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Are you tired of making your new folders look old before their time with scratched and worn handles? Maybe you even leave your front pocket, that holds your knife, empty to avoid scratches and unwanted wear marks?! Have you wished that your pocket clip didn’t standout as much as it does, but enough to not consider it a concealed weapon? I did, too. Because I wear Levis most of the time I wanted a solution that included them, so I removed the stitches at the bottom of the watch pocket which allowed for knives much larger than a Buck Rush. This protects the handle and removes the pocket clip from it’s usual place, making it less noticeable, but keeping your carry legal. Additionally, a deep pocket clip will totally, yet legally, hide your knife. It draws as easily as if were in a front pocket and it just looks cool. You will thank me for this tip, and it doesn’t take 5 minutes to do, so try it.
For the last three years of my life, I have carried as an EDC my Cold Steel Spartan. I have been in a love affair with this knife, serving in the military. But by far the best reactions I have ever gotten, pulling this rather large folder out of my pocket was one of my Sergeants saying ” Why in the world would you want to carry a sword around in your pocket?!” In which I replied I’m a little guy and I need a big knife.
I don’t have an excessive amount of knives, maybe 20-30 in all. Out of the collection, there are about 5-10 that I would say are “in rotation.” I put sarcastic quotation marks there, because one knife has not left my pocket for about a year. I will carry the Spyderco Paramilitary 2, and a SOG Twitch II. I might slip a Benchmade 915 Triage in my pocket before I walk out the door and realize that the Triage is in my back pocket and the Para 2 is in the front pocket. The same happens with most of my blades. I can’t seem to find a knife that is more suited for my EDC (Every Day Carry) than the Paramilitary 2.
I even tried not to buy The Para 2. I have seen a lot of reviews of the Para 2 on YouTube, and I mean a lot. Nutnfancy, cutlerylover, TheApostleP, the list goes on, and they gave the Paramilitary 2 high marks and recommended buying one. But I kept saying to myself, “Self the Paramilitary 2 has been around for years, there has got to be something better, Right?.” Than one sunny Tennessee Saturday I had the opportunity to fondle a Paramilitary, not the Para 2 but the first one. If I had the cash in hand I would be writing about the original Paramilitary. It is that awesome before the refinements of the Para 2, and it was a combo blade (partly serrated) which I am not a big fan of personally in the EDC role. I ordered one as soon as I had the enough cash in the Zack fund (where I save for buying sharp and pointy things).
When I opened the simple but iconic Black, Red, Silver, and Gold Spyderco box and removed the new addition to my knife collection and noticed something I had missed when I first handled the Para 1. It wasn’t the Cheshire cat smile that had taken control of my face. The Knife felt great in any hand position, but it was more than comfort. The balance is so spot on that knife feels like it is part of your hand. Not like Freddy Krueger or Wolverine, but like using the right tool for the job. The G-10 (Camo on my Para 2) is grippy but not so rough that is sands your pocket apart after a month. The Para 2 is my first compression lock and almost instantly became my favorite locking mechanism. It is everything I like about a liner/frame lock married to everything I like about the Benchmade Axis Lock.
The blade shape seems to be right for just about anything. The full flat grind slices through normal day to day tasks like a pocket sized light saber deconstruction object on a molecular level. That is to say the CMP S30V blade came sharp out of the box and into the phonebook paper that had suddenly created something that looked like the start of a paper mache project. The fine tip had me a little concerned about snapping it off, but I avoid using it like a screwdriver or pry bar and stick with the using it as a knife and it has held up great. I think it would make a capable self-defiance blade fast in hand great penetration and cutting.
The Paramilitary 2 may not be the perfect knife for every person or even every task, but it is so close to perfect for me that I can’t seem to get it out of the EDC rotation.
Benchmade has been producing H&K knives for quite some time. The newest Out the Front automatic from Benchmade in the H&K line is the Turmoil. Built to the exacting specifications of any Benchmade knife, the Turmoil boasts fast action, quality materials and seriously tight tolerances.
The D2 blade is built for heavy duty applications. While the Benchmade website describes D2 as, “An air-hardened tool steel, which offers good corrosion resistance and excellent mileage in wear resistance. A good choice for hard use applications,” I think we need a more in depth discussion of the benefits and properties of D2 tool steel.
Tool steels are both carbon and alloy steels that have been designed specifically for heavy industrial tools. They excel in this arena because of their hardness, resistance to abrasion, resistance to deformation at high temperatures as well as their ability to hold a cutting edge. Many tool steels are highly resistant to corrosion as well because of high vanadium and or niobium content. Most tool steels in general are used in a heat treated state.
Tool steels typically have a carbon content between .7% and 1.5%. There are several grades of tool steels and each grade delivers different capabilities. If you want a sharp cutting edge you need a different tool steel than one which is needed for hard impact or a tool steel that is needed to work under high temperatures. Some of the main categories of tool steels are as follows:
Within each type or classification there are various grades of alloy and each one is given a numerical designation. So you may see an A3 tool steel or in the case of the Turmoil knife a D2 tool steel.
D2 tool steel contains between 10% and 13% chromium and retains its hardness up to 425°C. Most often it is used in industrial applications for dies. Recently, many knife manufacturers began to use it for their knife blades because it is extremely wear resistant. Many refer to D grade tool steel as stainless or semi-stainless steels although in actuality they are not stainless.
So we see that D2 tool steel gives your knife a keen edge, extremely high toughness, and wear resistance. These advantages combine into one fantastic knife blade, that if sharpened correctly will give you an excellent edge that will last for a long time.
