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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SOG TAC Ops Automatic Knife Review

SOG has an interesting history. Instead of the usual beginning to a knife company, SOG’s story actually began in Vietnam. There was a highly classified US special ops unit, with the name of MACV-SOG, where the members would carry a unique combat knife that would last the challenges of the jungle. Fast forward to 1986, where Spencer Frazer was inspired by these specialty knives. Because of them, he founded SOG Specialty Knives. Spencer’s founding mission was to reproduce the original SOG Bowie knife and pay tribute to the special ops unit that created it. He achieved this goal, and the company quickly went from being a single commemorative model to a full line of innovative tools. These knives and tools are field proven by US Special Forces, and have even received the honor of the Navy SEAL knife of choice.

To this day, SOG knives are carried with confidence in any situation, from everyday carry knives, to some of the most demanding situations. “Forged out of tradition, hardened in the field, honed for you.” With this slogan, you can be confident in purchasing and using a SOG knife. These knives are going to help you accomplish whatever task you need it to. And luckily enough for us, SOG has just released a new knife: The Tac Ops Auto.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife has been carved out of CPM S35VN steel. This blade steel was introduced to the knife community in 2009 by Crucible and Chris Reeve. This is a slightly superior version of the S30V steel that they had previously created just for knives. To make it a more superior steel, they used a finer grain structure and actually added small quantities of niobium, which is where they get the N in the name from. By using the finer grain structure, they were able to make this steel easier to sharpen, which is one of the only drawbacks to the S30V steel.  They also improved the toughness of the steel, while maintaining the strength levels. This steel has all the abilities to maintain an excellent edge for long periods of time while also resisting rust and corrosion easily. This steel was also designed specifically for knives, so you know that you are getting all of the qualities you could want in a blade’s steel. The previous version (S30V) was regarded as one of the finest blade steels because it provides you with the best balance of edge retention, hardness, and toughness, so just imagine how great this superior version will be.

This steel has been finished with a hardcased black finish. This provides the steel with a sleek black color, more durability, and more resistance to corrosion.

The blade shape on this knife is a straight back blade shape. This knife has a wide curve towards the bottom of the blade. And of course, the back of the blade is completely straight. This is one of the simplest blade shapes. On the SOG Tac Ops, there is some jimping located on the unsharpened edge of the blade, near the handle. The straight back blade shape has a few advantages to it. One is that this is a strong blade shape, so you are going to be able to chop or cut through thicker materials. And, because the back of the blade is flat, the knife can easily be batoned. Because the sharpened edge of the blade is so curved, you can easily skin, slice, and cut with the blade. The tip is oriented towards the top of the blade, but you can actually still use this for drilling. This blade shape is a great all around shape for hunting, survival, and camping. All in all, the two biggest advantages to this blade shape is the strength that is behind the knife, because of the thick spine, and the ability to rest your thumb or fingers on the dull edge of the knife for added pressure while cutting or chopping.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of linen micarta, which is the most common versions of micarta. Micarta is made by soaking thin layers of linen clothes in a phenolic resin. This process will produce a material that is strong, lightweight, and has more personality than the similar G-10. This material was actually originally introduced as an electrical insulator, but is one of the best plastics that you could make a knife handle out of. While this is material does provide you with some excellent benefits, there are a few drawbacks to linen micarta. One of the biggest is that it has no surface texture whatsoever; it is extremely smooth, which makes it very slippery. To combat the fact that linen micarta provides you with almost no grip, the manufacture has to use hand labor to carve texture into the knife. On the Tac Ops, SOG has carved five deep grooves going down the length of the handle. And, they also carved out their initials “SOG” into the handle. With these carvings in the knife, you will have an excellent grip on your knife in wet or dry conditions. Because of the hand labor, the cost of linen micarta goes is pretty expensive, which does add cost to the knife overall. Some of the other benefits of linen micarta is that it is a very hard material that is hard to scratch. Micarta has a reputation of being easy to scratch, because to add texture, the manufacturer has to “scratch it up”. This is not a true statement; it is so hard to scratch and will hold up better than G-10 or carbon fiber. However, just like G-10, linen micarta is a brittle material. This is because the linen is all going in one direction, so while it is extremely strong in that direction, when it gets stressed in other ways, it has the tendency to break. If your knife handle is bumped against a hard or sharp object, the handle does have a tendency to break or chip. The linen micarta handle on the Tac Ops is black.

