White Godfather Spring Assist Knife Review

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of a stainless steel. When it comes to knives, there are two groups of steels that are most often used: a stainless steel or a high carbon steel. Stainless steel blades usually have around 12% chromium, which works to increase the rust and corrosion resistance abilities of the blade. However, a stainless steel is going to be a little bit softer than your typical high carbon steel blade. This means that while the blade will be easier to sharpen, you are also going to have to sharpen it a lot more frequently. One of the other benefits to a stainless steel is that they are tougher than a high carbon steel, but also not as hard. And then of course, there is the benefits that everyone assumes form a stainless steel: they do not rust or stain easily. That being said, stainless steels do have the ability to rust, so with this knife, you need to make sure that you are drying your blade off in between uses and oiling it every once in a while. Lastly, stainless steels do not chip easily and their look is preserved for longer periods of time than the high carbon blade would be. Because of these characteristics, the White Godfather is going to make a great everyday carry blade.

The blade has been finished with a satin finish, which is the most popular and traditional of blade finishes used in the cutlery industry today. This is the perfect option or the White Godfather, because it is made to look traditional and elegant. Any other finish and the handle and blade would crash aesthetically. The satin finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of fine sandpaper. This finish is designed to show off the bevels of the blade as well as showcasing the fine lines in the steel. The satin finish also works to increase the corrosion resistance of a blade, but not enough to depend on it—you will still need to maintain your blade.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a drop point style blade, which is the most popular blade style on the market. Not only is this blade shape tough, it is also extremely versatile—which means that you will be equipped to take on almost any tasks that you encounter. The style of blade is created by having the spine of the knife run straight form the handle to the tip of the blade in a slow curving way. The sharpened edge of the knife bulges out before it curves upward to meet the lowered tip. The lowered tip is what gives the drop point style blade plenty of control when you are using it. This is ideal for fine tip work or carving. The lowered tip on the drop point knife is also a broad tip, which is where you get the characteristic strength of the drop point from. It is this strength that people have come to love, because it allows you to accomplish near any task without you having to worry about the point snapping or breaking. The drop point style blade also sports a large belly, which is perfect for slicing. This is what allows the user of this knife to take on such a wide variety of tasks. There is one disadvantage to the drop point style, and it just so happens to be one of its key advantages: because the tip is so broad, you do lose out on most of your ability to pierce or stab. You need to remember that it is also this broad tip that gives you the strength you know and love. Often times, the disability to pierce isn’t a huge deal to people, because you get so many other advantages with this knife. And most likely, you aren’t going to be stabbing very often throughout your everyday life.

The White Godfather does have a combo edge. This means that the half closer to the tip of the knife is a plain edge and the half closer to the handle is a serrated edge. The idea behind a combo edge is that it allows you to have the best of both worlds. In a perfect situation, you are able to use the plain edge portions for fine tip work or slicing, and the serrated edge section for sawing through the thicker materials. Plain edges are designed to give cleaner cuts. They are also easier to sharpen because you don’t have to worry about the teeth getting in the way. Serrated edges are designed to be the tough guy, and are ideal when you need to saw through something thick, such as rope or branches. The idea behind a combination edge is a solid one, and many people do love them. However, some people feel that because each portion (plain and serrated) are small, you actually can’t use either of them to full capabilities.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of white polymer inlays with stainless steel bolsters.

The stainless steel bolsters will provide high durability and resistance to corrosion for this knife. Stainless steel is not a lightweight material, but since the entire handle is not made out of stainless steel, and instead just the bolsters, the weight will be a bonus. The weight of the stainless steel bolsters will provide you with the heft that is needed to take on many tasks throughout your day.

The polymer inlays have ben screwed into the handle with silver pins. The polymer is white and marbleized, which gives this knife a very unique look.

