The SOG Arc-Lock I Vulcan manual knife is an award winning combination of construction and style. By far the best manual knife I have found in a while. This knife is easy to open, opens and locks open nice and tight, and is easy to close. From SOG, it is made of top notch products, just like you would expect. This knife has the patented Arc-Lock system. This system provides strength, speed, safety, ambidexterity, and durability. Read more about the Arc-Lock system under the features tab.
The Vulcan series is named after General Electric’s M61A1 Vulcan is a 6-barrel 20mm cannon of the gatling-type. It fires standard M50 ammunition at 6,000 rounds per minute and is integral part of the armament of modern fighters such as the F-15, F-18 and of course the F-16.
Overall Length 8.375″
Weight 5.0 oz.
Includes Reversible Pocket clip
SOG has created a new speed assisted folder named the Aegis
(ee-jis: it was named after the Greek word which means shield). This premier folder has S.A.T. (which stands for surest assisted technologies). This is their name for one of the best assisted opening systems in the industry. This knife is very nice to hold and use. It has a very grip friendly handle. The handle is made with DigiGrip which is a trademarked substance that feels like tacky rubber. It is extremely easy to grip and keep a grip on. Plus, it feels good in your hand. The Aegis comes with SOG’s
trademarked bayonet reversible clip and has a built in safety with a red means ready to go marking. The clip is a simple small piece of metal that you push. As soon as it shows red, the knife is ready to be opened. This style safety is ingenious and very secure. I rate the new Aegis as a 9.5 out of 10. I would love it if they made it automatic but for a spring assisted it is dang good. The spring pops the blade out fast and it locks up very tight. This is a good knife to have.
Blade Length 3.5″
Overall Length 8.25″
Weight 3.1 oz.
Edge Straight Steel AUS 8
Handle Zytel Finish Black TiNi
The extremely popular SERE knife by Al Mar Knives
has been created here as a fixed blade knife. This knife is stripped down, functional beauty. The handle, which is plenty large for big hands, is made of Prylon. Prylon, by the way, is a plastic with about 30% glass in it and has been described as “tough as sin” (quoted from DWENSLEN who talked with G Fadden of Al Mar). Prylon, apparently, is similar to Kydex except much harder and holds its shape in heat, unlike Kydex. Any way you call it, the scales on this knife just feel good in your hand. At the tang of the blade the handle flares out on the top of the spine and underneath. This makes for a good hold point.
The blade is made of S30V steel. For those who don’t already know, S30V is a revolutionary stainless steel which makes for harder, more wear resistant blades that are way less brittle than standard 440C stainless steel. Most experts estimate it also holds its edge about 45% better than 440C. Both good reasons to like this stainless steel blade.
The SERE Operator
has a fantastic sawback edge which is incredible. You actually can use this as a saw. It is sharp, and the points of the saw teeth angle in just slightly to thick tips. I assume this allows you to cut better without getting the blade stuck in whatever you are cutting. Having had a lot of experience with wood saws, I know you would always prefer thin teeth to thick teeth. The blade comes incredibly sharp, right out of the box.
Finally, as if this isn’t enough, the knife comes with a molded sheath which works great in multiple positions. It is fantastic for tactical and emergency operations because inclement weather wont affect it since it is made of Prylon also with a secondary rubber ring and and extender plate for additional positioning.
Plus, this knife is made in the USA. And it comes at a reasonable price. Check one out today. It works great as a tactical weapon or as a really good survival knife.
The Pro-Tech Magic “Whiskers” knife is pretty amazing. It is very similar to what are commonly called double action knives except that it doesn’t quite function the same way. Most of the double action knives I have seen require you to push the top of the knife scale (the plates that make up the handle), and when I say the top I mean the part closest to the base of the blade, and this triggers the blade open automatically. The “Whiskers” knife, which takes its name from the designer Mike “Whiskers” Allen also has no push button on the handle, nor does it function as a manual folder. You press the scales of this knife in opposite directions and they pivot at the base of the knife and fire open the 3.5″ blade made of 154-cm. The pictured PT601BT has a black blade with a tanto point. The knife is also available in the PT601PS which is stainless steel and partially serrated.
