Duck Mini Stiletto Automatic Knife Line Review

The Blade:

There are two versions of this knife and both are made with the same stainless steel blade material. When you are looking at traditional pocket knives, there are two types of steel: stainless steel or high carbon steel. Stainless steel knives usually have around 12% chromium which helps the blade resist rusting and corrosion. This means that this knife will maintain its high-class look for longer than many other knives. However, the added chromium also means that a stainless steel is going to be softer than a high carbon blade steel. Because it is softer, you are going to be able to sharpen the steel more easily, but you will have to sharpen the blade more often than if the blade was made with a high carbon steel. Overall, stainless steel knives are tougher than high carbon blades, but it will not be harder. Unfortunately, this is not the highest level of stainless steel, so while it does have plenty of high quality, it won’t stand up to the newer super steels that are on the block.

Both versions of the blade are also finished satin. The satin blade finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of an abrasive. This finish is designed to show off the bevels of the blade while also perfectly showcasing the fine lines of the steel. This is the most popular blade steel as well as being the most traditional blade finish. This classic finish ties perfectly with the stiletto style of handle. One of the final benefits to a stain blade finish is that it does help to resist corrosion slightly. Unfortunately, satin finishes do take manual labor, which does increase the cost of the price.

The knife has been sharpened into a clip point style blade, which is the second most popular blade shape on the market today. This is a great all-purpose blade shape. The blade shape is structured by having the back edge of the knife run straight form the handle before it stops around the halfway point of the blade. At this point, it curves inward and downward until the point of the knife. This section looks as if the blade has been “clipped off” which is where the blade style got its name. Because this clipped off portion is there, the knife has a lowered tip, which gives the user more control when you are using the knife. The clip point excels at piercing because the tip is controllable, sharp, and thinner at the spine, these characteristic lends to quicker stabbing with less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. One of the reasons that this blade shape makes such a good all-purpose knife is because it does have a very large belly that makes slicing a lot easier. There is one big disadvantage to the clip point and that is because it does have a narrow tip, it does have the tendency to be weak and can break pretty easily. But, with these Duck Mini Stiletto knives, you most likely aren’t trying to pierce through anything too tough. These knives still make really good every-day knives.

The two versions of the knife both sport a plain edge. The plain edge is the more popular and common between a plain and a serrated edge. Plain edges allow you to take on a wider variety of tasks, which is ideal for these two knives because they are great everyday carry knives. The plain edge is going to be easier to sharpen because you don’t have to worry about the teeth. You can even get a finer edge on the plain edge because it is easier to sharpen. However, plain edges to have the tendency to get dull more quickly. This is because with a serrated edge, you are still capable of tearing through materials with blunt force. One of the biggest advantages to the plain edge is that it provides you with very clean cuts.

 

The Handle:

Each version of the handle has stainless steel bolsters, solid steel liners, and handle scales. There are two different versions of the knife, one has white handle scales and the other has black handle scales.

The stainless steel adds high durability and resistance to corrosion but it also adds plenty of weight. Because it is just the bolsters and the liners, the weight will not weigh down the knife, but instead add plenty of heft. This heft will help this knife back you up when you are taking on the harder tasks. The stainless steel bolsters have been anodized bronze. When it comes to anodizing stainless steel, it is mostly done for color. This is because the steel does not react in the same ways that aluminum and other porous metals do and because stainless steels are already durable and not prone to scratches. The bronze bolsters and a very unique and traditional look to this knife. It is as if this knife was not recently made, but instead came from the era when stiletto knives were popular. The solid steel liners mean that this is a durable knife that is not going to be prone to falling apart or breaking easily.

The handle scales in the middle of the two knives are made out of acrylic. Acrylic is a tough transparent plastic, often used as an alternative to glass. This is a synthetic polymer of polymethryl methacrylate or PPMA. This material is tough and shatter resistant. This material is great for a handle scale because it can easily be molded into a variety of shapes. Acrylic is tough and not affected by light, which means that it will retain its color over time. Acrylic also weighs 50 percent less than glass, so the handle scales will not weigh the knife down. This material is also impact resistant; this knife has a long lifetime ahead of it, and even longer if you take good care of this knife. When it comes to the knife handles, you can choose between either white or black.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is designed for tip-up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. The pocket clip is stainless steel and has been stonewashed finished, which adds a rugged, well-worn look to the knife. The clip is very thin and is being held in place by two small silver screws that match the rest of the hardware on each of the knives. This is a deep carry pocket clip, which means that you are going to be able to deeply conceal this blade in your pocket. The knife is also going to sit more snugly in your pocket when you are moving around throughout your day. This allows you to constantly have your blade with you without worrying about losing it; another reason why this is such an ideal everyday carry knife. The butt of the clip flares out slightly, which adds aesthetic and allows it to better hook on your pocket.