The Turmoil 14808 features a drop point, single edge blade. Although not as “sexy” as a dagger edge, the single edge blade is more practical for an every day carry knife. The blade measures 3.47″ long which is plenty of cutting edge for nearly every daily cutting chore you are going to run into.
The blade opens fast and lock up is very tight. It has a sabre grind to the blade which is very similar to a “Scandinavian Grind” but with the addition of a microbevel at the very cutting edge of the blade. Sometimes a sabre grind is called the V grind. This style of edge gives you excellent hard cutting strength but will not excel for slicing cuts. It also gives the blade extremely high strength because the blade is fully thick from the spine to about 1/3 the way down the blade (moving from the spine to the cutting edge).
The handle on the Turmoil is constructed from 6061 T6 black anodized aircraft aluminum. 6061 aluminum is a precipitation hardening aluminum alloy that contains magnesium and silicon as its main alloy elements. The T in the name means it is a tempered grade of aluminum. Specifically, 6061 T6 is solutionized and artificially aged yielding a tensile strength of 42,000 psi and a yield strength of 35,000 psi. These psi strengths are the minimum acceptable levels and with many batches of 6061 T6 it is even higher. 6061 T6 is a heat treatable aluminum. This type of aluminum is used in AR-15 upper receivers, bikes and many other hard use applications where a light yet extremely tough and durable material is needed.
The benefits of an aluminum handle then is its strength as well as its durability, corrosion resistance and the fact that it is incredibly lightweight. These properties make it ideal for an every day carry (EDC) knife.
Typically, and specifically in the case of this knife, the aluminum handle is anodized. Anodizing gives the aluminum a color (in this case black) and it also adds another layer of corrosion resistance. Anodizing also makes the knife handle scratch resistant.
The Turmoil handle is slightly asymmetrical. The slight “bend” in the middle of the handle is a bit more like a small jag. It gives your hand a much more comfortable hold and makes the knife more secure in your hand as well. It adds grip security because your thumb muscle (one guy in our office calls this his “hand chub”) pushes up against the slight angled piece and keeps the handle from slipping when making heavy piercing cuts. On the other edge, the matching angle is gripped by your fingers and when making pull cuts, your fingers push up against this angled piece and keep the handle from slipping as well.
The OTF mechanism on the Turmoil is a double action. This means the blade can be opened and closed with the same slide trigger. The truly ambidextrous slide is asymmetrical and grey anodized. With serious jimping up the edge of the slide, it makes for easy thumb traction and the trigger isn’t overly difficult to engage. It does require a minimum amount of pressure which acts as the blade safety.
One of the most common questions we get about Out the Front automatic knives is, “Won’t that fire in my pocket?” Although it is a remote possibility, kind of in the range of there is a chance that scientists will actually agree on whether Pluto is a planet or not, I have never talked with someone who actually has had this happen. The trigger on the Turmoil will slide about 1/3″ with increasing resistance. And as you continue to slide it past this point, the blade engages and fires open rapidly. This 1/3″ of increasing resistance makes the blade virtually impossible to open accidentally.
The pocket clip is wide and can be switched from right to left for ambidextrous carry. It is tip down.
The Turmoil is a welcome addition to an already sparkling Heckler & Koch line of Out the Front Automatic knives. Just a bit smaller in length than the Epidemic, and the same overall length as the Tumult the Turmoil has the addition of several traction lines across the front and back face of the handle for greater grip security.
To me, the Turmoil is the perfect EDC OTF carry knife for urban, urban tactical or combat situations. It is reliable, built tough, and is extremely operator friendly. Check out the Turmoil here on our website.
This is my Cold Steel Ti-Lite. I own many knives that are far more extravagant looking, made of better materials, and carry a heavier price tag, but this knife is truly my favorite. It has not to do with its capabilities as a blade, or what utilitarian function it serves, but the memory of my dear friend Matt Smith, or as some in his battalion knew him as ” Lance Cpl. Mathew Smith”.
Matt was my good friend all through high school. We played football together, we fished together, we hunted together, we talked about guns and knives together. We were two peas in a pod. After we graduated high school, Matt immediately enlisted in the Marines. As a joke referring to a YouTuber known as ParkourDude91, I got Matt a Kabar knife with ” Semper Fi ” written on the side of it in silver sharpie marker. On the day that Matt left for his deployment, he gave me a Cold Steel Ti-Lite knowing how much I disliked Cold Steel. On May 10, 2003, Matt’s mother called me and told me something that I was not ready for. At the young age of 21, and only 8 days before returning home, Matt’s Humvee was involved in a non-hostile accident which took his life.
Other than the missing thumb stud, the knife is mint condition. I’m afraid to carry it, afraid to use it, afraid to lose or break the one thing I have left of Matt. I keep it on my desk along with a picture of him and I standing on the banks of Lake Erie right before we set out to go Walleye fishing.
Freedom isn’t free, and he will not be forgotten.
Last year I was out in the country with a couple buddies of mine and we were hunting deer. We had waited almost the whole day and hadn’t seen a thing accept for some wild dogs. Then we called it quits and started walking back to the truck.
But I wasn’t going home empty handed after being out for 5+ hours and not so much as looked down the barrel. I spotted a nice meaty hare. I pulled out my magnum and got it right through the skull. It was a dinky little thing but it was one of the first kills of the season. I skinned and gutted it right in the back of my pickup with my Boker Mini Kalashnikov Automatic Knife.
I knew it wasn’t the right knife for the job but it got the job done. When I got home I gave it to my pups and they had a fight over it in the yard until it finally split in two. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures
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