Bear OPS Dark Grey Out the Front 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. Come pick up your favorite Bear OPS knife today at BladeOps.

Today we will be talking about the Bear OPS Dark Grey Out the Front S/E Out the Front automatic knife.


The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of Sandvik 14C28N steel. Sandvik says, “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 a perfect match for knife blades because it allows for the highest attainable hardness without the compromising of micro-structure integrity. This steel is also easy to re-sharpen and it doesn’t need to be sharpened very often. This steel can be hardened to about a 55-62 HRC. This steel also sports a high corrosion resistance to any humidity. This steel makes for a fantastic tactical blade, because it will not rust in extreme environments. It will also be able to stand up to the tougher tasks and you won’t have to worry about if your blade can handle it or not.

This Bear OPS blade has been finished with a satin finish. The satin finish is the most traditional and popular blade finishes in the cutlery industry today. The satin finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of a fine abrasive, which is usually a sandpaper. This works to show off the fine lines in the blade and show the bevels of the blade. With this blade finish, you know that your knife is not going to go out of style.

The drop point blade style is the most popular blade style that you can find in the industry today. This is because the blade is versatile as well as being extremely tough. This blade shape is formed by having the spine of the blade runs straight from the handle of the knife to the tip of blade in a slow curved manner, which results in a lowered tip. It is this lowered tip that allows you to have more control over the cuts and as well as allowing you to perform fine tip work. Not only is this tip lowered, but it is also very broad, which means that it is very tough. This is what makes the Bear OPS knife a fantastic tactical knife. Because of the strength behind this blade, you are capable of taking on the toughest of tasks. It is this characteristic strength that also will make this knife a great survival knife. Another fantastic attribute of the drop point blade style is that it has such a large belly, which is ideal for slicing. This means that not only will you be able to use this knife as a tactical and survival knife, but you can also use it as an everyday carry knife. The drop point blade style only has one major drawback to it, which is that because of the broad tip, this knife is almost incapable of piercing or stabbing. You do need to keep in mind that it is this broad tip that gives you so much strength, so often times, the user can ignore that they cannot stab with this knife.


The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of aluminum. Aluminum is a very durable material, especially when you are looking at it for your knife handles; it has plenty of advantages. For starters, aluminum is considered a low density metal, so it is a lightweight knife that still offers you enough heft behind it to take on your day-to-day tasks. Aluminum also has extreme tensile strength behind it. When this knife is correctly texturized, it will give you a reasonably secure grip that is comfortable, even if you are using this knife for extended periods of time. On the flip side, aluminum does have high conductive properties, which means that if you are using this knife in the colder months, it will be uncomfortable to use. Also, the aluminum handle is susceptible to dings and scratches.

The handle has been anodized a dark grey color. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the aluminum surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion resistant, and anodic oxide finish. The actual anodizing is accomplished by immersing the aluminum into an acid electrolyte bath and passing an electric current through the medium. Basically, anodizing is a matter of highly controlled oxidation, because it is the enhancement of a naturally occurring phenomenon. One of the biggest advantages to an anodized knife handle is that it chemically changes the surface of the aluminum, which means that it will not scratch, chip, or peel off. The knife handle will always be dark grey.

The handle is mostly rectangular, although it does bulge out slightly in the middle on both the spine and the bottom of the knife. To help add texture, there are portions of jimping across the spine and bottom of the handle, which allow you to better hold onto the knife when you are in a tactical situation. There is also a chevron pattern that is in two sections on the face of the handle. These grooves work to give you better grip throughout your using of this knife.


The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is statically designed for tip down carry. And unfortunately, it can only be attached on the traditional side of the handle. Attached to the pocket clip is a glass breaker, which allows you to use this knife in an emergency situation. All of the hardware on this knife is silver, which matches the blade.


The Mechanism:

This is an out the front, double action, automatic knife. An out the front knife, or an OTF knife, is a blade that opens and closes through a hole in one end of the handle. This is different than your typical knife, which is a standard folding knife, or even a fixed blade which has 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.

