Meyerco is an assisted opening knife company that is based out of Dallas, Texas. Meyerco is also 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 that very same Strut’N’Cut that won the 1997 Blade shows “Most Innovative American Design” award. They have never stopped improving form 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 the everyday user can afford. They will never stray from this and back it up with their Forever Warranty and the best customer service department anyone could ask for.
Dedicated to every use they have, from those who serve to serve use, to everyone who puts their life in harm’s way to protect us, to those who use tier products for day in and day out chores. Meyerco has said, “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.”
Meyerco and Mossberg joined forces to bring this knife to life. O.F. Mossberg & Songs began in March of 1919 in a rented loft on State Street in New Haven, Connecticut. Founder Oscar Mossberg and his sons Iver and Harold demonstrated a prove talent for innovative design and mechanical expertise that would spawn four generation s of manufacturing quality sporting firearms at affordable prices.
By the late 1930s, when other firms were struggling with the economic realities of the Great Depression, Mossberg boasted sales of more than one million firearms and scopes, and employ more than 300 workers. Yet Mossberg never lost the knife od family environment normally associated with smaller companies they hosted annual Christmas parties for the workers and family members, theater and shopping trips to NYC, and even company-sponsored softball and rifle teams.
In just the last few years, Mossberg has launched some of the most innovative and extensive product liens in history. Just as it did in the Great Depression, Mossberg is thriving and prospering against a backdrop of volatility that is seeing radical changes in the industry. Iver Mossberg explains, “Being family owned, we have the flexibility to move on a dime to react and take advantage of opportunities in the market. We don’t have the red tape that could bog down other companies. We get direct feedback form our consumers, sales reps, and core management team, and information does not get lost as it travels through the system.”
Today we will be discussing the Meyerco Mossberg Assisted Opening knife.
The blade on this knife is made out of 420 stainless steel. This stainless steel is a high carbon, martensitic stainless steel. This material provides full corrosion resistance only when it has been hardened. This steel also has the highest harness among the stainless steel grades with 12% chromium. Overall, this is a hard, strong blade steel. This stainless steel is commonly used in knife blades and does offering good corrosion resistance at a low cost. This steel has decent edge holding capabilities and is relatively easy to re-sharpen. This steel is a good balance of the most desirable traits for knife steel. The Rockwell hardness on this steel is between a 49-53.
The blade has been finished with an acid stonewash. A stonewashed finish refers to tumbling the blade in an abrasive material. This finish easily hides scratches, while also providing a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finished blade. An acid stonewash is a blade that has had an acid treatment that darkens the blade before it undergoes stonewashing. The acid oxidation enhances a blade’s rust resistance by placing a stable oxide barrier between the steel and the environment. A very positive benefit of stonewashed blades is that they are very low maintenance and preserve their original look overtime.
The blade on this Meyerco Mossberg knife has been carved into a drop point blade shape, which is the most popular blade shape that is in use today. This blade shape is formed by having the spine of the blade run straight form the handle to the tip in a long, continuous slightly curved manner. This creates a lowered point, which means that you are going to have more control over the blade while cutting. Plus, because the lowered tip is so broad, you have a much stronger and more durable knife tip that is not prone to breaking. This blade is extremely versatile because of the large belly, or cutting edge, that will make slicing a breeze. One of the only disadvantages to this blade shape is that because the point is so broad, you don’t have piercing capabilities like you would on a clip point blade shape. The drop point and the clip point blade shapes are often confused with each other, because they are the two most popular blade shapes that are in use today. The biggest difference between the two shapes is that the drop point has a broad tip for strength and the clip point has a thin, fine, and sharp tip that is perfect for piercing. The drop point blade shape is extremely versatile, very durable, strong, and ready to take on almost any challenge. By choosing to carry this knife with you every day, you are choosing to be prepared in almost any situation that you might encounter.
This blade does have a plain edge, which means that it is prepared to take on a wide variety of tasks. The plain edge offers you some of the cleanest cuts that you are going to find, and is easy to sharpen because there are no teeth that you have to worry about. The plain edge meshed with the drop point blade create a fantastic everyday carry knife.
