Bear OPS Bold Action V Tanto Automatic Knife Review

Bear OPS Bold Action V Tanto Automatic Knife
Bear OPS Bold Action V Tanto Automatic Knife

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.

 

The Blade:

This blade is made out of Sandvik 14C28N steel. This steel is ideal for the manufacturing of knife blades. This grade of steel allows for the highest attainable hardness without the compromising of microstructure integrity. This steel is often used in high end knives by top shelf manufacturers. Sharpening this blade comes with ease. The steel also has high resistance to micro chipping, rolling, or folding of the edge. This steel can achieve a hardness of 55-62 HRC. Sandvik 14C28N has a high corrosion resistance than lends itself well to working well in humid environment. Overall, this steel has optimized chemistry for a top grade knife steel with a unique combination of excellent edge performance, high hardness, and good corrosion resistance. Stainless steels have at least 12% chromium which does two things for the blade: it makes the blade better able to resist rust and corrosion. Stainless steels are also tougher than high carbon blades, and they look good for a very long time.

The blade has been finished with a black coating. Not only does the black coating provide a sleek look, it cuts down on corrosion, and reflections and glares. One of the only drawbacks to a coated finish is that it will scratch off after continuous use or time.

The blade has been carved into a semi-recurve tanto blade shape. The traditional tanto blade shape has a high point with a flat grind, which leads to an extremely strong point that is perfect for stabbing into hard materials. The thick point of the tanto blade contains a lot of metal near the tip, so it is able to absorb the impact from repeated piercing that would cause most other knives to break. The front edge of the tanto knife meets the back edge at an angel, rather than a curve. This means that a tanto blade does not have a belly. The Bold Action V instead has a recurve on the belly. The tanto blade shape is not designed to be an all-purpose knife, it is designed to do one thing and do that one thing really well. This knife has been designed to excel at piercing through tough materials. This style of knife was originally designed for armor piercing, the tanto blade was popularized by Cold Steel and is similar in style to Japanese long and short swords. While this knife will not prepare you to take on any situation, if you are ever in one that requires you to pierce through something tough, if you have this knife with you, there is no way that you won’t be able to do it.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of black and green G-10. This material is a grade of Garolite that is a laminate composite made of fiberglass. This material has very similar properties to carbon fiber, but because it is slightly inferior, you can get it for a fraction of the cost. And while it is cheaper to produce than carbon fiber is, it still has to be cut and machined into shape which is not as economical as the injection molding process that is used in Zytel handles.

To make this material, the manufacturer takes layer so fiberglass cloth and soaks them in resin, then compresses them and bakes them under pressure. The material that results is extremely tough, hard, lightweight, and strong. G-10 is even considered to be the toughest of all the fiberglass resin laminates and stronger than Micarta.

Checkering and other patterns add a texture to the handle, which provides for a solid, comfortable grip. The production process can utilize many layers of the same color, or varying different colors to achieve a unique look on the handle. The Bold Action V knife uses two different colors of G-10. The upper third of the handle is a black G-10 and the lower third is a green G-10.

Tactical folders benefit from the qualities of G-10 because it is durable and lightweight, non porous and can be made in a variety of different colors.

Unfortunately, this material is brittle, because all of the fibers are arranged in the same direction. This means that in that specific direction, the handle is going to be very strong. But if it is stressed in any other direction, or subjected to a hard or sharp impact, the material is going to break apart or crack. One of the other drawbacks to this knife handle material is that it does lack elegance because it does look plastic-y.

The handle on this knife is pretty simple. There are more angles than curves, although it still is very comfortable to hold, even if you are holding it for long periods of time. There is angled finger groove to allow you to get a better hold on this knife when you are using it to pierce through things. And of course, there is a finger guard to protect your fingers in case of slippage. There is also a rectangular lanyard hole on the butt of this handle.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only; however, it is eligible for a left or right hand carry option, which helps to make this an ambidextrous knife. The clip is a deep carry clip, which means that it will be easier to conceal within your pocket. The clip has been finished with a lack coating and is being kept in place by two small black screws that match the rest of the hardware on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife, or switchblade. Automatic knives fall under a strict set of laws in the United States, which means that it will not be legal to purchase, own, or carry in all states, cities, or areas. It is your responsibility as the user to know your local knife laws and obey them; BladeOps is not responsible for any consequences.

An automatic knife is a type of knife with a folding blade contained in the handle which is deployed automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is activated. The blade will pop open and lock into place until you choose to close your knife again.

There is an integrated safety on the handle. With this, you can lock your blade in the shut positon, so that you don’t have to worry about it deploying accidentally when it is in your pocket or any other situation. Plus, you can lock it open, so that you don’t have to worry about the blade closing on you when you are in the middle of using it.

One of the advantages to an automatic knife is that they will open more quickly and efficiently than a regular folding knife, so you are able to bring it into play more quickly.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4 inches long with a handle that measures in at 5 inches long. The overall length of this knife when it is opened is 9 inches. This knife does weigh in at 6 ounces, which is a little bit heavier of an everyday carry knife. The Bear OPS Bold Action V automatic knife is made in the United States of America.