Then, in the OTF category, you can further divide it into either an automatic OTF or a manual OTF knife. This is an automatic OTF knife, which means that the blade travels within an internal track or channel in the same manner as a manual slider or gravity knife. But the automatic main spring drive and button mechanism enclosed within requires a switchblade handle to be thicker or longer than a similar size gravity or sliding knife.

In the automatic knife category, it can even be further subdivided into either a double action or a single action. This is a double action knife, which means that the knife can deploy and retract with a multifunction button and spring design. This is different than a single action knife which can deploy automatically, but must be manually cocked or retracted to close.

There is a common myth because of movie magic that double action OTF knives are powerful enough to open when pressed against an opponent and then pushing the button. But this is just a myth and is not accurate. Double action sliding automatics are only spring-powered 10 to 12 millimeters. At this point, kinetic impetus slides the blade to full open.

Bear OPS Dark Grey Out the Front Automatic Knife
Bear OPS Dark Grey Out the Front Automatic Knife











The Specs:

The blade measures in at 3.25 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.25 inches long. When this knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.5 inches long. This automatic knife weighs in at 3.2 ounces. This Bear OPS knife was made in the United States, so you can feel proud to own, carry, and use it.


The Pros of the Bear OPS automatic knife:

  • The blade steel has high hardness.
  • The blade steel is capable of being easily sharpened and does not need to be sharpened often.
  • The satin finish is one of the more traditional blade finishes that you are going to come across.
  • The drop point blade is tough and will be able to take on almost any task.
  • The drop point blade has a large belly that allows you to easily slice anything.
  • The aluminum handle is strong.
  • The aluminum handle is lightweight, but gives you the heft that you need behind all of your tasks.
  • The aluminum handle is very durable.
  • The aluminum handle is very resistant to corrosion, which means that maintenance time will not take long.
  • The anodization provides a more durable, more highly corrosion resistant, and more aesthetically pleasing look.
  • Because it is a double action OTF knife, it can be deployed and retracted with a slide of the lever, instead of just deployed.
  • Handle is textured and jimped so that you can have the most secure grip on this knife.


The Cons of the Bear OPS automatic knife:

  • The satin finish does add cost to the knife because it is a manual process.
  • The drop point blade has a broad tip that does not allow you to stab or pierce.
  • The handle will be cold to hold because of the conductive properties.
  • The handle is prone to scratches and dings.




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-100-AlBK-S, features a dark grey anodized aluminum handle, a drop point 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 knife at BladeOps.





Buck 110 Automatic Knife Review

This story about Buck Knives goes like this. A young blacksmith apprentice named Hoyt Buck was looking for a better way to temper steel so it would hold an edge longer. His unique approach produced the first Buck Knife in 1902. Hoyt made each knife by hand, using worn-out file blades as raw material. His handiwork was greatly appreciated during World War II. Hoyt’s eldest son Al had relocated from the Pacific Northwest to San Diego California after finishing a stint in the navy a decade earlier. Hoyt, and his wife Daisy, moved in with Al and his young family in 1945 and set up shop as H.H. Buck and Son.

Following the death of his father, Al kept the fledgling custom knife business going until incorporating Buck Knives, Inc. in 1961. Al introduced his son, Chuck, to the knife business at an early age and Chuck and his wife, Lori, were both involved when the company was incorporated. IN n1964, the knife industry was revolutionized with the introduction of the Model 110 Folding Hunter, making Buck Knives a leader in the field. A position that they still hold proudly today.

Chuck worked his way up through the company serving as President and CEO for many years before handling over the reins to his, CJ, in 1999. Chuck remained active as Chairman of the Board until his passing in 2015. Lori now serves on the Board of Directors and is actively involved with Buck promotional events throughout the U.S., continuing Chuck’s legacy.

