Bear and Son 113B Compact Butterfly Knife Review

The Outdoor Wire put together a perfect history of Bear and Son Cutlery: “This company all began in 1991 when Ken Griffey and two partners bought the Parker Edwards knife facility, a sister plant to w. R. Case and Sons in Jacksonville, Alabama, to create Bear MGC Cutlery. A lot has happened since then to establish Bear and Son Cutlery as a rising force in the knife industry.

After a series of twists and turns, including a time when the firm actually as owned by Swiss Army Brands, Ken Griffey still heads the operation as president. His son Matt, who began working in the factory when he was 18, is vice president, as is Ken’s wife Sandy, who has played a key role as vice president of purchasing and premium department.

With their supervisors and management team, they bring a combined knife experience of more than 290 years, including positions with Gerber, Case, Buck, Parker Edwards and Schrade. They head a skilled team of 82 craftsmen.

As Americans become more and more concerned about jobs lost to overseas sources, they resent it when they see the words “Made in China” on a product. And they have less confidence in the quality and reliability—especially if it’s a knife.

Bear and Son Cutlery meets the test because 100% of their high quality knives are made in their state of the art Jacksonville, Alabama plant, where they do all their own tooling, pressing, heat treating, grinding, hafting, finishing and assembly.

‘Our fundamental positon is clear and absolute: we make high quality knives, and we make them all right here in the USA,’ said Ken Griffey. ‘And when we say Made in America, we mean everything—set steels, every component right down to the tiniest screws, and of course every step of manufacturing. We’re a family company and we are dedicated to keeping it exactly that way.’

With a wide range of knives—from big Bowies to popular Butterflies—Bear and Son covers almost every knife need. Bear and Son Cutler is a family business that insists on top quality knives and is dedicated to America.”

Today we will be discussing the Bear and Son 113B Compact Butterfly Knife.

 

The Blade:

440 steel is one of the most common steels for inexpensive knife blades, because it is relatively cheap but can still stand up to many tasks. This steel is not super high in wear resistance, but it does have enough wear resistance to stand up to mild day-to-day use. While this knife is not going to handle super humid environments, it is going to allow you to take on your average tasks. There are three different types of 440 steel: 440A, 440B, and 440C. The further along in the alphabet, the better it gets. The only issue sit hat often manufacturers simply mark the blade as ‘440”, instead of differentiating the letter grade, so knowing what you are actually getting can be tricky. As a rule of thumb, if it doesn’t say 440C, it is most likely A or B, because 440C can stand up to quite without losing its quality.

The blade has been finished with satin, which is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with a fine abrasive. This finish is designed to show off the bevels of the blade as well as showcase the fine lines of the steel. A satin finish is one of the most traditional blade finishes that you are going to get, which means that this blade is going to be very classic. However, a good satin finish does add a decent chunk of cost to the knife because it is a manual process.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a clip point blade shape, which is one of the most popular blade shapes that you can get. This is a versatile blade shape which means that you can find it on a variety of knife styles, from Bowie knives to regular pocket knives. The shape is formed by having the spine of the knife runs straight from the handle and then stop about halfway up the knife. At this point, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This area looks to be cut off and on this Bear and Son knife is straight. This section is referred to as the clip, which is where the knife got its name from. Because of the clip, this knife has a lowered point, which means that you are going to have more control when you are using the knife. And because the tip is controllable, sharp, and thin at the spine, the clop point knife is exceptional at stabbing. This is because of those characteristics, the knife has less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. One of the reasons that this knife is so versatile is because of the large belly that is ideal for slicing. And slicing is one of the most common tasks that you are going to be doing throughout the majority of your days. One of the drawbacks to the clip point bale style is that because of its narrow tip it is going to be prone to breaking fairly easily.

 

The Handles:

The handle on this knife is made out of zinc. Zinc is a unique metal for making knife handles, but it is used for good reasons. For starters, we all know that steel undergoes the oxidation process, which forms rust. And then once the rust is present on the surface, the steel will continue to corrode. Zinc, on the other hand, has the ability to resist continued corrosion due to a very unique reaction. When zinc is exposed to the moisture and carbon dioxide that is present in our atmosphere, a protective layer of zinc carbonate forms on its surface, prohibiting the corrosion process that steel experiences. This protective barrier provides longevity that will allow the zinc handle to last for a lifetime. That being said, if it is submerged in water, the protective layer will not form, and instead, a white rust will form. This means that if you are living in a very humid environment or if you ever use this knife in a wet condition, you need to make sure that you wipe down the handle and make sure that it is completely dry before putting it away.

One of the other unique benefits of zinc is that it can “heal” itself overtime. As it continues throughout its life scratches and imperfections that were once present will virtually disappear. This is a huge advantage when it comes to maintenance, because many metal handles to get scratched over time, which is detrimental to the aesthetic and elegance of the knife; with the zinc handle, you do not have to worry about this.

Next, Zinc is also an environmentally friendly metal for a couple of reasons. This material is 100 percent recyclable metal that can be reused over and over again. Zinc is also a fungistat, which means that it prohibits the reproduction of mold, mildew, and fungus. This will also cut down on time and maintenance. The handle has been coated with a black epoxy powder, which increases the life of the blade by increasing the corrosion resistance. Unfortunately, a coating will always scratch off after time or heavy use.

Zinc is a very soft and malleable metal that can be worked with, with ease, which does mean that it reduces the cost of this overall knife. Overall, zinc is an aesthetically pleasing, long lasting, and corrosion resistant knife handle material that is ideal for this Bear & Son knife.

The handles on this Bear & Son Butterfly knife are black and skeletonized. The skeletonizing of the handles does reduce the weight considerably as well as adding an aesthetic look to the blade. Each of the handles has four ovals cut down the middle of each handle. These holes increase in size as they go towards the butt of the handle. These ovals also add texture to the knife, so that you can have a more solid grip on your knife when you are using it in many different environments.

 

The Mechanism:

This Bear and Son knife is a butterfly, or bali-song, knife. This style of knife is folding pocket knife that has two handles that counter rotate around the tang so that when the knife is closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles.

This knife originated in Batangas in the Philippines, so it is sometimes called a Batangas. This style of knife was commonly used by the Filipino people. It was used as a self-defense and a pocket utility knife. These knives were also used as straight razors before conventional razors were available in the Philippines. This knife is also used as an entertainment tool, with manipulations called “flipping”.

There are two styles of butterfly construction styles. This knife is a sandwich construction, which means that the knife is assembled in layers that are pinned or screwed together. This style of construction allows the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers.

There are a couple of pieces to the butterfly knife that separates it from a typical folding knife. For starters, there is the bite handle, which is the handle that closes on the sharp edge of the blade. This will cut the user if they are holding the handle when they go to close it. The other handle is known as the safe handle, which is the handle that closed on the non-sharpened edge of the blade. The bite handle is also usually the handle that has the latch on it. Then there is the kicker, which is the area on the blade that prevents the sharp edge from touching the inside of the handle and suffering damage. Then there is the latch, which is the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. Lastly, there is the tang pins, which are the pin(s) meant to hold the blade away from the handle when closed to prevent dulling; and, in some cases, a second pi to keep the handles from excessively banging together while the butterfly knife is being manipulated.