 

The Pros of the Bear OPS Bold Action V Tanto Automatic Knife:

  • The blade steel is easy to sharpen.
  • The steel has a high hardness, but is not brittle.
  • The steel has a good corrosion resistance.
  • The blade has been finished with a black coating, which gives the knife a sleek black look.
  • The coating also increases the corrosion resistance of this blade.
  • The recurve tanto blade shape has a very strong tip that excels at piercing through things.
  • The pocket clip is reversible for right or left hand carry, which helps make this an ambidextrous knife.
  • The pocket clip is deep carry so it will be easier to conceal the knife.
  • This Bear OPS knife has been made in the United States of America, so you can feel proud to own, carry, and use this knife.
  • The G-10 handle is tough.
  • The G-10 handle is light.
  • The G-10 handle is durable and low maintenance.
  • Finger groove and guard to give you a safe and secure hold on this knife.
  • There is a rectangular lanyard hole on this knife.
  • The automatic function will let you bring this knife into play quickly and efficiently.
  • There is a safety toggle on the handle, so you can lock the blade open or closed.

 

The Cons of the Bear OPS Bold Action V Tanto Automatic Knife:

  • Because the blade steel is a higher end blade steel, it does increase the cost of the knife.
  • All coatings can and will scratch off after heavy use or long periods of use.
  • The recurve tanto blade shape is not an all-purpose blade shape.
  • The pocket clip is only designed for tip up carry.
  • The G-10 handle is brittle.
  • The G-10 handle does lack elegance.
  • Because it is an automatic knife, it is not legal in all states, cities, or areas of the United States.

 

Conclusion:

The Bear OPS Bold Action V knife is one of several new knives released by Bear & Son Cutlery this year. Offered in 2 different sizes, this line of push-button side-open automatic knives feature an entire arsenal of knives that offer a more tactical look and feel. Offered in a wide variety of sizes, colors and finishes, these knives showcase ergonomic styling and a convenient slide safety to prevent accidental firing. This larger model, the AC-550-B4-B, features a green and black textured G-10 handle, stainless steel liners, a semi-recurve tanto blade in a black finish and the pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left or right hand carry option. Pick up this fantastic knife today at BladeOps.

 

Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife Review

This company all began in 1991 when Ken Griffey and two partners decided to buy the Parker Edwards knife facility, which was a sister plant to W. R. Case & Sons in Jacksonville, Alabama, to create Bear MGC Cutlery. Since then, a lot has happened to really establish Bear & Son Cutlery as a rising force in the knife industry.

This company has gone through a series of twists and turns, which includes a time when the company was actually 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-resident, 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, Bear and Son has a combined knife experiences of over 290 years. Needless to say, they head a skilled team of 82 knife craftsmen.

Americans are becoming increase more and more concerned about jobs lost o overseas sources, but Bear and Son Cutlery meets the test. 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, heating, finishing, and assembly.

Ken Griffey has said, “Our fundamental positon is clear and absolute: we make high-quality knives and we make them all right here in the U.S.A. And when we say Made in America, we mean everything—the 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.”

Bear OPS is a new division of Bear and Son Cutlery. When they first introduced the line, Bear and Son released this statement: “Bear and Son is product to introduce our new line of tactical knives—Bear OPS. Because we take our obligation of duty and to our country very seriously; our goal is to manufacture the best tactical knives available for those who serve. Bear OPS knives are made with OPS (Operational Precision for Superior Tactical Knives that can be relied on for any situation.”

Today we will be going over their Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly knife that sports a 1095 Carbon blade.

 

The Blade:

1095 steel is a basic from of carbon steel, and is most commonly used in the construction of various knives. This steel boasts a carbon content of .95% which serves to harden the steel, and also works to reduce the amount of wear that a blade will have to endure over time. Even though you do get the decreased wear because of the high presence of carbon, 1095 steel is not as tough as other types of steel because it does have lower levels of manganese, which is what hardness different steel types. However, manganese also does make blades more brittle, so this steel is not going to be as brittle as other steels. 1095 steel will make this blade hold a great edge and as a bonus is very easy to sharpen. While a heat treatment to this steel can be used to increase its overall strength, if the steel gets too brittle, it is going to break on you. This steel is also usually used on blades that are not too thin, because the thickness behind the blade keeps your knife from easily breaking. To keep this blade rust free for the longest time possible, make sure that you are rinsing it off after every use, make sure that you wipe it clean, and also that you oil it once a week. The oil will help to form a barrier that prevents moisture from reaching the steel. Because the properties of this type of steel do make it prone to rusting easily, you will often see knives with this steel finished with a coating.

And a coating finish is exactly what this blade has. While you can get this blade in a variety of different colors, the version that we are talking about today (B-600-B) sports a black powder coated finish. This coating is also known as a black paint and has one of the lower qualities out of blade coatings. Coatings provide corrosion resistance, but they will scratch off eventually. And because the powder coating is on the lower end of the quality spectrum, this coating is going to scratch off quicker than other coatings would. One of the benefits of a coated finish is that it is a matte finish. Because Bear OPS is a tactical line, the coating finish is the perfect option because there will be no reflection off of the blade to give your position away in a tactical situation.

The 1095 blade has been carved into a full-bellied drop point style blade. This blade shape is one of the most popular blade shapes that is in use today—and for very good reason. This blade style is strong, versatile, and will equip you to take on almost any challenge. One of the most common places that you are going to find a drop point blade is on a hunting knife. This is because the point on a drop point blade is lowered, which means that it is easily controllable. It is this lowered, controllable point that makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meat. But, you are going to find this blade shape on a variety of knives that are not hunting knives. For instance, the drop point blade shape is a very popular blade option on tactical and survival knives. This is due more to the way the shape is formed. The unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight from 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 so much strength to the tip. And while the tip on a drop point blade is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is so much stronger. It is this tip strength and its ability to hold up to heavy use that makes the drop point blade shape such a good option on tactical and survival knives, such as the Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly knife. The drop point, especially the drop point on this particular knife, feature a very large belly, which makes slicing a breeze. Drop point blades are really only known to have one real disadvantage (which is also one of its advantages), and that is its relatively broad tip. This broad tip does make it less suitable for piercing than the clip point, but you have to remember that it is this broad tip that provides the point strength hat is not going to be found on clip point knives.