 

Duck Mini Stiletto Automatic Knife
Duck Mini Stiletto Automatic Knife

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife that features a push button opening mechanism as well as a plunge lock.

Because it is an automatic knife, you do have to be aware that automatic knives are not legal in all cities, states, or areas of the United States. It is your responsibility as the user of this knife to know what your local knife laws are before you purchase, carry, or use this knife. BladeOps is not responsible for what happens once you purchase this knife. Automatic knives are commonly known as switchblades. This is a type of knife with a folding blade contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is activated. Most switchblade designed 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. Because it is an automatic knife, this knife is going to open quickly and efficiently. Plus, you can easily open this knife with only one hand.

The plunge lock is also known as the button lock. This is traditionally the locking method of an automatic knife. You press the button to release the blade, and a coiled spring tension fires the blade open. Once the blade is opened all the way, the plunger engages a cutout in the tang of the blade, holding it open. With an automatic knife the button locks the blade open as well as closed, preventing the knife from accidentally opening unless the button is pressed.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife design measures in at 1.875 inches with a handle that measures in at 2.75 inches long. The overall length of this knife is 4.625 inches long. The Mini Stiletto weighs in at 1.8 ounces. This knife is made in China.

 

The Pros of the Mini Stiletto:

  • Small and light enough that you can easily have this knife with you at all times, without feeling weighed down.
  • Stainless steel knives keep their look for longer than a high carbon blade.
  • The stainless steel blade is easy to sharpen.
  • The satin finish is very popular and traditional.
  • The satin finish helps to increase the corrosion resistance levels of the blade.
  • The clip point blade style has a very sharp point.
  • The clip point blade has a lowered tip, which makes your cuts easily controlled.
  • This blade is going to excel at piercing.
  • The belly is big enough to make slicing a breeze.
  • Plain edge is easier to sharpen and get a finer edge on it.
  • Plain edge gives you clean cuts.
  • The plain edge allows you take on a wider variety of tasks.
  • Deep carry pocket clip.
  • Acrylic is resistant to the elements.
  • Acrylic lasts a long period of time because of how durable it is.
  • Acrylic is inexpensive and lightweight.
  • Acrylic is one of the toughest materials around.
  • You have your choice between two different handle scale colors.
  • Opens quickly and efficiently, capable of opening it with only one hand.
  • Plunge lock is very strong.
  • When closing the blade, your hand is out of the way.

 

The Cons of the Mini Stiletto:

  • This blade is going to have to be sharpened more often than many other knife blades.
  • The satin finish does increase the cost of the knife.
  • The clip point does have a weak point.
  • The blade will have to be sharpened more often.
  • Pocket clip can only be attached on the traditional side of the handle for tip up carry.
  • Because it is automatic, it is not going to be legal in all states, cities, or areas.
  • The button lock is not ambidextrous.
  • This is not an ambidextrous knife in any way, shape, or form.

 

Conclusion:

The Duck Mini Stiletto automatic knives snap open with a push on the button. This model features stainless steel bolsters, solid steel liners and white or black handle scales. The stainless steel bolsters and solid steel liners add heft and weight to the knife, which pairs perfectly with the acrylic handle scales. The plain edge clip point blade is perfect for everyday chores which is why the mini automatic knife makes the perfect novelty gift. The clip point blade is all-purpose excels at slicing because of its large belly. The only thing that you have to worry about is that the tip can be prone to breaking because of how fine it is. The stainless steel blade is durable and tough. It will not stain or rust easily, which means that your maintenance time will be significantly reduced. The stain finish is classic, which pairs perfectly with the brass-looking bolsters and the stiletto style handle. This knife comes with a pocket clip that is designed for tip-up carry only. Pick up your favorite version of this knife at BladeOps.

