Kershaw Knockout Review

There are a lot of knives out there that are pure strength and there are those that are aesthetically pleasing but there are not too many that both look good and is a great performer as well. Many knife makers make that claim but very few actually can back it up. Some boasts of the most modern materials while try to sell the “old and timeless” cliché of their classically designed knife, very few can successfully merge the two elements of knife making.

Enter the Kershaw Knockout. And yes, it is a knockout in all ways possible. It has a blade design that has been proven to be not only effective but useful in any scenario possible, a handle with an ergonomic design that provides not only comfort but control, both of which are important for long term use. And finally, it has enough technology packed in it that you would think it was designed for the military. To make the deal that much sweeter, the Kershaw Knockout, priced around $55 – $65, will not burn a hole in your pocket. And like an icing to a cake, it is all made in the USA.

BLADE

The blade of the Kershaw Knockout is a drop point plain edged made from Sandvik 14C28N. It is just over 3 inches long which makes it perfect for most of everyday tasks and even the weekend camping trip. The Sandvik 14C28N is well-known for its excellent edge retention as well as supreme resistance against corrosion. This makes the Kershaw Knockout a great choice for EDC and hunting applications.

HANDLE

The Knockout handle is made from aluminum which makes it strong and light at the same time. The design and construction of the handle is simple yet dependable that you can expect a firm and secure grip whatever you are trying to slice or pierce through. There are a few arcs that are carved into the sides to further improve grip even in wet conditions and the fact that they look cool is just a great extra for the Knockout. The handle has a fairly solid construction and, even with the absence of any jimping, you can expect a firm handle on things. It is not too thick which makes it ideal for concealment and everyday use. Here are more of the specs for the Knockout.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Overall Length: 7.87″
Blade Length: 3.25 “
Blade Thickness: 0.12″
Blade Material: Sandvik 14C28N
Blade Style: Drop Point
Blade Grind: Hollow
Finish: Satin
Edge Type: Plain
Handle Length: 4.62″
Closed Length: 4.62″
Handle Thickness: 0.40″
Handle Material: Aluminum
Frame/Liner: Stainless Steel
Weight: 3.8 oz.

CONCLUSION

The Kershaw Knockout has earned its name and this is why it is one of the very top choices in its price range. If you are looking for something that is significantly better than the Knockout, you may be able to find one but be ready to fork out some serious dough for it.

Cold Steel Recon 1 Review

Every knife enthusiast today has been admiring knives since their younger years. We all have seen something on T.V. or an uncle, grandfather or our own father had shown us that spark that interest in knives and for the most part, it has something to do with how cool the knife looks. With the Recon 1, Cold Steel has certainly hit a homerun in the looks department. The Recon 1 has four versions, the Micro Recon 1 (2” blade), Mini Recon 1 (3” blade), Recon 1 (4” blade) and the XL Recon 1 (5.5” blade). The Recon 1 comes with a clip point or a tanto blade with a choice of plain or partially serrated edge. This gives you almost like a personalized Cold Steel knife that suits whatever purpose you have for getting such an awesome blade. With all the reviews about these folders, one thing is for sure, nobody is complaining about how the knives look. The tactical feel appeals to pretty much everybody. The strong construction of the liner-less handle to the pure, unadulterated functionality and dependability of the blade, Cold Steel has certainly made an impeccable cutlery masterpiece with the Recon 1.

BLADE

The Recon 1 comes with a Japanese made AUS 8 stainless steel blade that is coated with a Teflon-like substance that Cold Steel refers to as “Tuff-Ex”. It provides an extra layer of protection for the blade and gives the blade a tactical look. But the Tuff-Ex coating, particularly on the tip, is relatively easy to scratch off. But this can be an advantage for some who likes to have their knife “au naturel” or in its natural state. Even without the Tuff-Ex coating, the Recon 1 AUS 8 blade happens to have a particularly gorgeous stonewash finish underneath. But the Tuff-Ex is indeed there to improve the blade’s durability and look. With the finish aside, the 4” long and 0.13” thick hollow ground blade of the Recon 1 is a beast. It can slice through a ton-tested rope like hot knife through butter. It is a big boy knife and is suited more for heavier tasks. Not that it wouldn’t work well slicing tomatoes but the blade deserves more work than that. The blade is suited more for self-defense or heavy duty camping tasks. The Recon 1 is not the best everyday carry knife but its smaller brothers (Micro Recon 1 or the Mini Recon 1) does fit the bill with their smaller blades. Smaller, but still look as good as their bigger brothers and just as dependable.