 

Bear and Son 113B Compact Butterfly Knife
Bear and Son 113B Compact Butterfly Knife

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.25 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.8 ounces. This Bear and Son knife made in the United States of America.

 

The Pros of the Compact Butterfly Knife:

  • The blade is pretty rust resistant.
  • The blade is going to be able to stand up to any day-to-day task.
  • A very classic blade because of the satin finish.
  • The clip point style blade is very versatile because of the belly that this blade boasts.
  • The clip point blade allows you to excel at piercing.
  • This blade is a fantastic all-purpose blade.
  • The zinc handles are not prone to rusting.
  • Zinc has a way of healing itself over time.
  • The skeletonized handles keep the weight down as well as adding grip.
  • The butterfly knife can be used as a self-defense weapon, a razor, and even for entertainment.

 

The Cons of the Compact Butterfly Knife:

  • The wear resistance of this knife is not super high.
  • Satin finish adds cost to the knife.
  • Because the blade does have a narrow tip, it is more prone to breaking.

 

Conclusion:

Bear & Son Cutlery prides itself on providing excellent quality and real value to all of its customers and their butterfly knives are certainly no exception. The skeletonized nature of the handles help reduce the overall weight and the pin construction eliminates the need for adjusting which makes this an ideal entry-level model. This smaller model, the 113B, features zinc handles that are epoxy powder coated in a black finish, a satin finished clip point style blade and this model does not have a pocket clip. Pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

Bear and Son CB17 Cocobolo Butterfly Knife Review

Bear & Son is a family company that has a rich tradition in knife making. They have a skilled and experienced work force capable of performing many of the extra hand operations that go into the making of their products. The Bear & Son Cutlery factory is unique. It is full self-contained. While some companies only assemble parts brought from various suppliers and put their names on the product, they do everything in-house, form building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing their products. These steps ensure that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality and a real value for both the dealer and consumer.

This commitment to excellence has just improved due to rich family tradition in knife making craftsmanship not only by management, but also their experienced work force. Their customers and consumers can look for even more new and exciting products as a result. Their ongoing commitment is to make them in American and make them affordable. They want everyone to be able to afford what they are proud to make.

Today, we will be discussing the Bear & Son CB17 Cocobolo Balisong/Butterfly knife with a black blade.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 440 high carbon stainless steel. This steel is a relatively low cost, highly corrosion resistant stainless steel. This steel is used in many production knives because it has a good balance of edge retention and it is easy to re-sharpen. This is a good all-round steel that has now been overshadowed by many of the newer super-steels on the block. Because it is a high carbon, but still a stainless steel, you get a wide variety of benefits. The stainless steel aspect of this steel is that they generally have at least 12% chromium, which does tow things. For starters, it makes the blade able to resist rust and corrosion a lot better than high carbon blades, but it is going to be softer than a carbon steel. Because 440 steel has a high level of carbon, it is not going to be as soft as a regular stainless steel. With the high carbon aspect of this steel, you get strength and hardness which means that it is going to retain an edge for long periods of time. Overall though, with this steel you are going to get a blade that can get the job done. You are going to be able to rely on this blade to last when you need it to and to not break or chip. However, you should keep in mind that you do get what you pay for, so when being compared to other newer types of steel, it isn’t going to measure up.

The blade has been finished with a black coating. There are a few major benefits to having your blade coated instead of just finished. One of the biggest advantages is that it creates a layer in between the steel and the environment. This means that rusting is going to be significantly cut down when compared to bare steel. The next major advantage is that the coating creates a matte finish, which means that glares and reflections are cut down completely. When applied correctly, a coating can even make this blade easier to pierce because it does not have as much drag. Unfortunately, coatings are added onto the steel, instead of altering what the steel actually is. This means that a coating is not permanent and will scratch off after heavy use or over time. Once the coating scratches off, the blade is unprotected and the coating benefits are gone. The hassle with this is deciding if it is worth it to re-coat the blade, or just get a new knife. The Bear & Son Cocobolo Butterfly knife is a little bit more of a classy knife, so while you may be using it often, I would bet that this is not your EDC—which means the blade coating is going to last a significant amount of time.

The blade has been carved into a clip point blade shape. This blade style is the second most popular blade style that is in use in today’s cutlery industry—and for good reason. This blade style is all-purpose and for an all-purpose knife, it can pierce like a champion. To form this blade shape, the spine of the knife runs straight form the handle and then stops about halfway up the knife. At this point, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This portion is lower and is referred to as the clip, because it looks as if the metal has been clipped off the blade. This is also where this blade style got its name. Like mentioned, the clip creates a lowered point on this blade shape, which serves many purposes. For starters, the lowered point gives you more control over your cuts and slices. This means that you can perform fine detail work with this blade with ease. And, because the tip is controllable, sharp and thinner at the spine, the clip point makes a great stabbing weapon because it has less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. The next reason that this blade style is so popular and versatile is because it features such a large belly. Bellies are the cutting edge of the blade and the bigger the belly, the easier it is going to be to slice with this knife. While not many people do use a butterfly knife as their everyday carry knife, the majority of tasks do require slicing, which means this knife is able to act as an EDC knife if that is what you want from it. One of the only drawbacks that a clip point blade has is that the tip is fine. The fine tip means that this blade is going to be prone to breaking if it is used on harder targets. But, the fine tip also gives you the impeccable piercing ability, so you win some you lose some. You just have to decide which part you want to win and which part you want to lose.

 

Bear and Son CB17 Cocobolo Butterfly Knife
Bear and Son CB17 Cocobolo Butterfly Knife

The Handle:

The handle is made out of cocobolo wood with nickel silver bolsters.

Wood has been used as a knife handle basically since knives came into existence. There are a few major benefits to having wood handles—they are durable and attractive, wile also being pretty inexpensive. The wood allows you to have a durable, but still inexpensive handle for heavy duty knives. Really the biggest advantage to having a wood handle in the modern era is that they offer a very beautiful look to your knife. They make your knife look like a classic tool. Cocobolo is a tropical hardwood of Central American trees. When in use, it means that the manufacturer has used only the heartwood, which is wood that as a result of a naturally occurring chemical transformation has become more resistant to decay. This wood has an orange or reddish-brown color, often with a figuring of darker irregular traces weaving through the wood. This wood stands up well to repeated handling and exposure to water, which makes it a very common wood for knife handles. This wood is very hard, fine textured, and dense, but it is easily machined.

The nickel silver bolsters are used to insure strength and durabily. Nickel is hard, which is where you get the strength and durability from. But it is also malleable, which means that it is easy to work with, so it will keep the overall cost of the handle down. Nickel is also not very reactive because it reacts very slowly with oxygen. This is a big benefit because it won’t rust and it will remain shiny over time. The bright silver also contrasts nicely with the deep wood and provides a very classic, elegant look. The bolsters are on each end of each handle.

 

The Mechanism:

The Cocobolo is a butterfly knife, or a Bali-Song as they are commonly called. This style of knife originated in the Philippines, where it was called a fan knife. This style of knife is a folding pocket knife that has two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles.