This blade does feature a row of small, shallow jimping right where the blade meets the handle to add some added control when you are slicing with this butterfly knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this Balisong knife is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Aluminum is one of the lower-density metals that is commonly used in knife making. This material is extremely corrosion resistant. The majority of knife handles that are made out of aluminum are made out of the 6061-T6 alloy, which has one of the highest tensile strengths of all the aluminum alloys. This name just means that the type of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 tempered. This aluminum alloy has also been known as aircraft aluminum, because it is used extensively in aircrafts. This metal is a very durable material for knife handles, and although it is a low density metal, it still gives you a nice, hefty feel to your knife without weighing the knife down. When an aluminum handle is properly texturized, it can provide you with a reasonably secure grip that is also comfortable to use—even for extended periods of time. But, aluminum does have high conductive properties, which means that if you are using this knife during the colder months, the handle is going to feel like it is biting into your hand. Aluminum is usually considered inferior to its stronger, but also more expensive brother Titanium. Some of the pros about an aluminum knife handle is that it is going to be strong, light, durable, and very resistant to corrosion. However, it is going to be cold to hold, more slippery than some knife handles, and is susceptible to scratches and dings.

The two handles on this knife are silver, with plenty of grooves carved into them for aesthetic as well as helping with your grip. These handles are also slightly curved to give you a more comfortable hold on the knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a butterfly knife. This style of knife is also known as a fan knife and in the Philippines it is known as a balisong knife. This style of knife is a folding pocket knife, but it has a significant distinction from traditional folding knives—it has two handles. These two handles counter-rotate around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within the grooves in the handle. This type of knife was commonly used by Filipino people, especially those in the Tagalog region, as a self-defense and pocket utility knife. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. This knife style has also been used as an art form and entertainment form, with the art form of “flipping”.

Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife
Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife

This style of knife is actually now illegal or restricted in many countries, often falling under the same laws and for the same reasons that switchblades are restricted. This particular Bear OPS Balisong is known as a sandwich constructed balisong knives, which means that the handles are assembled in layers that are screwed together and sometimes use a ball baring system. They allow the pivot pins to be adjusted more tightly without binding. When the knife is closed, the blade rests between the layers.

One of the key components of a butterfly knife that other styles of knives don’t have is the latch. This is the standard locking system, which holds the knife closed. This latch holds the two handles together and attaches them at their butts when the knife is opened, having them form into one single handle, without the fear of them coming apart in the idle of using this knife. The handle without the latch is considered the safe handle and closes and typically closes on the non-sharpened edge of the blade.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 4.125 inches long, with a handle length of 5.125 inches. When this knife is opened, it is going to measure in at 9.25 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.9 ounces. This Bear OPS knife was proudly made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The Bear OPS Bear Song VI is one of several new knives released by Bear & Son Cutlery this year. This line of balisong butterfly knives feature an entire arsenal of knives that offer a more tactical look and feel. Offered in a wide variety of sizes, colors and finishes, these butterfly knives showcase screw construction and the blade smoothly operates on bronze phosphorus washers and precision ball bearing surfaces. This model, the B-600-B, features gently curved silver anodized aluminum handles, closing latch, double tang pin design and a full-bellied drop point style blade in a black powder coated finish. The 1095 steel used for the blade offer you high wear resistance and make it easy to re-sharpen the blade when needed. The black, coating finish is going to help fight of corrosion that this blade is susceptible to. The combination of the steel, the blade shape, and the handle material make for a truly tough butterfly knife. Pick up your Bear OPS Silver Bear Song VI Balisong Butterfly Knife today at BladeOps.

 

Bear OPS Dark Grey T/E OTF 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. Today, we will be discussing the Bear OPS 110-AIBK-S Dark Grey T/E OTF Automatic knife.

Bear OPS Dark Grey T/E OTF Automatic Knife
Bear OPS Dark Grey T/E OTF Automatic Knife

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of Sandvik 14C28N Steel. Sandvik Steel Company explains this steel by saying, “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 ideal for knife blades, because this steel grade allows for the highest attainable hardness without the compromising of micro-structure integrity. This steel is often used in high end knives. With this steel, sharpening is a breeze and the blade maintains its edge for long periods of item. This steel reaches a hardness level of 55-62 HRC. This steel also sports a high corrosion resistance, which is ideal for a tactical knife such as this, because you never know what environment you are going to end up in. This steel is actually an upgraded version of Sandvik’s 13C26, through the addition of Nitrogen, which helps with corrosion resistance.

The blade has been finished satin, which is the most common blade finish that you are going to find in the cutlery industry today. This finish is created when the manufacturer repeatedly sands the blade in one direction, with increasing levels of a fine abrasive. The abrasive that is most commonly used is a sandpaper. This finish is a very traditional finish, because its luster falls right in the middle of the spectrum. This finish is used to showcase the bevels of the blade as well as show off the fine lines in the steel. The satin finish even helps increase the corrosion resistance levels of the Sandvik steel, although not enough to be super notable.

