The Joker’s Wild BlackOut Cupid Clone Knife Review

The Joker’s Wild OTF knife is patterned after the classic Cupid Clone knife that the Joker uses in the Dark Knight movie.  This single action Out the Front automatic has classic looks and rapid fire action.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 440C stainless steel. There are three different types of 440 steel. This is an upper mid-range steel that was once considered high-end in US knife steels. This steel is a good all-around steel that has now been overshadowed by many of the newer super steels that are everywhere. But, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good steel. This is a stainless steel that is a solid choice for most knives. This steel is reasonably tough and wear resistant, but it excels at stain resistance. This steel does hold a better edge than its sister steels, yet it still has the same corrosion resistance. Knives that are made out of this steel can be sharpened easily. And, out of the 440 steels, this formula does have the highest levels of carbon and chromium. The level of carbon is between .95-1.20%. It is this content that makes this steel a higher end stainless steel. This alloy of steel is one of the most common in knives because it is such a good all-around steel.

The blade has been finished with a black, coated finish. A coated finish reduces the reflection and glare while also reducing wear and corrosion. One of the drawbacks to a coated blade though is that ALL coatings can be scratched off after continuous heavy use and the blade will have to be recoated at that point if you wish for it to have the same qualities. As a guideline, the harder the finish, the more resistant to wear and the more expensive to add to a knife. Quality coatings do add cost to a knife, but they also provide much better corrosion resistance, less reflection, and require less maintenance. Many times, people do see the better quality coatings as a smart investment. Coatings are one of the few matte finishes.

The Joker’s Wild Blackout Cupid Clone knife has a dagger style blade. This type of blade shape is also known as a needle point blade. This style is basically the opposite of a sheepsfoot blade, which lacks a point. The dagger has been designed for the point. This shape of blade is a double edged blade whose primary purpose is piercing and stabbing. The blade is composed of 2 symmetrical sharpened blades that taper to a very thin sharp point, which pieces easily into soft targets. The two sharp edges reduce the profile of the knife and let it cut in on both sides equally. This is one of the reasons that makes them a favorite blade design for self-defense, especially in close combat situations. Dagger blades are very popular among military and police because of their ability to be easily concealed (think in a boot) and easily withdrawn from them sheathes. Of course, with all blade shapes, there are some disadvantages to the dagger blade design. Because of the geometry, the blade lacks any belly and contains quickly thickening edges. These two features means that this blade is not going to be good for slicing or slashing. One of the other disadvantages is that because the tip is very sharp and thin, it is weak and does have a tendency to break when used on hard targets. If you are searching for a good balance between stabbing and cutting, the best choice for you is probably the clip point blade. But, if you are looking for the ultimate blade designed specifically for piercing or stabbing, look no further, because you have found your best option.

The blade on this knife is plain edged. A plain blade is one continuous sharp edge and they are the most traditional option. Plain blades serve a much wider purpose as their most useful application is what most of us think of when we think of using a knife: a strong, steady pressure. One of the other huge advantages to owning a plain edge is that it won’t snag or fray when cutting though some ropes, although with other ropes, particularly ones made of plastics or other synthetic materials, the blade may simply slip instead of cut. In short, a plain edge will cut cleanly, while a serrated blade will give you jagged cuts.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Cupid Clone is made out of aluminum. This is a very durable material for knife handles. It is a low density metal but it does provide a nice, hefty feel to the knife without actually weighing the knife down. This is a huge benefit because you want your knife to be able to have the weight behind it to take on life’s challenges, but you also don’t want the knife weighing you down. The most common type of aluminum that is used today is the T6-6061 alloy, which does have tremendous tensile strength. When an aluminum handle is properly texturized, it can provide you with a reasonably secure grip that is also comfortable and easy for extended use. On the flip side, if you use your knife quite a bit during colder winter months, you might find the handle uncomfortably cold given its conductive properties. Aluminum is generally considered inferior to its stronger, yet more expensive brother Titanium which tends to be found on the more premium knives.

The aluminum on this knife handle has been anodized black. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion resistant, anodic oxide finish. Aluminum is ideally suited to anodizing, although other nonferrous metals can also be anodized. Because this knife has an anodized handle, the color is black, the handle is harder, and more protected. This is an ideal finish for the Cupid Clone knife.

The handle is rectangular with an arrow shaped top. The butt of the handle does flare out, which gives you a slight hammer, and helps with grip. To help you with your grip, there are deep grooves cut down the idle of the handle in a rectangular shape and also at the very top of the handle, in three arrows.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip has been statically designed for tip down carry only. It is a black pocket clip that is held in place by two small, black screws. These screws match the rest of the knives hardware, giving it the name Blackout. The pocket clip is straight and long, which will fit snugly and safely in your pocket.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is an out the front, or OTF, knife. An OTF knife is also known as a sliding knife or a telescoping knife. This is a pocket knife with a blade that opens and closes through a hole in one end of the handle. This contrasts with the majority of other knives, which are either standard folding knives or fixed blade knives. OTF only refers to the basic portion of the knife’s mechanical operation where the blade slides parallel with the handle to deploy. OTF knives are also further subdivided into two groups: automatic or manual OTF knives. The Joker’s Wild Blackout Cupid Clone knife is an automatic OTF knife. An automatic OTF knife blade travels within an internal track or channel in the same manner as a manual slider or gravity knife. But the automatic main spring drive and button mechanism enclosed within requires a switchblade handle to be thicker or longer than a similar size gravity or sliding knife. The term “slider” is usually not applied.

Once you get into the automatic OTF knife category, it is actually divided into two other categories. There are the single action and the double action. This knife is a single action which means that the knife will deploy automatically, but it must be manually cocked or retracted to close. This knife is deployed by the button in the middle of the knife handle.

Because this is an automatic knife, there are a variety of strict laws surrounding this knife. Automatic knives are not legal in all states, cities, or areas, so be aware of your local laws before purchasing and carrying this knife.

OTF knives have actually been around for a while. The first known patent, although for a manual one, was in 1860. The first spring powered OTF knife followed shortly the year after. These knives were originally designed to be light-duty knives designed for people who may have to hold on to something while opening a folding knife. Now, there is a myth that an OTF can be placed against someone and opened, piercing the victim. The spring in this style of knives I much too weak and really only propels the blade about a quarter of the way open, with inertia doing the rest. So while it might poke the person, it is highly unlikely that they would be stabbed.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.3 inches long, with the blade sporting an overall length of 8.4 inches The handle on this knife is 5.1 inches. This is a lightweight knife that weighs in at only 4 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

The Joker’s wild Cupid Clone automatic knife is a single-action out the front knife that closely resembles that of the Dalton cupid model which The Joker was seen weilding in the iconic Batman movie. A single action out the front knife by definition means that the blade is automatically deployed with the push of a button and then is manually retracted with a lever feature—in this case found on the side of the handle. This wildly popular knife showcases amazing construction and a lockup that is as solid as knives even 10 times the price. This exclusive blackout model features a black aluminum handle, all-black hardware, a dagger style blade in a black finish and a pocket clip that is statically designed for tip down carry only. The 440 stainless steel is tough, hard, durable, and very resistant to corrosion. The aluminum handle is very durable, especially with the anodization process on it, however, it will feel cold in the winter months. The dagger style blade is ideal for piercing and stabbing, but does have a weak tip that is prone to snapping. Pick yours up today at BladeOps.

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ESEE 4 Survival Knife Review

Randall Adventure Training has been around since 1997 as a military training school in the art of jungle survival. They also trained law enforcement and civilians in jungle survival. Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin realized that there weren’t any knives best suited for what they were teaching. So they developed their own line. The very first knife design that they developed was the RTAK. For them to be able to produce this knife, they signed a five-year contract with Ontario Knives. Jeff and Mike then wanted to, “build a higher quality line of knives outside of the mass production capabilities of Ontario”, so they began their own company which they named RAT Cutlery. However, they later changed their name to ESEE to avoid confusion. They currently make fixed blades and survival gear in the United States of America. ESEE focuses on making survival knives that can take heavy use and a hard beating. They have a very loyal following because of how reliable their knives are and because the knives are always backed by a warranty; one of the best warranties in the knife industry. Today I decided to focus on one of their knives in particular—the ESEE 4.

 

The ESEE 4 is what they call the “wilderness” model of the ESEE 3. Some of the main differences in the two knives are that the ESEE 4 has a thicker blade. It is a stronger, heavier duty version of the ESEE 3, but it is not as tough as the ESEE 5. The ESEE 4 is mainly designed to be a heavier duty camping knife—a knife that can stand up to the adventures of the woods. Many people carry this knife as their everyday carry knife, because it is a dependable knife that can stand up to almost any task. Yet, it is not a huge knife like the ESEE 5.

 

The blade on this knife is a 4.5-inch blade. Of this length, you can cut with 4.1 inches of it. The thickness of the blade is .188 inches. You can get this blade in either a partially serrated version or a plain edge option. This blade is shorter than the ESEE 6 blade, and really it is shorter than most outdoor or survival knife’s blade, but having the shorter blade makes this knife a better candidate for a survival situation. With the smaller blade, you have more control over it. This means that you can skin, cut, and even use the knife for sewing. The knife has a full tang, which means that the steel of the blade extends all the way through to the butt of the handle. Having a full tang gives you a more durable knife that can take on the heavier duty tasks that you throw at it. If you are using this knife for a survival situation, you are going to be very grateful that you have a full tang. Another huge benefit of having a full tang knife is that if your handle breaks, which it never should, but if it does, you still have a handle on your blade. You can wrap almost anything around the bottom half of the steel and you still have a full knife.

 

The blade is flat ground and has a drop point silhouette. The drop point design makes this a great candidate for using on almost any purpose. It has a large belly, which helps slice things. The drop point style gets its name because the point of the blade is low compared to the spine. Some pros of the drop point design are that the energy of cutting starts to disappear as it approaches the tip, which gives you more control. A drop point makes for a great hunting knife because it excels at skinning. The shape of the blade also works very well for pushing strokes, which is what you do when you are shaving wood to make tinder. It also is fantastic for survival situations, because you do have a strong, controlled tip. The spine of the knife is a thicker spine, and that along with the drop point make the knife fantastic for batoning. However, because of the thick spine and the drop point this is not a good knife for piercing and stabbing.

 

The blade on this knife has a large choil, which is the unsharpened part of the blade that connects to the handle. Because of the size of the choil, it makes the blade easier to sharpen than a knife without a choil. This blade on this knife is a crazy sharp blade that can hold an edge adequately.

 

On the spine of the blade, there is jimping. Jimping is serrations that are on the back of the blade. These serrations give your thumb a place to sit and add texture so that you can have a better grip while performing intricate cutting details.