Another aspect of the knife handle that provides you with a quality grip is that there are deep finger grooves going down the length of the handle. These grooves help the handle contour perfectly in your palm. This is a comfortable knife to hold and use, even for long periods of time.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip that is included on this knife is black to blend in with the handle, the blade, and the hardware. This is a skeletonized pocket clip, with an outline of “SOG” carved into the middle of the pocket clip. This is a low carry pocket knife. This pocket clip is a reversible pocket clip, which makes it ambidextrous friendly, because you are able to carry it on your right or left side.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a folding automatic knife. Like always, because this is an automatic knife, or a switchblade, there are some strict rules and laws surrounding it. Switchblades are not legal in all areas or states, so before purchasing this knife and definitely before carrying this knife, make sure that you know your local knife laws. An automatic knife is a knife that has its blade stored inside of its handle. When you push the button that is on the handle of the Tac Ops, it releases the pressure on the spring inside of the handle and deploys the blade. The blade will then lock into place, so that

SOG TAC Ops Knife
SOG TAC Ops Knife

you don’t have to worry about it collapsing during use. To close the knife, you push the button down and fold the blade back into the handle. There are a couple of major advantages to having an automatic blade. One of them is that you can open your knife quicker than if it was a purely manual knife. However, there are also some drawbacks, one I already covered: it is not legal in all states or cities. Another is that there is are many small, moving parts inside of the handle that have the ability to rust or corrode. If these parts do rust, the mechanism can work slower, or not work at all. You just have to make sure that you are maintaining and up keeping your knife, including the inner mechanisms to maintain its high quality.

 

The Specs:

The Tac Ops is made in the United States of America. The blade on this knife is 3.5 inches long with a blade thickness of 0.11 inches. The overall length of the Tac Ops is 8.2 inches long, with a closed length measuring in at 4.7 inches long. This knife weighs 4.6 ounces.

 

The Pros of the Tac Ops Auto:

  • The steel chosen for the blade is a superior steel.
  • The steel has a fine grain which makes sharpening easier and gives the finished product a more polished look.
  • This steel resists rust and corrosion effortlessly.
  • This steel has a high toughness, without sacrificing any of its strength.
  • This steel maintains its edge for long periods of time.
  • Because this steel has been specifically designed for knives, it provides you with all of the qualities that you could desire in a blade.
  • The finish on the blade is a hardcased black finish, helping the blade to resist corrosion while also adding strength and durability.
  • The straight back blade shape provides you with a thicker steel, thus more strength.
  • Because the back is straight and unsharpened, you can easily rest your fingers or thumbs on it to add more pressure.
  • There is a large, curved belly, which is excellent for slicing or skinning.
  • This blade is an excellent all around blade.
  • The linen micarta handle is strong while still maintaining its lightweight characteristics.
  • The linen micarta handle is hard to scratch up.
  • The finger grooves contour perfectly in your palm, making this a very comfortable knife to use.
  • You will have a secure grip on this knife always, whether it is in wet or dry conditions.
  • The pocket clip is reversible.
  • The automatic knife opens quickly and efficiently.
  • This knife is made in the USA.

 

Cons of the Tac Ops Auto:

  • The steel is one of the more expensive options on the market.
  • The tip is fine, which makes it more prone to snapping off if used incorrectly.

 

Conclusion:

Spencer Frazer based his original knife design off of the highly specialized special ops group that had to battle in the jungle. These knives were built to be durable and capable of accomplishing almost any survival task. After his first knife was such a hit, he expanded his product base and his knives have been widely popular. His company has developed a reputation of producing classic knives that are able to stand up to almost any task that you can throw at it. SOG has recently released a new knife called the Tac Ops Auto.

Spencer started this knife off with a superior steel. This steel has been designed specifically for knives, so you know that you are getting all of the benefits out of it. It has the perfect balance between strength, toughness, and edge retention, all while being easy to sharpen and very resistant to corrosion. The blade is finished with a black finish. The straight back blade shape provides the user with strength to perform most survival tasks while having the belly for your daily tasks. The linen micarta handle is black to match everything else, while providing you with strength without weighing you down. The reversible pocket clip is an excellent addition.  Get your TAC Ops knife here at BladeOps.

