White Godfather Spring Assist Knife Review

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of a stainless steel. When it comes to knives, there are two groups of steels that are most often used: a stainless steel or a high carbon steel. Stainless steel blades usually have around 12% chromium, which works to increase the rust and corrosion resistance abilities of the blade. However, a stainless steel is going to be a little bit softer than your typical high carbon steel blade. This means that while the blade will be easier to sharpen, you are also going to have to sharpen it a lot more frequently. One of the other benefits to a stainless steel is that they are tougher than a high carbon steel, but also not as hard. And then of course, there is the benefits that everyone assumes form a stainless steel: they do not rust or stain easily. That being said, stainless steels do have the ability to rust, so with this knife, you need to make sure that you are drying your blade off in between uses and oiling it every once in a while. Lastly, stainless steels do not chip easily and their look is preserved for longer periods of time than the high carbon blade would be. Because of these characteristics, the White Godfather is going to make a great everyday carry blade.

The blade has been finished with a satin finish, which is the most popular and traditional of blade finishes used in the cutlery industry today. This is the perfect option or the White Godfather, because it is made to look traditional and elegant. Any other finish and the handle and blade would crash aesthetically. The satin finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of fine sandpaper. This finish is designed to show off the bevels of the blade as well as showcasing the fine lines in the steel. The satin finish also works to increase the corrosion resistance of a blade, but not enough to depend on it—you will still need to maintain your blade.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a drop point style blade, which is the most popular blade style on the market. Not only is this blade shape tough, it is also extremely versatile—which means that you will be equipped to take on almost any tasks that you encounter. The style of blade is created by having the spine of the knife run straight form the handle to the tip of the blade in a slow curving way. The sharpened edge of the knife bulges out before it curves upward to meet the lowered tip. The lowered tip is what gives the drop point style blade plenty of control when you are using it. This is ideal for fine tip work or carving. The lowered tip on the drop point knife is also a broad tip, which is where you get the characteristic strength of the drop point from. It is this strength that people have come to love, because it allows you to accomplish near any task without you having to worry about the point snapping or breaking. The drop point style blade also sports a large belly, which is perfect for slicing. This is what allows the user of this knife to take on such a wide variety of tasks. There is one disadvantage to the drop point style, and it just so happens to be one of its key advantages: because the tip is so broad, you do lose out on most of your ability to pierce or stab. You need to remember that it is also this broad tip that gives you the strength you know and love. Often times, the disability to pierce isn’t a huge deal to people, because you get so many other advantages with this knife. And most likely, you aren’t going to be stabbing very often throughout your everyday life.

The White Godfather does have a combo edge. This means that the half closer to the tip of the knife is a plain edge and the half closer to the handle is a serrated edge. The idea behind a combo edge is that it allows you to have the best of both worlds. In a perfect situation, you are able to use the plain edge portions for fine tip work or slicing, and the serrated edge section for sawing through the thicker materials. Plain edges are designed to give cleaner cuts. They are also easier to sharpen because you don’t have to worry about the teeth getting in the way. Serrated edges are designed to be the tough guy, and are ideal when you need to saw through something thick, such as rope or branches. The idea behind a combination edge is a solid one, and many people do love them. However, some people feel that because each portion (plain and serrated) are small, you actually can’t use either of them to full capabilities.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of white polymer inlays with stainless steel bolsters.

The stainless steel bolsters will provide high durability and resistance to corrosion for this knife. Stainless steel is not a lightweight material, but since the entire handle is not made out of stainless steel, and instead just the bolsters, the weight will be a bonus. The weight of the stainless steel bolsters will provide you with the heft that is needed to take on many tasks throughout your day.

The polymer inlays have ben screwed into the handle with silver pins. The polymer is white and marbleized, which gives this knife a very unique look.

The handle is beefy, and most rectangular. The spine and bottom edge of the handle which curves outward slightly, which allows the handle to fit inside of your hand very well and comfortably. However, since it is a beefier handle, if you have small hands, this knife might not be as comfortable for you to use. The butt of the handle does flare out slightly, which gives the user additional control over the knife. At the tip of the handle, where the blade begins, there are two waves that extend out of the bolster. These two wave-like structures are there to protect your fingers in case of a slipping incident.

 

The Pocket Clip:

White Godfather Spring Assist Knife
White Godfather Spring Assist Knife

The pocket clip that comes with this knife is designed to be a tip up clip only on the traditional side of the handle. This is a drawback, because it means that the knife is not going to be fully ambidextrous. The pocket clip is also designed to be removable, in case you want the handle to remain looking traditional and classy. Or, if you are using this knife as an everyday carry knife, you can use the pocket clip so that you can have this knife with you throughout your days.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is a spring assisted knife that boasts a liner lock mechanism.