The blade has been carved into a tanto blade shape. This blade shape is not designed to be an all-purpose blade style, but instead has been designed to do one thing and that one thing exceptionally. With the tanto blade, that one thing that it excels at is piercing through tough materials. This blade style originates from Japanese long and short swords, which were created for armor piercing. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that Cold Steel modernized and popularized the tanto blade shape for common cutlery. The blade is created with a high point and a flat grind, which is where you get the crazy strong point that excels at stabbing into hard materials. The tanto blade shape has a very thick point that contains more metal around the tip than your average knife style, so it is capable of absorbing the impact from repeated piercing or tough piercing that most other knives could not withstand. The front edge of the tanto blade shape meets the unsharpened edge at an angle, rather than your usual curve. Because of this, the tanto blade does lack a belly, which you have to sacrifice to get such a strong tip. It is because of the lack of belly that makes it more of a one-task blade shape instead of your everyday carry/ all-purpose blade shape. By choosing this Bear Ops knife, you will be prepared to take on the toughest of materials. The tanto blade shape and the high end steel equip you so that you can trust this knife when the going gets rough.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this Bear OPS knife is made out of aluminum. Aluminum is a very popular knife handle material because it has quite a few major benefits. For starters, aluminum is a low density metal, so while it is tough, it is also lightweight. This is also a benefit because aluminum gives the user the heft that they want from a knife to feel like they can take on most tasks, without actually weighing the knife down. When an aluminum handle is texturized correctly, you will be able to have a pretty secure grip on the handle. Aluminum is also a comfortable handle to hold, even if it is for long periods of time. The only times that it can start to feel uncomfortable is during the colder months or in the colder environments. This is because aluminum has high conductive properties and if you are in a cold environment, the knife handle can feel like it is biting into your hand. Unfortunately, aluminum also has a limited resistance impact, which just means that it is prone to scratches, dings, and dents.

Aluminum is often compared to titanium, which is considered its brother because they have many of the same characteristics, with titanium being the higher-end metal. However, because aluminum is softer, it is easy to work with and machine, which is ideal for keeping costs down when producing an automatic knife, such as this one.

The overall pros to the aluminum handle is that it is strong, light, durable, and resistant to corrosion. The overall cons to an aluminum handle is that it can be cold to hold, it will be a little bit slippery, and it is susceptible to scratches and dents.

To help add texture, enhance your grip on this knife, and make it aesthetically pleasing, Bear OPS has added a chevron pattern near the top of the handle and near the butt of the handle. These grooves will give you the texture that is needed to keep a secure grip on this knife in most tactical situations. Plus, the manufacturer has added a few portions of jimping down the sides of the handle. These sections of jimping will help give you a more secure grip while you are working with this knife. The handle is rectangular with very few curves. However, the spine and bottom portion of the handle do curve ever so slightly to fit better in your hand and help give you a little bit comfier of a grip.

The aluminum handle has been anodized a dark grey. The anodization process not only adds a sleek color, but also increases the materials corrosion resistance, strength, and durability. And because the anodization process changes the face of the metal, instead of just being applied onto the metal, the dark grey color won’t chip off.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is statically designed for tip down carry and only on the traditional side of the handle. This is a drawback of the knife, because it means that it is not even a little bit ambidextrous.

However, along with the pocket clip, this automatic knife is equipped with a glass breaker, which may come in handy in many tactical situations. This glass breaker extends from the butt of the knife and can be brought into play quickly.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is an automatic Out the Front, double action knife. An Out the Front knife is commonly known as an OTF knife. This is a style of pocket knife with a blade that opens and closes through a hole in one end of the handle. This is different than your typical pocket knife that has its blade stored in the side of the handle. OTF only refers to the basic portion of the knife’s mechanical operation where the blade slides parallel with the handle to deploy.

Then, OTF knives can be further divided into either a manual OTF knife or an automatic OTF knife. This Bear OPS knife is an automatic OTF knife. That being said, because it is an automatic knife, it does fall under the same strict laws that a traditional automatic knife would fall under. Automatic knives are not legal in all states, cities, or areas of the United States, and it is your duty, as the user, to know your local knife laws. BladeOps is not responsible for your consequences. An automatic OTF knife blade travels within an internal track or channel in the same manner as a manual OTF knife. But the automatic main spring drive and switch mechanism enclosed within requires an automatic knife handle to be thicker and longer than a similar size manual OTF knife. The sliding switch rests on the spine of the handle. The switch does have stepping on the side of it to give you a better hold when you are trying to deploy your knife.

Then, there are also two kinds of automatic OTF knives: the single action and double action. This knife is a double action, which means that the blade will deploy and retract with a multifunction switch and spring design. This contrasts with a single action OTF knife, which would deploy automatically, but must be manually cocked or retracted to close. This being a double action automatic knife is an advantage because you can bring this knife into play and put it away just as quickly. Plus, closing the knife can be a one-handed operation.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this OTF knife measures in at 3.25 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. When the blade on this knife has been deployed, the knife measures in at an overall length of 7.5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.2 ounces and was made in the United States of America, so you can feel proud to own, carry, and use this knife.

 

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-110-AlBK-S, features a dark grey anodized aluminum handle, a tanto 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 fantastic tactical knife at BladeOps.

 

Bear OPS Bold Action III (Cali-Legal Auto Knife) Knife Review

Bear OPS Bold Action III (Cali-Legal Auto Knife)
Bear OPS Bold Action III (Cali-Legal Auto Knife)

Bear OPS Knives is a new subsidiary of Bear & Son Cutlery, which is a family owned company that was started in 1991. Their mission was to design and manufacture the “best knives made in the USA”. They proudly introduced Bear Ops because they take their obligation of duty to our country very seriously. Their goal with this subsidiary is to manufacture the best tactical knives that are available for those who serve. Bear OPS are made with the OPS (Operation Precision for Superior Tactical Knives) that can be relied on for any situation.