 

ESEE 4S MB
ESEE 4S MB

The steel of this blade is 1095 high carbon steel. This steel is tough, but it is not a stainless steel. This means that the knife is going to be prone to rusting, staining, and corrosion. To prevent the staining, rusting, and corrosion, ESEE powder coats the knife. You still need to make sure the blade stays as dry as you can. Another thing you can do to extend the life of the steel is to lubricate it. By lubricating it after use, you can prevent stains and rusts. The powder coating on this blade is a thicker coating, which cuts down on your slicing abilities.  Unfortunately, this steel is also more prone to chipping than some other steels that you could find. But a pro of the 1095 steel is that it makes the blade very easy to sharpen, even in the field or on the go.

ESEE noticed its users distress over the poor quality steel on the original version, so they have recently released a new version of the 4. This new blade is made out of 440C stainless steel. This steel is very resistant to corrosion. This is a high strength steel with moderate corrosion resistance. It has good hardness and wear resistance.  This is a better choice of steel if you are going to be using it for your outdoor adventures and tasks. But, the 1095 steel is a tougher steel. This steel is also uncoated, which makes it a more suitable knife for slicing.

Because the 1095 steel is tougher than the 440C steel, you will get ESEE’s lifetime warranty with the 1095. You do not get the lifetime warranty if you choose the 440C steel. One of the most commonly heard complaints about the ESSE 4 is the two options of steel you are presented with. But, if ESEE were to truly upgrade the type and quality of steel, you would have to pay a much higher price for the knife.

 

ESEE 4S OD
ESEE 4S OD

The handle on this knife is made out of linen Micarta scales. Linen Micarta is one of the most common forms of Micarta that you are going to find. It is made similarly to G-10. To build linen Micarta, you take layers of linen cloths and soak them in phenolic resin. The finished material is lightweight, strong, and it looks classier than G10. Micarta really has no surface texture because it is so smooth to touch. But, because this handle is made out of scales, you will have a very good grip on your handle. This grip remains whether the handle is wet or dry. Another big bonus about having such a large choil is that when you need to choke up on the knife, this choil will work as a finger groove.

 

ESEE has been known for how well they design their handles. This specific knife is definitely not exempt from that reputation. The handle on this knife is the same handle of the ESEE 3, except it does not have the same thickness. They keep using this handle because it is trusted and well liked. This handle has been tested when it was put on the ESEE 3 and it had fantastic reactions. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This handle fits fantastically in almost any hand. On the butt of the handle there is a rounded pommel with a convenient lanyard hole.

 

The sheath on this blade is truly a fantastic sheath. This is surprising because a lot of companies just try to make an adequate sheath. Something to cover and store your blade in. This sheath is designed to be fantastic. It was thought out and designed perfectly. The sheath is friction-fit molded so that the knife can lock firmly into place. There is also an attachment clip plate that can be mounted or attached to either side. Because you can attach it to either side, it makes this an ambidextrous carry knife. When ESEE first designed this knife, it came with a Kydex sheath. Which is a moderate sheath. The Kydex sheath is more than adequate. But it now comes with an injection molded sheath. While this is a more expensive process and it does add to the cost of the knife, the sheath can now stand up to hotter temperatures. The sheath has eyelets that you can use to thread a cord through and attach the sheath to your backpack.

 

Included with the sheath is a stretch of 550 cord and a cord lock. This cord can be used to attach the sheath/knife onto your backpack or belt. This cord is also perfect for using as a lanyard. If you want to purchase a MOLLE backing which is made out of ballistic black nylon, that is an option, but it is not included in your original purchase. This backing can be attached to any MOLLE gear or used as a leg sheath.

 

The overall length of this knife is 9 inches long and the width of the blade is 1.25 inches. This knife weighs 8 ounces. This knife is made in the United States of America. This knife comes in many different color options—the blade and the handle. Some of the options that BladeOps carries for the handle are: desert tan, orange, canvas, and gray. Some of the options that BladeOps carries for the blade are: desert tan, black, olive drab, plain stainless steel, and a special venom green.

 

Conclusion:

This is an amazing knife, especially if you are looking for a survival knife. If you, or anyone you know, is going to be spending time in the woods, you/they need this knife. This is also a great option to put in your emergency kit. This knife is durable, reliable, quality, and the perfect option for you. There are hundreds of different hunting, camping, and survival knives out on the market today. Deciding which one to pick can be a battle, because each one is going to excel at something that another option lacks in. The ESEE 4 is a knife that will work for any task that you throw at it. It is a knife that has many pros and hardly and cons.  Some things that people love in this knife are the different options that you are presented with. There are two different types of steels, many different blade colors, you can choose whether you want a partially serrated blade or a plain edged blade, you can also choose between many different handle color options. This knife is also an affordable knife, BladeOps offers this knife for between $92 and $127, depending on which version, materials, and options that you choose. ESEE offers a lifetime warranty on this knife, as long as you get the version with the 1095 carbon steel. This means that if it breaks, ESEE will replace it. Another thing that many people love about this knife is that it was made in the US, this means that you can trust the quality of the craftsmanship. This knife should definitely be on your radar. It is a great knife to add to your collection.  You can find the entire line of ESEE 4 knives here on our website.

 

 

 

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The CRKT TSR Terzuola Survival Rescue Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool company was founded in 1994 in Oregon. This is an American Company that is known for its distinction in design, selection, and quality. For over two decades, CRKT has put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build products that inspire and endure. CRKT operates on a simple principle: that the creates thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand. To achieve this principle, they collaborate with the best knife makers and designers in the world. Some of these collaborations have been with Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron Lake, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and the Graham Brothers. While they have been collaborating with these greats, they have racked up the patents that they own. They are now up to fifteen patents, including the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and Veff Serrated edges.

At this point in time, CRKT produces a wide range of fixed blades, folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems. It seems as if they have everything down pat and they have been around the block quite a few times at this point. However, it did take a couple of years for this company to truly take off. It wasn’t until 1997 at that years Shot Show that CRKT started to gain traction. It was there that they released the K.I.S.S knife (Keep It Super Simple). This is a small folder that had been designed by Ed Halligan and it was a raging success. Within only the opening days of the Shot Show, they sold out the years’ worth of products.

CRKT has recently released another home run of the knife: the TSR Terzuola Survival Rescue Knife.

 

The Designer:

Bob Terzuola, who is from Albuquerque New Mexico, made this knife. When CRKT is talking about Bob, they say, “Look up ‘tactical folding knife’ in the dictionary and you’re likely to see Bob’s picture next to it. After all, he virtually invented the category and continues to specialize in knives for professional use, like the BT-70.” He was born in New York and has had many adventures before he designed to settle into design in the early ‘80s. It was in 1981 that he joined the Knife Makers Guild.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This steel comes from a Chinese series that has many different formulas in it. The best quality formula of this series is the 9Cr steel, but the 8Cr steel does fall closely behind. If you were going to compare this steel to another more popular steel, the most similar steel would be AUS 8 steel, however 8Cr steel is the inferior of the two steels. This is considered a stainless steel, so while it can resist rust pretty well, you do steel need to keep on your cleaning and oiling of the blade. Even some of the higher quality stainless steels will rust if left in the worst conditions. This steel has a hardness of HRC 56-58. Because this is a softer steel, it is a total breeze to sharpen and can get a crazy fine edge on it. It also holds this edge longer than you would expect with such a soft steel. The biggest feature that this steel boasts is how inexpensive it is. However, this is steel an average steel so while it will be able to take on most tasks, it does not excel at anything.

The steel has been finished with a satin finish. This finish is created by repeatedly sanding the steel in one direction with increasing levels of a fine abrasive, such as sandpaper. This steel is created to showcase the lines in the steel and gives you a very classic look for your blade. This is an average steel finish; it does cut down on glares and reflections up to a point, but it is in no terms matte.

This blade has been carved into a drop point style. This style of blade is one of the most popular because of how great of an all-purpose blade shape it is. The shape is created by having the back edge of the knife run straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. The lowered point helps to add strength to the tip and control over the tip. One of the most common places that you are going to find this blade shape is on hunting knives. This is because the tip is so easily controllable, so you can easily avoid nicking the internal organs and ruining the meat. Clip point blade shapes and drop point blade shapes are often confused. These two shapes are similar in terms of how popular and versatile they are. However, the tips on each of the blade shapes are pretty different. The clip point does have a lowered point, but it is thinner, finer, and sharper than a drop points point. This has a few advantages, the biggest one is that you have total stabbing capabilities. However, it is a weaker tip and prone to breaking. The drop point style is lowered and broad, which means that you won’t have many stabbing capabilities. However, you have so much more strength behind this tip. Because of that strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use, drop point blades are very popular on tactical and survival knives, such as this knife: the TSR Terzuola Survival Rescue Knife. Another one of the reasons that this blade shape is so versatile is that it has a large belly that is perfect for slicing. The belly provides plenty of length that will make slicing a breeze for you. If you choose a knife with a drop point blade shape, you are preparing yourself for almost any situation that you could get yourself into.

The edge of this blade is a plain edge. On the spine of the knife, near where the blade meets the handle, there is a row of shallow jimping. This jimping will give you a better grip when you are performing those heavy duty tasks or if you are trying to use this knife in a wetter situation. On the bottom portion of the blade, there is a small hole drilled into it. This so that it might be attached to a wooden shaft and become a hunting spear if needed.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of Glass Reinforced Nylon, or GRN. This material is crazy strong, very resistant tot bending and abrasion, and practically indestructible. And as an added bonus, it’s also very cheap. Something that makes this material unique when compared to similar materials is the ways that the fibers have been arranged. In GRN, the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout which results in it being strong in all directions. Similar materials such as G 10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta have all of their fibers arranged in one direction. This means that those materials are extremely strong in that direction, but cannot be stressed in other directions without becoming brittle. GRN can essentially be stressed in all directions without breaking apart. This is a cheaper material because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and textured in a multitude of ways in the production process. These characteristics lend well to high volume manufacturing and the low cost. However, many knife enthusiasts did not warm up to GRN because they felt like it feels cheap and somewhat hollow. And, GRN does tend to be slightly less grippy than G 10 is.

The stainless steel tang is hollow and the glass reinforced nylon handles can be easily removed to reveal fishing line, fishing hooks, and dental floss, which is surprisingly useful and versa-tile when you find yourself in a backwoods pinch. “This handle comes with a powerful secret…in the form of an entire survival kit. Even though a skilled survivalist could fashion just about everything they would need from woodsy resources, sometimes a magnesium edge, a reflective stainless steel plate, and paracord can make a Darwinian difference.”