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Pro-Tech Strider PT Automatic Knife

Pro-Tech Knives, LLC is a knife company that has been around since 1999. They are a family owned company who designs and produces high quality American Made knives. Pro-Tech strives to use only the finest materials that are available and use the newest high tech manufacturing processes. Because of this, you know that your knife is innovative, modern, and will last you a lifetime. To keep quality of their knives high and customer satisfaction higher, they manufacture their knives in small batches, around 12,000 each year. By keeping their batches smaller, they can take the time to hand fit and finish each individual knife, creating a level of quality that is hard to come by on factory made knives.

Pro-Tech has collaborated with high end knife makers and have also produced knives for the U.S. Military and a couple of police departments. Some of their most well-known knives are the Runt J4 and the Godson. Pro-Tech recently came out with a brand new knife that I’m sure will be just as big of a hit. They named this new knife the Dark Blue Strider.

 

The Blade:

ProTech PT Strider Auto Knife
ProTech PT Strider Auto Knife

The blade on this knife is made out of the high end stainless steel 154CM. This steel is made by Crucible, who produces ground breaking and high quality steels. To create this type of steel, Crucible took the regular 440C steel and added Molybdenum. This extra Molybdenum helps the steel have fantastic edge retention and great levels of corrosion resistance. This steel is relatively easy to sharpen, when you have the correct equipment. This steel is tough enough to get the job done. 154 CM stainless steel has many similar qualities to S30V, although slightly inferior, for a much more inexpensive cost. You have a couple of options when it comes to the knife finishes. There is a black finish, a stonewash finish, or a bead blasted finish. The bead blasted finish is created by shooting small ceramic or glass beads at the blade with a high pressure system. This creates a more matte finish, reducing reflections and glares. However, it does create micro abrasions in the surface, so your blade will be more prone to rusting or corroding. This finish gives you a gray look to it. The stonewash finish is created by tumbling the blade around with pebbles. This finish easily hides scratches and reduces glares and reflections. This finish is the most silver out of all of them.

The shape of this blade is the versatile drop point blade. This shape of blade is perfect for an everyday, all-purpose knife. This is a durable shape that can really stand up to any task. This shape of blade gets its name because the unsharpened edge of the blade runs from the handle to the tip in a slow curve. Because of this curve, it creates a lowered, or dropped, point. There are a handful of advantages to having the tip on your knife lowered, one of them being that you will have more control over your blade with a lowered tip. Hunters especially love the drop point shape because it allows them to do precision work without piercing the organs while they are skinning their game. Another one of the advantages to having the tip of your blade lowered is that it adds strength to the tip. The tip is on the broader side of things, especially compared to a clip point, but because of the broadness, it is much more durable than that of a clip point. Because of the strength behind the point, this shape is great for tactical and survival knives. One of the characteristics of the drop point blade shape that makes it so versatile is that it sports a large belly area. This belly allows your blade to excel at slicing. With all of the benefits of a drop point blade, it can seem like there are no disadvantages to it. This is almost true, except for with a broad tip, this blade is not going to be able to pierce or stab as well as a clip point would. This shape of knife is great for every situation, whether it is the expected or unexpected.

This knife has two options for the edge. The stonewash and bead blasted versions are both plain edged. Plain edged blades are going to be easier to sharpen, because they do not have the teeth that a serrated edge does. The plain edge excels at shaving, peeling, and skinning. When people prefer a serrated blade, it is usually because serrations can cut through harder and tougher materials. However, when a plain edge blade is sharp enough, it can also cut through those hard and tough materials. There are two options for the black finish: a plain edge and a combo edge. The combo edge is popular because it gives you the best of both worlds; you get the plain edge for the easier tasks and the serrated portion for the trickier tasks that are presented to you.

On the unsharpened edge of the blade, near the handle, there is a series of thick jimping. Jimping is the notches down the spine of the blade that help to provide grip on your knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Pro-Tech Strider is made out of T6-6061 aluminum. Aluminum is a very durable material. One of the biggest advantages about aluminum is that it provides you with the hefty feel that many knife lovers long for, without actually weighing you down. This is because aluminum is a low density metal that is very lightweight. This version of aluminum, the T6-6061 allow, has incredible strength behind it. This allow is also the most common type of aluminum used today. Aluminum is very strong and very resistant to corrosion. There are a few drawbacks to aluminum though. One, aluminum is a cold material. If you work in a cold environment or live in an area that experiences winter, this knife is going to bite into your hand. Another drawback is that aluminum is a slicker material. Pro-Tech, to avoid having no grip on the handle, has added jimping in a few places. It also has a deep finger groove to provide you with extra grip. The last drawback to aluminum is that it is prone to scratches and dings. To combat the accumulation of scratches on the Dark Blue Strider, Pro-Tech has anodized the aluminum. There are many benefits to the anodization process. This process adds strength and durability to the knife. The most obvious benefit of this process though is that it adds color to the aluminum. Pro-Tech has anodized the Strider to a dark blue.