The handle is beefy, and most rectangular. The spine and bottom edge of the handle which curves outward slightly, which allows the handle to fit inside of your hand very well and comfortably. However, since it is a beefier handle, if you have small hands, this knife might not be as comfortable for you to use. The butt of the handle does flare out slightly, which gives the user additional control over the knife. At the tip of the handle, where the blade begins, there are two waves that extend out of the bolster. These two wave-like structures are there to protect your fingers in case of a slipping incident.

 

The Pocket Clip:

White Godfather Spring Assist Knife
White Godfather Spring Assist Knife

The pocket clip that comes with this knife is designed to be a tip up clip only on the traditional side of the handle. This is a drawback, because it means that the knife is not going to be fully ambidextrous. The pocket clip is also designed to be removable, in case you want the handle to remain looking traditional and classy. Or, if you are using this knife as an everyday carry knife, you can use the pocket clip so that you can have this knife with you throughout your days.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is a spring assisted knife that boasts a liner lock mechanism.

An assisted opening knife is a type of folding knife that uses an internal mechanism to finish eh opening of the blade once the user has partially opened it suing a flipper or thumb stud attached to the blade. When the knife is in the closed positon, the blade is held in place by means of torsion springs and an additional blade lock. As the user applies manual pressure to the opening mechanism to open the knife, a mechanism such as a torsion spring moves along a track in the liner and rapidly rotates the blade into the open and locked position. Although commonly confused with switchblade knives, a switchblade can be opened automatically simply with the push of a button, but the user of an assisted opening knife must open it about one quarter of the way before the mechanism opens the knife the rest of the way. The difference is important legally; because the blade does not open simply “by the push of a button or by force of gravity” the assisted opening knife is typically into considered a switchblade and may escape the restrictions applying to those in many places.

The liner lock is a folding knife with a side-spring lock that can be opened and close with one hand without repositioning the knife in the hand. The lock is self-adjusting for wear. The modern liner lock traces its lineage to the late 19th century, but in the 1980s the design was improved by American custom knife maker, Michael Walker.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.5 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 5 1/8 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 9 inches long. This knife weighs in at 5 ounces, which starts to get on the heavier side, although this knife will not weigh you down. And, it is a larger knife, so you are getting a pretty average weight for the length of this Godfather.

 

The Pros of the White Godfather:

  • High rust and corrosion resistance levels.
  • The blade will be easy to sharpen because of the softness of the steel.
  • The stainless steel blade will help to preserve the look of the blade over time.
  • The stainless steel blade is tough, which means that it will not chip and it can take on some tougher tasks.
  • The satin finish crates an elegant look that pairs well with the marbled handle.
  • Drop point blade is extremely tough and can assist you in almost any task.
  • The drop point style blade sports a large belly that makes slicing a breeze.
  • The blade shape has a lowered tip, which allows you to have more control over your knife throughout use.
  • Plain edge section allows you to have clean cuts.
  • Plain edge section of the blade also allows you to still perform the fine detail work.
  • The plain edge will be a breeze to sharpen.
  • The serrated edge will allow you to saw through the tougher materials.
  • Removable pocket clip.
  • Liner lock is easy to use with one hand.
  • Spring assisted knives are legal in many places where switchblades are not, but operate almost as smoothly.
  • Stainless steel bolsters add a good amount of heft to the knife without weighing it down.
  • Stainless steel bolsters are strong, durable, and corrosion resistant.
  • The butt of the handle flares out slightly to give added control.
  • The handle is beefy, so you can get a good grip on it.
  • Extending from the top of the handle are two finger guards to protect your hands from the sharp blade.

 

The Cons of the White Godfather:

  • Because of the softness of the steel, you will have to sharpen the blade more often.
  • You will need to dry the blade off after every use and make sure that you oil it often, because of the quality of the stainless steel used.
  • Because of the broad tip, you do lose out on many of your piercing and slicing capabilities.
  • Because it is a combo edge, some people feel like they can’t utilize either portion of the blade.
  • The pocket clip is not ambidextrously designed.
  • Because the handle is beefier, if you have small hands, this might not be the most comfortable knife to hold.