There is a lanyard hole at the butt of the handle that comes with a paracord lanyard tied through it. This lanyard will help you keep track of your knife; keep it in arms reach, yet still out of the way; and in a survival situation, you can utilize the paracord for a variety of uses.

 

The Mechanism:

The TSR Terzuola Survival Rescue Knife is a fixed blade. For a survival and rescue knife, a fixed blade is almost essential. There are so many different benefits to fixed blade, it seems like the list never ends, so we’ll go over a couple of the big advantages. Fixed blades are bigger and stronger than a folding knife. You can really get a fixed blade in any size that you need, this ranges from small but powerful to absolutely monstrous. For most fixed blade needs, you really only need a medium sized knife, but there are situations when you would need the larger kind. And, you aren’t going to be able to get such a big folding knife. This leads us to our next advantage: fixed blades don’t’ break. This is because there are no moving parts on a

CRKT TSR Terzuola
CRKT TSR Terzuola

fixed blade. And, because the blades are usually thicker (read: stronger), you can take on those heftier tasks without worrying about blade snapping. This is advantage is closely related to our third advantage: the easy maintenance. Because there are no small, moving, or inward pieces, all you have to do is quickly wipe the blade and handle down and oil the blade every once in a while. The cleaning process is much more straightforward and simple. With a folding knife, to get it completely clean, you would have to take apart the knife and work with many small and fragile pieces. Fourth, fixed blades are superior in terms of tactical use. Fixed blades can be brought into play much faster than a folding knife in a tactical situation. All you have to do with a fixed blade is draw it from its sheath and it is ready. If you are in the same situation, but with a folding knife, you have to pull you knife out, then deploy the blade, and then it will be ready to use. The last and in my opinion biggest advantage for this knife is that fixed blades are superior survival tools. Because of all of the previous advantages, fixed blades offer more versatility for your tasks such as: cutting, digging, splitting wood, first aid tool, food preparation tool, hunting weapon, hammering, and even a prying tool.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath is made out of the same material as the handle: Glass Reinforced Nylon. It also comes with a black paracord lanyard. The sheath that comes with the TSR Terzuola Survival and Rescue Knife has a variety of extra features. It sports a ceramic sharpening edge, a magnesium edge, and a reflective stainless steel signal plate.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 4.350 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.115 inches. The overall length of this knife is 9.25 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.3 ounces.

 

The Conclusion:

CRKT’s description for this knife was excellent, “A survivalist’s best friend, Mother Nature’s worst enemy. The TSR™ (Terzuola Survival Rescue) fixed blade outdoor knife doesn’t just stop at that—its handle comes with a powerful secret…in the form of an entire survival kit. Even though a skilled survivalist could fashion just about everything they would need from woodsy resources, sometimes a magnesium edge, a reflective stainless steel plate, and paracord can make a Darwinian difference. World-renowned knife-making pioneer Bob Terzuola designed his namesake knife in his shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He channeled years of experience serving in the Peace Corps in Guatemala and directing war damage surveys in Central American jungles to dream up the ultimate survival knife. It’s hard to imagine a single knife that’s worthy of his famous name, but the Terzuola Survival Rescue™ delivers with a modified drop point blade and a clean satin finish. There’s a small hole bored into the base of the blade so that it might be attached to a wooden shaft and become a hunting spear if needed. The stainless steel tang is hollow and the glass reinforced nylon handles can be easily removed to reveal fishing line, fishing hooks, and dental floss, which is surprisingly useful and versa-tile when you find yourself in a backwoods pinch. No space on the injection-molded sheath is wasted. It comes with extra paracord for wrapping, has a ceramic sharpening edge on one side, and the other boasts a magnesium edge to help start fires when the temperature drops. Lastly, one panel on the inside of the sheath has a reflective stainless steel plate for signaling aircraft or approaching parties when you need to get bailed out. Survival of the fittest is the name of the game. When the stakes are high, you’ll want to keep the TSR™ close.” Pick yours up at BladeOps today.

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Hoback Knives Kwaiback Fixed Blade Knife Review

This knife is made by Jake Hoback Knives. In 1990, Jake started making knives in his back yard. He would pound out the knives on a huge chunk of steel with a framing hammer and fence post nails. His next step was working a summer job at his dad’s blacksmith shop with his best friend. At this point in his life, he was hooked. He loved making knives. In 2003, he started professionally making and selling knives and the company has only grown.

Jake Hoback knives has been producing the Kwaiback flipper knife, which has become a huge hit over the years. Because the Kwaiback flipper was so popular, Jake decided to use many of the same characteristics of this knife, but make it into a fixed blade. This brand new knife is sure to be a hit.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is carved out of M390 steel. This type of steel is one of the newer steels around. It is manufactured by Bohler-Uddeholm and is considered a super steel. Bohler-Uddeholm uses third generation powder metal technology that has been devolved specifically for knife blades to produce a steel with fantastic corrosion resistant properties. This powder metal technology also keeps the steel very hard and gives it great wear resistance properties. Bohler-Uddeholm has added chromium, vanadium, tungsten, and molybdenum to the steel which assists the blade in getting crazy sharp and having superior edge retention abilities. Sharpening this steel is pretty difficult, so you might want to get the assistance of a sharpening professional to avoid ruining your blade. A unique aspect about M390 steel is that it has been called “MicroClean”, which means that it can be polished to a true mirror finish. This steel has been finished with a black Diamond Like Coating. The DLC is one of the hardest coatings that a knife can have. This coating reduces glares and reflections and helps to reduce wear and corrosion on the blade. The DLC is actually bonded chemically to the surface, so while most coatings have a tendency to scratch off, the DLC will last longer. Hoback Knives has actually finished this blade twice. After the DLC is added, the blade on the Kwaiback also goes through a stonewashed finishing process. This process is completed by tumbling the blade around with an abrasive material, usually small pebbles. This finish helps to hide scratches and also gives it a less reflective nature. The stonewashed finish adds a textured, or mottled, look to the blade. Because of both finishes, the resulting color is a light black, or charcoal colored blade.

 

The M390 steel has been carved into a tanto blade shape. Tanto blades have a rich history behind them; the shape is the same as the traditional Japanese short sword. But in the 80’s, Cold Steel revamped the traditional shape and popularized the new American tanto blade shape. The tanto blade shape is popular with military personnel and law enforcement groups because of the strength and ability to cut through almost anything. The thing about the tanto blade shape is that it doesn’t excel at everything, it is not an all-purpose knife, and it is not versatile. But it does one thing and it does that one thing better than any other knife shape. The tanto can stab through tough materials better than any other blade shape. The tanto blade shape was designed to be an excellent fighting knife, but the tanto is also a great option for outdoor purposes and survival situations. The tanto gets its shape from a high point with a flat grind, because of these two things, the point is incredibly strong. The shape a good amount of metal near the tip, so the point can actually absorb the impact from piercing tough materials, while other blade shapes would snap under the pressure. Because the tip is so strong, this blade shape is a suitable option if you need to pry with your blade. Because the blade is thick and the point is strong, this blade will also do well at chopping. The sharpened edge of the tanto blade shape meets the unsharpened edge at an angle, rather than the traditional curve. Because there is no curve, there is no belly, which also means slicing is going to be trickier. However, because the blade is slightly upswept, you can manage some slicing with it. Because you cannot slice, this blade is not going to be good for your everyday knife. Because there are two primary bevels to the blade, sharpening it will take time, patience, and practice. However, once you get it down, it is relatively easy. In fact, once you have it down, you can even sharpen it on a stone. People usually have a love/hate relationship with tanto blades. While they are not the traditional blade shape that can accomplish a variety of tasks; what they are good at, they excel at. If you are looking for a super strong blade that can pierce through almost anything, and would make a decent survival knife, look no further than the tanto blade.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is a vague term that is used to refer to thin strands of carbon that have been woven tightly and then set in resin. This material is extremely strong, yet lightweight. Unfortunately, this material is also brittle. The carbon fibers are woven together in one direction, so they are crazy strong (stronger

Hoback Fixed Kwaiback
Hoback Fixed Kwaiback

than many types of steel) in that specific direction, but will start to break apart when pulled or stressed in the other directions. Carbon fiber has a tendency to break, chip, or crack when hit on sharp or hard objects. Another thing about carbon fiber is that it takes a lot of work to make, so it is on the expensive end of the spectrum. Because of the labor and cost put into carbon fiber, this material is usually saved for the higher end knives. The carbon fiber on the Kwaiback fixed blade is black. There are two deep grooves carved going down the middle of the knife to cut down on weight and add a little bit of grip. When talking about the handle on the Kwaiback fixed blade, Jake Hoback Knives has said, “The carbon fiber handle gives that touch of modern to an ancient design, while being comfortable for hard use.”

 

The Mechanism:

This version of the Kwaiback knife is a fixed blade. Fixed blades have many advantages to them. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand how great a fixed blade really can be. Many people get caught up in the advantages of folding knives and the disadvantages of fixed blades. But both styles of knives have their own advantages and their own set of disadvantages. So let’s start with the negative. Fixed blades are not as discreet or easy to conceal as a folding knife, it’s possible, but you can’t just shove it in your pocket. But, a fixed blade is a stronger knife that is more durable. There is not a plethora of moving parts that can rust, break, or stop working. And since fixed blades are usually thicker and longer, they have more power behind them; more strength behind them. Fixed blades are also much easier to maintain, because there are no innards that are open to getting dirty or wet. For the quick clean, all you have to do is wipe down the blade/handle. When you want to really clean your knife, all you have to do is oil the blade. Fixed blades are also the best for survival tools. Because they have so much strength and durability behind them, they can cut, dig, hammer, and even pry. Fixed blades are also great for using as a tactical tool, because you can get it out and into action quicker than a folding knife.

 

The Sheath:

The Kwaiback fixed blade comes with a black kydex sheath. Kydex is a thermoplastic material that was original used to make holsters. Kydex is one of the most durable sheath materials that you are going to find. Kydex can go in many environments, including salt water, without its quality being compromised. However, many people don’t like this sheath material because it has no personality to it. Basically, it is a lump of plastic. Another bummer about kydex is that it is a loud material. When you are unsheathing your knife and replacing it, it is going to make a lot of noise. In fact, if you are trying to be discreet, this sheath is going to give you away. The last bummer about the kydex sheath is that if you are continually drawing your knife and replacing it, it will dull the edge of your blade. So while the sheath is crazy durable, you do have to weigh the cons and see if that sheath is worth it for you.

 

The Specs:

The overall length of this knife is 9.64 inches. The blade on this knife is 5 inches long with a thickness of 0.19 inches. The handle on this knife is 4.64 inches long. This knife weighs 5.7 ounces, without the sheath.