With a Bear OPS knife, you are going to find only USA manufactured parts, material, and a dedicated workforce. They make sure to only use supreme materials so that these knives can stand up to anything. Some of these premium materials that they choose to use are 154CM and CPM S30v steel for their blades, with their own heat treatment, waterjet, and CNC grinders to finish the blades.
Bear OPS knives are designed and engineered by the experts in their R&D and their in-house tool maker. With every Bear OPS knives, you will find a Lifetime Limited Warranty. While Bear & Son is continuing to manufacture the “best knives that are made in the USA,” you can find the “best tactical and military knives made in the USA” at Bear OPS. Because of the dedication, premium materials, and extreme detail that go into all of Bear OPS knives, you will always be proud to carry their knives.

Bear OPS products are definitely not your every-day knives. They are tough, well-made, and able to tear through just about anything that is unfortunate to be in your path. You can remain confident with these knives, because they are not going to let you down when you need them most.

Today, we will be talking about one of their bolder knives, the Bear Ops AC-325-AIBk-B Bold Action II, which is a California Legal Auto Knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of Sandvik 14C28N Stainless Steel. This steel is especially known for manufacturing knife blades because it encompasses a wide variety of characteristics that people search for in their knives. That being said, this is a premium steel, usually used for high end knives, so it is going to raise the cost of your blade a little bit. This steel has the capability to attain the highest hardness possible without compromising the micro-structure integrity. This means that it can get to HRC 55-62 while still having a resistance to micro chipping, rolling, or folding with the edge. This steel also features a high corrosion resistance which is especially useful in kitchen or survival knives. This knife will be able to resist most moisture or residue that it encounters throughout all of its messy jobs. This blade is also easy to get a fine edge on, again and again. This steel is an upgraded version of 1428CN, but this version has a little more chromium and a little less carbon, but you’ll also find the addition of Nitrogen, which is where you get the exceptional corrosion resistance. The biggest advantage that this steel sports is how crazy sharp you are able to get it, time and time again.

The blade on this Bear OPS knife has been finished with a black coating. While coatings do provide corrosion resistance, the coating will eventually scratch off. Coatings are matte, which means that the glares and reflections will be virtually non-existent off of this blade. However, once your coating has scratched off (usually after time or heavy use), the blade will have to be re-coated to maintain the protective qualities that you desire from this finish. This is a black powder coated finish. The powder is applied with an electrostatic spray gun. But before the powder is sent to the gun, it is fluidized to spate the individual grains of powder and improve the electrostatic charge that can be applied to the powder so that the powder flows more easily to the gun. The powder wraps around the back of the blade as it passes by toward the air off-take system. Then, the blade is placed in an oven and heated to a temperature that ranges from 160-210 degrees Celsius.  Because the coating is black, the blade and handle match, giving you a sleek, tough looking blade, although not particularly eye-catching.

The blade is a single-edge spear point blade style. This blade shape got its name because this is the blade shape that you are going to find on spears throughout all of history. This shape is a symmetrically pointed blade that sports a tip that is in line with the center line of the blade’s axis. You will find this blade shape on many throwing knives and daggers, although on those knives it will probably sport a dual edge. This blade shape has often been compared to a needle-point blade because they are both good for piercing. However, the spear point blade does feature a much stronger point than a needle point blade and the spear point also contains a small belly, which makes this blade shape a little more versatile. The spear point blade also features a lowered point, which means that this knife is going to be more controllable and useful for fine tip work, unlike a spear point. Often when you think of a knife having a belly, a drop point or clip point blade shape is the first to pop into your head. When comparing a spear point to either of those other blade shapes, the belly can seem especially small, but this belly does stand its own and can be used for some cutting and slicing applications. The spear point blade shape is considered a hybrid blade design and because of that, it becomes very versatile. The spear point has a great balance between its piercing and slicing capabilities, this is because it combines the sharp point of a dagger with the strength of a drop point blade, but it does still hold on to some of the belly that is required for lots of slicing. The blade sports a plain edge, which enables it to take almost any task that you can think up.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Bold Action III is made out of the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. This aluminum handle has been anodized black. Aluminum handles are very common and very respected in the knife world because aluminum is a low density metal that is extremely corrosion resistant. Because it is a softer metal, it is primarily used in knife handles and is often finished with anodization to improve the look, wear, and corrosion resistance of the blade. The most common aluminum alloy used in knife making is the 6061-T6 alloy, which means the type of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 tempered. This alloy has the highest yield and tensile strengths of aluminum alloys. This alloy is also often referred to as “aircraft aluminum”, because it is used extensively in aircraft. However, that is sometimes seen as a gimmick, because giving it that name makes it sound a little tougher than it actually is. Aluminum is inferior to its older brother, Titanium, but does have a few advantages over Titanium. For starters, aluminum is cheaper to machine and produce than Titanium and it is also more lightweight. However, this does mean that it is weaker and a little less resistant to wear.

This knife handle has been finished with an anodization process, which is the process of creating a protective oxide coating and achieving it electrolytically. The aluminum is first submerged in an electrolytic solution bath along with a cathode. When a current is passed through the acid solution, hydrogen is released form the cathode and oxygen forms on the surface of an anode. This results in a metal oxide film growing on the surface of the aluminum handle. This makes the aluminum more corrosion and wear resistant, giving the handle a longer life span than it would have if it hadn’t been anodized.

The handle is rectangular, with the portion near the blade flaring slightly. The butt of the handle is squared off and there are two finger guards near the blade to keep your fingers safe. Although the handle is more edges than curves, it is still comfortable to hold. To help provide you with a secure grip, there have been some grooves etched into the handle to give a little bit of texture.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is a deep carry pocket clip, which means that the clip is much longer than a traditional one. This also means that it is going to sit deeper in your pocket, keeping it more secure, and concealing your knife better than a traditional pocket clip. The clip is black, just like the blade and the handle of this knife and is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. In the center of this clip, Bear OPS and their logo have been stamped in silver. Most of the hardware on this knife is black, except for the button to deploy the knife and the center screw near the blade, which are both traditional silver.

