardness possible without compromising the micro-structure integrity. This means that it can get to HRC 55-62 while still having a resistance to micro chipping, rolling, or folding with the edge. This steel also features a high corrosion resistance which is especially useful in kitchen or survival knives. This knife will be able to resist most moisture or residue that it encounters throughout all of its messy jobs. This blade is also easy to get a fine edge on, again and again. This steel is an upgraded version of 1428CN, but this version has a little more chromium and a little less carbon, but you’ll also find the addition of Nitrogen, which is where you get the exceptional corrosion resistance. The biggest advantage that this steel sports is how crazy sharp you are able to get it, time and time again.

The blade on this Bear OPS knife has been finished with a black coating. While coatings do provide corrosion resistance, the coating will eventually scratch off. Coatings are matte, which means that the glares and reflections will be virtually non-existent off of this blade. However, once your coating has scratched off (usually after time or heavy use), the blade will have to be re-coated to maintain the protective qualities that you desire from this finish. This is a black powder coated finish. The powder is applied with an electrostatic spray gun. But before the powder is sent to the gun, it is fluidized to spate the individual grains of powder and improve the electrostatic charge that can be applied to the powder so that the powder flows more easily to the gun. The powder wraps around the back of the blade as it passes by toward the air off-take system. Then, the blade is placed in an oven and heated to a temperature that ranges from 160-210 degrees Celsius.  Because the coating is black, the blade and handle match, giving you a sleek, tough looking blade, although not particularly eye-catching.

The blade is a single-edge spear point blade style. This blade shape got its name because this is the blade shape that you are going to find on spears throughout all of history. This shape is a symmetrically pointed blade that sports a tip that is in line with the center line of the blade’s axis. You will find this blade shape on many throwing knives and daggers, although on those knives it will probably sport a dual edge. This blade shape has often been compared to a needle-point blade because they are both good for piercing. However, the spear point blade does feature a much stronger point than a needle point blade and the spear point also contains a small belly, which makes this blade shape a little more versatile. The spear point blade also features a lowered point, which means that this knife is going to be more controllable and useful for fine tip work, unlike a spear point. Often when you think of a knife having a belly, a drop point or clip point blade shape is the first to pop into your head. When comparing a spear point to either of those other blade shapes, the belly can seem especially small, but this belly does stand its own and can be used for some cutting and slicing applications. The spear point blade shape is considered a hybrid blade design and because of that, it becomes very versatile. The spear point has a great balance between its piercing and slicing capabilities, this is because it combines the sharp point of a dagger with the strength of a drop point blade, but it does still hold on to some of the belly that is required for lots of slicing. The blade sports a plain edge, which enables it to take almost any task that you can think up.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Bold Action III is made out of the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. This aluminum handle has been anodized black. Aluminum handles are very common and very respected in the knife world because aluminum is a low density metal that is extremely corrosion resistant. Because it is a softer metal, it is primarily used in knife handles and is often finished with anodization to improve the look, wear, and corrosion resistance of the blade. The most common aluminum alloy used in knife making is the 6061-T6 alloy, which means the type of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 tempered. This alloy has the highest yield and tensile strengths of aluminum alloys. This alloy is also often referred to as “aircraft aluminum”, because it is used extensively in aircraft. However, that is sometimes seen as a gimmick, because giving it that name makes it sound a little tougher than it actually is. Aluminum is inferior to its older brother, Titanium, but does have a few advantages over Titanium. For starters, aluminum is cheaper to machine and produce than Titanium and it is also more lightweight. However, this does mean that it is weaker and a little less resistant to wear.

This knife handle has been finished with an anodization process, which is the process of creating a protective oxide coating and achieving it electrolytically. The aluminum is first submerged in an electrolytic solution bath along with a cathode. When a current is passed through the acid solution, hydrogen is released form the cathode and oxygen forms on the surface of an anode. This results in a metal oxide film growing on the surface of the aluminum handle. This makes the aluminum more corrosion and wear resistant, giving the handle a longer life span than it would have if it hadn’t been anodized.