CJ, the 4th generation family member to run Buck Knives and current CEO, President and Chairman, started out with the company on the production line in 1978. He has been quoted saying, “We have been helping people thrive with reliable and trustworthy edged products for over a century. Since our own name is on the knife, our quality, focus, and attention to detail is very personal.”

Hoyt and Al Buck’s ingenuity may have put the company on the map. But it is our ongoing commitment to developing innovative new products and improving what we have by third and fourth generation Buck family members that have made Buck the successful knife maker it is today.

Today we will be talking about the Buck 0110BRSA 110 Automatic knife.


The Blade:

The blade on this sleek knife is made out of 420HC High Carbon Stainless Steel. This comes from the 400 series which remains one of the most popular choice for knife makers because it is easy to sharpen and it is resistant to corrosion. 420 series contain several types with various carbon content between .15% and .40% this steel grade is widely used to make high end razor blades, surgical scalpels, etc. It obtains about 57 HRC after suitable heat treatment. 420HC is a higher carbon content, which is where the HC comes from. It holds a higher carbon production rate than stainless steel. The content is much softer than the higher number steel count 440, yet it’s more rugged than other similar proudcts. This steel can be brought to a higher hardness than 420 and should not be mistaken for it. Buck Knives is known for using this type of steel in many of their knives. This steel material has a greater carbon base and is mixed to a harder content than 420 stingless steels. There are many different levels of steel, but products made from 420HC steel are definitely different from other types of steel in terms of performance and reliability. Knives that are made with this steel are easy to sharpen and are durable when in constant use. Blades made from this steel are less prone to corrosion.

Buck Auto Knife
Buck Auto Knife

The blade has been finished with the classic satin finish. This is one of the most typical knife finishes. It is slightly less shiny than a polished finish, and it is less expensive than both the mirror and polished finishes. The luster of this finish usually falls between bead blasted, which is a matte finish, and a mirror polish, which is a high gloss finish. This finish works to show fine buffing lines with two directional finishes that better display the bevels of a blade. It actually takes great hand skill to finish. This finish is created by sanding the blade in one direction with increasing degrees of a fine abrasive, which is usually a sandpaper. The finer the abrasive and the more even the lines; the cleaner the satin finish blade looks.

This blade has been carved into a clip point blade shape. The clip point is one of the three most common knife blade shapes used today. The other two are the drop point and the spear point. Clip point blades have the appearance of having the front third of the blade “clipped” off. Traditionally, the spine or unsharpened edge of the knife begins at the hilt and continues to a point between one third to one fourth of the blade length. The blade spine than tapers in thickness in a recurve to the knife’s point. The clip point blade design actually dates back to at least Macedonian times, where examples of knapped flint clip point knives have been unearthed. Variants of this style include the California clip, which uses a clip greatly extended in length, and the Turkish clip point with its extreme recurve. One of the most recognizable clip-point blades is used on the famous Bowie knife. The clip point allows a quicker, and thus deeper, puncture upon insertion because clip point blades are thinner at the spine. The clip point lends itself to a quicker stabbing advantage with less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. However, when you are comparing the clip point design to the drop point design, the clip point is going to seem a lot weaker because of this thin characteristic. If you want a knife that is going to be able to take on all the challenges that you throw at it, I would recommend the sturdier drop point. The clip point blade does feature a large belly that is perfect for slicing or skinning. And because this knife has a plain edge, you are going to be able to skin or peel just about anything with this blade. The plain edge is also going to excel at push cuts of any kind, shaving, and traditional uses for your knife. The plain edge is going to give you the clean cuts that you long for, without fraying what you are working with.