 

The Mechanism:
This is a side-open automatic knife. Automatic knives in the United States have a handful of strict laws surrounding them. They are not legal in all states, areas, or cities of our country, so you need to know your local knife laws before purchasing and carrying this knife. Cali-Legal is a term that refers to the blade length that must be at or below the 2” mark while utilizing an automatic function and is by no means legal advice or a legal definition.

An automatic knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade, is a type of knife with a folding blade that is contained in the handle. On this knife, the blade is opened automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is pushed. The blade is unlocked by manually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed positon.

This knife features a plunge lock, which a knife with a push button lock that rest within a notch of the lade locking it into place. To unlock the knife, you manually dislodge the blade from the notch and then close it into place.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 1.9 inches long, with a handle measuring in at 2.8 inches long. The overall length of the knife is 4.7 inches long. The knife weighs in at a mere 1.5 ounces, making it a very small automatic knife. This knife was made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The Bear OPS Bold Action III knife is one of several new knives released by Bear & Son Cutlery this year. Offered in 2 different sizes, this line of push-button side-open automatic knives feature an entire arsenal of knives that offer a more tactical look and feel. Offered in a wide variety of sizes, colors and finishes, these knives showcase classic symmetrical stiletto styling and a convenient slide safety to prevent accidental firing. This “Cali-Legal” model, the AC-325-AlBK-B, features a black anodized aluminum handle, stainless steel liners, a single-edged spear point style blade in a black powder coated finish and the deep carry pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. The stainless steel that was chosen resists wear and rust effortlessly and the already durable and corrosion resistant aluminum handle is enhanced by the anodization process. The spear point blade is the perfect combination of strength, versatility, and sharpness. Pick up this tough knife today at BladeOps, so that you have a knife that is going to stand by you and never let you down.

 

Bear OPS Manual Folder Knife (Zytel Handle) 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 discussing the Bear OPS manual folder knife that features a Zytel handle.

 

Bear OPS Manual Folder Knife (Zytel Handle)
Bear OPS Manual Folder Knife (Zytel Handle)

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of CPM S30V steel. This steel is made by Crucible, which is a United States based company. This steel was designed specifically for knives, which means that you are going to get all of the best qualities for your knife out of this steel. It is often used for high-end premium pocket knives and expensive kitchen cutlery. S30V steel has excellent edge retention and resists rust effortlessly. Crucible added in vanadium carbides which work to bring extreme hardness into the steel alloy matrix. When you look at this steel dollar for dollar, it is regarded as one of the finest knife blade steels with the perfect balance of edge retention, hardness, and toughness, which is one of the hardest balances to get out of a blade steel. There is only one drawback to this steel: this steel does prove to be hard to work with, which does increase the overall cost of the steel. Also, the steel is going to be tricky to sharpen, because of how hard it is to work with.

The blade has been finished with a bead blasted finish. This finish is created when ceramic beads are blasted at the steel at a high pressure. This creates an even gray finish. A blasted finish also reduces reflection and glares due to its even matte surface. The blasting does create an increased surface area and micro abrasions make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. A blasted blade, even from stainless steel can rust if left in a wet or humid environment.

The blade has been carved into a clip point blade shape. The clip point blade shape is a great all-purpose blade as well as being one of the most popular blade shapes in us today. While the Bowie knife is the most common place you are going to find this blade shape, it is popular on almost any blade style and you will find it on many pocket knives and fixed blades alike. The shape is formed by having the back edge of the knife runs straight form 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-out” and is curved. This section is also referred to the clip, which is how the shape got its name. Clip point knives look as if this section have actually been clipped out. The point on this knife is lowered, which means that you are going to have more control when you are using this knife. And because the tip is controllable, sharper, and thinner at the spine, a clip point knife will be more equipped to stabbing. The clip point has less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal because of the shape. One of the reasons that this blades shape is so versatile is because the blade has a large belly that is ideal for slicing. There is really only one disadvantage to the clip point blade, because of the narrow tip this blade point does have a tendency to be weak and break pretty easily. The drop point and the clip point blades are often confused with each other, because they are the two most popular blade shapes on the market today. They are each versatile and great for a large variety of purposes. The biggest difference between the two is that the drop point does have more strength behind the point, however, because of how broad they are, you do lose out on most of your piercing abilities. The clip point has a finer point, so you cannot take on harder tasks, but you do have your piercing abilities. These are both great blade shapes, but you have to choose which of the advantages you want out of your knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of Zytel. Zytel is a type of Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon, which is a thermoplastic material which was introduced by American chemical company, DuPont. Zytel is very strong, very resistant to bending, resistant to abrasion, and is practically indestructible. All of these things, and it is even cheap.

In this material, the nylon fibers are arranged haphazardly throughout the material, which means that it will be strong in all directions. Zytel is very similar to G-10, Carbon Fiber, and Micarta, except that those materials have the fiberglass strands aligned in a single direction. That is why the other materials are brittle, but Zytel is almost indestructible.

Many people did not warm up to this material because they said it felt cheap and even hollow. Plus, Zytel does provide less grip than G-10 does.

This material is inexpensive because it can be injection molded into any desired shape and texturized in a multitude of ways in the production process. All of these characteristics leads to high volume manufacturing and a low cost.