This style of knife was originally used by Filipino people as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. Since then, it has been used as a razor, an entertainment tool, and time and time again a self-defense weapon.

However, this knife is now illegal and restricted in many countries, often under the same laws and for the same reasons that switchblades are restricted.

These knives are called balisong, and the meaning is not entirely clear where this name came from. Except, it is a popular belief that it derived from the Tagalog words baling sungay, which literally means broken/folding horn, because they were originally made from carved caribou and stag horn.

This Bear & Son Balisong knife has a sandwich construction, which means that the knife is assembled in layers that are generally pinned together. This allows the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. Hewn the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers.

There are a few main parts that differentiate a butterfly knife from a regular folding knife. For starters, there is the bite handle, which is the handle that closes on the sharp edge of the blade, this is usually the handle that sports the latch. The opposite handle is called het safe handle. This closes on the non-sharpened edge of the blade.

The next piece is the kicker, which is the area on the blade that prevents the sharp edge form touching the inside of the handle and suffering damage. This portion of the blade is at the portion of the blade that meets the handle and is unsharpened.

Next is the latch, which on a butterfly knife is a standard locking system. This latch holds the knife closed and keeps it from opening up when the user doesn’t want it to. Along with the latch is a latch gate that is a block inside the channel of the handles stopping the latch form impacting the blade.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3 3/8 inches long. When this butterfly knife is closed, it measures in at an even 5 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 9 1/8 inches long. This knife was made in the United States of America, so you can feel proud to own, carry, and use this knife.

 

Conclusion:

The Bear and Sons Cocobolo butterfly knife is a fine specimen. It is made with Nickle silver bolsters and genuine Cocobolo wood handle sales. The Cocobolo wood handles scales are a hard wood that can be used time and time again without eroding while also not being affected by water. The Nickle adds an element of durability to this blade. Because of the hard wood and the Nickle, the handle is low maintenance and will last a long time. The handle is elegant, without being ostentatious. The blade is made from high carbon stainless steel with a black coating. The blade is durable enough to get the job done, but won’t compare to a super steel. The blade has been carved into a clip point blade shape, which is versatile and designed perfectly for piercing. This Bear & Son knife is a butterfly knife, which is one of the few styles of knives that can be used for entertainment. The butterfly knife has pin, or sandwich construction with a handle latch. Overall, this is a spectacular looking butterfly knife with a nice smooth action. Bear & Son is a trusted knife company, which means that you are going to be getting a durable, yet still very classy knife. Pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

Remington Green Tanto Butterfly Knife Review

Remington Green Tanto Butterfly Knife
Remington Green Tanto Butterfly Knife

 

Remington Arms Co entered the knife industry in 1920, and they entered very strongly. They first built a factory at Bridgeport CT and hired knife artisans from England to oversee design and production work. Within a short period of time, they were shipping 6000 knives per month and in the later years, their production sometimes peaked at 10,000 knives per day.

IN 1922, Remington began producing the R1123 Jumbo Trapper. This knife had a rifle cartridge shaped shield on the handle, so it became known as the Bullet Knife. In the following years, the bullet shield was used on other top of the line knife patterns.

The history of Remington becomes pretty murky between 1940 and 1950, because Remington sold the entire knife operation to Pal Cutlery Co. However, in 1982, Remington reentered the knife market, but in a very different way than they had originally done. When they first hit the industry, they were brave and jumped in completely. Now, they were hesitant and very slowly entered the industry. To enter slowly, they commissioned Camillus Cutlery Co to make a single knife model that would bear the Remington trademark, along with the old bullet shield. This was the beginning of the modern Bullet Knife series. This first knife: the 1982 Bullet Knife was a remake of the original R1123 trapper.

Since then, they have released an annual Bullet Knife. Plus, they have also released a number of commemorative knives throughout the decades.

Camillus produced the Bullet Knife series through 1990, and then the history gets murky again. The company pops up again in 2006, when Bear & Son Cutlery began producing the Bullet Knives. This partnership must have been a good thing for both companies, because in July 2014, their firms announced, “IN 2015, Bear & Son will become [Remington’s] exclusive licensee for cutlery.” With this new partnership, it meant that all Remington knives would be made in the Untied States of America, plus because Bear & Son became the exclusive producer of future Remington knives, production began to be closely controlled.

Remington knives are classic and durable, and you can expect good things from them. Today we will be discussing the Remington Green Tanto Butterfly knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 1095 Carbon steel. This is the most popular 10-series standard carbon steel with low corrosion resistance and average edge retention properties. Unfortunately, blades made with this steel do have the tendency to easily rust. But as long as you are caring for your blade, you shouldn’t have to worry about it rusting. The biggest advantage to this steel is that 1095 high carbon steel is a really tough steel that is very resistant to chipping. This steel is also very easy to sharpen and you can get a razor sharp edge on the blade. This is also an inexpensive steel to produce, which does keep the cost of the blade and overall knife down.

The blade on this knife is finished with a black powder coating, which does help to add corrosion resistance levels to this blade. The powder coating was developed in the mid-to-late 1960s. The powder coating is applied using the electrostatic principle, which is when the parts to be coated (the blade) are given a negative charge and the powder coat is given a positive charge and sprayed on. The dry coated parts are then baked in an oven or furnace, where the powder melts and fuses into a hard, protective finish. Coatings provide a couple of purpose on the knife blade. The first purpose is that they do prevent corrosion, which is ideal for this knife because the blade is prone to rusting. The second purpose is that coatings do eliminate shiny surfaces, so if you are ever using this knife in the blade, you won’t have to worry about the glares giving you away. Lastly, a coating can reduce drag during a cut. And, the last benefit that does not pertain to how the knife works is that it does create a very sleek appearance to this knife.

The blade has been carved into a tanto style blade. This is not an all-purpose blade, and has instead been designed to do one purpose and one purpose really well: and this blade style can pierce through tough materials with ease. This style of knife was originally designed for armor piercing, but was later popularized by Cold Steel in the late 1980s. This style of knife is very similar in style to Japanese long and short swords. The shape of the tanto knife has a high point with a flat grind, which leads to an extremely strong point that is ideal for stabbing into hard materials. Plus, the tanto blade does have a thick point, which also contains a lot of metal near the tip, so it is able to absorb the impact form repeated piercing that would cause most other knives to break. The front edge of the tanto knife does meet the spine of the knife at an angle, rather than a curve. Because of this, the tanto blade style does lack a belly, which is one of the last reasons that the tanto blade style has such a strong point. However, it is because of that lack of belly that makes this knife virtually useless for an all-purpose knife. This knife does not prepare you for any task, but it does prepare you to take on any situation where you will be needing to pierce through thick materials.

 

The Handles:

The handles on this butterfly knife is made out of aluminum that has been anodized green. There are a few really great things about aluminum as a knife handle material. For starters, it can be anodized into just about any color you can imagine, which makes for a great style addition to any knife, while also adding some hardness. Next, aluminum is a very low-density metal, so not only is it very tough, it is also lightweight. And, even though it is a lightweight knife handle material, it still provides the heft that people crave from a knife. So you can feel like you can take on all the hard tasks without having to worry about it being too lightweight to handle them. Overall, the pros to an aluminum knife handle is that the handle is going to be strong, light, durable, and very resistant to corrosion.