 

Duck Faux Stag Mini Stiletto Automatic Knife Review

Duck Faux Stag Mini Stiletto Automatic Knife
Duck Faux Stag Mini Stiletto Automatic Knife

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of stainless steel. For the most part, a blade is either made out of stainless steel or out of a high carbon steel. Because this automatic knife is made out of a stainless steel, we are going to focus on the pros and cons of having a stainless steel knife blade. For starters, stainless steel blades usually have at least a 12 percent chromium level, which works to accomplish two things for the blade: it makes the blade better able to resist wear and it makes the blade a lot more corrosion resistant. Unfortunately, stainless steel is going to be softer than a high carbon blade. Because it is softer, the blade is going to be easier to sharpen, but it is also going to lose its edge faster than a high carbon blade would. In terms of durability, stainless steel knife blades are usually tougher than high carbon steels. Often times, they are not harder than a high carbon blade. Also, stainless steel blades are not going to rust, chip, or even stain easily. There is a common misconception that because a stainless steel is never going to rust. This is an incorrect assumption; stainless steels just have a higher resistance to rusting. You will still need to make sure that this blade is dry after each use, and to fully maintain its quality, you will need to oil the blade every once in a while. In terms of appearance, stainless steel blades look good for a very long time. When being compared to a high carbon steel, stainless steels take less time to maintain and keep their look intact a little bit better.

The blade has been finished satin, which is the most popular blade finish in the cutlery industry today. This finish is also very traditional, because the luster levels are pretty close to being right in the middle. Because of this, you are able to find more reflective blades and less reflective blades, but you don’t have to worry about this classy knife ever going out of style. The finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with increasing levels of a fine abrasive. This finish is designed and used to show off the bevels of the blade as well as showcasing the fine lines in the steel. In terms of how the finish is created, the finer the abrasive that is used and the more even the lines are, the cleaner the finish is going to look. This finish also helps increase the corrosion resistance slightly.

The blade on this stiletto knife has been carved into a clip point style blade. The clip point, along with the drop point, is one of the two most popular blade shapes that can be found on the market. The clip point blade is similar to the drop point in terms of how versatile it is; this blade style is considered an all-purpose blade shape. The form of the knife is created by having the unsharpened edge of the knife run straight from the handle and then stop about halfway up the knife. At this point, it turns and continues to the point of the knife. This section starting when turns is known as the clip, which is where the blade shape got its name. The clip on this knife is curved and looks as if this portion from the spine to the point has actually been clipped away. Because of the clip, the point on this knife is lowered, which helps provide you with more control when you are using this knife. The clip point blade shape is also known to be exceptional at stabbing, and this is because the tip is controllable, sharp, and thinner at the spine. These characteristics lend well to quicker stabbing with less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. The characteristic of this knife that makes it such a versatile knife is the large belly that it boasts. This belly allows you to slice with ease, which is the most common task that you will be performing throughout the day. The clip point blade shape really only has one disadvantage, and that is because the point on the clip point blade is narrow and sharp, it does have the tendency to be weak is prone to breaking or snapping off. This narrow tip is also the characteristic of the clip point blade style that separates it form the drop point blade style. While both of these popular blade shapes are all-purpose and feature a lowered point, the clip point has a narrow tip and the drop point has a broad tip. This means that while the droop point blade style does offer you more strength, it also takes away all of your stabbing capabilities. And on the other hand, while the clip point is able to stab and pierce with ease, it is prone to breaking.

The Duck Faux Stag Mini Stiletto does have a plain edge that equips you to take on a wider variety of tasks. The plain edge will also give you cleaner cuts and will be easier to sharpen than a serrated edge.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife has been made out of acrylic to look like faux stag horn. According to fibersource.com, an acrylic is a manufactured fiber in which the fiber forming substance is any long-chain synthetic polymer composed of at least 85% by weight of acrylonitrile units. Acrylic fibers are produced form acrylonitrile, which is a petrochemical. The acrylonitrile is usually combine with small amounts of other chemicals to improve the ability of the resulting fiber to absorb dyes. Some of the positive characteristics of acrylic is that they repel water exceptionally well. An acrylic is also quick drying to move moisture from the surface of this handle. Plus, the color should not fade in the sunlight like some plastics might.