 

Pro of the Kwaiback Fixed Blade:

  • The steel chosen for the blade is a super steel.
  • The steel is very hard and has great corrosion resistance properties.
  • The edge retention on this steel is excellent.
  • The steel has been finished with two different finishes, so the steel is more durable, more resistant to rust and wear, and the stonewash finish hides scratches.
  • The blade has a tanto shape, which is absolutely exceptional for piercing through hard materials.
  • The tanto shape is also great for tactical and survival purposes.
  • The carbon fiber handle is super strong.
  • The fixed blade is exceptionally strong.
  • The fixed blade gives it the ability to do tasks such as digging and cutting.
  • The fixed blade is easy to maintain.
  • The fixed blade is not likely to break, because there are no little parts that can break or stop working.
  • The kydex sheath is durable and strong.

 

Cons of the Kwaiback Fixed Blade:

  • The steel chosen for the blade is hard to sharpen.
  • Fixed blades are larger than folding knives, so they are harder to have with you at all times.
  • Kydex sheaths have the tendency to dull your blade edge over time.

 

Conclusion:

Jake Hoback, of Jake Hoback Knives, has loved making knives since 1990, when he would make knives in his backyard. He eventually got a summer job at his dad’s blacksmith shop and was immediately hooked. He started making and producing knives professionally in the early 2000’s and we are so glad that he did. Jake has produced a variety of exceptional knives that are loved in the knife community. One of those knives was the Kwaiback flipper, that had such a following, Jake decided to produce a new version but this time, a fixed blade.

To perfect this fixed blade, he started with a super steel that has great edge retention and fantastic corrosion and wear resistance. This steel is tough and strong. Next, he carved the super steel into a tanto blade shape, which is the perfect option for survival and tactical knives. This is a strong blade shape that is going to be able to pierce through almost any hard material. To add a little bit of modern to the traditional blade shape, the handle is made out of carbon fiber. As a cherry on top, the Kwaiback fixed blade comes with a kydex sheath. This new knife is going to become your new favorite if you give it the chance.

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CRKT Humdinger Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool company was founded in Oregon in 1994. This is an American company that is known for its distinction in design, selection, and quality. For over twenty years, CRKT has put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build products that inspire and endure. They also operate on a simple principle: that the greatest thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand. To accomplish this, they collaborate with the best designers in the world. Some of these knife makers and designers are Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron Lake, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and the Graham Brothers. Out of these collaborations, CRKT has racked up quite a few ground breaking and innovative inventions. With these, CRKT now owns fifteen patents and patents pending. Some of these patents include the Outburst Assist Opening Mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and the Veff Serrated edges.

CRKT was founded by Paul Gillespi and Rod Bremer. Both of these men were formerly employed by Kershaw Knives. While they now collaborate with the top knife designers and makers in the world, it wasn’t always this way. The company did not truly take off until the 1997 Shot Show. It was here that they introduced the K.I.S.S (Keep It Super Simple) knife. This is a small folder that was designed by Ed Halligan. It was a total success and CRKT actually sold out the years’ worth of product within the opening days of the Shot Show. They now produce a wide range of fixed blades and folding knives, multi tools, sharpeners, and carrying systems.

They have just released a brand new hunting knife called the Humdinger.

 

The Designer:

The Humdinger is designed by the one and only Ken Onion. He lives in Kaneohe, Hawaii and is the real deal. He was the youngest ever inductee into the Blade Magazine Hall of Fame in 2008 and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful knife designers of all time. In 1996 he created the first commercially successful assisted opening mechanism, and 20 years later unveiled his award winning Field Strip Technology. As the designer of the successful Eros folder series, as well as the award winning Hi Jinx, it seems as if Ken never seems to be at a loss for ideas.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this steel has been made out of 65Mn Carbon steel. This is a readily available Chinese steel that is formulated to provide good wear resistance and hardness. This steel has a medium high carbon content that makes for a high degree of toughness and resilience, while the manganese, in addition to improving these properties, improves the hot working characteristics of the steel, making it an excellent candidate for forged swords blades and other larger blades that have to take on harder tasks. This steel has the element of toughness without the brittleness, which is paramount when developing extreme use tools. The steel has a hardness level of 50-53.

The blade has been finished with a black corrosion resistant finish. This finish not only provides a sleek, black look to the blade, but it also cuts down on glares and reflections. It also cuts down on how likely the blade is to rust or corrode.

The steel has been carved into a drop point blade shape. This is one of the most popular blade shapes that you are going to find on the market. It is so popular because it is a fantastic all-purpose blade shape that can take a beating while also remaining extremely versatile. To form the shape, the back, or unsharpened, edge of the knife runs straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. This lowered point provides more control and adds strength to the tip. The drop point blade shape has often been miss-associated with the clip point blade shape. The clip point blade shape is the other most popular blade shapes and is also very versatile. However, the two shapes are different and the biggest difference between the two are the points. The clip point blade shape has a thinner, finer, and sharper blade shape that provides you with plenty of stabbing and piercing capabilities, but it is much weaker. If you try to perform some of the heavier duty tasks with the clip point blade shape, it will be prone to breaking. The drop point blade shape has a lowered, broader blade shape. This is one of the drawbacks because it does take away from your stabbing capabilities. But, it is a major advantage because it you are able to take on all the tougher tasks without snapping. And because the tip is so strong and is so able to hold up to heavy use, drop point blades are very popular on tactical and survival knives.

The lowered tip on this style of blade makes your cuts and slices easily controlled. Because of this, the drop point blade shape is very popular on hunting knives. The lowered, controllable point makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. One of the other reasons that a drop point blade shape is the perfect option for the Humdinger is because of the large belly that makes it extremely versatile. The belly is perfect for slicing or skinning. When you choose a drop point blade shape, you are preparing yourself for all of the tasks that you will encounter, whether the situation is expected or unexpected.

The edge on this knife is a plain edge. This is the more traditional edge that you can find on a knife and is ideal for push cuts. This includes slicing, skinning, and peeling. The plain edge is the easiest to sharpen and it is very easy to get a very fine edge.

 

The Handle:

CRKT Humdinger
CRKT Humdinger

The handle is made out of Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU). This is a class of polyurethane plastics that has many properties, which includes elasticity, transparency, and resistance to oil, grease and abrasion. This material has high abrasion resistance, low temperature performance, and high shear strength. The handle is black and very grippy, which provides a secure grip in the messiest, or bloodiest, of situations. On the butt of the handle, there is a lanyard hole. The lanyard can be easily tied to your belt or back pack strap to keep it out of the way until you need to use it. The lanyard will also easily secure your knife against loss. Since the Humdinger is a hunting knife, you are going to be adventuring and in the wild in rough conditions at many times, so having a lanyard will really be a benefit. Another benefit to having a lanyard tied to your knife is that it provides safety when processing a large animal. While filed dressing a large game animal, there comes a time when you’ll reach inside the cavity to cut the esophagus sot eh intestines can be pulled out. This is a messy, bloody situation, which makes a knife handle slippery. You really don’t want your hand to slip down the handle onto the blade. Or if you have a lengthy fish cleaning session, you knife will dull, and the handle will most likely get a little slippery form the slime, scales, blood and guts. A lanyard around your wrist or hand can easily prevent this. One of the last benefits is that it provides greater visibility. If you put your knife down while doing some task, you may lose it or forget where you put it. A great solution to this conundrum is to tie on a brightly colored lanyard to flagging.

To keep your fingers safe from getting cut fi you do slip, the handle on the Humdinger has a thick finger guard.

 

The Mechanism:

The Humdinger is a fixed blade. There are a so many benefits to having a fixed blade, especially for your hunting knife. The first is that they are strong and big. You can really get a fixed blade in any size that you desire from a small fixed blade that is still very powerful, to a ginormous knife that can take on almost any task or cut any material that you throw at it. Another benefit is that they don’t break. This is because there are no small, moving, or inward parts on a fixed blade, so there is really nothing to break. Another reason that they don’t break is because of their size, the blade is thicker and tougher. The next benefit ties in to the last benefit and it is that they are easier to maintain. This is also because they don’t have any of the small, moving, or inward parts. The maintenance with a fixed blade is extremely simple and straightforward, all you have to do is wipe down the blade and oil it on occasion. The next benefit to having a fixed blade is that they have longer blade lengths. This is because they do not have to fit inside of the handle, and because they are built thicker When the blade is long but thin, it is prone to breaking or snapping, but with such sturdily built knives, you don’t have to worry about that problem. The next benefit is that a fixed blade offers you superior tactical use. Fixed blades can be brought into play in a tactical situation faster than a folding knife can be. With a folding knife, you have to take it out of your pocket, then deploy it, and then it will be ready for use. With the fixed blade, you just have to draw it and it is ready to be used. The last, and for the Humdinger, probably the most important benefit that you gain from having it be a fixed blade is that it is a superior survival tool. A fixed blade offers more versatility for any number of tasks associated with so called survival knives, including but not limited to cutting most materials, digging, splitting wood, using it as a first aid tool, using it for food preparation, using it as a hunting knife, using it to hammer, and you can even use it as a prying tool.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that comes with this knife is made out of black polypropylene with black weaved polyester fabric that allows you to attach it to basically whatever you want.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 5.973 inches long with a thickness of 0.180 inches. The overall length of this knife is 11.438 inches long and it weighs in at 9.4 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

“As imperative as your rifle, as useful as your compass. World-class knife designer Ken Onion is at it again, and this time with a no-frills, fixed-blade hunting companion. Its big-belly, carbon steel construction is as burly as the Alaskan back-country, and as impressive as the grizzly you’ll be skinning. Ken Onion has turned out countless flawless knife designs from his shop in Kaneohe, Hawaii, and the Humdinger™ is a worthy addition. Inspired by an experience on an Alaskan bear hunt expedition, it’s well-equipped for the rigors of hard, backwoods use. The blade is constructed of 65 Mn carbon steel and paired with a tough textured glass-reinforced nylon handle for optimal grip and control even when your elbow-deep. It neatly tucks away into an injection-molded sheath that is wrapped with woven polyester to provide you with multiple carry options. Out in bear country, you can’t afford to go without an out-standing knife—on that account, the Humdinger™ delivers.” The drop pint style blade with the black finish is sleek but also manly. This Humdinger knife is the perfect hunting companion to meet all of your needs, even the ones that are not immediately correlated to hunting. This hunting knife is going to change your mind on what a hunting knife should be. Pick yours up today at BladeOps.