The handle is rectangular, with the portion near the blade flaring slightly. The butt of the handle is squared off and there are two finger guards near the blade to keep your fingers safe. Although the handle is more edges than curves, it is still comfortable to hold. To help provide you with a secure grip, there have been some grooves etched into the handle to give a little bit of texture.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is a deep carry pocket clip, which means that the clip is much longer than a traditional one. This also means that it is going to sit deeper in your pocket, keeping it more secure, and concealing your knife better than a traditional pocket clip. The clip is black, just like the blade and the handle of this knife and is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. In the center of this clip, Bear OPS and their logo have been stamped in silver. Most of the hardware on this knife is black, except for the button to deploy the knife and the center screw near the blade, which are both traditional silver.

 

The Mechanism:
This is a side-open automatic knife. Automatic knives in the United States have a handful of strict laws surrounding them. They are not legal in all states, areas, or cities of our country, so you need to know your local knife laws before purchasing and carrying this knife. Cali-Legal is a term that refers to the blade length that must be at or below the 2” mark while utilizing an automatic function and is by no means legal advice or a legal definition.

An automatic knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade, is a type of knife with a folding blade that is contained in the handle. On this knife, the blade is opened automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is pushed. The blade is unlocked by manually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed positon.

This knife features a plunge lock, which a knife with a push button lock that rest within a notch of the lade locking it into place. To unlock the knife, you manually dislodge the blade from the notch and then close it into place.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 1.9 inches long, with a handle measuring in at 2.8 inches long. The overall length of the knife is 4.7 inches long. The knife weighs in at a mere 1.5 ounces, making it a very small automatic knife. This knife was made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The Bear OPS Bold Action III knife is one of several new knives released by Bear & Son Cutlery this year. Offered in 2 different sizes, this line of push-button side-open automatic knives feature an entire arsenal of knives that offer a more tactical look and feel. Offered in a wide variety of sizes, colors and finishes, these knives showcase classic symmetrical stiletto styling and a convenient slide safety to prevent accidental firing. This “Cali-Legal” model, the AC-325-AlBK-B, features a black anodized aluminum handle, stainless steel liners, a single-edged spear point style blade in a black powder coated finish and the deep carry pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. The stainless steel that was chosen resists wear and rust effortlessly and the already durable and corrosion resistant aluminum handle is enhanced by the anodization process. The spear point blade is the perfect combination of strength, versatility, and sharpness. Pick up this tough knife today at BladeOps, so that you have a knife that is going to stand by you and never let you down.

 

Bear Edge 61103 Sideliner Spring Assisted Knife Review

Bear & Son is a family company that has a rich tradition in knife making. They have a skilled and experienced work force capable of performing many of the extra hand operations that go into the making of their products. The Bear & Son Cutlery factory is unique. It is full self-contained. While some companies only assemble parts brought from various suppliers and put their names on the product, they do everything in-house, form building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing their products. These steps ensure that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality and a real value for both the dealer and consumer.

This commitment to excellence has just improved due to rich family tradition in knife making craftsmanship not only by management, but also their experienced work force. Their customers and consumers can look for even more new and exciting products as a result. Their ongoing commitment is to make them in American and make them affordable. They want everyone to be able to afford what they are proud to make.

Today we will be talking about the Bear Edge 61103 Sideliner Spring Assisted Knife that is black and red.

 

The Blade:

The blade is made out of 440 stainless steel. 440 is a medium carbon, martensitic stainless steel that is very corrosion resistant and extremely tough. It can also be hardened to about RC 58. This is not considered a premium knife steel, but it does still have some very good properties for cutlery use. It takes a very fine edge, especially when heated treated properly. This is not a super brittle steel, but that also means that it is not going to keep its edge for long periods of time. In the 440 family there are three different types: 440A, 440B, and 440C. The further along in the alphabet, the better it gets. However, most blades are only classified as “440” without a letter grade. If this is the case, you can pretty fairly assume that it is not 440C, and is probably one of the lower end versions such as A or B. The differences between the three different letter grades is the amount of carbon in each of the blades.

