Meyerco Dirk Pinkerton Variable Broadhead Neck Knife Review

Meyerco is the original assisted opening mechanism knife company. Thanks to the creative mind of Blackie Collins and the legendary vision of Bill Meyer, they were able to produce and patent the first assisted opening knife. The first MEYERCO knife was called the Strut’N’Cut. It is this very same Strut’N’Cut that won the 1997 Blade Show’s “Most Innovative American Design” award. They have never stopped improving from their roots of function, design, and quality. Their mission is to continually improve their products and offer the market the best possible product at a fair price that they everyday user can afford. They will never stray from this and they back it up with their Forever Warranty and the best customer service department anyone could ask for.

Meyerco says, “Dedicated to every user we have, from those who serve to serve us, to everyone who puts their life in harm’s way to protect us and guarantee our way of life to those how use our products for day in and day out chores. All of us at Meyerco hope that the next time you are ready to make a decision on which cutlery product to purchase; you’ll look at one of our many knives we offer. We know you won’t be disappointed, and you’ll be back to purchase another of our great products once you see how we perform.”

This is a collaboration with Pinkerton Knives, who says, “My interest in knives started at a young age. My father always carried a knife with him and used it daily. He expected a lot from his knives and instilled that in me. As I got older, I became interested in handmade knives and started collecting them. That was when I met custom maker and designer, Darrel Ralph. After ordering some of his knives, I finally convinced him to let me come by his shop to pick them up. It seemed silly to pay for shipping when I lived about 30 minutes from him. Once I started doing that we became good friends. I never actually apprenticed with Darrel. I just kept asking questions and bugging him to make designs I liked. Eventually, I became tired of him saying ‘no’ and decided to make my own knives. Darrel gave me use of is shop if I needed it. I guess you would say Darrel was my mentor.” When talking about his experience and the way he chooses to design knives, he says, “I approach [sic] to designing knives developed during my 18 yr. career in the physical security field. During that time, I had the opportunity to train and work with Police, fire/EMT, military, the Secret Service and other agencies. What I learned showed me the potential of a knife beyond normal utility tasks. I learned how easy it was to conceal a very large knife and how much damage a very small knife good inflict. This is also when I started thinking that the knife’s handle should permit multiple, secure grips and the blade should follow by being effective in those different grips.”

Today we will be discussing the Meyerco Dirk Pinkerton Variable Broadhead Neck Knife.

Meyerco Dirk Pinkerton Variable Broadhead Neck Knife
Meyerco Dirk Pinkerton Variable Broadhead Neck Knife

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of AUS-6 stainless steel. AUS-6 is an entry level Japanese cutlery steel in the same class as 440A. AUS-6 is one grade higher than AUS-4 and one grade lower than AUS-8. This steel takes a very fine edge, though edge retention is not as good as steel such as 440C. Overall, this is a soft steel that’s generally low quality with relatively little carbon content but it resists corrosion reasonably well.

The blade has been finished with a satin finish. The satin finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with a fine abrasive. For reference, the finer the abrasive and the more even the lines, the cleaner that the satin finish will look. Another benefit of a satin finish is that it helps to resist corrosion slightly. A high quality finish takes great hand skill. In terms of luster, it falls in a pretty medium level—there are more matte finishes and there are more reflective finishes. Because of this, this is the most popular blade finish used in the cutlery industry today.

The blade has been carved into a needle-point or dagger point blade. This blade is well-named because the two sides of the blade run at an angle toward each other to meet at the tip in a very sharp point. This knife blade shape is most commonly found in daggers or fighting knives, because the tip is long and very sharp and can penetrate into softer targets easily. This blade shape is very popular among military and police personnel because of their ability to be easily concealed and easily withdrawn from their sheathes. There are also some drawbacks to this blade shape. For starters, the blade lacks a belly, so it is not going to be an all-purpose blade design. Also, the blade contains quickly-thickening edges, so it is not going to be good for slicing or slashing. Plus, this blade shape does have a very sharp and thin point, which means that it has a tendency to break when used on harder targets. This is not an all-purpose blade, but it makes an excellent self-defense weapon.

This blade has a plain edge, which means that it will be easier to stab with it. And, the plain edges do give cleaner cuts.