The handle is simple and completely black. The spine of the handle curves to fit inside of your palm perfectly. The bottom of the handle has three curves and finger grooves that span the length of the handle. The first one is the deepest and least elongated. It gives you a comfortable place to rest your fingers. Lastly, there is a slight finger guard to protect your fingers from getting cut if you do slip.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a manual folding knife that sports a dual thumb stud and features a liner locking mechanism.

The thumb stud is one of the most common ways that a knife can be opened with just one hand. The thumb stud replaces the nail nick found on more traditional knives. This mechanism is also very straightforward to use—you hold the folded knife, place the tip of your flexed thumb on the stud, and extend your thumb to swing the blade through its arc until the blade is fully open. And because the stud does extend through the blade, which means that it is protruding on both sides, the knife is ambidextrous and can be opened with either hand. One of the only drawbacks is that because it does protrude from the blade, some people feel like it gets in the way of their tasks. The other drawback to a thumb stud is that when you are using this opening mechanism, it does put your fingers very close to the blade, you just have to be careful when you are getting used to the thumb studs.

The liner lock is the most common of today’s blade locking systems. The handle is made of two plates on either side of the blade. When the knife is opened, one side of the knife’s liner, often called the lock bar, butts up against the backend of the blade and prevents the blade form closing. The lock bar is manufactured so that it angels toward the interior of the knife, creating a bias for the locked positon. To close the knife, the knife user applies manual force to move the lock bar to the side so that the blade is unblocked and can be folded back into the handle. The liner provides a secure and convenient way to make using this knife even safer.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 2 7/8 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4 3/8 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.5 inches long. This knife was made in the United States of America.

 

The Pros of the Bear OPS Manual Folder Knife:

  • The S30V steel is strong and tough.
  • The steel maintains an edge for long periods of time.
  • The steel has the perfect balance between hardness, toughness, and edge retention.
  • The steel also has the ability to resist rust easily.
  • The bead blasted finish creates an even grey finish.
  • The clip point blade shape is all-purpose.
  • The clip point blade features a large belly.
  • The clip point blade excels at piercing.
  • This knife was made in the United States of America, so you can be proud to own, carry, and use it.
  • The Zytel handle is strong.
  • The Zytel handle is tough.
  • The Zytel handle requires zero maintenance.
  • Zytel is an inexpensive material, so it will keep the overall cost of the knife down.
  • The handle fits comfortably in your hand.
  • The thumb stud is ambidextrous.
  • The liner lock makes sure that you don’t need to worry about your blade closing in the middle of use.
  • The liner lock is a secure and convenient way to make using this knife even safer.

 

The Cons of the Bear OPS Manual Folder Knife:

  • The steel is hard to work with, which means that it will be hard to sharpen.
  • The bead blasted finish creates micro abrasions, which means that it can rust overnight if left in the worst environment—so keep up on maintenance.
  • The clip point blade is prone to breaking.
  • The Zytel handle does have a cheap plastic feel to it.
  • The Zytel handle is not going to provide as much grip as G-10 would.
  • Some people feel that the thumb stud gets in the way of things.

 

Conclusion:

The Bear OPS Bear OPS MC-110-B7-P Manual Folder Knife features a S30V modified clip point plain edge blade with a bead blast finish. The blade opens easily with the ambidextrous thumb stud.   Built by Bear OPS (a division of Bear and Son Cutlery) this knife features a black Zytel handle that is very comfortable in the hand. The knife opens smooth and locks tight into the open position with a liner lock. This knife is tough, durable, and you know that you can rely on this knife. Pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

Bear OPS Grey Incognito Automatic Knife Review

Bear OPS Grey Incognito Automatic Knife
Bear OPS Grey Incognito Automatic Knife

 

Bear OPS is a subdivision of Bear & Son Cutlery. The story of Bear & Son Cutlery all began in 1991 when Ken Griffey and two partners bought the Parker Edwards knife facility, which was a sister plant to W.R. Case & Sons in Jacksonville, Alabama, to create Bear MGC Cutlery. A lot has happened since then to establish Bear & Son Cutlery as a rising force in the knife industry.

After a wild ride, including a time when the firm actually was 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-resident 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 knife 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.
Bear & 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 assembling.

Ken Griffey has said, “Our fundamental position is clear and absolute: we make high-quality knives, and we make them all right here in the U.S.A. And when we say Made in America, we mean everything—the 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 a big Bowies to popular Butterflies—Bear & Son covers almost every knife need.

The Bear OPS Division, launched in 2011, features a growing line of rugged tactical and survival knives. The goal of Bear OPS products is to manufacture the best Tactical Knives available for those who serve. OPS is the abbreviation of Operational Precision for Superior Tactical Knives, and this was more than a decade in the making. Matt Griffey, the vice president of Bear & Son said, “I had some friends that had been deployed in the Middle East and many of them were unhappy with the standard-issue knife. Once they returned to the U.S., I showed them the drawings/prototypes. One of them carried a prototype on his second tour in Afghanistan. He would send me emails about the feedback he received from soldiers in his unite, and they all wanted one.”

Today we are going to be going over the Bear OPS Grey Incognito automatic knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel. This steel is ideal for knife blades, because it allows for the highest attainable hardness without the compromising of micro-structure integrity. The steel is often used in high end knives by top shelf manufacturers, which is perfect for this tactical knife. With this steel, sharpening and edge retention is maintained with ease. This steel has high resistance to micro chipping, rolling, and folding of the edge. This steel has a high corrosion resistance that lends itself particularly well in a tactical knife, because you are never use what the environment is going to be that you have to work with.