The blade on the Sideliner has been coated in black. The biggest reason that blades are coated is to prolong the life of the blade. The life is prolonged because the coating creates a barrier between the steel and the environment, which cuts down significantly on rusting and corrosion. The coating finish also cuts down on all glares and reflections, which is ideal if you are using this knife in the field and don’t want your position to be given away. Lastly, the coating creates a very sleek look to this knife. Unfortunately, all coatings will scratch off after continuous use or even heavy use.

The blade has been carved into a modified drop point blade shape. The traditional drop point blade shape is the most popular blade shape in the industry because it is so versatile and tough. You are going to find this blade shape on a wide variety of all styles of knives. To form the shape, the unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. It is this lowered point that gives the blade so much control. And, because the lowered tip is so broad, this blade shape is one of the strongest blade shapes that you are going to come across. The difference between the traditional drop point blade shape and the modified version on this Bear Edge knife is that the spine of the edge does have a slight dip in the middle. This adds a unique look. The bottom, or sharpened edge, of the blade also has a larger belly because it has a curve to it as well. Because of the lowered tip, you are better capable of performing fine detail work. This is also the aspect of the drop point blade shape that makes it such a popular option on hunting knives—it is easier to avoid accidently nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. One of the aspects of this knife that makes it such a good option for your survival knife is that the broad tip is not prone to breaking, especially when being compared to a clip point blade shape. One of the reasons that this blade is so versatile is because of the large belly area that makes slicing a total breeze. One of the only disadvantages to having a drop point blade as your knife of choice is that it is not very capable of piercing or stabbing because of its wide point. You need to keep in mind though, that it is that broad tip that gives you the strength that you desire out of a drop point blade shape. Choosing a drop point blade is going to prepare you for almost any situation that you may encounter—whether it is throughout your everyday life, a survival situation, or on a hunting trip. The drop point blade is the perfect option for the person who wants to do a little bit of all of it.

 

The Handle:

The handle is made out of anodized aluminum. Aluminum is a very durable material, especially when used for knife handles. This is a lightweight metal alloy, which means that it gives you the nice, hefty feel without actually weighing the knife down.  When an aluminum knife handle is properly texturized, the user is able to have a reasonably secure grip on it—even if they are using the knife for extended periods of item. To add enough texture to this handle for almost any environment, Bear and Son have carved in diagonal slashes across the face of the handle. This will give you the grip that you need, even if you are in a messier situation.

On the other side of things, if you are planning on using this knife mostly during colder months or in a colder environment, it is going to feel extremely cold in your hand due to the aluminum’s high conductive properties.

An aluminum knife handle is extremely resistant to corrosion, which cuts down a quite a bit of maintenance time. Unfortunately, the handle is prone to getting scratched or dinged.

The handle has ergonomics that fit comfortably in your hand, with an elongated finger groove that gives a comfortable place to rest your grip. The finger groove also has a row of jimping in it that gives a more secure grip on your knife. The liner on this knife is bright red and sticks out from the spine of the handle. The liner also features a small row of jimping, designed to give you a very secure grip on your knife at all times.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is eligible for a left or right hand carry option, but it has only been designed for a tip up carry. The clip on this knife is black and has “Bear Edge” stamped across the middle of it in light grey. The black clip matches the handle, the hardware, and the blade on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a spring assisted knife that features a liner lock and a thumb stud.

The spring assisted knife is a knife style that is similar to an automatic knife, except that you sue your hand to partially open the blade rather than a button. Automatic knives have strict laws surrounding them that make them illegal in many areas, which is why a spring assisted knife is a great option. It is also a great option if you want a knife that will open smoothly and quickly. There is resistance after the blade is closed that will keep it closed until the resistance is overcome. Once the resistance is overcome by pushing the blade past the resistance point, the spring engages and does the rest of the work opening the knife for you.