 

The Handle:

This knife is a full tang knife, which means that the blade and the handle are made out of the same piece of metal. Because the entire knife is made out of one piece of metal, there are no weak spots where the blade and the handle have been molded together, which means that this knife will be exceptionally durable. This is ideal for a self-defense knife, because in a moment where you are needing to defend yourself, you really don’t want to be dealing with a broken knife.

This means that the handle is a stainless steel handle. Stainless steel provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion but is not particularly lightweight. In addition, stainless steel handles can be pretty slippery, which means that something has to be added to the handle to give you proper texture.

This handle has been wrapped with cord to provide you with the best texture. This cord is a highly versatile multi-filament nylon cord that has so many uses, applications, and benefits. You can almost use this cord for as many purposes as you can duct tape. Not only does the cord add texture and color to the handle, it also has great survival benefits. This cord is strong, durable, lightweight, water and mildew resistant, and has inner strands that can be removed and used if you are in need of a smaller thread. By having this paracord with you at all times, you are not only prepared to take on almost any tactical issue, you are also prepared for almost any survival issue.

This is a small knife, which is perfect for concealing. However, it will be a little bit trickier to get a good grip on the knife, so along with the cord wrapped handle, there is a large hole cut out of the blade before the handle begins that you can stick your finger through and then punch with this knife. This enhances your self-defense ability. The butt of the handle is squared off.

The overall pros of the stainless steel handle are that it is strong, durable, and corrosion resistant. This is a quality handle material because of how strong and durable it is—perfect for self-defense. The cons of the stainless steel handle are that it is heavy and sometimes can be slippery—if the cord happens to come off.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a fixed blade, which is ideal for a self-defense knife.

For starters, fixed blades are stronger because there are no moving parts that could break. Also, because it is a full tang fixed blade, it has extra strength, which is exactly hat you need from a self-defense knife.

Second, maintenance is much simpler, because all you have to do is wipe down the blade and handle and oil it occasionally.

Thirdly, the blade is less likely to break because the blade can be thicker than a typical folding knife.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath is made out of glass filled nylon, or GFN. This is a similar material to Zytel, which is a thermoplastic material. This material is practically indestructible because of how the nylon fibers are arranged: they are arranged haphazardly, which means that the material is strong in all directions, instead of being arranged in one direction which would make it brittle. Because of how the fibers are arranged, the material is also resisting to bending and abrasion.

Plus, this material is very cheap because it is injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a wide amount of ways in the production process.

However, many people did not love the material because it feels cheap and somewhat hollow. This material is also less grippy than many people desire—but with a sheath, you don’t have to worry much about the grip.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 1.25 inches long, and four inches overall. This knife weighs in at a mere 2.24 ounces, which means that you can have it with you at all times and not feel like you are being weighed down. You pretty much won’t even notice the weight of this knife around your neck, in your boot, or wherever you choose to put it.

 

The Pros of the Meyerco Dirk Pinkerton Variable Broadhead Neck Knife:

  • The blade steel will take a very fine edge.
  • The satin finish is the most traditional finish.
  • The satin finish does help with corrosion resistance properties.
  • The satin finish will never go out of style.
  • The dagger point blade is perfect for self-defense.
  • The dagger point blade has a very sharp point, that is perfect for stabbing.
  • The knife is a full tang blade, which adds a high amount of durability to the blade.
  • Stainless steel is very strong for a knife handle.
  • Stainless steel is very durable for a knife handle.
  • Stainless steel is very corrosion resistant, which means that your maintenance time will be reduced greatly.
  • The handle is wrapped with a cord, which adds enough texture to give you an excellent grip.
  • The cord wrapped handle adds an element of survival to this knife, instead of just tactical.
  • This is a fixed blade, which is stronger and more durable than a typical folding knife.
  • Fixed blades are easier to maintain than a regular folding knife.
  • The sheath is practically indestructible.
  • The knife is light enough that you can have it with you at all times.

 

The Cons of the Meyerco Dirk Pinkerton Variable Broadhead Neck Knife:

  • The blade steel is a lower grade steel, which is not as durable as many other steels.
  • The blade steel does not hold an edge as long as many other steels.
  • The dagger point blade style does have a weaker point, so you cannot pierce into harder materials.