An assisted opening knife is a type of folding knife that uses an internal mechanism to finish eh opening of the blade once the user has partially opened it suing a flipper or thumb stud attached to the blade. When the knife is in the closed positon, the blade is held in place by means of torsion springs and an additional blade lock. As the user applies manual pressure to the opening mechanism to open the knife, a mechanism such as a torsion spring moves along a track in the liner and rapidly rotates the blade into the open and locked position. Although commonly confused with switchblade knives, a switchblade can be opened automatically simply with the push of a button, but the user of an assisted opening knife must open it about one quarter of the way before the mechanism opens the knife the rest of the way. The difference is important legally; because the blade does not open simply “by the push of a button or by force of gravity” the assisted opening knife is typically into considered a switchblade and may escape the restrictions applying to those in many places.

The liner lock is a folding knife with a side-spring lock that can be opened and close 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.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.5 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 5 1/8 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 9 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5 ounces, which starts to get on the heavier side, although this knife will not weigh you down. And, it is a larger knife, so you are getting a pretty average weight for the length of this Godfather.

 

The Pros of the White Godfather:

  • High rust and corrosion resistance levels.
  • The blade will be easy to sharpen because of the softness of the steel.
  • The stainless steel blade will help to preserve the look of the blade over time.
  • The stainless steel blade is tough, which means that it will not chip and it can take on some tougher tasks.
  • The satin finish crates an elegant look that pairs well with the marbled handle.
  • Drop point blade is extremely tough and can assist you in almost any task.
  • The drop point style blade sports a large belly that makes slicing a breeze.
  • The blade shape has a lowered tip, which allows you to have more control over your knife throughout use.
  • Plain edge section allows you to have clean cuts.
  • Plain edge section of the blade also allows you to still perform the fine detail work.
  • The plain edge will be a breeze to sharpen.
  • The serrated edge will allow you to saw through the tougher materials.
  • Removable pocket clip.
  • Liner lock is easy to use with one hand.
  • Spring assisted knives are legal in many places where switchblades are not, but operate almost as smoothly.
  • Stainless steel bolsters add a good amount of heft to the knife without weighing it down.
  • Stainless steel bolsters are strong, durable, and corrosion resistant.
  • The butt of the handle flares out slightly to give added control.
  • The handle is beefy, so you can get a good grip on it.
  • Extending from the top of the handle are two finger guards to protect your hands from the sharp blade.

 

The Cons of the White Godfather:

  • Because of the softness of the steel, you will have to sharpen the blade more often.
  • You will need to dry the blade off after every use and make sure that you oil it often, because of the quality of the stainless steel used.
  • Because of the broad tip, you do lose out on many of your piercing and slicing capabilities.
  • Because it is a combo edge, some people feel like they can’t utilize either portion of the blade.
  • The pocket clip is not ambidextrously designed.
  • Because the handle is beefier, if you have small hands, this might not be the most comfortable knife to hold.

 

Conclusion:

The White Godfather spring assisted knife is absolute fun.  Built with a satin finished combo edge blade, the knife opens fast and locks up nice and tight with a liner lock. The blade reads Godfather Collection and has partial faux serrations on the spine. The stainless steel blade keeps maintenance to a minimum with its ability to resist rusting or corroding. The stain finish is traditional, making it the perfect pair for the marbleized handle. The combination edge is designed to give you the best of both worlds; for the person who isn’t sure what they will be encountering throughout their day.  The beefy handle features white marbleized polymer inlays.  Comes with a tip up removable pocket clip. Pick up this classy knife today at BladeOps.

 

Benchmade Boost Spring Assist Knife Review

For over thirty years, Benchmade has been creating a fantastic reputation for themselves and for the excellent knives that they design and produce. This knife company has gone by a few different names, but by the time that they started calling themselves Benchmade, they had a unique way of producing knives. Les de Asis, the owner and creator of Benchmade, has said that there are handmade knives and there are factory made knives. He feels like his are unique because their knives lie in the middle of that spectrum. The intricate pieces are made by a machine in a factory, but each knife gets finished by hand. This is what a Benchmade knife is. And that is where the company’s name comes from.

Recently, Benchmade decided to really buckle down and focus on their own lines of knives. They have revamped a few of their older knives to make them a little bit higher quality. Benchmade has also released a couple of brand new knives. One of these knives that is brand new is the Benchmade 590 Boost.