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CRKT Crossbones Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool company has been around since 1994. CRKT is an American company that is based in Oregon. CRKT is known for their unique designs, the selection of products that they offer, and the quality of those tools that they offer. CRKT has been driven by a purpose during these past two decades. This purpose is, “to bring useful technological advancements and entirely new product concepts to market.” This purpose is what has lead them to have many collaborations with multiple of the best knife designers and knife makers in the world. Out of these collaborations have been born some of the most innovative and ground breaking technological advancements in the knife world. Some of these advancements include the IKBS Ball Bearing Pivot System, the OutBurst assist opening mechanism, and the Automated Liner Safety system. These technological advancements are part of the reason that CRKT has some of the best knives for everyday carry, for tactical missions, for hunting and fishing, and even for survival scenarios.

CRKT believes that every single person should be able to afford a high quality knife or tool. So to help keep costs down, they use the newest and most efficient manufacturing machines to be able to produce these products efficiently. Another thing that CRKT believes in is integrity. This theme word is behind every single aspect of their company. They have chosen to use integrity in their business model, meaning that they build their products for reliability and durability. They also always deal with their customers with integrity. CRKT has said that, “standing behind our customers is as critical as standing behind our products.” This means that if you purchase a knife or tool from CRKT, you can be sure that you are getting a quality product that will last you years. You also know that you aren’t getting scammed and will be treated with the utmost respect when ordering your product. CRKT is a reliable company that has excellent products. And they have just released a brand new knife. They named it the Crossbones.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Crossbones is made out of AUS 8 steel. AUS 8 steel is a Japanese steel, but it is very similar to the 440B steel. AUS 8 is pretty resistant to rust and corrosion. It is also very tough; however, it does not hold an edge as well as some of the higher end steels would. But, on a positive note, AUS 8 steel is very easy to sharpen and can get a crazy sharp edge. AUS 8 is commonly known as a stainless steel, however, this term is misleading. Any steel will rust or stain if left in just the right, or should I say wrong, environments. AUS 8 is no different, it will rust and it will stain. And it will do both of these things easier and quicker higher than a higher end grade steel would. All in all, with AUS 8 steel, you get a great balance between toughness, strength, edge holding, and resistance to corrosion. Because it is a medium grade steel instead of a high end steel, you get almost the same qualities, but for a much cheaper cost. This is a bonus, because it keeps your knife quality and durable, but you don’t have to shell out a fortune to buy this knife.

The AUS 8 steel has been finished with a satin finish. The satin finish is one of the most common finishes that you will find on a knife today. This satin finish is pretty much right in the middle of the different common finishes; it is shiny, but it is not mirror or polished finish. I wouldn’t call it matte though. The satin finish helps to slightly cut down on reflections and glares, all while working to help reduce rusting and corrosion. The satin finish is a solid finish, but there is nothing extra special about it.

The AUS 8 steel has been carved into a trialing point shape. Some basics about the trailing point blade shape: instead of curving down at the point, like many of the common knife shapes, the tip, and back edge, actually curves upwards. The trailing point shape gets its name because the point “trails” higher than the average part of the blade. This is usually a very lightweight blade shape. There are a handful of benefits to a trailing blade shape. The first one is that it provides you with a very large belly, with plenty of cutting length. Because the Crossbones has a trailing point shape, it is excellent at slicing and skinning, thanks to the large belly. Another benefit is that the upwards curve creates a very fine, sharp tip. This crazy sharp point is perfect for doing detail work. This blade will help you with detail cutting tasks such as skinning game or fish. Another great benefit is that the high point is out of the way. There are a few disadvantages to the trailing point blade shape—because the point is so sharp and fine, it is pretty weak. The point on the Crossbones is prone to breaking, so this is not going to be the best knife for everyday tasks. This is definitely targeted towards the hunters and fishers of the world.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Crossbones is made out of T6-6061 aluminum. This is a durable material, that has a handful of benefits. For starters, many knife lovers crave a heftier feel to their handles because it provides a surety that your knife is going to be able to stand up to the tasks at hand. Something fantastic about aluminum is that it provides a hefty feel to your knife, but since it is a lightweight and low density material, it won’t actually weigh your knife down, like a stainless steel handle would, for example. Aluminum is also extremely resistant to corrosion, which helps cut down on maintenance time. However, there are also a handful of drawbacks to having your knife handle made out of aluminum. One is that aluminum is prone to scratches. CRKT has been around the block a few times, and knows this. So to combat the scratches, they finished the handle with three different finishes. They tumble the handle, then they bead blasted it, and then they finally anodized it. Let’s go over these finishes and what they do for the aluminum. The tumbled finish is when the aluminum has been tumbled around with an abrasive material. This finish helps to hide

CRKT Crossbones
CRKT Crossbones

scratches and also gives the aluminum a less reflective nature. The bead blast finish is when the manufacturer fires small glass or ceramic beads at the aluminum with high power. This produces an even grey finish to the metal. This finish also helps to recue reflections and glares; it actually provides an even, matte finish. However, because it creates micro abrasions in the aluminum, this makes your handle more prone to rusting or corroding. So the last finish that CRKT performed on this aluminum handle was a hard, gray anodization. Anodization provides a couple of benefits. For starters, it creates a barrier between the aluminum and the oxygen, so it cuts down on how easy your handle is with rusting or corrosion. The anodization process helps to add hardness and protection to the handle. And lastly, the anodization process adds a color to the handle. With the crossbones, this anodization process has created a sleek, gray color to the handle. The handle is actually two toned. The gray part is in the shape of an hourglass, while a silver part outlines the hourglass shape. The last drawback to having an aluminum handle is that aluminum is a very cold metal. It will feel like it is biting into your hand in cold environments.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on the Crossbones is a skeletonized pocket clip. This is a silver metal to match the blade and hardware. This pocket clip will help your knife to hide securely in your pocket, and help it to almost disappear.

 

The Mechanism:

The Crossbones is a low profile flipper with a locking liner. A flipper knife is a manual folding knife. A flipper knife works because there is a small part of the blade, usually that looks like a shark’s fin, that protrudes from the spine of the handle when the blade is closed. To open this knife, you push down on that protruding part with enough pressure to flip the blade open. Because of the locking liner, the blade will then lock into place, so you don’t have to worry about it shutting while you are in the middle of using it. When you want to close the Crossbones, you undo the liner lock and push the blade back into the handle. There are a handful of advantages to the flipper mechanism. The biggest one is that this mechanism will keep your fingers out of harm’s way, or the sharpened edge of the blade, during the whole process. There is really no way that you can cut yourself during this process. The flipper mechanism is quick, safe, and efficient.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Crossbones is 3.536 inches long with a thickness of 0.124 inches. The overall length of the knife is 8.063 inches long, with a closed length of 4.503 inches long. The Crossbones weighs in at 2.4 ounces.

 

The Designer:

The Crossbones was designed by Jeff Park. In 2005, Jeff stumbled across Ken Onion’s shop and basically never left. Over the past decade, he has made a serious impact on Ken and Jeff has definitely learned a few things along the way. Jeff Park has come to have the reputation of being a perfectionist, because he has been so detail oriented with all of his projects. He has a definite taste to his designs; most of his knives are simple, yet flawless, elegant, and almost breathtaking. Jeff follows the fundamental art rule of “form follows function”, and his knives show that he has a deep understanding of both form and function.

 

The Pros of the CRKT Crossbones:

  • The steel is strong enough, tough enough, stain resistant enough, and has enough edge retention to get the job done.
  • The steel is easy to sharpen and you can get a crazy sharp edge on it.
  • Because the steel isn’t quite a high end steel, this steel is going to be more inexpensive than many steel options, but will still give you the qualities that you desire.
  • The trailing point shape provides the user with enough belly to make slicing a breeze.
  • The trailing point is a lightweight blade shape, so your knife isn’t going to be extremely heavy.
  • The trailing point has a very fine, sharp tip that will allow you to do the most delicate work.
  • The aluminum is strong, durable, resistant to corrosion, and lightweight while providing you with a hefty feel.
  • The aluminum handle has been finished with three different styles of finishes, so you know that it will be extra durable, extra resistant to corrosion, extra resistant to scratches, yet still very lightweight.
  • The flipper mechanism keeps your hand safe, while being quick and efficient.

 

The Cons of the CRKT Crossbones:

  • AUS 8 is a good steel, but it does not excel at anything.
  • The trailing point has a delicate tip, so it is prone to snapping or breaking off.
  • The aluminum handle is going to be cold.

 

Conclusion:

CRKT is a reliable company that has produced hundreds of excellent, innovative, and ground breaking knives. The Crossbones is a combination of all of those characteristics. They started with a durable steel that is going to get the job done and carved it into a shape that will be perfect for you hunters and fishers out there. They complemented this blade with a durable handle that is resistant to corrosion. Because of these two great features, maintenance time will be cut down and you won’t have to worry about your knife rusting while you work near water and guts. The Crossbones is going to be one of the best hunting and fishing knives that you will ever work with.

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CRKT 5311 Pilar Folder Knife Review

CRKT has been a reliable American company since 1994. Over the past two decades, they have developed a fantastic reputation based on their knife designs, the selection of knives that they offer, and the quality of those knives. CRKT puts innovations and integrity first, because they want to be known for building products that can inspire and endure. They have been working with integrity since the very beginning. This means that they build products that are can perform reliably whether you are using it for work, fishing and hunting, tactical, survival, or any other need. Working with integrity also means that CRKT will deal with their customers honestly, letting you know that they respect and cherish you. They also want to put innovations first, and to do that, they try to bring useful technological advancements and entirely new product concepts to market. To achieve this purpose, CRKT has collaborated with many of the world’s best knife designers and the best knife makers. Out of these collaborations have been born some of the most innovative and ground breaking technological advancements that are in the knife community. Some of these innovations include the Automated Liner Safety System, the IKBS Ball Bearing Pivot System, and the OutBurst Assist Opening Mechanism.

CRKT believes that everybody should be able to afford a high quality knife. To keep costs low, CRKT uses the most advanced manufacturing equipment to develop their knives efficiently, but still with fantastic quality. CRKT believes that these high quality knives should help build confidence in the users, guaranteeing that they are able complete the task at hand. CRKT believes that if a knife isn’t up to your standards, then that knife isn’t up to CRKT’s standards.

They have recently released a brand new knife and they call it the Pilar.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Pilar is made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a Chinese produced steel. There are a few different types of Cr steel in the series, but 8Cr is one of the most common. This steel’s biggest selling point is how inexpensive it is. While this is a benefit to many people, you have to keep in mind that the less you spend on a steel, the lower the quality you are going to get. 8Cr13MoV steel is similar to AUS 8 steel, it is a little bit lower on the quality scale though. It is not quite as hard as AUS 8 steel and it is more corrosion prone than AUS 8. This steel has poor edge retention abilities, however, it is extremely easy to sharpen. With this steel, the better the heat treatment it goes through, the better the steel is going to be able to perform.