The Sideliner features a thumb stud, which is a small stud that is on the blade of the knife close to the handle. You manually push your thumb against this stud to swing the blade out of the handle. This is a simple technique that anyone can figure out. However, it does put your fingers close to the blade, which is a drawback.

A liner lock is a folding knife with a side-spring lock that can be opened and closed with one hand without repositioning the knife in the hand. The lock is self-adjusting for wear. The modern liner lock traces its lineage to the late 19th century. But in the 1980s, the design was improved by American custom knife maker Michael Walker.

To release the lock, the user presses the lock bar back toward the handle side, at which time the blade is free to close. In the closed position, the lock bar rest alongside the handle and the blade.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.5 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.75 inches long. This Bear and Son knife weighs in at 4.3 ounces.

 

The Pros of the Bear Edge Sideliner:

  • The steel is very tough.
  • The blade steel is extremely corrosion resistant.
  • The blade is capable of taking a very fine edge.
  • The coating prolongs the life of the blade.
  • The coating cuts down on glares and reflections.
  • The coating adds a sleek look to the knife.
  • The drop point blade has a sharp point that is easily controllable.
  • The drop point blade has a big belly that is perfect for slicing anything and everything.
  • The clip is eligible for left or right hand carry, which means that it is an ambidextrous knife.
  • The aluminum knife handle is strong.
  • The aluminum handle is light, but still hefty enough to take on tasks.
  • The aluminum handle is durable and very resistant to corrosion.
  • Plenty of jimping on the handle ensures that you will have a secure grip on this knife at all times.
  • Spring assisted knives will open quickly and smoothly.
  • The thumb stud is easy to get the hang of.

 

The Cons of the Bear Edge Sideliner:

  • Because the blade is softer, it is not going to maintain an edge for long periods of time.
  • The coating will scratch off and will then have to be recoated.
  • The drop point blade is not as sharp as a clip point blade.
  • The drop point blade does not have many piercing capabilities.
  • The pocket clip has only been designed for tip up carry.
  • The aluminum knife handle is going to be cold to hold because of its conductive properties.
  • The aluminum knife handle can be a little slippery—even though it has a lot of texture across the face of it.
  • The aluminum handle is very prone to getting scratched and dinged.
  • The thumb stud does put your fingers dangerously close to the blade during the opening process.

 

 

Bear Edge 61103 Sideliner Spring Assisted Knife
Bear Edge 61103 Sideliner Spring Assisted Knife

Conclusion:
Bear Edge, a division of Bear & Son Cutlery, is making its debut this year–offering high quality products that utilize mostly imported parts that are proudly assembled in the USA. This liner lock designed model features a stainless steel blade that is deployed with dual thumb studs and the fluid action is thanks in part to the ball bearing washers it rides on. The ergonomic handle sports a diagonal milling pattern and the eye-catching red back spacer features a course jimping platform for extra security while in the hand. This model features a black aluminum handle, stainless steel liners, a modified drop point style blade in a black finish and the reversible pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left or right hand carry option. Pick up the Bear Edge 61103 Black and Red Sideliner Spring Assisted knife.

 

 

Bear OPS Manual Folder Knife (Zytel Handle) Knife Review

Bear and Son has a rich family tradition in knife making. They have a skilled and experienced work force capable of performing many of the extra hand operations that go into the making of their products. The Bear & Son factory is unique: it is full self-contained. While some companies only assemble parts brought form various suppliers and put their names on the product, Bear & Son does everything in-house from building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing their products. It is these steps that ensure that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality and a real value for both the dealer and consumer.

This commitment to excellence has just improved due to rich family tradition in knife making craftsmanship not only by management, but also their experienced work force. Their customers and consumers can look for even more new and exciting products as a result. Their ongoing commitment is to make them in America and make them affordable. They want everyone to be able to afford what they are proud to make.