The Blade:

Benchmade has been focusing on creating high quality knives for over three decades. One of the easiest ways to ensure that your knife is high quality is to use a high quality steel on the blade. The blade is the part of the knife that is being utilized the most, taking the hardest beating, and yet is still pretty fragile. Benchmade chose to make this blade out of CPM S30V premium stainless steel. This steel was designed and produced by Crucible, which is a United States based company. When they designed this new type of steel, they designed it specifically to be used on knives. By doing so, they could create a steel that has all of the characteristics that the knife communities have been searching for. One of the biggest features that sets CPM S30V stainless steel apart is the perfect balance between hardness and toughness. Often times, when a steel is extremely hard, it is not tough because the harder the steel is, the more brittle that the steel is going to be. The harder the steel gets, the less flexibility it has, and the more prone to breaking or snapping. But, Crucible has added Vanadium Carbides to the steel to add extreme hardness without sacrificing the toughness of the steel. Because the steel is so hard, it is able to hold a great edge for long periods of time. It is also a fully stainless steel, that has high corrosion resistance properties. Because of these last two characteristics, the maintenance is reduced by a decent amount. However, keep in mind that even though it is fully stainless steel, you do have to care for the steel. Any steel is going to rust if left in the wrong conditions. Make sure to oil your blade every so often, don’t leave it in wet, damp, or humid environments, and make sure that it has breathing room when you store it. There is really only one drawback to using this steel: it is difficult to sharpen. Not difficult in a way that requires a professional sharpener, but difficult in a way that most beginners are going to have a tough time doing it themselves. It has been known to beat up grinders too. A huge bonus about using CPM S30V steel is that Crucible has actually created a slightly better version in the last few years, so CPM S30V steel is not going to be as expensive as it once was. This blade sports a plain edge grind.

Benchmade designed the Boost with everyday use in mind. So they chose to grind the blade into a drop point shape. This shape is created by taking the unsharpened edge, or back, of the blade and having it curve slowly from the handle to the tip. The drop point name comes because the curve creates a lowered, or dropped, point on the knife. There are a handful of benefits that come from having this lowered tip. One of the advantages that is most appreciated in the knife communities is that the lowered tip is broader than it would be if it weren’t lowered. The broad tip is stronger and more durable, thus being able to take on heavier duty cutting tasks. A drawback to having such a broad tip is that this knife is not going to be able to stab or pierce things very well. Another advantage to having a lowered tip is that you have more control over your blade and tip in general. This comes in handy when you are trying to perform detail work, or you have to be careful about not nicking the material that you are working with. One of the biggest reasons that this shape is so perfect for everyday carry knives is that it has a large belly with ample length for slicing things. Having a blade that can slice easily is a big need for your everyday carry needs, because you will most likely be performing tasks like slicing open a box, letter, or cutting things up.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of dark gray Grivory with a black over mold made out of Versaflex. Grivory is an interesting material. Basically, it’s a type of plastic resin that has been chemically altered to produce a very strong new plastic material. Some people describe it as a “form of fiber glass reinforced nylon”. This material has been used to replace metals in applications that require high temperature resistance. It has other great properties, such as higher chemical resistance, higher strength especially at extreme temperature, higher warpage resistance, and a higher resistance to absorbing moisture. Grivory is very similar to FRN, which is a little bit of a more popular and common material. To help add grip and dimension, Benchmade put a black over mold of Versaflex, to cover the handle. The dark gray and black materials create a very class look. Benchmade has this to say about the Boost’s handles, “Dual durometer handles greatly increase grip performance while maintaining strength on this fast-action assist.”

 

The Pocket Clip:

The Boost comes with a reversible, tip up, deep carry pocket clip. This pocket clip is black, to match the Versaflex over mold on the handle. The handle has been drilled to attach the pocket clip to carry it either left or right handedly, helping to make this an ambidextrous knife. The clip can only be attached to carry your knife tip up. Plus, it is a deep carry pocket clip, which many people prefer to a regular pocket clip because your knife is more snug and more easily concealed inside of your pocket. All in all, Benchmade has perfected the pocket clip.

