Piranha just released their newest automatic knife, the Virus. This slim auto knife features lightning fast action, excellent quality materials and top notch US production quality.
The first thing that grabs your eye about the Virus is its slim profile. At just 7/8″ wide at the widest spot on the handle, the knife takes up nearly none of your valuable Pocket Real Estate™. The slim handle has fingernail grooves down the inner edge of both handle scales and slimmer, alternating grooves on the spine side. The spine of the handle has a dimple style texture. All these provide visual appeal and offer your hand plenty of solid grip points.
The handle is 6061 T6 Type 3 Hard Coat anodized aircraft alloy and is available in all the regular Piranha colors including black, blue, red, green, camo, plum, pink, silver, and orange. Piranha knives hold their color even with heavy use. I have a Fingerling that I have carried off and on for several years now. I have nicked and dinged the handle in several places and the color still shows strong.
The blade is CPM S30V with either a mirror or black finish. You can pick either finish up with a plain edge or a combo edge. Which means, there are 36 different variations of the Piranha Virus to choose from. The blade is a modified drop point with a full flat grind that makes it ideal for slicing tasks. The S30V is going to last for decades with proper care. For a full review of CPM S30V see our article here.
The button lock trigger is inset on the upper edge of the the front handle scale. The inset prevents accidental pocket firing yet allows easy access to the button when you press it with your thumb. The blade snaps out ridiculously fast–like every Piranha I have ever used. And the blade lock up is perfect.
A titanium, tip up pocket clip resides on the back handle scale for traditional right hand, tip up pocket carry. Sorry lefties, the knife is not reversible.
If you place a premium on precious Pocket Real Estate™ and you are looking for a high quality automatic knife that will perform to the highest standards, consider picking up a Piranha Virus.
Overall Length: 7.45″
Blade Thickness: .1″
Blade Steel: CPM S30V
Blade Finish: Mirror or Black
Blade Edge: Plain or Combo
Handle Material: 6061 T6 Type 3 Hard Coat Anodized Aircraft Alloy
The Kershaw Kurai has been around since 2012. This little gentlemen’s folder gives you a touch of class at an unbelievable price.
Built with 3D sculpted aluminum handle scales that are paired with a carbon fiber patterned upper scale, the Kurai manages to look evening dress presentable while still maintaining a classic toughness that won’t let you down when you need to make some cuts.
The drop point blade boasts a titanium carbo nitride coat that adds a touch of tactical. It opens with ambidextrous thumb studs. Lock up with the liner lock is nice and tight.
Just hitting the shelves is the much-anticipated Kershaw Emerson collaboration knife, the CQC-3K. This folder boasts the classic “wave feature” from Emerson that allows you to open the knife as you pull it from your pocket. Easily one of the coolest structural mechanisms to hit the knife market in the past few decades, the “wave feature” is quite simply a small curved integral hook that sits at the spine of the blade where it meets up with the handle. When you withdraw the knife from your pocket, if you pull it outwards also, the hook snags the edge of your pocket from the inside and the force of your pull draws the blade from the closed position to the fully open and locked position. Not only does this look awesome when done properly, it allows you to pull the knife out and have it ready to use in an instant. Although not an auto knife, you may actually feel like it is one. This “wave feature” was designed to allow ranchers and farmers to pull their knives out and have them ready for action immediately. It makes for easy one hand operation.
What else is great about this knife? All kinds of things. First, it is being manufactured by Kershaw Knives which means you can count on high quality production. Second, because it is being produced by Kershaw, you can get what is essentially an Emerson knife for well under $100. In fact, you can pick this one up for just a hair under $40–an unbelievable price for an Emerson.
The knife has a black finished tanto blade that can also be opened with the thumb disc that sits atop the blade spine. This means the knife operates as a truly ambidextrous model. The tip up pocket clip gets into the act by being right/left reversible. The handle is comfortable to hold and provides plenty of grip with its front G10 scale. The framelock back scale is 410 steel with a black oxide coat. It functions flawlessly and keeps the blade open when you want it that way.
This is a spectacular collaboration that provides a fantastic every day carry knife at a price that won’t destroy your budget. Find the Kershaw Emerson CQC-3K on our site here. Let me know what you think of yours down below.
Designed by Emerson, built by Kershaw
Thumb disk; “waved shaped opening feature”
Reversible pocketclip (left/right)
Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide coating
Handle: Textured G-10 front, 410 black-oxide coated back