Lightning Double Action Out The Front–Taiwanese Version

This out the front knife (or OTF as they are often referred to) is one of the best budget knives you will find for under $50.00. There are two versions of this knife, one made in Taiwan, and the other made in China. Be careful, the Chinese one is significantly less well made.

The Taiwanese version has a silver button slide on the spine of the knife. As you can see from the picture, it is relatively simple in design and shape. A narrow rectangle forms the handle. The handle does have some pattern work on the narrow sides which gives a nice grip.

This OTF has a solid push button that isn’t difficult to activate but is stiff enough not to activate by accident. As you push the button up, the blade comes out of the handle very fast. It locks up firmly in the open position. To close the knife, you simply pull the button back down and the blade retracts just as fast. This is where this particular knife excels. The Chinese version sits somewhat loose in the open position and isn’t particularly fast. It also seems to misfire from time to time–it doesn’t quite open all the way and the blade “comes off of the tracks”. By this I mean you can tell that it isn’t riding right inside the handle. You can easily fix it by firmly pulling the blade to the fully exteneded position and it clicks back “onto the tracks”. The Taiwanese version, the one I am reviewing, has yet to do this to me. It is a great knife for the money.

The blade is sharp and seems to be of above average quality. The knife is well made, tight, and a nice one for your collection. I rate this knife a 9 out of 10.


Overall Length: 8 1/16

Blade Length: 3 3/8″

Smith & Wesson Auto Conversion Knife

Smith & Wesson manufactures a button lock knife that is very similar to the Boker Magnum. The Smith & Wesson 50 series comes in two colors, black and champagne (silver). They are both constructed of high quality aluminum handles with very nice handle grips in the form of three indentations lenthwise down the handle on both sides. This provides a lot of gripping surface.
You can also purchase this knife in a couple of different blade formats. Most notable, either a plain edge or a serrated edge. You can also, if you search hard, find it with a tanto point instead of a drop point. Obviously, the tip of the knife is just a preference of the user depending upon what they will be using their knife for. Although I typically lean towards a tanto point, in this particular model, for whatever reason, I prefer the drop point. It may just be that I like the look better on this knife.
This knife, after being converted to an automatic, snaps out hard and locks up tight. I am sure you are sick of hearing me say that about automatics, but I hate an automatic knife that barely snaps out or wiggles after it is supposedly in the lock position. To release the blade, you merely push the button and then you can fold the knife back up into the closed state of being. The S&W50 also comes with a nice belt clip that is removable if you so prefer as well as a pretty solid slide safety on the spine. This is the knife’s biggest weakness if it has one. The safety doesn’t lock up really tight and sometimes will slide on you just a little while it is in your pocket. Not a huge deal to me, but it is something to think about.
It comes with an extremely sharp 440 stainless steel blade which is, as I said before, a most excellent shape. Smith & Wesson has kept up the tradition of excellence with this wonderful button lock automatic conversion. Remember, this knife has been converted to an automatic post production line. Smith & Wesson doesn’t make them as automatic knives originally. This knife is a great all around, everyday carry knife. Get one today, you won’t be disappointed!

I rate this knife as a 9.25 out of 10.


Overall: 7.25″
Blade: 3.25″
Weight: 4 ounces

Black and Silver Widow Folders

We just started stocking a few manual folder knives. This is a nice value knife that is a manual folder. This is a sturdy lockback knife with a clip point. It has an extremely light G-10 handle (G-10, if you don’t already know, is an epoxy filled with woven glass fiber composite. It is generally used for it’s lightweight strength and the ability to handle extreme temperatures and shun chemicals.) This knife is surprisingly durable. When it first came in, we took it out and subjected our “test subject” to a variety of stress tests. It survived the challenges we put it against with flying colors. This knife also has an oval hole in the blade. This makes it so you can open it one handed. It starts out pretty stiff. You need a strong finger to open it one handed, but after a few weeks carry it seems to be a little easier to open. Another nice feature of this knife is that it has a curved clip which sits it a little lower in your pocket. Finally, it has a parachute surrounded by wings etched into the blade–a nice touch. I like the knife quite a bit. The stats are as follows—Blade: 2.5″Overall: 6.”Closed: 3.5″Weight: 2.04 oz. For an inexpensive folder, it is a deal. At just $18.99 it is a steal of a deal. You can add one to your collection without doing major damage to your pocketbook. You can also get it in stainless steel although the stainless version weighs in just a bit heavier. It weighs in at 3.35 oz. The stainless version is priced the same. Check them out, if you have been looking for a nice, value folder that is sturdy, you have just found it.