Benchmade 590 Boost Knife
Benchmade 590 Boost Knife

The Mechanism:

The Benchmade Boost is an assisted opening style of knife. This means that it is a folding knife that has an internal mechanism to finish the opening of the blade once the user has partially opened it. It also uses the AXIS locking mechanism. This mechanism was introduced to the world in 1988. Benchmade bought the rights to this style of lock and renamed it the AXIS lock. It works by using a small, hardened spring loaded bar that moves back and forth in a slot made into both steel liners. This mechanism is completely ambidextrous, so that along with the reversible pocket clip, makes this knife completely ambidextrous. This knife also has an integrated safety, so you can prevent the blade from accidently opening while in your pocket.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.70 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.120 inches. When the Boost is open, it measures in at 8.52 inches long, with a closed length of 4.83 inches long. The handle on this knife is 0.70 inches thick. This knife has a total weight of 4.59 ounces.

 

The Pros of the Benchmade Boost:

  • The steel chosen for the knife is one of the highest qualities steels offered.
  • The steel is extremely hard and tough, a combination hard to find.
  • The steel has great edge retention.
  • The steel has high resistance to corrosion.
  • Because the steel company has released a newer version of the steel, it is not as expensive as it once would have been.
  • The drop point blade shape is one of the most versatile blade shapes out there.
  • The lowered tip helps you control your blade better while performing delicate work.
  • The lowered tip is broader, so it is more durable and can perform harder tasks than a thinner point would be able to.
  • The drop point shape features a large belly, perfect for slicing.
  • The handle material has many great qualities to it, such as resistance to absorbing too much moisture and higher strength.
  • Benchmade has added a Versaflex over mold to add grip and style.
  • Pocket clip has been drilled to carry left or right handedly.
  • Uses the AXIS lock.
  • This knife is completely ambidextrous.
  • This knife has an integrated safety mechanism.

 

The Cons of the Benchmade Boost:

  • The CPM S30V steel is tricky to sharpen, so a beginner is going to struggle with it slightly.
  • The drop point blade shape is not made for stabbing or piercing, because it is too broad.
  • The pocket clip has only been drilled to carry your knife tip up.

 

Conclusion:

Benchmade has been creating exceptional knives for over thirty years. These knives are very popular in the knife communities because they use high quality materials and each knife gets finished by hand, so you know that your knife is as perfect as it can be. Benchmade has recently decided to focus on their lines of knives and to really create masterpieces with them. When they decided to start focusing on their own lines of knives, they revamped a few of the older ones to give them higher quality materials that will help them last longer and be able to take on harder tasks. They also have recently released a couple of brand new knives. One of these is the Boost. To make the Boost into a masterpiece, Benchmade tired extra hard to pay attention to all of the little details.

Benchmade chose to design this knife into a perfect everyday carry knife. To create that, they started out with a durable, reliable, low maintenance steel: CPM S30V steel. This steel has a great balance between hardness, toughness, and edge retention. This balance is a balance that is hard to nail and one that you won’t find on too many other steel types. This steel makes a great everyday knife steel because you don’t have to be worried about what tasks it can and cannot perform and you don’t have to be too worried about maintenance. Sharpening it is not going to be a daily or weekly need, and you won’t have to worry too much about rust or corrosion.

Next, they chose the perfect everyday carry blade shape: the drop point. This shape is strong, durable, and has a great belly for slicing. Again, this is going to be the ideal shape for your everyday needs, because you don’t want to be worried about your knife breaking or snapping and most people need to be able to slice with their everyday knife.

For the handle, they chose Grivory with a Versaflex over mold. Grivory is strong and does not absorb moisture easily.

The pocket clip is reversible, so you can feel as comfortable as you can, not needing to carry your knife on the wrong side. With the AXIS lock, the knife is completely ambidextrous, which is a quality not found on many knives.

Many of the Benchmade knives become very popular because of how high quality they are. The Boost is going to be just the same. This knife has truly been designed to be the perfect everyday carry knife. It will be a great addition to your knife collection and you will know that your knife has you covered for any task.  You can find your new Benchmade Boost knife here on our website.

Favorite New SOG Assist Knife of 2014–Trident Elite TF-102

SOG Trident Elite TF-102
SOG Trident Elite TF-102–Assist Knife with hardcase black TiNi finished blade

SOG has come out with several new knives in 2014.  My favorite new assist knife from SOG is the Trident Elite series.  The Trident has been around for several years.  In fact, a couple of years ago we carried an exclusive model the TF12 with camo handle and a black tanto blade.  I really like the Trident series–always have.  I especially like the new Trident Elite knives for a couple of reasons.

The first thing you notice about the Trident Elite is the handle.  Built of the same glass filled nylon, the handle is lightweight–yet incredibly strong.  But the new models have a rubber inlay in three locations on both sides of the handle.  This adds a layer of grip security and comfort that is surprisingly good.  The handle inlays have a texture pattern that feels similar to a basketball.  I like the feel and the extra anti-slip protection it adds.