Some of the downsides to this material is that it does have a limited resistance to impact, which means that it is prone to scratches and dings. Another drawback is that there is not a lot of grip if it is not properly texturized. Lastly, because of the conductive properties that aluminum contains, this knife will be pretty cold to hold. The overall cons to an aluminum knife handle is that it is susceptible to scratches and dings, it can be cold to hold, and it can be a little bit slippery.

To add texture and grip, Remington has skeletonized the handle. This will help you have a better grip on the knife, and it also cuts down on weight on the overall knife. The two handles do flare out at the bottom, which does help with control over your cuts and slices.
To help add strength, durability, and corrosion resistance the handles have been anodized a bright green. The anodization process is achieved elctrolytically. The handles are first submerged in an electrolytic solution bath along with a cathode. When a current is passed through the acid solution, hydrogen is released from the cathode and oxygen forms on the surface of an anode. This results in a metal oxide film growing on the surface of the part being treated. Some of the benefits to an anodized handle versus a painted handle is that it is very thing compared to paints and powders; it is extremely durable, hard, abrasion resistant and long lasting—the anodization process actually changes the handle, so it does not peel or chip; the anodization process lasts indefinitely; and lastly, this process is inexpensive compared to painting or powder coating.

 

The Mechanism:

A butterfly knife is folding pocket knife. Its distinction is tow handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. There are two styles of construction when it comes to butterfly knives, and this Remington knife is a sandwich constructed. This means that the knife is assembled in layers that are generally pinned or screwed together. They allow the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers.

This style of knife began as straight razors before conventional razors were available in the Philippines, which is where this knife originated. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Plus, this knife can be used for entertainment with manipulations, or flipping.

There are a couple of parts that set this knife apart from a typical folding knife. For starters, the bite handle, which is the handle that closes on the sharp edge of the blade and will cut the user if they are holding the handle when they go to close it. Then, there is the latch, which is the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. This is what keeps it from opening up when the user doesn’t want it to. Then there is the pivot joint, which is a pin about which the tang, blade, and handles pivot.

 

The Pros of the Remington Tanto Butterfly Knife:

  • The blade steel on this knife is extremely tough.
  • The blade is very resistant to chipping.
  • The blade is easy to sharpen and you can get a razor sharp edge on it.
  • The steel is inexpensive to work with, which means that the overall cost of the knife is reduced.
  • The coating adds toughness and prolongs the life of the blade.
  • The coating adds corrosion resistance.
  • The coating creates a sleek look for this blade, while also cutting down on reflections.
  • The tanto blade shape is extremely strong.
  • The tanto blade can pierce through almost anything; excelling at piercing through hard materials.
  • The aluminum handles are corrosion resistant and strong.
  • The aluminum handles have been anodized for added corrosion resistance, durability, and strengths.
  • The aluminum handle is lightweight.

 

The Cons of the Remington Tanto Butterfly Knife:

  • The blade is pretty corrosion resistant.
  • The blade only has average edge retention.
  • All coatings will eventually scratch off.
  • The tanto blade does not have a belly.
  • The tanto blade is not an all-purpose blade shape.
  • The aluminum handle is prone to scratches and dings.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 5 inches long. When the knife is fully opened, it measures in at 9 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5.2 ounces, which is very lightweight for how large this knife is. This Remington knife was made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

This Remington butterfly knife boasts a black coated tanto blade and the classic Remington green color on the skeletonized handles. The blade has good action and also has a pair of cutouts. The 1095 steel that the blade is made out of is extremely tough, so this knife is going to be able to stand up to almost any task that you throw at it. The coating cuts down on corrosion and maintenance, which lets you use this knife without worrying about it breaking down. Plus, the tanto blade shape guarantees that you can pierce through almost any tough material, without worrying about the point snapping. However, because of the tanto blade shape, this is not an all-purpose blade or knife. The handle is made out of aluminum, which is durable, corrosion resistant, and tough. The handles have been anodized bright green, which is great aesthetically and the anodization process increases corrosion resistance, durability, and strength. This is a butterfly knife, so it can be used for anything from self-defense, entertainment, or a regular knife.

Bear OPS Dark Grey Out the Front Automatic Knife Review

Bear and Son has a rich family tradition in knife making. They have a skilled and experienced work force capable of performing many of the extra hand operations that go into the making of their products. The Bear & Son factory is unique: it is full self-contained. While some companies only assemble parts brought form various suppliers and put their names on the product, Bear & Son does everything in-house from building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing their products. It is these steps that ensure that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality and a real value for both the dealer and consumer.

This commitment to excellence has just improved due to rich family tradition in knife making craftsmanship not only by management, but also their experienced work force. Their customers and consumers can look for even more new and exciting products as a result. Their ongoing commitment is to make them in America and make them affordable. They want everyone to be able to afford what they are proud to make.

Bear OPS Knives is a new subsidiary of Bear & Son Cutlery. Because they take their obligation of duty to our country very seriously; their goal is to manufacture the best tactical knives available for those who serve. Bear OPS knives are made with Operational Precision for Superior Tactical Knives, or OPS, that can be relied on for any situation.

Bear OPS only uses USA manufactured parts, material, and a dedicated workforce. Bear OPS uses only premium 154CM and CPM S30V steel for their blades and use their own heat treat, waterjet, and CNC grinders to finish the blades. Bear OPS is designed and engineered by the experts in their R&D and their in-house tool makers. You will always be proud to carry a knife from Bear OPS.

Bear & Son Cutlery has already and will continue to manufacture the “best knives made in the USA” that will now include tactical and military knives made in the USA. Come pick up your favorite Bear OPS knife today at BladeOps.

Today we will be talking about the Bear OPS Dark Grey Out the Front S/E Out the Front automatic knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of Sandvik 14C28N steel. Sandvik says, “Sandvik 14C28N is the latest development in Sandvik’s range of knife steels. Optimized chemistry provides a top grade knife steel with a unique combination of excellent edge performance, high hardness, and good corrosion resistance.” This steel is a perfect match for knife blades because it allows for the highest attainable hardness without the compromising of micro-structure integrity. This steel is also easy to re-sharpen and it doesn’t need to be sharpened very often. This steel can be hardened to about a 55-62 HRC. This steel also sports a high corrosion resistance to any humidity. This steel makes for a fantastic tactical blade, because it will not rust in extreme environments. It will also be able to stand up to the tougher tasks and you won’t have to worry about if your blade can handle it or not.

This Bear OPS blade has been finished with a satin finish. The satin finish is the most traditional and popular blade finishes in the cutlery industry today. The satin finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of a fine abrasive, which is usually a sandpaper. This works to show off the fine lines in the blade and show the bevels of the blade. With this blade finish, you know that your knife is not going to go out of style.