 

Conclusion:

The White Godfather spring assisted knife is absolute fun.  Built with a satin finished combo edge blade, the knife opens fast and locks up nice and tight with a liner lock. The blade reads Godfather Collection and has partial faux serrations on the spine. The stainless steel blade keeps maintenance to a minimum with its ability to resist rusting or corroding. The stain finish is traditional, making it the perfect pair for the marbleized handle. The combination edge is designed to give you the best of both worlds; for the person who isn’t sure what they will be encountering throughout their day.  The beefy handle features white marbleized polymer inlays.  Comes with a tip up removable pocket clip. Pick up this classy knife today at BladeOps.

 

Smith & Wesson OTF9TB Dark Grey Spring Assist Knife Review

While Smith & Wesson is normally associated with firearms, they do have a line of knives. Smith & Wesson themselves are not the producers behind these knives, but they do carry the name and are still part of their rich history.

The company began in the early 1850’s when two friends, Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson, became partners who began marketing a lever action pistol. This first company was actually a bust and they ended up selling it. However, the company did give way to their first big success, which was the Model 3 American, also known as the world’s first caliber cartridge revolver. Since that point in time, Smith and Wesson has lead the industry.

They started to make knives in 1974. Since their company had been focusing on the safety and security business, it made perfect sense to step from guns to knives. The first few knives were manufactured in house, but from 1986-1993, it was Vermont Cutlery Co of West Rutland that made the knives for Smith and Wesson. Today, it is Taylor Cutlery that makes and sells Smith and Wesson knives.

The bulk of these knives are made with police and military in mind. In fact, some of their most popular knives today are the Smith & Wesson Military and Police knives, which are often large folding pocket knives that have been outfitted with Multipurpose Assisted Generational Innovative Cutlery (MAGIC) technology. This company mainly produces rescue, tactical, automatic, and assisted opening knives—all at affordable prices.

Today we will be discussing the Smith & Wesson OTF9TB Dark Grey Spring Assisted knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of AUS-8 stainless steel. This steel is an upper level steel. AUS-8 is made in Japan and is often compared to 440B steel, although it is superior in terms of resistance to rust and corrosion. This steel is pretty tough, although it hasn’t been known for holding its edge as well as some of the more premium steels that have more carbon in them—and the more carbon means the harder the blade is and the better it will hold an edge. This steel is very easy to sharpen and is easy to get a crazy sharp edge on. Overall, this is a good all-around steel that will get the job done and won’t be a hassle to take care of.

The blade has been finished with a black coating. Because the blade steel has been coated, the likelihood of the blade rusting goes down considerably. This is because the blade now has a barrier in between itself and the environment. Coatings also look very sleek and reduce all glares and reflections, which is ideal for a tactical blade. You would not want the sun to glint off of your blade and give your position away. Unfortunately, coatings do not alter the steel itself, but instead it is just applied onto the steel. This means it is not permanent and will scratch off after continuous use or heavy use. If it does scratch off, you lose all the benefits of a coated blade and will have to re-coat the steel to get those back.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a tanto style blade. A tanto blade shape is not designed to be an all-purpose blade, but instead, it has been designed to be able to excel at piecing through tough materials. This blade style originated from Japanese long and short swords that were specifically made for piercing through armor. The tanto style blade was later popularized by Cold Steel and can now be found in many tactical blades. The shape of this blade features a high point with a flat grind, which leads to an extremely strong point that is perfect or stabbing into hard materials. The point is very thick because it contains a lot of metal near the tip, which means that it is capable of absorbing 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 angle, instead of the traditional curve. Because of this, the tanto blade does not feature a belly, which is why it doesn’t make a good all-purpose blade. The tanto blade shape is often found on tactical knives, because they do allow you to pierce, they aren’t prone to breaking, and you don’t require a belly in those scenarios.