Frank Beltrame Tactical 9" Stiletto

I have never really been super crazy about Frank Beltrame’s knives. I prefer the military slant to knives and most of his seem to feature elk horn, ivory, or some other natural substance for the scales. All well and good if you like that kind of stuff. And I will admit, some of them are very beautiful products. It just isn’t my favorite kind of thing. I would much prefer G-10 scales or some other “military” type handle for my knives. Now, don’t get me wrong, Frank B makes great knives. They are all top notch quality construction and hold up great under normal wear and tear. All of them, that I have seen, use top quality materials.

Enough with that, let me just say, I was ecstatic when I found this tactical military knife by Frank B. It has all the earmarks of his products, great materials, strong craftmanship and a nice tight feel to the knife. You know it is one that will last. I love this stiletto knife. The nice thing is, if you prefer another look, there is another one available on our website. It has beautiful faux briarwood scales which are very nice. In my spare time, I do woodworking. And I really do, contrary to everything I said before about alternate materials for the handle scales, like the look of this particular stiletto. They both have nice, tight safeties that aren’t going to slide around on you when you least expect them to. They both have very strong springs that pop the blade right out. And finally, they both look great. Try one out if you have been looking for a high quality stiletto. Frank B has done himself proud with these.

SOG-TAC Automatic Knives

SOG recently, a few months back, came out with a new series of knives. Just a couple of weeks ago they came out with the mini version of the same automatic knives. These auto knives are extremely good tactical, all purpose knives. They come in a few different variations. SOG has made the 01,02, 03, and 04 as well as the 10, 12, 13. These knives are sharp, have strong action out of the knife, and they are thin. This is one of my favorite things about the knives, they are long, but their very thin profile make them easy to carry. Once open, each of the auto knives lock up tight. They are made from quality materials, the handles are made from machined 6061T6 hard-anodized aluminum and are inset with G10 type textured inlays. The blades are beautiful. This is a series that I would like to own the enire set. SOG has hit a home run with these knives.

Boker Kalashnikov

Boker makes some amazing knives. The Kalashnikov is an auto conversion (this means it left the factory as a folder and had a spring added to make it into an automatic knife). I have been using one as my everyday carry for the past twelve weeks. Here are the reasons why I love my Boker Kalashnikov:
1. It is a great size knife. Not too big, not too small.
2. The handle is molded with three “dividers” which create channels for your fingers to rest in. 3. The blade is nice and sharp right out of the box. I have a partially serrated blade which I also like for various reasons–not the least being I think it looks great.
4. The details on the knife are amazing, the adjustment screw has a star on it which brings to mind the “red” Soviets of the cold war.
5. It comes in a ridiculously cool box–shaped like an ammo clip from the Kalishnikov machine gun.
The blade is made from AUS8 stainless steel and the knife is manufactured in Taiwan. It has a good clip which can be removed if you so desire. The spine has a nice solid lock which I rarely use but some people dig locks. I rate this knife a 9.5 out of 10. With its low price and high quality workmanship, this is one knife that everyone should have.
Check them out here.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

Smith & Wesson recently came out with a new line of Military & Police knives that are awesome. There are a wide variety of styles of blade as well as handle styles. The knives have a great medium sized handle and flip out with a trigger on the spine. They are classified as spring assisted, which I guess they are. But they are as close to an automatic knife as I have seen, without actually being one. The detailing on the handles is nice, it provides a good grip when holding them. The weight is excellent. They feel heavy enough in your hand that you can use them with some leverage. The blade styles vary widely. The one pictured here on the side is one that I like. Check them out on my website at this link:
This is one great series.