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.