There are two versions of this knife that you can get at BladeOps. The first has a plain edge and the second has a combination edge. The plain edge is one, long continuous edge without any teeth across the edge. The plain edge is going to be easier to get a fine edge on the blade as well as being easier to sharpen overall. The combo edge does have teeth, which can inflict more damage because it gives jagged cuts instead of the clean ones that you can expect from a plain edge. One of the selling points about a combo edge is that you get the best of both worlds: you have the plain edge portion as well as the serrated portion. At face value, this means that you can still do fine detail work with the plain edge, but you have the serrated portion that allows you to saw through some of the harder tasks. However, one of the biggest complaints is that because each of the sections (the plain and the serrated) are small enough to accompany the other, you do not get any of the benefits. This is all personal opinion though, because the teeth do come in handy in certain tactical situations.

 

Smith & Wesson OTF9TB Dark Grey Spring Assist Knife
Smith & Wesson OTF9TB Dark Grey Spring Assist Knife

The Handle:

The handle has been made out of aluminum. Aluminum is known to being a very durable material for knife handles. It is also a low density metal that provides a nice, hefty feel to the knife without actually weighing the knife down. This is a major benefit in a tactical knife, because you want to have the heft behind the knife to defend yourself, but you don’t want to have a heavy knife weighing you down when you are in the field. On the other hand, aluminum has been known to be slippery, unless it is properly texturized. To guarantee that the user has a secure grip on this knife, Smith & Wesson has added etchings onto the face of the handle. The handle has always been carved so that each side of the handle (the spine and the bottom) curve twice. This gives the user a secure grip, while it still will be a comfortable grip on their knife. The face of the handle also has a strip going down the length of the middle that is raised, which will work to add texture and grip.

One of the other drawbacks to having an aluminum handle is that aluminum is a very conductive metal. This means that if you were planning to use your knife during colder items, it will bite into your palm.

The handle has been anodized a dark grey color. The anodization process offers harness, protection, and adds color the knife. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant anodic oxide finish. The anodic oxide structure originates form the aluminum substrate and is composed entirely of aluminum oxide. This aluminum oxide is not applied to the surface like paint or plating, but is fully integrated with the underlying aluminum substrate, so it cannot chip or peel. This process is accomplished by immersing the aluminum into an acid electrolyte bath and passing an electric current through the medium. A cathode is mounted to the inside of the anodizing tank the aluminum acts as an anode, so that oxygen ions are released form the electrolyte to combine the aluminum atoms at the surface of the part being anodized.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this Smith & Wesson knife is light grey, which contrasts nicely with the dark grey handle. The clip has been designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle. On top of the pocket clip, there is an integrated glass breaker function. This is a great addition to this tactical knife, because it allows you to take on another category of situations. And, even though the tanto blade makes it less of an all-purpose blade shape, adding in the glass breaker makes this knife more accessible and desirable to have with you at all times.

 

The Mechanism:

The OTF9TBS dark grey knife is a spring assisted knife. In more detail, it is an Out the Front knife that is a single action deployment.

An assisted opening knife is a type of folding knife that uses an internal mechanism to finish the opening of the blade once the user has partially opened it using the blade slider on the face of the handle. In terms of an Out the Front Knife, a spring assisted means that the knife will have a small helper spring to kick out the blade. This partial spring drive is not sufficient to classify this type of knife as a switchblade, because it does not drive the blade out to full lock.

An Out the Front knife, or OTF knife, is a pocket knife with a blade that opens and closes through a hole in one end of the handle. This is different from the typical pocket knife, which either have the blade fold out of the side of the handle, or have 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. And, in the level of spring assist OTF knives, you can break it down into either double action or single action. Single action OTF knives deploy when you push slide the lever on the on the handle, but it must be manually cocked or retracted to close. The blade slider helps manually start the blade before the spring officially engages and deploys the blade but needs.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.6 inches long, with a handle length of 5.2 inches long. The overall length of this knife when it is opened is 8.8 inches long. This knife weighs in at 6 ounces even. This tactical knife is one of the larger knives that you are going to carry with you, so it is going to be a little heavier than you are used to. However, for the size that you get, this knife is actually pretty lightweight.