 

Conclusion:

The Meyerco® Dirk Pinkerton Variable Broadhead Neck Knife is built to take on the very toughest chores you can throw at it. With the high quality, Blackie Collins designed rubber handles, you will be able to “hang on” much better no matter how messy the job is. Features ambidextrous cord-wrapped handle, stainless steel blade and glass filled nylon holster. Measures 4″ overall, with a 1-1/4″ blade. The blade steel that is chosen can take a very fine edge, which means that you can keep this blade very sharp at all times—perfect for your new self-defense knife. The cord also adds an element of survival, because the cord is the ultimate survival material. Limited forever warranty. Pick up your new neck knife today at BladeOps.

 

Brous Blades 2nd Generation Silent Soldier Neck Knife Review

Brous Blades Silent Soldier
Brous Blades Silent Soldier

Doing an inventory last week and we found these sweet neck knives from Brous Blades that never made it into our inventory for some reason.  So, in light of the fact we found 12 of them, I decided to review this knife.  Brous Blades hit the knife market with a bang a couple years back and hasn’t stopped wowing his followers ever since.  The very first knives of his that we carried were Silent Soldier neck knives.

After the first run of these popular neck knives sold out, he decided to make a few adjustments to the design and came out with the 2nd Generation of Silent Soldier neck knives.  This V1 style features a Wharncliffe style blade along with two finger holes and an extended finger choil for your finger.

There are actually 7 different grips with which you can hold the Silent Soldier V1 knife. Built from one machined piece of D2 tool steel, this every day carry tool allows you to get nearly any cutting done as well as doubling as a formidable self defense tool.  It comes in a kydex sheath with a belt clip, but if you remove the belt clip, you can attach the included black bead neck chain and carry it around your neck.

Built with the attention to detail you would expect from any Brous product, the handle has small patches of jimping right where you need them to get a nice, solid grip on the knife.  It also has the Brous Blades name on the spine–which I think makes a really nice neck knife into a classy, really nice neck knife.

If you want a neck knife that will last for generations with proper care, get the Brous Blades Neck Knife.  You can find all of our current stock here on our website.

Here is a nice video comparing the V1 from Generation 1 and Generation 2.  The video depicts the satin finished version instead of the black finished version we have in stock–but the style is the same.

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

  •  Overall Length: 4.625″
  • Blade Length: 2.33″
  • Blade Thickness: .187″
  • Blade: Steel: D2
  • Blade Type: Wharncliffe Fixed Blade
  • Sheath: Kydex
  • Grind: V
  • Weight: 1.4 oz.

Now introducing….Survive! Knives

SKGSO5.0TBKCSurvive! knives have quickly become one of the most popular and highly sought after knife brands on the market today. Specializing in high-end fixed blades and neck knives, Survive! knives have quickly caught the attention of many knife enthusiasts, but especially those who are big proponents of outdoor/survivalist knives.

SKGSO4.1BMM390CYBased out of Pennsylvania, Survive! knives owner Guy Seiferd stands behind his products 100% and offers a lifetime warranty just like many of the big manufacturers today. These elite fixed blades offer a wealth of options including bow drill divots, ferro notches, different micarta handle colors and even sheath colors. For blade steel they are utilizing mostly CPM 3V and even CPM 20CV–both offering superior edge retention, corrosion resistance and great impact strength for even the toughest of applications–just like a true fixed blade should be.

SKGSO5.1TBRBRThe most recent knives to hit our shelves has been the 6.75″ blade 7/7 model which is only just the 5th production model to be released from Survive! knives. Previously we have seen the necker knife, the 4.1 model, the 5 model and finally the 5.1 model. The model numbers due in fact correlate with the blade size so make sure you keep an eye out for future models such as the necker II, the 3.5 model, the 6 model and even the 10 model.