One of the most defining aspects about the Strider’s handle is the shape of it. The handle has a slow, triangular shape to it, wider at the butt than it is at the top. The butt of this handle has an angled portion with jimping on it. This slightly flared butt will provide you will better grip and better control over your knife.

 

The Pocket Clip and Hardware:

Both the pocket clip and all of the hardware on the Dark Blue Strider is black, matching the black versions of the blade and contrasting with the stonewashed blade. This pocket clip is sturdy. The pocket clip can carry your knife tip up and only on the traditional side of the handle. With the black hardware and black blade, this knife has an elegantly modern look to it. The only exception to the black hardware is the bead blasted version of the Dark Blue Strider. This version has gray hardware to match the blade.

 

The Mechanism:

The Dark Blue Strider is an automatic, or switchblade, knife. Like always, automatic knives have pretty strict laws behind them that vary depending on where you live. Make sure you know your local knife laws before purchasing this knife and especially before carrying or using this knife. A switchblade knife works by pressing a button to automatically open the blade. There is a spring encompassed in the handle of the blade that has significant pressure on it when it is in the closed position. When the button is pressed on the Strider, the spring is released, popping the blade out of the handle. A black thumb stud on the blade stops the blade when it opens all the way. The blade is locked into place. When you want to close this knife, you press the button again, which unlocks it, and push the blade back into the closed position.

 

The Specs:

The overall length of the Dark Blue Strider is 6.4 inches; this knife is on the smaller end of the spectrum. The closed length of this knife is 3.65 inches long, which will fit comfortably, securely, and well concealed in your pocket because of the small size. The blade length on this knife is 2.75 inches long, big enough to get the job done, but again, everything about the Strider is big things in small packages. This knife weighs 2.5 ounces.

 

Pros of the Dark Blue Strider:

  • The steel of the blade has great edge retention and corrosion resistant properties.
  • The steel offers only slightly inferior qualities to S30V, but for a much lower price tag.
  • The steel is easy to sharpen.
  • The steel is tough enough to get the job done.
  • The drop point blade shape is the most versatile out of the blade shapes.
  • The lowered point gives the user better control and extra strength.
  • The belly on the drop point blade shape gives you plenty of room to slice.
  • The plain edge is easy sharpen and excels at shaving, peeing, and skinning.
  • The combo edge allows you to cut the thicker and tougher materials.
  • You have the option of three different finishes, all with their own pros and cons.
  • Pro-Tech has added jimping to the blade to give the user better grip and control.
  • The aluminum handle is strong and tough.
  • The aluminum has been anodized to add a dark blue color.
  • The aluminum is lightweight, but still provides you with a hefty feel behind it.
  • Aluminum is very resistant to corrosion.
  • The slightly flared handle gives the user more control over their cuts.
  • The pocket clip and hardware are black to match the blade; giving you a very aesthetically pleasing look.
  • The automatic mechanism will open quickly and efficiently.

 

Cons of the Dark Blue Strider:

  • The pocket clip has only been fitted for traditional carry, so it is not ambidextrous friendly.
  • The pocket clip only allows the knife to be carried tip up.

 

Conclusion:

Pro-Tech has released many knives that are huge hits in the knife communities. This company chooses to keep their knife batches low so that they can give each individual knife the attention that it deserves. Pro-Tech hand fits and finishes every single knife to provide the user with a quality that is hard to find in factory made knives.

The Dark Blue Strider is the newest of their masterpieces. They started with a tough steel to get the job done and gave the user three different options for the finishes. The blade shape is the most versatile of them all: the beloved drop point. The user also has the option to decide between getting a plain or combo edged blade. The handle as a unique shape to it, giving you the most control. The durable aluminum handle has a modern dark blue color to it. With the Pro-Tech Dark Blue Strider, they gave you a perfect auto knife in a small package. You are not going to want to put this knife down.