The second major change with the new Trident Elite is the addition of a glass breaker on the front of the handle.  That’s right–on the front.  When the blade is open, the glass breaker just sits alongside the blade.  When the blade is closed, it is ready for action.

The third thing I love about the new Trident is the deep carry clip that SOG has switched over to using on their new model knives.  This new clip is curved and wide.  It has much better strength to hold onto your pants pocket but it also feels better.  I would think it will wear better also because it has no sharp corners.

The next change is the jimping on the spine.  It goes nearly two thirds of the length of the blade.  At first glance, I thought it was an appearance thing.  But then I realized it allows you to get a really good grip with your thumb even if you have to choke way up on the knife.  You can put your thumb about halfway or even more down the length of the blade and still keep great control over the blade–even when making strong slicing style cuts.  The jimping is slightly rounded for comfort.

The Trident Elite also has the newest generation of SOG’s Assisted Technology.  I have to admit, the old system seemed pretty good to me.  The new system is even better.  Just a bit faster, it also feels more solid.

Overall, I think the new Trident Elite is sure to be a huge hit.  It will especially appeal to those looking for a mid to large pocket folder with assist capability who want their knife to be lightweight yet strong and to have a definite tactical feel to them.  Every Trident also has the strap cutter slot on the spine that uses the blade as a strap cutter when it is closed.  Perfect for every day use, emergencies, as well as a tactical deployment knife.  The Trident Elite by SOG is a great new addition to their spectacular line of knives.  Find yours here.  And let me know what you think below.

Benchmade Mini Barrage AXIS Assist with M390 Blade

Benchmade Mini Barrage
Benchmade Mini Barrage with M390 Super Steel blade

The Benchmade Barrage series has been incredibly popular.  Built with the AXIS-Assist system, these knives open fast when you get the blade started with the thumb stud.  Just released is the Mini Barrage knife with an M390 Super Steel blade.  M390, according to the Benchmade website, is, “A high performance blade steel with superior cutting ability and wear resistance due to its high concentration of vanadium and chromium carbides. Its unique powder metallurgical process also promotes a uniform carbide distribution and clean steel properties, making M390 a popular steel used in surgical cutting instruments and in applications requiring a high finish. As a blade material it offers excellent corrosion resistance due to its high concentration of Chromium.”  In layman’s terms–M390 is a fantastic steel with incredible wear resistance.  You will dig it.  Check out the new Benchmade Mini Barrage on our website and get the newest installment in the Barrage line of knives.

Check out the video below for a video review:

Benchmade Volli AXIS Assist Knives

Benchmade Volli Knife
Benchmade Volli Knife, AXIS Assist

The newest Benchmade AXIS-Assist knives are in stock at BladeOps.  The Volli features the extremely dependable and incredibly popular AXIS assist locking mechanism.  The drop point blade comes with a plain edge or combo edge and you can get a satin finish or black-coated blade.  The blade opens smooth with the dual thumb studs.  Built of S30V stainless steel, the blade features a classic drop point style that is perfect for everyday cutting and heavy use.

The handle is contoured as well as textured black G-10.  It feels incredibly comfortable in your hand.  I especially like the slight, slanted groove that gives your forefinger a nice comfortable channel to lie in whether you grip the knife in a thumb/forefinger pinch style or the more aggressive monkey fist style.  Stainless steel liners add strength and rigidity to the G-10 handle scales for a solid, everyday heavy use attitude.

On the spine of the blade is a locking mechanism that will keep the AXIS system from operating so you can lock the blade in the open or closed position.  Comes with a reversible (right or left) tip up split arrow pocket clip.  Check out the Benchmade Volli on our site–and get one today.

HTM Madd Maxx Spring Assist Knives

HTM Madd Maxx Spring Assist Knife
HTM Madd Maxx Spring Assist Knife, 4″, DLC black finish

HTM Darrel Ralph Madd Maxx spring assist knives have landed at BladeOps.  These high quality spring assist knives are available in six different configurations–3 sizes and two different color and finish schemes.  The sizes are 3″, 4″ and a whopping 5.5″.  You can get it with a black blade and black handle or with a non glare finish on the blade and handle.

These fast opening spring assist knives are built to perform.  They have titanium handles with a carbon fiber insert for looks and grip.  They also have S35VN stainless steel blades.  Add in some superb performance and you have some great knives.  Check them out on our site here.