The drop point blade style is the most popular blade style that you can find in the industry today. This is because the blade is versatile as well as being extremely tough. This blade shape is formed by having the spine of the blade runs straight from the handle of the knife to the tip of blade in a slow curved manner, which results in a lowered tip. It is this lowered tip that allows you to have more control over the cuts and as well as allowing you to perform fine tip work. Not only is this tip lowered, but it is also very broad, which means that it is very tough. This is what makes the Bear OPS knife a fantastic tactical knife. Because of the strength behind this blade, you are capable of taking on the toughest of tasks. It is this characteristic strength that also will make this knife a great survival knife. Another fantastic attribute of the drop point blade style is that it has such a large belly, which is ideal for slicing. This means that not only will you be able to use this knife as a tactical and survival knife, but you can also use it as an everyday carry knife. The drop point blade style only has one major drawback to it, which is that because of the broad tip, this knife is almost incapable of piercing or stabbing. You do need to keep in mind that it is this broad tip that gives you so much strength, so often times, the user can ignore that they cannot stab with this knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of aluminum. Aluminum is a very durable material, especially when you are looking at it for your knife handles; it has plenty of advantages. For starters, aluminum is considered a low density metal, so it is a lightweight knife that still offers you enough heft behind it to take on your day-to-day tasks. Aluminum also has extreme tensile strength behind it. When this knife is correctly texturized, it will give you a reasonably secure grip that is comfortable, even if you are using this knife for extended periods of time. On the flip side, aluminum does have high conductive properties, which means that if you are using this knife in the colder months, it will be uncomfortable to use. Also, the aluminum handle is susceptible to dings and scratches.

The handle has been anodized a dark grey color. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the aluminum surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion resistant, and anodic oxide finish. The actual anodizing is accomplished by immersing the aluminum into an acid electrolyte bath and passing an electric current through the medium. Basically, anodizing is a matter of highly controlled oxidation, because it is the enhancement of a naturally occurring phenomenon. One of the biggest advantages to an anodized knife handle is that it chemically changes the surface of the aluminum, which means that it will not scratch, chip, or peel off. The knife handle will always be dark grey.

The handle is mostly rectangular, although it does bulge out slightly in the middle on both the spine and the bottom of the knife. To help add texture, there are portions of jimping across the spine and bottom of the handle, which allow you to better hold onto the knife when you are in a tactical situation. There is also a chevron pattern that is in two sections on the face of the handle. These grooves work to give you better grip throughout your using of this knife.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is statically designed for tip down carry. And unfortunately, it can only be attached on the traditional side of the handle. Attached to the pocket clip is a glass breaker, which allows you to use this knife in an emergency situation. All of the hardware on this knife is silver, which matches the blade.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an out the front, double action, automatic knife. An out the front knife, or an OTF knife, is a blade that opens and closes through a hole in one end of the handle. This is different than your typical knife, which is a standard folding knife, or even a fixed blade which has no mechanical operation. OTF only refers to the basic portion of the knife’s mechanical operation where the blade slides parallel with the handle to deploy.

Then, in the OTF category, you can further divide it into either an automatic OTF or a manual OTF knife. This is an automatic OTF knife, which means that the blade travels within an internal track or channel in the same manner as a manual slider or gravity knife. But the automatic main spring drive and button mechanism enclosed within requires a switchblade handle to be thicker or longer than a similar size gravity or sliding knife.

In the automatic knife category, it can even be further subdivided into either a double action or a single action. This is a double action knife, which means that the knife can deploy and retract with a multifunction button and spring design. This is different than a single action knife which can deploy automatically, but must be manually cocked or retracted to close.

There is a common myth because of movie magic that double action OTF knives are powerful enough to open when pressed against an opponent and then pushing the button. But this is just a myth and is not accurate. Double action sliding automatics are only spring-powered 10 to 12 millimeters. At this point, kinetic impetus slides the blade to full open.

Bear OPS Dark Grey Out the Front Automatic Knife
Bear OPS Dark Grey Out the Front Automatic Knife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Specs:

The blade measures in at 3.25 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.5 inches long. This automatic knife weighs in at 3.2 ounces. This Bear OPS knife was made in the United States, so you can feel proud to own, carry, and use it.

 

The Pros of the Bear OPS automatic knife:

  • The blade steel has high hardness.
  • The blade steel is capable of being easily sharpened and does not need to be sharpened often.
  • The satin finish is one of the more traditional blade finishes that you are going to come across.
  • The drop point blade is tough and will be able to take on almost any task.
  • The drop point blade has a large belly that allows you to easily slice anything.
  • The aluminum handle is strong.
  • The aluminum handle is lightweight, but gives you the heft that you need behind all of your tasks.
  • The aluminum handle is very durable.
  • The aluminum handle is very resistant to corrosion, which means that maintenance time will not take long.
  • The anodization provides a more durable, more highly corrosion resistant, and more aesthetically pleasing look.
  • Because it is a double action OTF knife, it can be deployed and retracted with a slide of the lever, instead of just deployed.
  • Handle is textured and jimped so that you can have the most secure grip on this knife.

 

The Cons of the Bear OPS automatic knife:

  • The satin finish does add cost to the knife because it is a manual process.
  • The drop point blade has a broad tip that does not allow you to stab or pierce.
  • The handle will be cold to hold because of the conductive properties.
  • The handle is prone to scratches and dings.

 

 

Conclusion:

Bear OPS is a tactically-inspired division of the Bear & Son Cutlery brand with a sole mission of providing top-end products for those who serve. These products are 100% Berry Compliant–offering USA-only manufactured parts, materials and labor. It comes as no surprise that Bear OPS now offers a brand new automatic knife into their arsenal–a double-action out the front complete with smooth contouring, aggressive styling and a glass breaker function to enhance its versatility. This model, the OTF-100-AlBK-S, features a dark grey anodized aluminum handle, a drop point style blade in a satin finish and a pocket clip that is statically designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle. Pick up this knife at BladeOps.

 

 

 

 

The Bear and Son 115 Silver Vein Balisong Review

The Outdoor Wire put together a perfect history of Bear and Son Cutlery: “This company all began in 1991 when Ken Griffey and two partners bought the Parker Edwards knife facility, a sister plant to w. R. Case and Sons in Jacksonville, Alabama, to create Bear MGC Cutlery. A lot has happened since then to establish Bear and Son Cutlery as a rising force in the knife industry.

After a series of twists and turns, including a time when the firm actually as owned by Swiss Army Brands, Ken Griffey still heads the operation as president. His son Matt, who began working in the factory when he was 18, is vice president, as is Ken’s wife Sandy, who has played a key role as vice president of purchasing and premium department.

With their supervisors and management team, they bring a combined knife experience of more than 290 years, including positions with Gerber, Case, Buck, Parker Edwards and Schrade. They head a skilled team of 82 craftsmen.

As Americans become more and more concerned about jobs lost to overseas sources, they resent it when they see the words “Made in China” on a product. And they have less confidence in the quality and reliability—especially if it’s a knife.

Bear and Son Cutlery meets the test because 100% of their high quality knives are made in their state of the art Jacksonville, Alabama plant, where they do all their own tooling, pressing, heat treating, grinding, hafting, finishing and assembly.