 

Conclusion:

The Smith and Wesson OTF family of knives has finally been reincarnated after being discontinued in 2013. The exact functionality of these knives are defined as OTF spring assisted models–meaning they are single-action out the front knives and the “blade slider” helps manually start the blade before the spring officially engages and deploys the blade but needs to be manually retracted. Each model features a hollow ground blade comprised of AUS-8 stainless steel which is the ideal balance of edge retention and ease of maintenance. Additionally, the wide-body handle design offers an ergonomic feel especially since the trigger is on the broad side of the handle and every OTF includes a slide safety found near the base. The legacy of Smith & Wesson knives and tools is built on fine craftsmanship, quality and dependability. Their expansive line consists of assisted opening, folding and fixed blade knives, as well various multi-tools and accessories in an effort to offer something for every need and every job. This model features a dark grey aluminum handle, an integrated glass breaker function, a tanto style blade, that you can get in either partially serrated or plain edge, in a black finish and the pocket clip is statically designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle. Pick up this phenomenal tactical knife today at BladeOps.

 

Knife Styles — Blog Contest Entry

            In my opinion, the best three types of knives are automatic, spring assisted, and folding knives. These three types of knives are the most common and most popular. Even though these knives are really popular, they have differences in their performances and may not be legal in every state.

The automatic knife is my all-time favorite. This knife is opened by simply a push of a button. They open very quickly with very few force required to open it. Sometimes these knives get stuck or don’t go all the way up. This shouldn’t discourage you from owning one. You just simply need to put some WD40© on the knife and they work perfectly after this.  In some states these knife are illegal. It just depends on the state but in most cases you are allowed to have an automatic knife that has a blade of two inches long. If you are allowed to have any size automatic knife in your state then I strongly encourage you to carry one for everyday use. Just make sure that you are able to carry it before you actually start caring it. If you can’t carry any type of automatic knife then you might consider getting a spring assisted knife.

Spring assisted knives are knives that require  some force from the user and then once its twenty five percent open, a spring kicks in that helps it open. Spring assisted knives have a little lever in the side that you push down with your finger. Once you push it down and the knife opens twenty five percent, then the spring kicks in and helps it open faster. These knives open pretty fast but not as fast as the automatic knives open. What I like about these knives is that they usually don’t mess up very easily. If they do mess up, you just need to buy a little spring or you can just send it to a place to get it fixed. These knives are usually legal in every state. I would still encourage you to check your state before carrying on of these knives just in case. If they are not legal then you can try a different type of knife such as a regular folding knife.

A regular folding knife is legal in just about every single state as long as you are at least eighteen years old. These knives don’t have any type of spring and requires one hundred percent of force from the user to open it. Some of these knives can still be opened pretty fast if you know the right techniques. What I like about this knives is that they almost never mess up. Since they don’t have any type of button or spring, you usually have no trouble with them. In some states they require the blade to be four inches or less for you to be able to carry it. If you want to carry a bigger size knife you need to carry it in a pouch in your belt that is visibly seen. Other than this, the folding knife is a great tool to have.

Over all, automatic, spring assisted, and folding knives are great tools to own. Just make sure you meet your state requirements before carrying any of these knives. Enjoy your knives and make good decisions.

–Gerardo

SOG Slim Jim Knife

I’m getting pretty excited to get the SOG Slim Jim knives in stock.  At the SHOT Show back in January, we got to hold a couple of these and they

SOG SlimJim Spring Assist Knife
SOG SlimJim Spring Assist Knife

are flat out amazing.  This simple, minimalistic knife is the kind of knife that you can stash just about anywhere for when you need it most.  The SlimJim is built from a single piece of steel and is ridiculously thin.  Here is the really amazing part–it uses the SOG assist technology to make it open even faster.  Already setting the industry standards for thin automatics with their SOG-TAC and Spec-Elite lines of knives, now they are doing it with spring assist knives and the SlimJim series. 

The SlimJim also has a safety that makes the blade stay put when you want it that way–open or closed.  Also comes with a reversible stealth clip.  And to top the whole thing off–it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.  How good does it get–now if they could just get here already.