Piranha just released their newest automatic knife, the Virus. This slim auto knife features lightning fast action, excellent quality materials and top notch US production quality.
The first thing that grabs your eye about the Virus is its slim profile. At just 7/8″ wide at the widest spot on the handle, the knife takes up nearly none of your valuable Pocket Real Estate™. The slim handle has fingernail grooves down the inner edge of both handle scales and slimmer, alternating grooves on the spine side. The spine of the handle has a dimple style texture. All these provide visual appeal and offer your hand plenty of solid grip points.
The handle is 6061 T6 Type 3 Hard Coat anodized aircraft alloy and is available in all the regular Piranha colors including black, blue, red, green, camo, plum, pink, silver, and orange. Piranha knives hold their color even with heavy use. I have a Fingerling that I have carried off and on for several years now. I have nicked and dinged the handle in several places and the color still shows strong.
The blade is CPM S30V with either a mirror or black finish. You can pick either finish up with a plain edge or a combo edge. Which means, there are 36 different variations of the Piranha Virus to choose from. The blade is a modified drop point with a full flat grind that makes it ideal for slicing tasks. The S30V is going to last for decades with proper care. For a full review of CPM S30V see our article here.
The button lock trigger is inset on the upper edge of the the front handle scale. The inset prevents accidental pocket firing yet allows easy access to the button when you press it with your thumb. The blade snaps out ridiculously fast–like every Piranha I have ever used. And the blade lock up is perfect.
A titanium, tip up pocket clip resides on the back handle scale for traditional right hand, tip up pocket carry. Sorry lefties, the knife is not reversible.
If you place a premium on precious Pocket Real Estate™ and you are looking for a high quality automatic knife that will perform to the highest standards, consider picking up a Piranha Virus.
- Overall Length: 7.45″
- Blade: 3.1″
- Blade Thickness: .1″
- Blade Steel: CPM S30V
- Blade Finish: Mirror or Black
- Blade Edge: Plain or Combo
- Closed: 4.1″
- Handle Material: 6061 T6 Type 3 Hard Coat Anodized Aircraft Alloy
- Handle Color: black, blue, red, green, camo, plum, pink, silver, and orange
- Pocket Clip: Titanium, Tip Up
- Weight: 2.0 oz
- Made in the USA