Kershaw Junkyard Dog 2.2, Composite Blade, KS1725CB Knife Review

Kershaw Junkyard Dog
Kershaw Junkyard Dog

The Kershaw Junkyard Dog II Flipper knife, model 1725CB, features a composite blade made of two steels to give you high performance cutting and a strong spine.  The high performance Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel on the spine has an increased amount of nitrogen in the mix to give it maximum corrosion resistance as well as high hardness for durability.  The cutting edge is high carbon high chomium D2 steel.  The best of two worlds combined into one blade with attitude.

This USA made knife also has two black G-10 scales with tons of texture to give you a solid, secure grip whatever the circumstances. Built for speed, performance and reliability, you snap this blade out by pressing the flipper and then giving the knife a slight flick of the wrist.  The blade locks into the open position nice and tight via the liner lock.
With an overall length of 8 1/2″, the Junkyard Dog is a rough and tumble knife built for heavy daily use.  Get one in your hand and you’ll instantly see why they call it the Junkyard Dog.
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Lion STEEL and BladeOps

Lion STEEL TiSpine Knife
Lion STEEL TiSpine Knife

The SHOT Show was fantastic and as part of our visit there, we are very excited to announce that within a few weeks, we will have Lion STEEL products in stock and available.   We will start by carrying a large selection of the SR-1 series as well as the TiSpine knives.  Let us know if there are additional knives from Lion STEEL that you would like us to bring in as soon as possible.  Looking forward to having these knives in stock and ready for shipment.

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Benefits of G10 Knife Handles

Gerber 06 Knife

G10 is quite simply a thermoset plastic laminate.  It is built using high pressure on layers of fiberglass mesh cloth that are impregnated with an epoxy resin binder.  The resulting material is called G10 or sometimes G-10.  Often used in Printed Circuit Boards, it is also used extensively on knife and gun handles.

It is used for knife handles because of a few very specific advantages.  First, G10 has amazing dimensional stability.  It doesn’t shrink or swell when exposed to high or low temperatures.  It has temperature ratings of 180 degrees Celsius.  Second, G10 also has very high mechanical strength.  It is difficult to break.  Third, it is relatively lightweight which allows for less carry weight on knives. And finally, when being manufactured, the G-10 can be layered in a variety of ways to create many different looks and colors.

Because of these specific properties, knife makers love to use G-10.  Why, as a knife user, should you love it?  For some of the same reasons as well as a couple more.  Here is a quick list of why I love G-10

  1. Shapeable which means more comfortable and grippable handle shapes
  2. Similar traction whether wet or dry–better grip in rough conditions
  3. Different texture finishes which allow for higher or lower grip handles–depending on expected use conditions.
  4. Lower weight — lighter knife
  5. Colors are infinite which allow for some very custom looks–there is even a glow in the dark G-10

If you haven’t tried G-10, get a knife that has some and let me know what you think.  If you already have a knife with a G-10 handle–let me know what else you like about it.

 

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Browning Knives

We have a full selection of Browning Knives here at BladeOps.com.  Just this year, Browning came out with their line of Black Label knives.  This line focuses specifically on combat and urban tactical style knives as well as some high end office worthy knives with just a touch of tactical to them.  Within the Black Label knife line there is a good mix of fixed blade and folder knives as well as a tomahawk and a set of throwing knives and even a very nice push dagger.  I especially like the Flash Folders.  At under $25, these folders are a steal of a deal.  Check out the Black Label line of knives at BladeOps and let us know what you think.

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SOG Fielder Knife, Manual Folder

The SOG Fielder is an amazingly well built folder with high luster bolsters and vertical grain wood inlays.  The visual appeal of the wood and the bolsters makes this manual folder knife stand out in a very crowded field.  This fairly inexpensive knife is great for every day carry.  It has a touch of class, so it will look great in the boardroom.  But at the same time, the reliable and well built SOG Fielder also performs in the outdoors.  This is a great pocket knife.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Length: 7.8”
Blade: 3.5” x .089”
Steel: 7Cr13 Stainless – Rc. 56-57
Finish: Polished
Edge: Straight
Weight: 4.4 oz
Handle: Stainless Steel/ Wood
Comes With: Pocket Clip
MSRP: $30.00

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Benchmade H&K Snody Axis Knife

Benchmade makes fantastic knives.  Their H&K line of knives are built in their factory with the HK logo.  Each one of these knives carry the legendary craftmanship as well as the warranty of a Benchmade knife.
One of the extremely popular styles of knives they build are the AXIS knives.  These knives have a pull slide in the handle that allows you to either unlock the blade (from the locked open position) or to open the knife.  This particular knife the 14255, is a manual folder that can be opened by pushing on the thumb stud.  The blade glides open easily.  The 14255 sports a tanto point blade with a plain (unserrated) edge.
One of the very nice things about this particular model is the G10 handles are built flat.  This means the 14255 has an extremely thin profile for very comfortable carry in your pocket.  The pocket clip is reversible for right or left handed users (tip up).

SPECIFICATIONS:

Blade Length: 3.40″
Blade Thickness: 0.150″
Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
Blade Hardness: 58-61HRC
Blade Style: Modified Tanto; Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
Weight: 4.96oz.
Clip: Tip Up, Reversible, Black
Lock Mechanism: AXIS
Overall Length: 8.19″
Closed Length: 4.50″
Sheath Material: Sold Separately

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Benchmade HK Monochrome Steirer Eisen Manual Folder Knife

Benchmade recently released their first H&K knife designed by Steirer Eisen.  This knife, the Monochrome Folder Knife, is built strong and durable for whatever circumstances you may find yourself in.  The drop point blade is made of N690 stainless steel (RH of 58-60) and has a length of 3.04″.  This all black blade looks and cuts good.  The blade is opened with either of the ambidextrous thumb studs.  As you slide it open, the blade opens smooth.  As the blade opens, there is no feeling of looseness or wobble that you sometimes find with some folder knives.  The blade locks in place with a monolock.  A monolock is similar in nature and function to a framelock with a slightly different look.  At a full 7.37″ when open, the Monochrome is a big enough knife to get nearly any job done.
The handle features some jimping at the top on both the spine and the belly of the handle.  The jimping makes for a solid grip.  The skeletonized handle reduces weight and gives the Monochrome a great look.  Available in either a standard plain edge blade (Model 14320BK) or in a part serrated blade (Model 14320SBK), the Monochrome is a nice, affordable folder knife built by a company you can trust. 

SPECIFICATIONS:
Manual Folder, Side Open
Drop Point Blade
N690 Stainless Steel Blade
Clip: Black, removable, Tip Down
Lock: Monolock System
Handle Material: 420J Stainles Steel
Blade Length: 3.04″
Blade Thickness: .115″
Handle Thickness: .35″
Open: 7.37″
Closed: 4.345″
Weight: 3.84 ounces

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