The steel has been finished with a satin finish. This is one of the most common steel finishes. This is a pretty average finish. It really has no character, and while it does add a small amount of reflection and glare reduction, it doesn’t add enough to be super noticeable. This is not a matte finish, but it is also not a shiny finish. The satin finish also works to cut down rust and corrosion, but it doesn’t do this well enough to make a noticeable difference.

The 8Cr13MoV steel has been carved into a sheepsfoot blade. The history behind the name of the sheepsfoot blade shape is that this style of knife was originally used to trim the hooves on sheep. But throughout history, this blade shape has also been very popular of delicate work such as electrical work or even woodcarving. A sheepsfoot blade shape is not common, but it is also not uncommon. What I mean is that many people have heard of the sheepsfoot blade, but they aren’t totally sure what its advantages and disadvantages are. While many people have heard of this blade shape, fewer have actually used a knife with this blade shape. So what is the sheepsfoot blade shape? This is a blade that has a straight sharpened edge, with a rounded unsharpened edge. However, on the Pilar, the usual straight sharpened edge is actually rounded slightly. The two edges still meet with a “false point”. This is one of the major disadvantages of the sheepsfoot blade shape; it cannot stab. While this is a drawback, some career paths benefit from having no point. One of these careers is an emergency responder. They can use this blade to cut a seatbelt without having to worry about injuring the victim with a sharp point. This blade shape is also very popular with sailors, because they can cut the rigging without needing to worry about piercing the sails. Because the sharpened edge is relatively straight and long, it will give you one of the cleanest cuts you could receive, especially if you are cutting on a flat surface. The sheepsfoot blade shape excels most at cutting or slicing. Another big benefit to the sheepsfoot blade shape is that it is very controllable. This is because the unsharpened edge of the knife is curved, so you can hang on to that section of the blade while cutting, instead of needing to hold on to the handle.

On the blade, near the unsharpened edge, there is an oval hole cut out to allow you to manually deploy the knife. This blade is a plain edge, which allows you to get a sharper edge than if it was a serrated knife. The plain edge also allows sharpening to be easier than if you had a serrated edge.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Pilar is made out of stainless steel. This material provides exceptional durability to your handle. Stainless steel is also very resistant to corrosion. However, no steel, even stainless, will rust if left in a damp, wet, or humid environment. Just because it is a stainless steel metal, you still will need to maintain the handle. It will obviously benefit you with less maintenance time than a non stainless steel. Unfortunately, stainless steel is not a lightweight material and will add significant weight to the Pilar. Another drawback to the stainless steel handle is that stainless steel is known to be very slippery, giving you a not so solid grip on your knife. CRKT has finished the stainless steel handle with a bead blasted finish This finish is created by blasting small ceramic or glass beads at the material with high pressure. This will create an even, gray finish. The blasted finish also works to reduce reflection and glare because it does have a matte surface. This style of finish helps to hide scratches that the Pilar’s handle will accumulate over time. Unfortunately, these small beads do create micro abrasions in the surface, so the stainless steel is more prone to rusting and corrosion.

The handle also has an elongated finger groove that helps with precise cutting tasks.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The Pilar comes with a pocket clip. This clip is stainless steel to match the rest of the handle. It is kept in place by two small silver screws. The pocket clip has been stamped with “CRKT”. This pocket clip is only able to carry your knife right handedly, but you can reverse the clip and carry it tip up or down.

 

The Mechanism:

The Pilar is a manual folding knife that is deployed by a thumb slot or thumb hole. This is really exactly what it sounds like: there is a hole in the blade that allows your thumb to get a solid grip on your blade and then allows you to push the knife open. This mechanism is simply elegant while remaining easy to use. This knife also sports a Frame Lock keeping sure to lock your blade into place while it is open. This allows you to work with your knife, even with the tougher jobs, without having to worry about your blade giving and closing on you.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 2.402 inches long with a thickness of 0.145 inches. When the Pilar is opened, it measures in at 5.938 inches long, with a closed length of 3.530 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.2 ounces.

 

The Designer:

Jesper Voxnaes is the man behind the knife. He is a native of Denmark, so

CRKT Pilar Knife
CRKT Pilar Knife

when he needs to test a knife, all he has to do is venture out into his backyard. Because he lives in the fjords and forests of Denmark, he has a harsh environment that his knives need to be able to endure. He started designing knives because no one was making the kind of knives that he wanted. He learned how to perfect a knife only by trial and error. In 2013 he was given his IF Award for one of the Top European Designs. Jesper named this knife after Ernest Hemingway’s personal 38’ sailboat that he used for renegade surveillance on German U-boats during World war II.

 

The Pros of the CRKT Pilar:

  • The steel is extremely inexpensive, which keeps the cost of the knife down considerably.
  • The satin finish helps to slightly reduce glares and reflections while also working to cut down on rust and corrosion.
  • The steel on this blade is extremely easy to sharpen.
  • The sheepsfoot blade shape has no point, which is a benefit if you need to work in close quarters or slice without having to worry about piercing someone. This is great for people such as first responders.
  • Because the sharpened edge is so straight, your cuts will be the cleanest that you will ever find.
  • The sheepsfoot blade shape excels at cutting and slicing.
  • The sheepsfoot blade shape is very controllable because the user is able to grasp the unsharpened edge of the blade.
  • The stainless steel handle is durable and rust resistant.
  • The elongated finger groove gives you better control.
  • The bead blasted finish hides scratches.
  • The pocket clip can be carried either tip up or tip down.
  • The hole cut into the knife helps to manually deploy the knife quickly and efficiently.

 

The Cons of the CRKT Pilar:

  • The pocket clip has only been drilled to carry this knife right handedly, so it is not ambidextrous.

 

Conclusion:

CRKT is an extremely reliable company. They are reliable to their customers, treating them with honesty and integrity. An they are reliable in their products, they produce knives and tools that are designed to be able to perform even in the most stressful situations. They believe that every person should be able to afford a high quality knife or tool, so they build their knives efficiently to keep the costs down. They have produced countless innovative and ground breaking new knives and one of the newest of their knives is the Pilar.

To create an excellent knife CRKT started out with 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. This steel’s biggest benefit is that it keeps the knife’s price down significantly. This steel is going to be able to get the job done, but it really doesn’t excel in ways that a high quality steel would have. This steel has been ground into a sheepsfoot blade that will give you clean cuts while letting you cut worry free because there is really no point. In fact, the point is dubbed as a “false point”. The stainless steel handle is very resistant to rust and corrosion, which does keep maintenance down. However, the stainless steel handle does add quite a bit of weight behind the knife. This is a great knife with a complex backstory and you can get yours here.

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TOPS Knives Exclusive BlackOut Wild Pig Hunter Knife Review

TOPS Knives was founded in late 1998, with a mission to create the highest quality knives around. They want to create the highest quality, rugged, unique, overbuilt, and functional tools for service members and outdoorsmen of all kinds through their superior manufacturing, finishing processes, and genuine field operators’ testing. They knives are tools, designed and built using the extensive knowledge and real life experiences of many Operators with backgrounds in Military, Law Enforcement, outdoor professions, and Martial Arts. TOPS Knives have also worked with designers and backgrounds ranging from Navy Seals to Airborne Rangers, from Martial Arts instructors to survival experts, and from SWAT Team Members to Native American weapons experts. We have a designer from nearly every background that uses hard core knives. Perhaps the best part, all TOPS fixed blades are manufactured and hand finished at our facility in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, USA.

Their knives have been requested and deployed in Hot Spots all over the world. Numerous individuals who are or were Field Operates use or have used their knives and report top performance and reliability from times when their life depended on the tools they had with them. “That’s why Special Ops trust TOPS!”

TOPS values American integrity, quality, durability, performance, and consistency. TOPS successfully provides their clients with tools they can trust completely to exceed their expectations every time.

TOPS has a knife called the Wild Pig Hunter, and BladeOps has an exclusive version of this knife. It is called the BlackOut Wild Pig Hunter Fixed Blade knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this exclusive knife is made out of 1095 high carbon steel. While this steel does have a high carbon content, it is not a stainless steel. Unfortunately, it does stain relatively easily, and so you do have to be careful with your maintenance. The best way to keep your blade rust free and working for the longest time possible, rinse it off after every use, wipe it clean, and oil it once a week. The oil forms a barrier that prevents moisture from reaching the steel, while also giving your knife a very shiny look. This type of steel is often found in traditional style folders. This is a really tough steel that can be produced at a low cost. On the other side, you will be able to find tougher steels because 1095 steel has a low level of manganese in it. The positive side of having a lower level of manganese is that it also makes the steel more brittle, so 1095 steel is not going to be super brittle. And, because this knife has a thicker blade to it, it is not going to feel brittle. The high carbon content works to harden the steel while also reducing the amount of wear that a blade will experience over time. This steel holds an great edge and is very easy to sharpen.

The finish on this knife is made out of a special Black Wash finish. This works to reduce the reflections and glares on the blade. The look represents the outcome of heat treatment, creating a distinctive line at the edge of the blade that form uniquely on each knife. TOPS Knives finishes this standard treatment with a clear application of Cerakote. TOPS Knives uses epoxy and ceramic based coatings on its knives that feature more extensive surface treatment than the Black Wash finish.

This knife has a spear point blade shape. This is a similar shape to the needle point blade. The spear point blade shape is very good for piercing, but the difference between the needle point and the spear point is that the spear point has a stronger tip. To spear point blade shape is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center line of the blades long axis. Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. Spear point blades are most often used on throwing knives. However, they are also found on pocket knives and fixed blades. Because the spear point blade shape has a lowered point, it is easily controllable, making this a good option for fine tip work. Something that makes the spear point blade shape so versatile is that it sports a small belly. This belly can be used for some cutting and slicing applications. But, this belly is relatively small, especially compared to knives that are built for their belly, such as drop point or clip point knives. The spear point knife is the perfect choice for a knife lover who wants a great balance between piercing and slicing abilities. This spear point combines the dagger with the strength of a drop point blade, but it still maintains some of the belly that is used for slicing. This is considered to be a hybrid design that is extremely functional.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Wild Pig Hunter is made out of G 10. G 10 is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. This material has very similar properties to carbon fiber, but it can be made for almost a fraction of the cost. While it is cheaper than carbon fiber to produce, it still has to be cut and machined into shape which is not as economical as the injection molding process used in FRN handles. To make this material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. The resulting material is very tough, very hard, very lightweight, and very strong. G 10 is actually considered to be the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and stronger than Micarta. Although G 10 is more brittle than Micarta. To add texture to the handle, the manufacturer will add checkering or other patterns. TOPS Knives has added deep grooves across the width of the handle to provide you with a very secure, and still comfortable grip. They call this the “Rocky Mountain Tread”, which will provide you with grip in wet, muddy, and bloody conditions. This material can be a variety of colors, and on this knife, the main part of the handle is a black G 10, while the liners are made out of a red G 10. Many fixed blades benefit from G 10 because it is durable, lightweight, while still being non porous. Some people do worry that this material lacks elegance, and can look plastic-y.