‘Our fundamental positon is clear and absolute: we make high quality knives, and we make them all right here in the USA,’ said Ken Griffey. ‘And when we say Made in America, we mean everything—set steels, every component right down to the tiniest screws, and of course every step of manufacturing. We’re a family company and we are dedicated to keeping it exactly that way.’

With a wide range of knives—from big Bowies to popular Butterflies—Bear and Son covers almost every knife need. Bear and Son Cutler is a family business that insists on top quality knives and is dedicated to America.”

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 1095 Carbon Steel. This is the most popular 10 series standard carbon steel with low corrosion resistance and average edge retention properties. So why would you even want 1095 steel? The appeal here is 1095 is a tough steel that’s resistant to chipping, it’s easy to sharpen, takes a crazy sharp edge, and is inexpensive to produce. This makes it desirable for larger heavy duty fixe blades and survival knives which are going to be subject to more abuse than your typical EDC.

The finish on this knife is a coated black finish. This coating finish reduces the reflection and glare while reducing wear and corrosion. Unfortunately, ALL coatings can be scratched off after continuous heavy use and the blade will then have to be recoated. Coatings can prolong the life of a blade by preventing corrosion or rust. Quality coatings add cost to a knife but provide more corrosion resistance, less reflection, and do require less maintenance.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade shape. If you are looking for a great all-purpose knife that can stand up to anything, then you’ve come to the right place.  A drop point is one of the most popular blade shapes in use today. The most recognizable knife that features a drop point is the hunting knife, although it is used on many other types of knives as well, including the larger blades in Swiss army knives. To from this blade shape, the back, or unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, creating a lowered point. This lowered point provides more control and adds strength to the tip. While the tip on a drop point is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is much stronger. Because of this tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use, drop point blades are popular on tactical and survival knives. Because the point on a drop point blade is easily controllable, they are a popular choice on hunting knives. The lowered, controllable point makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. Drop point knives also feature a large belly area that is perfect for slicing. There is really only one disadvantage of the drop point blade and that is its relatively broad tip, which makes it less suitable for piercing than the clip point. However, it is this broad tip that provides point strength that is not found on clip point knives. It is this tip strength that is crucial in survival knives. When you are choosing a knife with a drop point blade, you are choosing a knife that is going to help you in a wide variety of situations, whether it is the expected situations or the unexpected.

The Bear and Son 115 Butterfly knife has a plain edge. The plain edge is one continuous sharp edge and is far more traditional. The plain edge is better than the serrated when the application involves push cuts. Also, the plain edge I superior when extreme control, accuracy, and clean cuts are necessary, regardless of whether or not the job is push cuts or slices. The plain edge is going to work better for applications like shaving, skinning an apple, or skinning a deer. All those application involve either mostly push cuts, or the need for extreme control. And, the more push cuts are used, the more necessary it is for the plain edge to have a razor polished edge. Plain edges are going to serve a much wider purpose as their most useful application is what most of us think of when we think of using a knife: a strong, steady pressure. Another one of the key advantages of a plain edge is that it doesn’t snag or fray when cutting through some ropes, though with other ropes, particularly ones made of plastics or other synthetic materials, the blade may simply slip instead of cut. A plain edge cuts cleanly.

 

The Handle:

The knife handles on this Butterfly knife are a speckled black and grey casted zinc. Having zinc knife handles is one of the most unique aspects about this knife. Zinc is not commonly used in knife handles; however, zinc has been here for years. US architects in the late 19th and early 20th centuries relied on the chemical substance for making sheet based roofs. Zinc is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity due to increasing demand for eco-friendly products. Zinc is known as spelter in commerce and is a silvery white metal that is mined from the earth. Long before zinc was used to manufacture alloys such as brass, which is a combination of zinc and cooper, and was used throughout the world for a variety of applications that included weapons buckets, and wall plaques. By the end of the 18th century, Europeans had begun smelting zinc and the process spread to the US by the mid-19th century. Some of zinc’s best qualities is its ability to keep away corrosion. In fact, because of the ability to keep away corrosion, zinc is used for coating iron and steel to inhibit corrosion. Another advantage of since is that it is one of the most durable metals out there. Thirdly, zinc is the 24th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, so it makes sense to use it for everything we can. Plus, zinc is considered a “green” material. Zinc is known for being eco-friendly because it requires less energy for production than other metals because of its lower metal point and because zinc is completely recyclable.

Because this is a butterfly knife, there are actually two handles that unfold and attach together to form one larger handle. There are oval cut outs all the way down both of the handles.

 

The Mechanism:

Bear & Son 115 Butterfly
Bear & Son 115 Butterfly

The Bear and Son 115 is a butterfly knife, which is also known as a balisong, a fan knife, and sometimes even a Batangas knife. This type of knife was commonly used by Filipino people, especially those in the Tagalog region, as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. Hollow ground butterfly knives were also used as straight razors before conventail razors were available in the Philippines. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called “flipping”, are performed for art or amusement. Blunt versions of these knives, called “trainers”, are for sale to practice tricks without the risk of injury.

While the meaning of the term balisong is not entirely clear, a popular belief is that it is derived from the Tagalog words baling sungay (broken/folding horn) as they were originally made form carved caribou and stag horn.

This specific balisong is called a sandwich constructed balisong. This means that the knife is assembled in layers that are generally pinned or screwed together though may sometimes use a ball bearing system. They allow the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rest between the layers.

There are a couple of main parts on a balisong that we will go over. First, the bit handle. This is the handle that closes on the sharp edge of the blade and will cut the user if they are holding the handle when they go to close it. This is the handle that usually has the latch on it.

The second part is the choil. The second part is the kicker. This is the area on the blade that prevents the sharp edge from touching the inside of the handle and suffering damage. This is sometimes supplanted by an additional tang pin above the pivots.

The third part is the latch. This is the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. Magnets are occasionally used instead. It also keeps it from opening up when the user doesn’t want it to.

Fourth, the latch gate. This is a block inside the channel of the handles that stops the latch from impacting the blade.

Fifth, the tang pins. This pin(s) is meant to hold the blade away from the handle when closed to prevent dulling and in some cases, a second pin to keep the handles form excessively banging together while the butterfly knife is being manipulated.

Sixth, the safe handle. This is the handle, which generally is the handle without the latch, that closes on the non sharpened edge of the blade.

 

Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4 inches long. The knife has an overall length of 9 inches long with a handle length of 5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5 ounces. This knife is made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The 115 series of butterfly knives are one of several new knives released by Bear & Son Cutlery this year. This line of knives has expanded off of the popular 114 and 113 series of knives by offering different handle colors with the same traditional blade finishes and options. Offered in a wide variety of sizes, colors and finishes, these butterfly knives showcase pin construction and the blade smoothly operates on bronze phosphorus washers and precision ball bearing surfaces. This model, 115, features speckled black and grey casted zinc handles, a closing latch with a double tang pin design and a drop point style blade in a black finish. The zinc handles are eco-friendly and one of the most durable materials that you are ever going to work with. The drop point style blade is going to help you work on a large variety of tasks, form the everyday tasks that you expect to the unexpected emergencies that tend to pop up. Pick up your new favorite butterfly knife today at BladeOps.