 

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SOG Sync Belt Buckle Review

Spencer Frazer, the man who founded SOG had a unique mission when he started his company. He had found the SOG Bowie knife, which is the knife that members of a highly classified US Special Ops unit carried. The knife had been designed for this specific group, MACV-SOG, because they were working on covert missions in the Vietnam jungles. Spencer’s mission was to reproduce the original SOG Bowie knife and pay tribute to the special ops unit that created it. SOG Specialty Knives began as a single commemorative model but quickly expanded to become a full line of innovative tools. These tools are filed proven by US Special Forces and have even been honored as the Navy SEAL knife of choice. Now when you carry a SOG knife, you can carry it with confidence, knowing that it will stand up to the most extreme conditions and craziest adventures. SOG tools are forged out of tradition, hardened in the field, and honed for you.

SOG has recently released a brand new series of multi tools. This series is called the Sync Belt Buck series. Right now, it has two separate multi tools called the Sync I and the Sync II. These will help you get almost any job done and are a fantastic addition to your tool collection.

 

The Steels:

The Tool Steel:

The steel that has been used for these multi tools is 5Cr15MoV stainless steel. This is a Chinese steel that comes from the Cr steel series. This is a low end steel, but because of that, it is very inexpensive. This inexpensive property is what helps to keep the cost of the entire tool down. This is a very soft steel that does not hold its edge for long periods of time. However, because of its softness, this steel is extremely easy to sharpen. This steel is widely used to make kitchen knives, high end scissors, folding knives, and hunting knives because it is very resistant to staining and rusting. The Rockwell Hardness on this steel is around a 54-56. However, the bigger the knife or tool is, the softer this steel will be.

The Handle Steel:

The handle is made out of a stainless steel. This is a very durable material for a handle material. Another major benefit of having a stainless steel handle is that it is very resistant to corrosion. However, stainless steel is a heavier material. Because the handle is made out of stainless steel, you are going to be able to feel your tool in your pocket or wherever you are keeping it. The stainless steel really does add a significant amount of weight. However, because the tool is on the smaller side, it’s not going to feel like a rock in your pocket, and will add some desired heftiness. One of the other drawbacks to stainless steel is that it is a pretty slippery material that does not provide you with exceptional grip. To combat this, SOG has added jimping along the sides of the handles when the tool is unfolded. There are also some etchings along the handles to help give you a good grip. All in all, SOG has worked with the stainless steel very well and you will be able to have a secure grip on it at all times.

 

The Finishes:

The tool and handle steel have been finished with a bead blasted finish. This finish is created by blasting small ceramic or glass beads at the steel with a high pressure. This finish creates an even gray finish. This finish works to reduce reflections and glares because it does create an even matte surface. However, because the bead blasting does create micro abrasions in the steel, the tool will be more likely to rust or corrode. Because of this, you do need to make sure that you are maintaining and up keeping this tool or else it will rust.

 

The Purposes/Design:

The Syncs are multi tools that have been designed to be easily worn. The Syncs have a detachable base that can be worn as a belt buckle or even clipped onto a backpack or boot. Because of the design, you can be sure to always have your multi tool with you. You can easily detach the tool with only one hand, but it will stay locked and secure when it has been clipped on and is not needed.

 

The Designer:

Spencer Frazer is the man behind SOG. He just so happens to also be the head designer. Since he was a young kid, he has always bene interested in the way that the world works. When he was in boy scouts, he gained an interest for knives and axes, but he never really considered making them a career until much later. He graduated with a math and science major and actually began his own company in the professional audio industry. This is when he learned to work with different materials and build models and prototypes. He went on to work in the aerospace defense industry as a R&D tool/die and model maker. Around the same time as that, he became involved in the modern art movement and met many of the top artists. During this time of his life, he learned a lot about scale and color. He says that he felt like all of his life experiences converged the moment that he saw the Vietnam SOG Bowie knife. This is the knife that encouraged him to start his own company as a knife designer. Since then, he has designed hundreds of innovative, ground breaking tools.

 

The Sync I:

The Specs:

This product originated in china. It has a closed length of 2.4 inches and weighs in at 2.6 ounces. This multi tool sports 11 different tools. The Sync I fits belts up to 1 3/8 inches.

The Tools:

  1. The Awl:

The awl comes out of the left side of the handle when the tool has been unfolded. This tool comes out of the butt of the handle. An awl is a long, pointed spike that can be used for making holes in wood or making markings on wood.

  1. The Blade:

The blade on this tool is located at the butt of the left side of the handle. This is a straight edged blade.

  1. The Bolt/Nut Gripper:

This tool is located at the top of the unfolded tool, right in the center. The pliers actually make up the framing for this tool.

  1. The Bottle Opener:

The bottle opener is located at the butt of the right side of the handle. The jewelry driver actually extends off of the bottle opener.