The handle has three deep finger grooves going down the length of the handle, and sports a wider butt. This knife also has finger guards. At the butt of the handle, a lanyard is attached. There are variety of benefits that come with a lanyard. One of the biggest advantages is that it can easily be tied onto your pack strap for quick access. Another big benefit is that you can fold the lanyard over the handle of the knife while in use to provide yourself with extra texture, thus extra grip. Plus, you can always loop the lanyard around your wrist during use in slippery conditions to prevent yourself from dropping the knife.

TOPS Blackout Pig Hunter
TOPS Blackout Pig Hunter

The Mechanism:

This is a fixed blade knife. Many people are avoidant of a fixed blade because they feel like folding knives are more discrete and easier to conceal, which also makes them easier to have on you at all time. They also feel like a folding knife that is well constructed is as tough as a fixed blade. While these are all valid concerns, there are so many benefits to owning a fixe blade that outweigh the benefits of a pocket knife in some areas. One of the biggest benefits is that they are big, strong, and long. Fixed blades usually have twice as long of a blade than a folding knife has. This is because the blade is thicker and can stand up to the tasks without becoming delicate. And, because they are bigger than folding knives and have a longer and stronger blade, the strength behind a fixed blade is tenfold. One of the benefits to having a fixed blade is that they don’t break. This is because there are no small, inward, or moving parts to a fixed blade. On a folding knife, many of the small parts can become damaged. And, many of the small, inward parts are hard to clean and maintain and tend to rust easily because of the difficulty. This causes them to not work as well. With a fixed blade, what you see is what you get, and you don’t get any moving parts on your knife. Something along the same lines as that is that fixed blades are much easier to maintain. You do not have to worry about the hinge as you do with a folding knife, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning or maintaining the small, moving parts. With the Black Out Wild Pig Hunter, all you have to do is quickly wipe down the knife and oil the blade. It is a very straightforward and simple process. One of the last major benefits to owning a solid fixed blade is that they are superior in both tactical and survival use. With the tactical use, a fixed blade is much easier to bring into play, because all you have to do is unsheathe the blade. If you were trying to defend yourself with a folding knife, you would have to draw the knife, flip it open, and then you would be ready to fight. While using it as a survival tool, you can use your knife for much more than just a knife. You have the versatility of using it for cutting, digging, splitting, food preparation, as a hunting weapon, as a first aid tool, to hammer with, and even to pry. So while a folding knife is probably the preferred knife in an urban environment, if you are going to be spending any time in the outdoors you probably want to look into getting yourself a fixed blade. And the Black Out Wild Pig Hunter is the perfect option for that.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that comes with this edition of the knife is a black Kydex sheath. This is not a traditional sheath material. It is a thermoplastic material that was originally used to make holsters. The greatest advantage of a Kydex sheath is that it is so durable and can stand up to a variety of extreme environments. In fact, Kydex can be submerged in salt water and maintain its quality. But, on the flip side, there are some disadvantages to having a Kydex sheath. First of all, it doesn’t have too much personality; I would describe it as a lump of plastic. Some people do like the dark, sleek look to it—for stealth and hunting. The biggest drawback to a Kydex sheath is that it is unreasonably loud. There is a classic Kydex “click” when unsheathing or sheathing your knife. The last negative aspect about this type of sheath is that after repeated taking out and putting back your blade, the sheath will dull the blades edge.

 

The Specs:

The blade length on this knife is 7 9/16 inches long, with a blade thickness of a whopping ¼ inch. The overall length of this knife is 13 inches long. This knife weighs in over a pound at 14.2 ounces. The Black Out Wild Pig Hunter was designed by Leo Espinoza and manufactured in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The TOPS Knives Exclusive Black Out edition of the Wild Pig Hunter gives you a huge blade that has been specifically build for wild pig hunting. A mature feral hog can weigh over 400 pounds and sport 4 razor sharp tusks. The men who hunt these beasts need to be prepared with the best knives possible, and this knife definitely fits the bill. Get your special edition Wild Pig Hunter at BladeOps now.

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CRKT Gusset Knife Review

Columbia River Knife and Tool, or CRKT, was born in Oregon in 1994. This company was founded by Paul Gillespie and Rod Bremer.  This is an American company that is known for its distinction in design, selection, and quality. This company did not truly take off until the 1997 Shot Show when the K.I.S.S (Keep It Super Simple) knife was introduced. This is a small folder that had been designed by Ed Halligan. Within the opening days of the show, the years’ worth of the product had sold out.

For over 20 years, CRKT has put innovation and integrity first, making a commitment to build products that inspire and endure. To achieve this desire, they operate on a simple principle: the greatest thing they can give their customers is Confidence in Hand. They also collaborate with the best designers in the world. Some of these collaborators have been Ken Onion, Harold “Kit” Carson, Allen Elishewitz, Pat Crawford, Liong Mah, Steven James, Greg Lightfoot, Michael Walker, Ron Lake, Tom Veff, Steve Ryan, and the Graham Brothers. CRKT also owns fifteen patents and patents pending. Some of these patents are the Outburst assist opening mechanism, the Lock Back Safety mechanism, and the Veff-Serrated edges.

CRKT has recently released a brand new knife called the Gusset and the Gusset Black with Triple Point Serrations. These two knives are the same design with a few minor differences.

 

The Blade:

The blades on both of these knives are made out of 8Cr13MoV steel. This is a Chinese steel that comes from the Cr series of steels. The highest quality out of the Cr steel is the 9Cr, with 8Cr falling closely behind. This steel is usually compared to AUS 8 steel, however, the 8Cr steel is slightly inferior to AUS 8. One of its biggest features that it boasts is how inexpensive the steel is. This steel can get a very fine edge and hold onto its edge for long periods of time. And, as a bonus, this steel is extremely easy to sharpen because of how soft it is. This steel also has a very high level of corrosion resistant properties. This steel is well balanced between strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties.

One of the differences between these two steel types is the finish that the blade sports. One of the versions of the knife has a gray Titanium Nitride finish. This is one of the best coatings that can be applied to a steel. One of the main reasons that this finish is used is to provide the steel with a different color. And the other main reason that this finish is used is to increase the durability of the blade. The Titanium Nitride finish is known to be extremely scratch resistant as well as extremely peel resistant. One of the unique characteristics of this finish is that it is applied through a process of plasma deposition performed in a completely air-sealed vacuum. This is a benefit because in many coated finishes, the finish runs or is coated unevenly, which makes for an uneven and unsmooth blade and also makes the coating more likely to scratch, peel, or chip off.

On the other version of the Gusset, the finish on the blade is Black Oxide. This is finish is also known as blackening and it is a conversion coating for ferrous materials that is used to add mild corrosion resistance and an appealing black appearance.

The blades on these knives have been carved into a drop point blade shape. The drop point blade shape is the most popular blade shape on the market today and it is a very versatile and all-purpose knife. To form the shape of this knife, the back or unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight form the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. This lowered point works to provide you with more control over your cuts and slices while also adding strength to the tip. The drop point blade shape is often confused with the clip point, because they work to be able to perform similar tasks and are also both very versatile. The biggest difference between the two is the point. The clip point has a thinner point that gives you better stabbing capabilities, while also being much weaker and more prone to breaking. The drop point blade shape has more metal towards the tip, which makes for a broader tip, and thus, less sharp. So while you do lose out on most of your stabbing and piercing capabilities with a drop point, it is so much stronger. Because of the extra strength it can hold up to heavier use and because of both of those characteristics, the drop point blade shape is very popular on tactical and survival knives. The broad tip is both a major advantage, but also a drawback to this blade shape. And because the tip is so easily controllable, this blade shape is very popular on hunting knives. This is because the lowered, broad, and controllable point makes it easier to avoid accidently nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. One of the last reasons that this is such a versatile and all-purpose blade shape is because of the large belly area that the shape sports. This belly area provides plenty of length that makes the Gusset the perfect knife for your everyday tasks as well; many everyday tasks involve some form of slicing. Because the Gusset has a drop point blade it makes it the perfect option to take on all of your common tasks that are expected, but it also prepares you to take on the unexpected challenges and adventures that accompany your life.

The edges on the two versions of the Gusset do vary. The version of the knife that sports the gray Titanium Nitride coating has a plain edge. This is the more traditional edge that you can purchase. There are a handful of benefits to having a knife with a plain edge. For starters, a plain edge is much easier to sharpen and you can get a finer edge on it. Second, the plain edge is the perfect edge for your push cuts, which involve slicing, peeling and skinning.

The version of the knife that has the Black Oxide finish features a combo edge. This is when the half of the blade which is closest to the blade is serrated and the other have has a plain edge. This type of edge has a tendency to make the customer feel like they have the best of both worlds. They have the serrated portion of the knife which is ideal for cutting through the thicker materials such as rope and branches, because you can saw through them. But, they also have the plain edge for any common slices that they need to perform.

In the end, edge style is purely preferential because you can get a very sharp edge on a serrated edge and plain edges do have the capacity to cut through the thicker materials. It’s best to look at what you expect to do the most with your blade and make your choice based on that.

 

The Handle:

The handles on both versions of the knife are made out of stainless steel. This material provides exceptional durability as well as crazy resistance to corrosion. However, stainless steel is also not lightweight. To cut down on the weight that the stainless steel handle would add, CRKT has cut out different geometric shapes in the middle portion of the handle. This is an effective tactic to keep the Gusset more lightweight, while also giving the user a fresh, unique style. Stainless steel is also fairly slippery, but the geometric shapes help in that area as well. Stainless steel is a very strong material, so the Gusset is going to be able to take on those harder tasks.

The finish on the two versions are different though. The gray blade has a matching gray handle and the black blade has a matching black handle. Since these knives are both monochromatic, it gives you a sleek, almost futuristic feel to it.

To keep your grip as comfortable as possible, CRKT has carved out a shallow, elongated finger groove and has added a finger guard to protect your fingers. On the butt of the handle, there is a row of thick jimping to help provide you with a secure grip. And as an added bonus, the butt of the handle also features a lanyard hole.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on both versions of the knife match that particular versions color. The clip is skeletonized to go with the handle as well as cutting down on weight. The handle on the Gusset has only been drilled to attach the clip for tip down carry on the traditional side of the handle.