 

Bear & Son Clip Point Butterfly Knife and GenPro Trainer Combo Pack Review

Bear & Son is a family company that has a rich tradition in knife making. They have a skilled and experienced work force capable of performing many of the extra hand operations that go into the making of their products. The Bear & Son Cutlery factory is unique. It is full self-contained. While some companies only assemble parts brought from various suppliers and put their names on the product, they do everything in-house, form building their own blanking dies to heat treating, grinding and assembly, and hand finishing their products. These steps ensure that Bear & Son Cutlery is of excellent quality and a real value for both the dealer and consumer.

This commitment to excellence has just improved due to rich family tradition in knife making craftsmanship not only by management, but also their experienced work force. Their customers and consumers can look for even more new and exciting products as a result. Their ongoing commitment is to make them in American and make them affordable. They want everyone to be able to afford what they are proud to make.

Today we will be talking about a combo pack that includes the Bear & Son Clip Point Butterfly knife and a GenPro Training knife.

 

The Clip Point Knife:

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 440 stainless steel. 440 stainless steel is actually not a single steel; it is a series of steels that has three different formulas that you can get. 440A, 440B, and 440C. A is the least quality and C is the highest quality. Each of the three steels do vary slightly. It becomes tricky to identify which level of steel your blade is actually made out of though, because often times the steel manufacturer will only stamp the blade with a “440” and no indication whatsoever of what level it is. If it doesn’t specifically say 440C, you can assume that it is A or B, because C is a formula that most manufacturers are proud of. However, all three of the formulas are some of the most rust resistant steels for knives that you are going to find. And whether this blade is made out of A or B, it is going to be inexpensive, which helps to keep the cost of the overall knife down. Unfortunately, 440 steel, no matter which level it is, does not have good wear resistance or the ability to withstand hard force. This blade will be perfectly capable of taking on your day-to-day levels of wear, but this will not make a good survival or tactical knife.

The blade has been finished satin, which is one of the most traditional blade finishes that you are going to come across. Because this blade finish is so traditional, you won’t have to worry about an extreme look going out of style. This finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of a fine abrasive, usually done with sandpaper. The finer the sandpaper and the more even the lines, the cleaner the satin finish is going to look. And because this is a Bear & Son knife, you can expect the satin finish to look very clean. The satin finish is created to show off the bevels of the blade while also showcasing the fine lines in the steel.

The blade on this 114B butterfly knife has been carved into a clip point style blade. This style of blade is the second most popular blade style, falling only behind a drop point blade style. The clip point and drop point have much in common: they are perfect for tasks and they both sport lowered points, which gives the user extra control when using the knife. The shape of this knife is created by having the spine of the knife go from the handle to half-way up the blade. It stops its continuous curve at this point, and then turns down and curves to the point of the knife. This section of the blade is referred to as the clip and looks as if it has been clipped out, which is actually where the knife got its name from. The clip on this blade style creates a lowered tip, which is why you are going to have so much control when you are using this knife. The clip point blade style excels at stabbing, because the tip is controllable, very sharp, and thin. These characteristics are perfect for reducing drag during insertion and faster removal. This blade style is a great all-purpose knife because it does have such a large belly, which is ideal for slicing. And because the steel of this blade limits its abilities to mostly an everyday carry knife, slicing is going to be the majority of what you are performing. The clip point blade style does feature one major disadvantage though: because the tip is narrower than the rest of the knife, the clip point blade style is prone to breaking if used on hard materials.

 

The Handles:

The handles on this knife are made out of zinc that have then been epoxy powder coated. A powder coating is applied using the electrostatic principle. The handles are first given a negative charge and the powdered coat is given a positive charge and sprayed on. The dry coated parts are then baked in an oven where the powder melts and fuses into a hard, protective finish. Because the powder coating has been applied using the electrostatic principle, you can expect each spot of the handles to be coated completely and evenly.

The coating in the case of this knife is sleek black. Coatings offer plenty of benefits, from increasing the corrosion resistance of a handle, to protecting against scratches, to just plain old aesthetics, with handles that have been powder coated, you can expect their lifetime to be prolonged. The drawback with a powder coating is that it will scratch off eventually. This might happen because of hard use or just plain time, but you can expect the coating to scratch off eventually.

To cut down on weight, Bear & Son has skeletonized the handles by carving out five ovals going down the length of each handle. The closer to the butt of the handles the oval gets, the larger it gets. Not only does this cut down on weight, but this has also been done to give you the grip that you need for whatever task you are using this butterfly knife for.

Zinc is known for its capabilities of resisting rusting and corrosion. This is because when zin is exposed to the moisture and carbon dioxide that is present in our atmosphere, a protective layer of zinc carbonate forms on its surface, prohibiting the corrosion process that steel experiences. Zinc has also been known to “heal” itself, which just means that overtime the scratches and imperfections that were once present will almost completely disappear.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a butterfly, or balisong, knife. This is a style of pocket knife that has two handles that are attached to the tang of the blade. These handles are pinned in, so that they can rotate around the tang in a way that when the knife is closed, the handles are hugging the blade that is concealed in the grooves. This style of knife can and has been used for everything from self-defense, everyday carry knives, and even art when the user “flips” the knife.

This butterfly knife has been constructed using the pin method, which is also known as the sandwich construction. This style of butterfly knife is assembled in layers that have been pinned together. This allows the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. And when the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers of handles. Unfortunately, out of the two styles of construction, the pin construction is the weaker of the two.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4 inches long with handles that measure in at 5 inches long. When this butterfly knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 9 inches long.

 

The Trainer:

While a butterfly knife can be used for a variety of purposes, one of the most common uses in the modern world is for flipping or fanning. This style of manipulations is usually done for entertainment, but is also considered an art form.

To properly flip a butterfly knife, you hold the closed knife and the flick your wrist back. This motion is going to feel lie the opposite of casting a fishing line. When you do flip your wrist back, the knife is going to open and the handle of the sharp side will you between your thumb and forefinger. At this point you are going to flip the knife backward, which is done by flicking your wrist downward, which will close the knife again. Then open your thumb and flip the knife up again. Instead of letting the handle hit you, use your thumb and move it to the side. This will open and engage this knife.

Of course, this is a very simple way to flip a butterfly knife, but it still seems complicated and dangerous. This is where the trainer comes in. The blade portion of the flipper is completely dull, so learning how to flip is not dangerous. Once you feel confident on your ability to flip the trainer, you can move on to your new Bear & Son 114B.

 

The Materials:

The entire trainer is made out of stainless steel. This material provides excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, but it is not a lightweight knife material. In some ways, it is better to learn to flip on a heavier knife, because you know that you can adjust for any weight. However, always make sure that once you are using a sharpened knife, you are used to the weight before you do start your flipping’s to ensure that you do not get cut. Also, the weight is going to hurt when you are just learning how to flip, because it is going to hit your hands while you get used to the motions.