The Handle:

The handle is made out of Dymondwood and brass. Dymondwood is phenolic resin impregnated wood veneers that are laminated and compressed. This material is extremely similar to Micarta, G10, and Carbon Fiber, except that the base material is wood instead of an unnatural material. Wood has been used as a knife handle since knives came into existence, really. A good quality wood handle can be durable and attractive, making wood a relatively inexpensive material for heavy duty knives. But, unlike many of the other budget friendly options, wood has a quality aesthetic that it adds to the knife, making your knife look sleek and elegant. In fact, wood hands are very popular among collector’s knives. There are many different types of woods used in knife handles, so you have to choose based on how you are going to use the knife. In this case, the handle has been made out of Macassar Ebony wood. This is an exotic wood with heartwood that is reported to be strong, very heavy, and very hard. The black heart is usually brittle, and the wood is used mostly for decorative purposes. This is a very dark wood that contrasts nicely with the bright brass hardware and ends.

Brass is known and valued for its easy machinability and the ease that the metal can be formed into desired shapes and forms while still retaining its high strength. All brasses are considered malleable and ductile and due to its low melting point, brass can also be cast relatively easily. This metal has both good heat and electrical conductivity and it is wear and spark resistant. Other you won’t need to worry about the electrical and spark related characteristics, the other two are important to knife users. The heat conductivity means that even if you are planning on working with this knife in cold environments, you won’t have to worry about it biting into your hand because it will quickly draw in your body heat. And, being wear resistant means that it is going to stand up to many of the elements and resist scratching easily.

The combination of the dark Ebony Dymondwood and the bright brass create an elegant feel to your knife. This knife is going to be a classic and as the years pass, this knife will always be in style. The handle has a slight curve to make your grip comfortable and secure, even after using it for long periods of time.

This knife does not sport a pocket clip.


The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife, sometimes known as a switchblade. The typical switchblade knife has been around since the 1920s and is really not all that different from a folding knife. The handle is going to be longer and thicker than the blade itself because it has to be able to store the blade in the handle. The handle has been hollowed out and has a slit going down the length of one side. IT contains the folded knife blade, a spring, and a locking mechanism that is attached to a button that extends form one of the flat sides of the handle. When the knife blade is hidden, it is folded into the base of the handle form the side, passing through the slit in the side of the handle. This pulls the spring, which catches on a lever connected to the activation button, effectively preventing the spring form exerting force on the hinged base of the blade. When the button is pushed, the lever, which is on a small rocker, is pulled out of the spring’s way. The spring snaps back into its original shape, pulling the base of the blade around das it does so, flipping the blade’s point out from the side of the handle. The only way to then close the knife is to physically pill upward on the hinged hilt before folding the blade back again. The lever attached to the activation button simply clicks into place against that underside the blade the same way as it would against the spring.


The Specs:

The blade on this Buck knife is 3.75 inches long, with a handle measuring in at 4.875 inches long. The overall length of the knife is 8.625 inches long. This knife weighs in at 7.1 ounces. This knife is made in the United States of America.


The Sheath:

Because this knife does not have a pocket clip attached to it, it does come with a leather sheath. Leather is one of the traditional materials that is used to make a knife sheath. Leather is very rugged, tough, and strong. A leather knife sheath feels and looks good, and the attractiveness of a leather sheath only gets better as it ages. One of the best features about a leather knife sheath is that they are silent, so you can easily pull the knife out or put it back in without making a sound. Unfortunately, leather is not waterproof, so getting it wet a lot or exposing it to extreme heat can dry out the oils in the leather which could lead the sheath to crack. To combat that, oiling the sheath from time to time can help make it last longer.



The iconic Buck 110 folder first debuted in 1964 and quickly propelled the company into one of the country’s most prominent manufacturers to date. The name and style has always maintained its heritage but over the years we have seen emerging variations in both finish and functionality. Buck finally took wind of the popular auto-converted 110 model and now produces the knife from start to finish and is 100% eligible for Buck’s limited lifetime warranty. Each product features a high carbon stainless steel blade that has been hardened to a standard RC 58-60 for ideal performance with both edge retention and corrosion resistance and the handle styling boasts a flared base for proper grip security. This model features a brown Macassar Ebony Dymondwood handle complete with brass bolsters, a clip point style blade in a satin finish, no pocket clip and the black leather sheath provides a convenient belt carry option.


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