Bear OPS Knives is a new subsidiary of Bear & Son Cutlery. Because they take their obligation of duty to our country very seriously; their goal is to manufacture the best tactical knives available for those who serve. Bear OPS knives are made with Operational Precision for Superior Tactical Knives, or OPS, that can be relied on for any situation.

Bear OPS only uses USA manufactured parts, material, and a dedicated workforce. Bear OPS uses only premium 154CM and CPM S30V steel for their blades and use their own heat treat, waterjet, and CNC grinders to finish the blades. Bear OPS is designed and engineered by the experts in their R&D and their in-house tool makers. You will always be proud to carry a knife from Bear OPS.

Bear & Son Cutlery has already and will continue to manufacture the “best knives made in the USA” that will now include tactical and military knives made in the USA. Come pick up your favorite Bear OPS knife today at BladeOps.

Today we will be discussing the Bear OPS manual folder knife that features a Zytel handle.

 

Bear OPS Manual Folder Knife (Zytel Handle)
Bear OPS Manual Folder Knife (Zytel Handle)

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of CPM S30V steel. This steel is made by Crucible, which is a United States based company. This steel was designed specifically for knives, which means that you are going to get all of the best qualities for your knife out of this steel. It is often used for high-end premium pocket knives and expensive kitchen cutlery. S30V steel has excellent edge retention and resists rust effortlessly. Crucible added in vanadium carbides which work to bring extreme hardness into the steel alloy matrix. When you look at this steel dollar for dollar, it is regarded as one of the finest knife blade steels with the perfect balance of edge retention, hardness, and toughness, which is one of the hardest balances to get out of a blade steel. There is only one drawback to this steel: this steel does prove to be hard to work with, which does increase the overall cost of the steel. Also, the steel is going to be tricky to sharpen, because of how hard it is to work with.

The blade has been finished with a bead blasted finish. This finish is created when ceramic beads are blasted at the steel at a high pressure. This creates an even gray finish. A blasted finish also reduces reflection and glares due to its even matte surface. The blasting does create an increased surface area and micro abrasions make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. A blasted blade, even from stainless steel can rust if left in a wet or humid environment.

The blade has been carved into a clip point blade shape. The clip point blade shape is a great all-purpose blade as well as being one of the most popular blade shapes in us today. While the Bowie knife is the most common place you are going to find this blade shape, it is popular on almost any blade style and you will find it on many pocket knives and fixed blades alike. The shape is formed by having the back edge of the knife runs straight form the handle and then stop about halfway up the knife. At this point, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This area looks to be “cut-out” and is curved. This section is also referred to the clip, which is how the shape got its name. Clip point knives look as if this section have actually been clipped out. The point on this knife is lowered, which means that you are going to have more control when you are using this knife. And because the tip is controllable, sharper, and thinner at the spine, a clip point knife will be more equipped to stabbing. The clip point has less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal because of the shape. One of the reasons that this blades shape is so versatile is because the blade has a large belly that is ideal for slicing. There is really only one disadvantage to the clip point blade, because of the narrow tip this blade point does have a tendency to be weak and break pretty easily. The drop point and the clip point blades are often confused with each other, because they are the two most popular blade shapes on the market today. They are each versatile and great for a large variety of purposes. The biggest difference between the two is that the drop point does have more strength behind the point, however, because of how broad they are, you do lose out on most of your piercing abilities. The clip point has a finer point, so you cannot take on harder tasks, but you do have your piercing abilities. These are both great blade shapes, but you have to choose which of the advantages you want out of your knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of Zytel. Zytel is a type of Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon, which is a thermoplastic material which was introduced by American chemical company, DuPont. Zytel is very strong, very resistant to bending, resistant to abrasion, and is practically indestructible. All of these things, and it is even cheap.

In this material, the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout the material, which means that it will be strong in all directions. Zytel is very similar to G-10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta, except that those materials have the fiberglass strands aligned in a single direction. That is why the other materials are brittle, but Zytel is almost indestructible.