SKNECKBLKSKGSO7.7TBKBKAll in all, Survive! fixed blades have without a doubt earned their place in the knife industry and its exciting to see the demand grow for these almost on a weekly basis. To find out more information on Survive! knives feel free to visit them at www.surviveknives.com and to check out the lastest selection here at BladeOps, make sure to click here

Brous Blades 2nd Generation Silent Soldier Neck Knives

Gen 2 Brous Blades Silent Soldier
Gen 2 Brous Blades Silent Soldier

Just in, we have two variations of the 2nd Generation Silent Soldier Neck knives from Brous Blades.  These are high quality, D2 steel neck knives that are built to perform.  They come with a fantastic sheath.  Check them out on the website.

The TOPS Knives Thumb Nail Knife is one of the best little knives we have found on the market.  This knife is great for your survival kit, your backpack, or wherever you may find yourself.  Great grip, comfortable to hold, the blade shape gives you lots of cutting power.  Comes with a Kydex sheath. 

SPECIFICATIONS:

O/A Length: 3 1/4″
Blade Length: 1″
Thickness: 1/8″
Steel: 440C RC 58-60 Cryo Treaded
Blade Color: Sand Blast Finish
Country of Origin: USA

Cold Steel Point Guard Knife, Plain Edge, 49FP

The Cold Steel Point Guard knife, inspired by a Fred Perrin designed custom knife is an incredibly thin, flat knife.  Extremely light, the Point Guard knife comes with a Secure-Ex sheath.  Made specifically for your hand, this knife is made so you can use the shortened pistol grip comfortably.  The G-10 scales and the skeletonized style make it almost unbelievably light.  This is one of the better neck knives we have seen on the market.  It can also be carried in a pocket, on a belt or even on a leg strap. 

SPECIFICATIONS:
Name: Point Guard Plain Edge
Blade Length: 4″
Overall Length: 6 3/4″
Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
Weight: 2.8 oz
Handle: 2 3/4″ Long G-10
Sheath: Secure-Ex® Neck Sheath

Cold Steel Mini Tac Series

Cold Steel has dedicated themselves to making the strongest, sharpest knives in the world.  Since 1980, they have been producing high quality knives that serve specific as well as general needs for knife users.  One of their knife lines, the Mini Tac Series, are neck knives.  These knives are all light and come with a Secure Ex sheath.  Each one can be worn on a neck chain or you can carry them on a belt or almost anywhere else you can think of. 
The Cold Steel Mini Tac Knives may be some of the smaller knives that you come across, but they perform just like a full size knife.  Their blade lengths range from 3″ all the way up to 3 3/4″.  What does this mean to you?  It means that even though your Mini Tac knife is small–you aren’t giving up any blade real estate.  These knives are each made with a shorter handle than a normal knife, but this doesn’t affect your ability to hold and use your Mini Tac Knife.  As you can see in the picture of the Mini Tac Kiridashi knife above, these knives are made with a comfortable spot for your forefinger. These knives are flat and sport a full tang.  Beacuse of these design features, the Mini Tac knives are amazingly easy to hold onto and don’t roll or twist in your hand.  If you haven’t tried a Cold Steel knife, a Mini Tac might be a great intro knife into their amazingly full line of high quality, well built knives.  But be warned, once you get your first Cold Steel knife, it is hard to stop.  They are addictive.

Cold Steel Mini Tac Beaver Tail Knife

We just got into stock a bunch of new Cold Steel knives that will be showing up in the next few days.  The first one I put into the system was the Mini Tac Beaver Tail.  This is sure to be an extremely popular knife.  When we first get knives, we typically order just a few of them to make sure they are the kind of product we want to sell at BladeOps.com.  I have generally liked everything that Cold Steel makes.  They make an extremely durable and strong product with a specific market in mind. 
The Mini Tac Beaver Tail knife is incredible.  It is small enough to carry on a neck chain (provided). Or you can carry it in your pocket–or really just about anywhere since it is so small.  The blade shape is unique, and extremely useful.  But the all time best thing about this knife is the handle.  It is short, but shaped so that it feels like a big size knife in your hand.  Some small knives, you grab onto them and you feel as if they are too small to do anything with.  The Mini Tac Beaver Tail gives you a ton a control.  It has a specially designed finger spot for your forefinger which gives you all kinds of control of the knife.  Made with G-10 handle scales, the knife is a full tang design which increases it’s strength.
This is a great little knife for nearly any situation.