To cut down on the weight of the trainer, GenPro has carve out five ovals going down each of the handles. These holes also give you a little bit of grip.

On the blade portion of the handle, there have been thirteen small holes carved out to keep down on weight.

 

The Specs:

The handle on this trainer measures in at 4 7/8 inches long, with the “knife” measuring in at an overall 8 7/8 inches long. Because the entire thing is made out of stainless steel, this knife is going to be pretty heavy. However, because it is made entirely out of stainless steel, this trainer is also going to be extremely strong and durable while you get the hang of flipping.

 

Conclusion:

This special combo set includes an 114B Bear & Son Butterfly knife along with a Gen Pro Trainer butterfly knife so you can practice your flipping skills before you show them off with your 114B.
The beautiful butterfly knife from Bear & Son features a stainless steel clip point blade with black die cast skeletonized handles. It is 5 inches closed and has nice smooth action.

The Gen Pro Trainer butterfly knife features smooth action, a dull edge so you won’t cut yourself while practicing new tricks and is amazingly durable. This trainer balisong has a blade that cannot be sharpened. It has satin stainless steel handles, and a stainless steel blade (dull). We took one of these and beat it against some steel pipes in an effort to see how strong and durable they are and they are incredibly durable. It is built with pin construction and should give you years of great practice. Pick up this pack of knives at BladeOps.

 

 

Bear & Son Bowie Knife

Bear & Son Bowie
Bear & Son Bowie, Bone Handle, Leather Sheath

Bear & Son Cutlery makes some fantastic, classic American knives.  The Bowie knives they produce with smooth white bone handles are no exception.  In common parlance, a Bowie knife is described as any sheath knife that has a clip point and a crossguard.  While this definition is fine for our uses, there are much more specific definitions that can be found as to what actually constitutes a Bowie knife.

A quick history–the bowie knife was first made popular by Colonel Jim Bowie back in the early 19th century.  Contrary to many people’s belief, the knife was not designed by him, rather it was first designed by James Black.  Jim Bowie just made this fighting knife famous when he used his during the Sandbar Fight duel.  The duel was between two men.  Jim Bowie supported one and Major Norris Wright supported the other.  Each man fired, neither hit and the men shook hands to settle the duel relatively amicably.  The story goes that Jim Bowie ran up to greet his friend, Wright and his friends also came forward to meet their friend.  Two other men, who had previously fought with each other, decided on the spot to settle their differences.  One of them fired, missed, and hit Bowie in the hip.  Bowie got up and ran at Crain (the man who had fired and hit him) but Crain hit him so hard on the head with his empty pistol that he knocked Bowie down to his knees.  While he was down, Major Wright took a shot at Bowie and missed.  He then drew his sword cane and stabbed Bowie in the chest while he was still on his knees.  Oddly enough, the thin sword was stopped by Bowie’s sternum bone.  The sword was stuck–in Bowie’s sternum.  Wright tried to pull his sword out.  While he was doing this, Bowie reached out and grabbed his shirt.  He then pulled Wright down, right onto the point of his Bowie knife.  Wright died immediately.  Bowie, still on the ground with a sword sticking out of his chest, was shot by another member of Wright’s group and he was stabbed again by another.  He stood up and was fired on twice more.  One of the bullets hit him. At the end of the fight, six men were dead and four wounded.  The legend of the fight grew and the Bowie knife became an American icon.

The Bear and Son Bowie knife is built with a bone handle and comes with a leather sheath.  Made with a high carbon stainless steel blade, this knife exhibits all the characteristics you would expect from a Bowie knife.  Check out this USA made American classic and “Bowie up”.

Great Starter Butterfly Knives

Looking for a great starter butterfly knife?  Check out the Bear & Son line of butterfly knives.  The 114 series and the smaller 113 series are perfect starter butterfly knives.  Each one is pin construction.  This means the pin which connects the handles to the blade is not a torx screw-it is an actual pin.  This means the handles cannot be detached from the blade.  This is especially good for beginners because it means you don’t have to worry about managing the tightness of the swing.  The other thing I especially like about these two series is that they are relatively inexpensive.  At under $35.00 for most of them, they are a great knife to start with.

Bear and Son Butterfly Knives–2nd Generation

Bear & Son Bear Song II Butterfly Knife
Bear & Son Bear Song II Butterfly Knife

Bear and Son makes some very good, no nonsense butterfly knives at amazing prices.  The 113 series and the 114 series have been popular butterfly knife choices for entry-level butterfly enthusiasts for several years.  These two series are built solid, have pin construction for minimum fuss, and are priced so everyone can have a butterfly knife.  Just this past year, Bear & Son Cutlery released their newest version of the butterfly knife.  These knives are part of the tactical division of Bear & Son known as Bear Ops.  The Bear Ops butterfly knives are named the Bear Song.  Currently there is a Bear Song I, II, and a III.  These knives are built for the butterfly user that is willing to pay a bit more to have a product that is a step up from entry-level. 

For instance, the Bear Song III features skeletonized G10 handles with a 154CM stainless steel blade.  You can pick one of these up for under $150.00.  With higher quality handles and a much better steel on the blade, you have a butterfly knife that is going to perform better in your hands, last longer, and can double as a solid cutting knife if the need arises.  Check out the full line of butterfly knives from Bear & Son Cutlery on our website.

The Straight Razor

Bear & Son RazorAbout 15 years ago I was given a straight razor.  It seemed cool when I opened the present.  It came with the razor, some old school powder that mixed into foam as well as a small brush to apply the foam.  It felt very old school.  Until I tried the razor.  Then it just felt painful. My face burned for the next few weeks as I kept trying to figure out the “trick” to using a straight razor.  I’m quite certain I didn’t know what the crap I was doing.

So over the past few years I have watched bemusedly as the straight razor craze has slowly grown.  We even started carrying a few razors from Bear & Son as well as Boker.  People are definitely buying these old style razors–I’m curious whether they are buying them for a collection or if they are using them on their faces.

We had a company rep in the other day that was explaining to us the intricacies of the straight razor.  Apparently, the best razors will bend slightly if you press them at about a 30 degree angle on your thumbnail.  Don’t get crazy here–you are pressing down to see if the razor bends just slightly–you aren’t actually trying to cut something.  If you cut your thumbnail, you did it wrong.  Don’t come crying.  The rep claimed that the very best razors will give you the closest shave you have ever had.  It could be true.  Or he could have been selling something. 

I may have to give the old straight razor another try.  It can’t be much worse than any of the three or four electric razors that feel like a bunch of tiny fingers individually pulling my face hairs out at high speed.  Whenever I talk to a razor company about how uncomfortable their electric razors are, they tell me that I must need new razor heads. I get a bit fired up when I hear this from them–those stupid machines feel like that right out of the box.  Maybe they should make a razor that actually works like they claim it will.   I absolutely hate shaving.  If anyone has had a great experience with any style of razor–let me know what they use.

To me, it seems that the buyers of straight razors are one of three things:

  1. Nostalgic Collectors
  2. Know something I don’t about how to use a straight razor
  3. Flat out crazy.

Maybe I will give the straight razor a try again–it couldn’t have hurt that much, could it have?