The handles are made of T-6 6061 and they feel just right in your hand. The first time I triggered this knife, I was a little disoriented. It took a few moments to figure out the action required to make the blade pop. When it does, hold on tight. This knife has an extremely strong spring and comes open fast. To close the blade again, you use the same action (described best as a handle squeeze) and this releases the blade from the locked open position and allows you to reclose the knife. I love this knife for a couple of reasons. It is clean–no frills, extras, or baloney. This is just a nice, thin, automatic knife. Second, I love it because it feels heavy in my hand. Not heavy as in hard to carry, just solid. When you hold it, you know it was built right. This is a keeper for my collection. If you are wondering, I prefer the black blade version. Pro-Tech has made an amazing knife here.
Blade: 3.45″ Long / .120″ Thick
Handle: 4.75″ Long / .48″ Thick
Open Overall Length: 8.2″ Long
Weight: 4.6 Ounces
This out the front knife (or OTF as they are often referred to) is one of the best budget knives you will find for under $50.00. There are two versions of this knife, one made in Taiwan, and the other made in China. Be careful, the Chinese one is significantly less well made.
The Taiwanese version has a silver button slide on the spine of the knife. As you can see from the picture, it is relatively simple in design and shape. A narrow rectangle forms the handle. The handle does have some pattern work on the narrow sides which gives a nice grip.
This OTF has a solid push button that isn’t difficult to activate but is stiff enough not to activate by accident. As you push the button up, the blade comes out of the handle very fast. It locks up firmly in the open position. To close the knife, you simply pull the button back down and the blade retracts just as fast. This is where this particular knife excels. The Chinese version sits somewhat loose in the open position and isn’t particularly fast. It also seems to misfire from time to time–it doesn’t quite open all the way and the blade “comes off of the tracks”. By this I mean you can tell that it isn’t riding right inside the handle. You can easily fix it by firmly pulling the blade to the fully exteneded position and it clicks back “onto the tracks”. The Taiwanese version, the one I am reviewing, has yet to do this to me. It is a great knife for the money.
The blade is sharp and seems to be of above average quality. The knife is well made, tight, and a nice one for your collection. I rate this knife a 9 out of 10.
Overall Length: 8 1/16
Blade Length: 3 3/8″
Smith & Wesson
manufactures a button lock knife that is very similar to the Boker Magnum. The Smith & Wesson 50 series
comes in two colors, black
(silver). They are both constructed of high quality aluminum handles with very nice handle grips in the form of three indentations lenthwise down the handle on both sides. This provides a lot of gripping surface.
You can also purchase this knife in a couple of different blade formats. Most notable, either a plain edge or a serrated edge. You can also, if you search hard, find it with a tanto point instead of a drop point. Obviously, the tip of the knife is just a preference of the user depending upon what they will be using their knife for. Although I typically lean towards a tanto point, in this particular model, for whatever reason, I prefer the drop point. It may just be that I like the look better on this knife.
This knife, after being converted to an automatic, snaps out hard and locks up tight. I am sure you are sick of hearing me say that about automatics, but I hate an automatic knife that barely snaps out or wiggles after it is supposedly in the lock position. To release the blade, you merely push the button and then you can fold the knife back up into the closed state of being. The S&W50 also comes with a nice belt clip that is removable if you so prefer as well as a pretty solid slide safety on the spine. This is the knife’s biggest weakness if it has one. The safety doesn’t lock up really tight and sometimes will slide on you just a little while it is in your pocket. Not a huge deal to me, but it is something to think about.
It comes with an extremely sharp 440 stainless steel blade which is, as I said before, a most excellent shape. Smith & Wesson
has kept up the tradition of excellence with this wonderful button lock automatic conversion. Remember, this knife has been converted to an automatic post production line. Smith & Wesson doesn’t make them as automatic knives
originally. This knife is a great all around, everyday carry knife. Get one today, you won’t be disappointed!
I rate this knife as a 9.25 out of 10.
Weight: 4 ounces