 

The Mechanism:

The Gusset is a folding knife that features a flipper opening mechanism. The flipper is a small protrusion that comes out of the spine of the handle when the knife is closed. You pull back on this flipper and it puts enough pressure on the blade to flip it open and then lock it into place.

CRKT Gusset Knife
CRKT Gusset Knife

The Gusset features CRKT’s IKBS system. This system was designed by Flavio Ikoma and Rick Lala. It uses lubed ball bearings that are set into the folding knife pivot. Because of this system, you can have a rapid blade deployment that is smooth and fast.

The Gusset also features a frame lock mechanism. This is a very similar mechanism to a liner lock except that a frame lock uses the handle to form the frame and therefore the lock. The frame lock is situated with the liner inward and the tip engaging the bottom of the blade. The frame lock is released by applying pressure to the frame to move it away from the blade. When it is opened, the pressure on the lock forces it to snap across the blade, engaging at its furthest point. Frame locks are known for their strength and thickness.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.568 inches long, with a blade thickness of 0.123 inches. The overall length of this knife is 8.125 inches long and it features a closed length of 4.581 inches. This knife weighs in at 4 ounces even.

 

The Designer:

The Gusset was designed by Ken Onion, who is known at CRKT as the real deal. He was the youngest ever inductee into the Blade Magazine Hall of Fame in 2008 and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful knife designers of all time. In 1996 he created the first commercially successful assisted opening mechanism and 20 years later he unveiled his award winning Field Strip Technology. He is the designer of the successful Eros folder series as well as the award winning Hi Jinx. It seems to me like Ken Onion is never at a loss for ideas.

 

Conclusion:

The Gusset is a flipper knife that was named after the gussets of a metal dune buggy that adds additional strength and helps to reduce the overall weight. These knives are made out of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel which resists rust and corrosion well while also maintaining a very fine edge for long periods of time. As an added bonus with the blade, the steel makes sharpening a breeze. There are two different finishes for you to choose from: dark grey TiNi or a Black Oxide finish. There are also two different blade edge styles to choose from, the dark grey blade having a plain edge and the black blade featuring a combo edge. The drop point blade shape on these knives make them perfect for taking on heavier duty tasks as well as getting you through your everyday tasks. The stainless steel handle and pocket clip are skeletonized to reduce the weight behind this knife. This knife is strong, durable, and resistant to rusting and corroding. Either versions of this knife will be the perfect addition to your knife collection and you can get them both at BladeOps.

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SOG Terminus Knife Review

The history of SOG Specialty Knives began years ago in Vietnam. There was a highly classified US special ops unit that was known as MACV-SOG. The members in this unit carried a unique combat knife because their covert missions were in the jungle. It was in 1986, years after this group existed, that Spencer Frazer happened across the bowie knife and founded SOG Specialty knives. His founding mission with the company was to reproduce the original SOG Bowie knife and pay tribute to the special ops unit that created it.

What began as a single knife soon became a full line of innovative tools. Not only that, but this line of tools has been field proven by US Special Forces and has even been honored as the Navy SEAL knife of choice. Now, SOG knives are carried with confidence into the most demanding situations. So whether you’re protecting others, leading an epic hunting expedition, tackling one of life’s everyday challenges, or facing your most extreme conditions yet, lead the way with SOG. “Forged out of tradition, hardened in the field, honed for you.”

Spencer Frazer is not only the founder of SOG, but also the chief designer. He was born in 1955 and was always a creative kid that had a curiosity for how things worked. He joined the boy scouts when he was older and gained an affinity for knives and axes. He later graduated from UCLA as a math and science major and then started his own company in the professional audio industry. He went on to work in the aerospace defense industry, in the top Secrete Black Projects Division. Spencer has also been involved in the modern art movement and even went on to work in product development creating toys. He says that all of these life experiences converged the moment he first saw the Vietnam SOG Bowie knife. He says, “The knife was magical in how it looked and felt. You could see the history as well as the function aspects of the knife.” He quickly made a goal to reproduce this knife and has definitely succeeded. Spencer says that SOG “doesn’t settle for ordinary. We never did, and we never will.”

SOG has just released a brand new knife called the Terminus. There are two versions of the same design and both of them are going to be game changers.

 

The Blade:

The blades on these two knives are both made out of CTS-BD1 steel. This is a carpenter’s steel. Something that is very unique about the steel is that it is melted in a vacuum. This is a high carbon chromium steel that provides stainless properties with high hardness and excellent wear resistance. This steel has a hardness of Rockwell C 58-60. This steel has been used for cutlery, ball bearings, and small machinery parts that are normally subjected to high wear conditions, because it can last. This steel has a fairly high corrosion resistance and can resist corrosion from mild atmospheres as well as fresh water, steam, ammonia, and many organic materials.

The finish on both of the knives is where the versions start to differ. One of the versions, the blade sports a dual directional satin finish. The satin finish is created by sanding the knife in one direction with increasing levels of a fine abrasive. In the case of this knife, after the blade has been sanded in one direction, it will then be sanded in the other direction. The satin finish works to showcase the lines in the steel and is one of the most popular blade finishes that you can find. This is a classic blade finish that has a medium level of shine—it is more matte than a mirror finish, but shinier than a matte finish. A satin finish actually works to reduce the glares and reflections that your knife will come across.

On the other version of the knife, the blade sports a black hard cased finish. One of the main purposes for this type of finish is to add a sleek, black look to the blade. This effectively cuts down on glares and reflections, and gives you more of a stealth look to it. However, it is a coating finish, and like all coating finishes, it has the tendency to chip, scratch, or flake off. The finish does work to reduce rusting and corroding that will happen to your blade over time.

Both versions of the knife sport a clip point blade shape. This is a great all-purpose blade shape as well as being one of the most popular blade shapes on the market. This blade shape has often been confused with a drop point blade shape, because they are both very versatile, great for most tasks, and very popular. However, they do sport a handful of differences and we will go over those differences today. To form the shape of a clip point, the back, or unsharpened, edge of the knife runs straight form the handle and then stops about halfway up the knife. It then turns and continues to the point of the knife. This area looks to be cut out, or clipped out, and is referred to as the “clip”, which is where this blade shape got its name. This clipped out area can be straight or curved, but on the Terminus, it is a straight portion. Because of this clipped out area, the point on this blade shape is lowered, which provides you with more control when cutting or slicing with this knife. The biggest difference between a drop point and a clip point blade shape is the point. On a drop point, the tip is also lowered, however it is broader and sports more metal near the tip, providing you with more strength behind the tip. Because there is more metal near the tip, you do lose out on most stabbing capabilities with a drop point tip.  A clip point has a lowered point but it is skinnier and sharper. While this is a drawback because the tip is now weaker and more prone to breaking, it is also an advantage because you do have the stabbing capabilities once again. Because the tip is controllable, sharp and thinner at the spine, a clip point knife lends itself to quicker stabbing with less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. One of the other reasons that a clip point blade shape is so versatile is because of the large belly area that lends itself perfectly for slicing. With a clip point blade shape, you will be prepared for all of the expected, everyday tasks that you happen across, but you will also be prepared for the unexpected moments and emergencies.

The blade on both versions of the Terminus sports a straight edge, which is the more traditional edge and lends itself to completing a wider variety of tasks.

On the unsharpened edge of the knife, there is a row of thick jimping that offers improved control during use.

 

The Handle:

Both versions of the Terminus have a handle that is made out of G10. But, each version of the knife has a different colored handle.

G10 is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. This material has similar properties to carbon fiber, but because it is only slightly inferior, you can get it for a fraction of the cost. However, it does still have to be cut and machined into shape, which is not as economical as the injection molding process used in FRN handles, so it still has a significant cost to it. To make this material, the manufacturer takes layers of fiberglass cloth and soaks them in a resin. The next step is to compress the layers of the soaked cloth and then baking them under pressure. The material that you get from this process is super tough, very hard, still lightweight, and strong. An interesting fact: G10 is considered to be the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and even stronger than Micarta. However, it is more brittle than these other materials as well. To add texture to give you a secure grip on the Terminus, SOG has added intense checkering to the handle of this knife. To add to your grip on this knife, SOG has also added an extremely elongated finger groove to the bottom of the handle. To keep your fingers safe, there is also a finger guard.

On the version with the satin blade, the handle is a tan color with black hardware. On the version with the black hard cased blade, the handle is black with black hardware.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on these knives match the color of the blade. These pocket clips are the classic SOG skeletonized pocket clips, because in the middle, they have carved their logo. These pocket clips are reversible, which does help to make this knife design ambidextrous. The clip is also a low carry clip, so it won’t be quite as concealed as a deep carry clip.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a folding knife that sports a slip joint locking mechanism. The slip joint is one of the most commonly found types of locking mechanisms. This type of locking system is also very commonly seen in Swiss Army Knives. These knives typically take two hands to open and close the knife safely. They’re made up of a spring bar and a specially shaped blade. To open the knife, you pull on the blade to overcome the pressure form the

SOG Terminus
SOG Terminus

spring, snapping the blade into place. To close it, make sure your fingers are out of the ay of the sharp edge and push back down. One of the main advantages to this type of locking mechanism is the legality. They are also nice to carry because they are simple and easy to use. However, in technical terms, they don’t sport a true “lock”, so this type of mechanism is not the best if you are taking on the heavier duty tasks.

The terminus sports a nail nick, which is one of the oldest forms of knife opening systems. This type of opening system is pretty difficult to open one handedly. The nail nick is a small groove that has been carved into the top of the blade. This provides you with a divot that you can use to get a grip on and flick the knife open.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Terminus is an even three inches long, with a blade thickness of 0.11 inches. The overall length of the knife is seven inches long, with a closed length of four inches. This knife weighs in at 2.9 ounces. The country of origin for the Terminus is China.

 

Conclusion:

SOG has a reputation of designing and manufacturing durable and reliable knives that have been filed tested for you. These knives are going to get you through your everyday tasks as well as the unexpected situations and through all of your adventures.

The Terminus is an all-purpose slip joint folding knife that is legal in many places. It features a quality 3 inches CTS Bd1 stainless steel blade and g10 handles. Slip joint knives are easier to clean, maintain, and have fewer mechanical bits to get dirty and cause problems. The versatile clip point BD1 blade features a straight edge and a nail nick for opening. Textured G10 handles and jimping on the blade offer improved control during use. The small guard on the blade prevents accidental closure of the blade on fingers. Its slim profile makes it easy to carry with or without the reversible low carry pocket clip. In many places around the world including parts of Europe and cities like New York City, folding knives that lock open are not legal to carry. Knife carry laws vary by region, so make sure to consult your local laws for specific details.

The Terminus is ready to take on your life challenges with you.  You can find the sand handle version here and the black handle version here.

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