The blade has been satin finished. This process involves sanding the blade in one direction with increasing degrees of a fine abrasive, which is usually a sandpaper. The satin finish shows off the bevels of the blade, showcases the liens of the knife, while also reducing its reflective glare. The finer the abrasive and the more even the lines; the cleaner the satin finish blade looks. This is one of the most traditional blade finishes that you are going to come across, because its luster falls right in the middle of the spectrum. Because of this, this knife is never going to go out of style.

The blade has been carved into a modified Wharncliffe style blade. The Wharncliffe blade, not to be confused with the sheepsfoot blade, is very much like a standard blade shape turned upside down. This type of blade has a totally flat cutting edge, and the spine of the blade drops gradually until the tip forms a point. There are a few stories as to how the name Wharncliffe came to be, with some people claiming that the pattern originated many years ago form some of the patterns used for Scandinavian Seax Knives and others claiming that it came from a British Lord who commissioned the knife to be made. There is one thing that is for certain however according the website of Ron Neep. There were several Lord Wharncliffe that he blades shape could have been named after, but the actual name “Wharncliffe” did not exit prior to 1822, which means it was named after that point in history. Regardless of history, the Wharncliffe is a very useful blade shape. It is fantastic for office folk for opening boxed and envelops and excels in box-cutter type chores. It is not very good for preparing food and skinning as the lack of belly makes it difficult for cutting soft tissue and using on a cutting board. Some other confusing things regarding the Wharncliffe blade are the differences between this blade shape and the Coping blade and the Sheepsfoot blade. There is a lot of inconsistencies in naming by companies and which blade is which. It is generally accepted that a Sheepsfoot blade has an abruptly curving spine at the tip of the knife, creating very little point. While the Wharncliffe has a more gradually tapering spine creating a pointier tip, and consequently more fragile.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this blade has been made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel is not as light as aluminum, but offers a much greater resistance to dents and scratching. It is also quite corrosion resistant, although it is not completely impervious to it—so you do need to maintain a measure of care to keep it rust and spot free. As far as metal handles are concerned, stainless steel is certainly the most commonly available and the least expensive, but it is also the heaviest. Unfortunately, stainless steel can be rather slippery when it is not finished correctly. The pros of a stainless steel handle is that they are strong, durable, and corrosion resistant. The cons of the stainless steel handle is that it is heavy and it can be slippery.

To combat the slipperiness of the stainless steel handle, Bear OPS has intensively textured the middle of the face of the handle. To add aesthetic to the handle, there is some thin striping on the handle by the nearest portion of the blade. The firing button on this knife is also textured, so that no matter the environment, you are going to be able to deploy this knife instead of slipping off it. There is wide and deep jimping on the spine and the bottom of the handle to give you better grip and control when slicing with this knife. The butt of the handle is not squared or curved, but rather pointed. There is a slight finger guard to keep your fingers safe. Although, this guard is not as large as some other blades, so you are going to need to be careful when using this knife. The jimping and the textured middle will help prevent this slippage though.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is a deep carry pocket clip. This means that even if you are on a mission or moving around a lot, the knife is going to stay more securely in your pocket than if it were not a dep carry clip. The clip is rectangular all the way down and has a matte grey finish matching the handle. It is kept in place by silver screws, which match the rest of the hardware on the knife. This clip is designed for tip down carry and only on the traditional side of the handle. This is one of the features that some people view as a drawback, but it isn’t a huge deal for others.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife. Before we get into what an automatic knife, I need to specify that automatic knives, or switchblades, have a very strict and particular set of laws surrounding them in the United States. This means that this knife is not going to be legal in all states, areas, and cities. It is your responsibility as the user to know what your local laws are. It might be illegal to purchase or carry this knife in your area. You are responsible for all consequences, not BladeOps.

An automatic knife is a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade that is contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is activated. Most switchable designs incorporate a locking blade, in which the blade is locked against closure when the spring extends the blade to the fully opened positon. The blade is unlocked by manually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed position.

Switchblade knives date form the mid-18th century. The earliest known examples of spring-loaded blades were constructed by craftsmen in Europe, who developed an automatic folding spike bayonet for use on flintlock pistols and coach guns. Examples of steel automatic folding knives from Sheffield England have crown markings that date to 1840. In France, 19th century folding knives marked Chatellerault were available in both automatic and manually opened versions in several sizes and lengths.

Some of the advantages to owning an automatic knife are that you can have fast, one handed opening. You can easily bring them into play and you don’t have to worry about the knife being hard to open. Some of the disadvantages are that this knife does have restricted ownership, automatic knives are more expensive than other styles of knives. The biggest disadvantage to this style of knife is that the maintenance is tricky and the inner workings have a larger ability to break. When you are cleaning this knife, you do have to clean all of the inner pieces. And you do need to make sure the knife is dry inside to avoid rusting.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 2.75 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 3.5 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at 6.25 inches long. This knife weighs in at 2.6 ounces, which is a great weight for a knife that you are going to want to carry with you at all times, especially when you are in the field and can’t be weighed down. The Grey Incognito was made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

Florida native Steve Jernigan has been a knife designer for 34 years and has been making knives for close to 65. From diplomats, to international collectors, to the average knife fanatic, Jernigan has appeased to every taste and assisted in creating knives at every price point. Bear OPS continues its march down automatic lane with a Jernigan designed side-open automatic that is sleek and slim and a delight to use. The unique focal point of the design rests on the pocket clip–because of its lightweight design and the fact that the pocket clip extends pass the handle scale, users can wear it, much like a pen, in a polo or dress shirt. This model, the AC-800-S, features a grey stainless steel handle, a modified Wharncliffe style blade in a satin finish and the deep carry pocket clip is statically designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle. Pick up this tactical knife today at BladeOps.