  1. The Crimpers:

The crimpers are located right in between the two handles, but is on the lower end, under the pliers. Crimpers are often used for fishing. This is a quick and reliable method for making joins in monofilament and cable.

  1. The File:

The file is a three sided file that folds out of the butt of the right handle. At the end of the file. There is a flat screwdriver.

  1. The Flat Screwdriver:

At the butt of the right handle, where the file folds out, there is a flat screwdriver. This screwdriver is in a size small.

  1. The Jewelry Driver:

This tool also extends out of the butt of the right handle. This specific tool is at the tip of the bottle opener.

  1. The Pliers:

The Pliers are located at the very top of the Sync 1 when it is unfolded.

  1. The Ruler:

When this tool is unfolded, the ruler goes up the inside of the two handles. Each of the sides carries about 2.4 inches. When you extend the ruler and make it into one long stick, it spans a little over 5 inches long.

  1. The Wire Cutter:

The last tool that this multi tool sports is the wire cutter. This wire cutter can cut through soft wire. It is located at the top of the tool when it is unfolded. The wire cutters lie directly below the bolt and nut gripper.

The Sync I has been designed to give you the tools that you need on a daily basis. This tool will be able to get you through your daily life whether you are encountering the expected or the unexpected.

 

The Sync II:

The Specs:

This tool originated in China. It has a closed length of 3.1 inches long, an overall length of 5.8 inches long, and weighs 5 ounces. The Sync II sports 12 different tools. This tool fits belts up to 1 ¾ inches wide.

The Tools:

  1. The Blade:

The blade is located at the butt of the right handle. This is a straight edge blade.

  1. The Bolt/Nut Gripper:

The bolt/nut gripper is located at the top of the unfolded tool. It is made up of the pliers.

  1. The Bottle Opener:

This tool folds out of the inner side of the right handle. At the top of the bottle opener, there is a flat screwdriver.

  1. The Crimpers:

The crimpers are located in between the two handles. Crimpers are often used in fishing, to make joins in lines or cords.

  1. The File:

The file is a three sided file. It folds out of the butt of the right handle and is attached to the small flat screwdriver.

  1. The Flat Screwdriver:

This flat screwdriver is located on the bottle opener, and folds out of the inner side of the right handle. This screwdriver is in a size medium.

  1. The Flat Screwdriver:

This flat screwdriver is in a size small. It folds out of the butt of the right handle and is connected to the end of the file.

  1. The Phillips Screwdriver:

This screwdriver folds out of the butt of the left handle.

  1. The Pliers:

The pliers are located at the top of the unfolded tool. These pliers are needle nosed pliers.

  1. The Ruler:

The ruler extends on both of the inner sides of the handles. When the tool is closed, each side of the handle has bout three and a half inches. However, you can unfold the tool so that the ruler lines up. When you unfold the tool in that manner, the ruler will measure 7 inches.

  1. The Scissors:

The scissors are located on the left side of the handle, where they fold out of the butt.

  1. The Wire Cutters:

The wire cutters are located at the top of the unfolded tool. The cutters lie at the bottom portion of the pliers, directly under the nut/bolt gripper. These are soft wire cutters.

The Sync II has been equipped with a selection of frequently used components that are available at a moment’s notice to save the day anytime and anywhere.

 

Conclusion:

SOG is a reliable company that you will help you carry their products with confidence. Their tools have been US Special Forces approved and have even been honored as the knife of the year. The tools are built and designed to stand up to the roughest of environments and the most extreme of situations. They have been built to help you lead, protect, save, and have fun while doing it. They use high quality materials to complete the high quality designs that Spencer Frazer has introduced to the world. They just released a brand new line of multi tools called the Belt Buckle Sync series, and it will change the way you do everyday life.

They looked at the common dilemma of forgetting your tool or knife and designed a multi tool that you can wear at all times. This belt buckle design has a detachable base, so you can also attach it to a boot or pack strap. The Sync I and II can fit on belts up to 1 ¾ inch wide. The tools that SOG chose to incorporate on the two are tools that you can use frequently in a variety of different scenarios. This tool will be a great investment that will constantly pay itself off when you encounter the unexpected.