The liners and bolsters on this knife are made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel is a great material for the liners because they have excellent durability and high resistance to corrosion. One of the drawbacks to stainless steel is that it is a relatively heavy material. But since it is only the bolsters and liners that are made out of stainless steel, it won’t weigh your knife down, and instead, it will add just enough heft that you can feel confident in the weight backing you when you are performing your day to day tasks.

The handle is pretty rectangular, with the butt flaring out for added control over this knife. There are two finger guards that jut out from either side of the top of the handle, which protects your fingers from getting cut if you slip. The two finger guards also are a classic characteristic of the stiletto style knife.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is only designed for tip up carry on the traditional side of the handle. The pocket clip on this knife is super skinny and is kept in place by two silver screws that match the rest of the hardware on this knife. The pocket clip has been stonewashed, which gives it a very rugged, well-worn look. The look of the pocket clip goes perfectly with the faux stag handle. With the length of the pocket clip and the small size of the handle, this knife will be easily concealable in your pocket.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife that features a push button opener and a plunge lock mechanism.

Because this is an automatic knife, it does fall under the strict set of laws that surround automatic knives in the United States of America. These strict laws state that automatic knives are not legal in all states, cities, or areas of the United States. You, as the user, are responsible for knowing your local laws. BladeOps does not take responsibility for any consequences on your part.

An automatic knife is a style of pocket knife that has its blade contained in the handle. The blade is opened automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is activated. The deploying button on this specific knife is silver and stonewashed finish.

The locking mechanism on this knife is a plunge lock, which is the same as a button lock. This style of locking mechanism is often found on automatic knives. This style of lock uses a spring-loaded plunger to hold the knife open. When you press the button, it lines up a notch in the plunger and allows the blade to pivot. Some of the benefits to the plunge lock is that it is incredibly strong and it doesn’t put your fingers in the blade’s path. Plus, this lock is fast and easy to use, as well as being reliable. Unfortunately, this style of locking mechanism is not ambidextrous.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 1.875 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 2.75 inches long. When this stiletto knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 4.625 inches long. This knife weighs in at a measly 1.8 ounces, so it will be easy to have with you at all times, without weighing you down in the slightest. This knife was made in China.

 

The Pros of the Duck Faux Stag Mini Stiletto:

  • The stainless steel blade is going to resist rust well.
  • The blade is going to be easy to sharpen.
  • The blade resists wear well.
  • Stainless steel blades are tougher than a high carbon blade.
  • The blade is not going to rust, chip, or stain easily.
  • The satin finish is the most traditional finish, so you know that this knife won’t go out of style.
  • The satin finish does increase the corrosion resistance slightly.
  • The clip point blade style is versatile and all purpose.
  • The clip point blade style has a thin, sharp tip that is perfect for stabbing.
  • The clip point blade style has a controllable tip.
  • The blade sports a large belly that is ideal for slicing.
  • Plain edge lets you take on a wider variety of tasks.
  • Small size and lightweight allows you to have this knife on you at all times.
  • The acrylic handle is durable and tough.
  • Stainless steel liners add enough weight to be confident in your knife, but not enough that it weighs the knife down.
  • Plunge lock is very strong, so you don’t have to worry about your knife closing when you are in the middle of using it.
  • The plunge lock means that your fingers never have to be in the path of the blade when you are opening it.

 

The Cons of the Duck Faux Stag Mini Stiletto:

  • The blade is a little bit softer, which means that you will need to sharpen this blade more often than some others.
  • The clip point blade style odes have a weak point because of how sharp and narrow it is.
  • The plunge lock is not ambidextrous and neither is the pocket clip, which means this knife is definitely not an ambidextrous friendly knife.
  • As an automatic knife, it is not going to be legal in all states, cities, or areas.

 

Conclusion:

The Duck Mini Stiletto automatic knives snap open with a push on the button. This model features stainless steel bolsters, solid steel liners and faux stag handle scales. The plain edge clip point blade is perfect for everyday chores which is why the mini automatic knife makes the perfect novelty gift. The stainless steel blade is corrosion resistant and tough, which means that maintenance time will be a breeze. The satin finish is a traditional finish that goes exceptionally with the faux stag horn handle. This knife comes with a pocket clip that is designed for tip-up carry only. Pick up this perfect everyday carry knife at BladeOps.