The handle on this knife has been made out of desert tan checkered G-10. G-10 is extremely similar to carbon fiber, except slightly inferior, which means you can get it for a much smaller price. To create this material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin. Next, the layers are compressed and baked under pressure. The material that results is extremely tough, hard, lightweight, but still strong. In fact, this material is considered the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and stronger than Micarta, although it is more brittle than Micarta.
This knife is a tactical knife, which means that it will benefit highly from G-10 because it is durable and lightweight, yet still non-porous which means that it won’t suck up any fluids that you happen to come in contact with. The pros of this handle material is that it is tough, lightweight, and durable. The drawbacks to this handle material is that it is brittle and it does lack elegance.
The handle has a crosshatched checkering pattern across the entire face of the handle, which adds enough texture that you are going to have a secure grip on this knife in almost any scenario. There is a finger guard, but when the knife is opened, the flipper acts as the bulk of the finger guard. The ergonomics have been designed for comfortable use, with a slightly bubbled spine and a curved bottom. In the finger groove, there is a small layer of jimping to give you a little more control over this knife.
The butt of the handle does feature a lanyard hole, which is the perfect addition to any tactical knife. It easily allows you to have this knife with you at all times.
The Pocket Clip:
The clip on this knife has also been acid stonewashed, so it is darker and has the rugged, well-worn look to it. This clip is a deep carry pocket clip, which is the perfect option with a tactical knife, because you are most likely going to be moving about pretty often. With the deep carry clip, you won’t have to worry about it slipping out of your pocket when moving or jumping around.
This assisted opening knife is equipped with both a thumb stud and a flipper. The locking mechanism on this knife is a liner lock.
The difference between an automatic knife and a spring assisted knife is how the blade is deployed. An automatic knife deploys the blade on its own with a trigger or button. A spring assisted knife needs an external force to engage the spring The spring mechanism in a spring assist knife is quite simple:
There is a spring or tension bar in the knife connected to the blade and the handle. When the knife is closed, the spring or tension bar is engaged and kept in its active state by some sort of resistance. When opening with your thumb or finger, you push the tension bar past the resistance. This then allows the spring or tension bar to continue to open the blade on its own. Because of the differences in mechanisms between a spring assisted and an automatic, spring assisted knives are not subjected to the same strict laws as an automatic knife.
This knife features both the thumb stud and the flipper. The thumb stud is the most common one-hand-opening feature and essentially replaces the nail nick found on more traditional knives. To open the knife, you hold the folded knife, place the tip of your thumb on the stud and push your thumb to swing the blade through its arc until the blade is fully open.
The flipper is a small triangular protrusion that extends form the spine of the knife when the knife is closed. You pull back on this protrusion with your finger to flip the blade open where it will lock into place. The flipper is naturally ambidextrous, which means that this knife is fully ambidextrous.
The locking mechanism that this knife sports is a liner lock. A liner lock is a folding knife with a side spring lock that can be opened and closed with one hand without reposition the knife the hand. The lock is actually 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. Two steel plates rest on either side of the blade. The knives’ handle scales cover the plates in order to provide a solid grip and look. When you od open the knife, the blade locks into place. One side of the liner blocks the backend of the blade and keeps it from closing. That side of the liner is often called the lock bar. To close this knife, you just apply force to move the lock bar to the side, allowing a space of the blade to fold back into the closed position.
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 7.75 inches long.
From Mossberg and Meyerco, this tactical assisted opening knife features 420 stainless steel honed blade with stone washed finish, thumb stud and flipper; desert tan, G-10 checkered handle with liner lock and deep carry pocket clip. The stainless steel is durable and hard, perfect for taking on almost anything. The drop point blade shape is an all-purpose blade shape, which is perfect for a tactical knife. The G-10 is non-porous, tough, and lightweight, so you can have this knife with you at all times and not feel weighed down. The deep carry clip is perfect for keeping your knife snugly in your pocket. Pick up this knife today at BladeOps.