 

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Kershaw Launch 7 Automatic Knife Review

Kershaw was founded in 1974. Since the very beginning, they have had one mission: to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to won, carry, and use. Inspired by this mission, Kershaw has built each of their knives with the highest quality. Kershaw chooses appropriate, high quality materials. When you pair the great materials with intensive craftsmanship, you get true masterpieces. Kershaw also has a commitment to innovation. They have actually pioneered many of the technologies that are today’s standard in the knife community. Some of their most popular innovations have been the SpeedSafe Assisted Opening Knives, knives with interchangeable blades thanks to the Blade Traders, and one of the more recent ones is the Composite Blade technology. This last technology allows Kershaw to combine two different types of steels into one blade. This lets the user experience the best of both worlds with their blade. Kershaw has combined two steels to create a knife with excellent edge retention, but the other steel is known for strength, so they put the second steel on the spine. Because of their commitment to innovation, they will also keep innovating and bringing new and better technologies and materials to today’s knives.

One aspect of Kershaw’s reputation is that people will own a Kershaw knife for a lifetime. This is a true story, because they do use such great materials. Kershaw has said that even their inexpensive models are impressive.

Kershaw is actually a sub brand of Kai USA Ltd. Kai has been the leading blade producer of Japan for over 100 years now. The whole Kai community has vowed to take an innovative approach to product development.

Once you purchase one Kershaw knife, you are going to want more. So be prepared. Whether this is your first Kershaw knife or your 50th, the brand new Launch 7 Automatic knife will be a game changer.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Launch 7 is made out of CPM 154 steel. The CPM means that it is made with Crucible’s Particle Metallurgy. CPM will result in a slightly superior steel that is tougher and has better edge retention than regular 154CM steel. Not only that, but because of the Powder Metallurgy, the steel has better toughness, while still being easier to sharpen than regular 154 CM steel. The last big benefit that the Powder Metallurgy is that the finished polished result will be better than the other kind of steel. CPM 154 steel is a pretty hard steel because the manufacturer has added Molybdenum. Although it has less Chromium content in the steel, the steel still sports excellent corrosion resistance. This steel has a good balance between being hard and being tough; you don’t really lose out on either side of the spectrum with CPM 154 steel. If you have the right equipment, this steel is not that hard to sharpen. This steel is often used in blades that are going to be used in heavier cutting or harder tasks, so you know that the Launch 7 will be able to stand up to what you throw at it. All in all, this is a high quality steel.

 

The coating on this steel is a Diamond Like Coating, or DLC. Coating finishes are good because they add corrosion and rust resistance while also preventing many reflections or glares. Because this specific DLC is black, you really won’t get any reflections or glares out of it. The only drawback to a coated finish is that it will eventually scratch off. There is not much you can do to stop it from scratching off over time or with heavy use. The harder the coating is, the longer it will take to scratch off. And the DLC is one of the absolute hardest coatings that you can find. Instead of just being “painted” on, it is actually chemically bonded to the steel itself. Because of this, you get a stronger and more durable blade.

 

The blade on the Launch 7 has been ground into a clip point shape. Clip points are a great blade shape option if you are hoping to be able to use your knife for any task. Clip points are a successful all-purpose blade shape. The blade shape is formed by having the unsharpened edge of the blade run straight from the handle until it stops about halfway up the blade. Once it stops, it actually drops and continues to the point of the knife. This drop almost looks like that portion of the blade has been cut out, or clipped off, which is where it this blade shape got its name. On the Launch 7, this cut out portion is straight. Because the point on this blade shape is lowered, you have more control over the blade and tip. This is a great benefit if you are hoping to perform detail work with the Launch 7. While this sounds very similar to the drop point blade style, this shape has a fine and sharp point, unlike the broad point of the drop point. This is an added benefit because you have a much better ability to stab with a clip point. However, it is also a drawback, because this thin tip is fairly weak and much more likely to break off. Another fantastic feature about the clip point shape is that it sports a large belly that is great for slicing.

Kershaw Launch 7 Auto
Kershaw Launch 7 Auto

The Handle:

The Launch 7 sports an anodized aluminum handle. The anodization process is the most common finish for an aluminum handle. While the aluminum handle is already extremely durable and hard, the anodization process does add a smidge of extra protection. However, even though the aluminum is very durable, it is prone to scratching or dinging. The anodization process helps to add a layer of protection against the scratches. Another, more obvious, benefit of having the aluminum on this handle anodized is that it creates a new color on the aluminum. This is not a coating, because it actually molecular draws out a different color. On this specific knife, the anodization process has turned the aluminum into a dark gray. A drawback to an aluminum handle that anodizing cannot fix is that aluminum is a very cold metal. If you are hoping to use the Launch 7 in a cold environment, just be prepared and either have gloves or be ready for the handle to feel like it is biting into your skin. One characteristic of aluminum that many knife lovers enjoy is that it has a very hefty feel to it. When you are using a knife with an aluminum handle, you feel like it has weight behind it and that it will be able to stand up to your hardest tasks. However, aluminum is a very low density metal, so it is very lightweight. Because of this, you will get the hefty feel that you crave, but the handle won’t end up weighing the knife down, like a stainless steel handle would. The last key aspect of having an aluminum handle that we will touch on is that aluminum is a slippery material. To provide you with a little bit extra grip, Kershaw has drilled four small arches into the bottom portion of the handle. This also provides the handle with an industrial look to it. Kershaw has also drilled a deep finger groove into the handle to provide you with extra grip while you are using this knife. Although the handle looks like all angles and edges, it actually fits comfortably in your hand and will stay comfortable even after long periods of use.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is black to match the blade and hardware. The Launch 7 has pre drilled holes in the handle that enables the user to rotate the pocket clip four different ways. You can either carry the knife tip up or down, or left or right handedly. That is a very convenient feature because it allows you to carry your knife as comfortably as possible. Plus, it is ambidextrous.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is an automatic knife. Because of this, make sure that you know your local knife laws before buying or carrying the Launch 7. Automatic knives, or switchblades, have strict laws surrounding them. An automatic knife has a spring taut spring inside of the handle. When the button is pushed, the spring releases and the knife opens. Switchblades can open very quickly and very efficiently. This knife also features the Push-button Lock. This mechanism locks the blade open during use, so that you don’t have to worry about the blade folding while in use. The Push-button Lock also releases with the push of a button for storage. When you are ready to close an automatic knife, you unlock the knife, push down the deploy button, and manually fold the knife closed.

 

The Specs:

This knife has a blade length of 3.75 inches long. When the Launch 7 is opened, the knife measures in at 8.6 inches long, with a closed length of 5 inches. This knife weighs in at 3.2 ounces.

 

The Extras:

The Launch 7 was made in the USA, which is a big bonus. Tim Galyean is the designer behind this knife. There is also an integrated back spacer on this knife.

 

The Pros of the Launch 7:

  • The steel is a high quality steel with a great balance of strength and toughness.
  • With the right equipment, this steel is very easy to sharpen.
  • The steel has great edge retention.
  • The DLC is the best coating that you can get and will stay on the longest.
  • The DLC helps to cut down on reflections and glares while also providing corrosion resistant properties.
  • The clip point shape offers a big belly that is great for slicing.
  • The clip point shape can stab easily.
  • The clip point shape is a great all-purpose blade shape that is going to get the job done.
  • The lowered tip is great for performing detail work.
  • The aluminum handle has been anodized helping to add strength and durability.
  • The anodized aluminum is less prone to scratches than plain aluminum.
  • The aluminum handle is strong, tough, and durable.
  • The aluminum handle gives a hefty feel without adding too much weight.
  • The pocket clip is four way reversible.
  • The automatic mechanism opens quickly and efficiently.
  • The knife sports the Push-button Lock.
  • Made in the United States of America.

 

Cons of the Launch 7:

  • The DLC will eventually scratch off, just like any other coating finish.
  • The clip point shape has a weak tip that is prone to breaking off.
  • The aluminum handle is prone to scratches and dings.
  • The aluminum handle is pretty slick.
  • The aluminum handle will feel super cold in your hand when using it in a colder environment.
  • Because it is an automatic knife, it will not be legal in all states or areas.

 

Conclusion:

Kershaw has been around for a little over four decades now and since the very beginning they have been producing innovative and ground breaking new technology. Their knives have helped to set the new standard in the current knife market. Kershaw’s goal is that when you purchase a knife from them, you can own that knife for your lifetime. They also know that if it is your first knife, you will be coming back for more, and if it is a second, third, or maybe even tenth knife, that you already appreciate the quality that is Kershaw.

To create their newest in their knife collection, they started off with a high quality steel that is strong while still being tough, very durable, maintains an edge well, and is still relatively easy to sharpen. They threw on a Diamond Like Coating and ground the steel into a versatile clip point shape. To match the excellent blade, they added a durable aluminum handle in a dark gray color. The four-way reversible pocket clip is an excellent added bonus to this automatic knife. The Launch 7 will be the perfect addition to your knife collection.

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