Many people did not warm up to this material because they said it felt cheap and even hollow. Plus, Zytel does provide less grip than G-10 does.

This material is inexpensive because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and texturized in a multitude of ways in the production process. All of these characteristics leads to high volume manufacturing and a low cost.

The handle is simple and completely black. The spine of the handle curves to fit inside of your palm perfectly. The bottom of the handle has three curves and finger grooves that span the length of the handle. The first one is the deepest and least elongated. It gives you a comfortable place to rest your fingers. Lastly, there is a slight finger guard to protect your fingers from getting cut if you do slip.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual folding knife that sports a dual thumb stud and features a liner locking mechanism.

The thumb stud is one of the most common ways that a knife can be opened with just one hand. The thumb stud replaces the nail nick found on more traditional knives. This mechanism is also very straightforward to use—you hold the folded knife, place the tip of your flexed thumb on the stud, and extend your thumb to swing the blade through its arc until the blade is fully open. And because the stud does extend through the blade, which means that it is protruding on both sides, the knife is ambidextrous and can be opened with either hand. One of the only drawbacks is that because it does protrude from the blade, some people feel like it gets in the way of their tasks. The other drawback to a thumb stud is that when you are using this opening mechanism, it does put your fingers very close to the blade, you just have to be careful when you are getting used to the thumb studs.

The liner lock is the most common of today’s blade locking systems. The handle is made of two plates on either side of the blade. When the knife is opened, one side of the knife’s liner, often called the lock bar, butts up against the backend of the blade and prevents the blade form closing. The lock bar is manufactured so that it angels toward the interior of the knife, creating a bias for the locked positon. To close the knife, the knife user applies manual force to move the lock bar to the side so that the blade is unblocked and can be folded back into the handle. The liner provides a secure and convenient way to make using this knife even safer.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 2 7/8 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4 3/8 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.5 inches long. This knife was made in the United States of America.

 

The Pros of the Bear OPS Manual Folder Knife:

  • The S30V steel is strong and tough.
  • The steel maintains an edge for long periods of time.
  • The steel has the perfect balance between hardness, toughness, and edge retention.
  • The steel also has the ability to resist rust easily.
  • The bead blasted finish creates an even grey finish.
  • The clip point blade shape is all-purpose.
  • The clip point blade features a large belly.
  • The clip point blade excels at piercing.
  • This knife was made in the United States of America, so you can be proud to own, carry, and use it.
  • The Zytel handle is strong.
  • The Zytel handle is tough.
  • The Zytel handle requires zero maintenance.
  • Zytel is an inexpensive material, so it will keep the overall cost of the knife down.
  • The handle fits comfortably in your hand.
  • The thumb stud is ambidextrous.
  • The liner lock makes sure that you don’t need to worry about your blade closing in the middle of use.
  • The liner lock is a secure and convenient way to make using this knife even safer.

 

The Cons of the Bear OPS Manual Folder Knife:

  • The steel is hard to work with, which means that it will be hard to sharpen.
  • The bead blasted finish creates micro abrasions, which means that it can rust overnight if left in the worst environment—so keep up on maintenance.
  • The clip point blade is prone to breaking.
  • The Zytel handle does have a cheap plastic feel to it.
  • The Zytel handle is not going to provide as much grip as G-10 would.
  • Some people feel that the thumb stud gets in the way of things.

 

Conclusion:

The Bear OPS Bear OPS MC-110-B7-P Manual Folder Knife features a S30V modified clip point plain edge blade with a bead blast finish. The blade opens easily with the ambidextrous thumb stud.   Built by Bear OPS (a division of Bear and Son Cutlery) this knife features a black Zytel handle that is very comfortable in the hand. The knife opens smooth and locks tight into the open position with a liner lock. This knife is tough, durable, and you know that you can rely on this knife. Pick up this knife today at BladeOps.