HANDLE

The handle of the Recon 1 is made from G-10. Yes, it is a solid G-10 handle and not just scales. It houses the Tri-Ad locking mechanism designed by Andrew Demko. This gives the Recon 1 a strong lock that can support well over 350 lbs. and yes, it has been tested. The newer versions of the Recon 1 has do not have the steel liners that earlier versions had. For some, this might mean Cold Steel is sacrificing strength but as many reviews have shown, the handle is very strong. The Recon 1 is designed for hard use and the handle is the focal point of that. The pure, textured G-10 handles is ergonomically designed to provide control and safety. Some say the texturing of the G-10 is a bit too aggressive but you can sand it down to your preference if necessary. The handle is designed to give you control even in wet conditions and the particularly deep finger grooves ensures safety. It’s great in normal or reverse grip. This is particularly important for stabbing motion. You can comfortably grip the Recon 1 even with gloves on and not worry about it slipping and slicing through your gloves. The clip/s allows for a deep tip up carry. As mentioned earlier, if you are looking for an everyday carry knife, the Micro or Mini Recon 1 would be better but the full sized Recon 1 certainly is not a bad idea either.

SPECIFICATIONS

Overall Length: 9.37″
Blade Length: 4.00″
Blade Thickness: 0.13″
Blade Material: Jap AUS 8A
Blade Style: Clip Point / Tanto
Blade Grind: Hollow
Finish: Black / Tuff-Ex™ Coating
Edge Type: Plain
Handle Length: 5.37″
Closed Length: 5.37″
Handle Thickness: 0.51″
Handle Material: G10
Weight: 5.3 oz.
Lock Type: Tri-Ad
Country of Origin: Taiwan

CONCLUSION

Cold Steel is no stranger to making great quality folders and fixed blades but even with that said, the Recon 1 is still a welcome surprise. It’s a great quality folder that has immense application potential. The fact that it has four versions, Cold Steel ensures that there is a Recon 1 for any need. If you need an everyday carry knife, Cold Steel has the Micro or the Mini Recon 1 with 2” and 3” blades respectively, if you need a workhorse of a knife that can handle an immense amount of abuse and major camping tasks, then you have the Recon 1 with a 4” blade. And for those times that you need something more substantial, there is the Recon 1 XL with a monster 5.5” blade. All four versions have the Tuff-Ex coated AUS 8 stainless steel blade, G-10 handle and the tried and tested Tri-Ad locking system. It’s a trifecta of greatness and unquestioned dependability. For sheer slicing power, control and safety, you will be hard-pressed to find a better candidate than the Cold Steel Recon 1 series.

Spyderco Manix 2 Review

 

Spyderco has long been known for their folding knives and their numerous collaborations with other noteworthy knife designers and makers but the Spyderco Manix 2 is designed and made in house. The Spyderco Manix 2 is the brainchild of Eric Glesser, the son of Spyderco founder Sal Glesser. It busted into the market in 2009 and it has been making waves since then. The improvements in its blade and the smaller adjustments seems unremarkable on their own but put together and working seamlessly, they created a knife that is unquestioned in both strength and dependability. The Spyderco Manix 2 comes in at 5 ounces which is a bit heavy for some but for the same reason, nobody can question its durability. The Spyderco Manix 2 is built like a tank and is one, if not the, strongest folders out there in its price range. Its ergonomic design and strong and dependable blade creates a truly remarkable work of art that combines both aesthetic appeal and pure quality. If you are a serious knife collector or someone who just wants a good everyday carry knife, the Spyderco Manix 2 is definitely a great choice.

BLADE

The Spyderco Manix 2 comes has a Crucible CPM S30V stainless steel. There were versions of the Spyderco Manix 2 that used 154CM with a hollow grind but that was discontinued. The S30V is well-known for its premium edge retention and effortless rust resistance qualities. The S30V is mostly used on high-end pocket knives and kitchen cutlery. You simply will not find a better quality than the S30V in its price range. The Spyderco Manix 2 has a flat grounded modified drop point blade that some would call “leaf” type. This kind of design gives the Spyderco Manix 2 a great slicing surface and a deadly tip. It’s great for piercing and slicing things open but I would not advice it for prying things open because that could break the tip. The great quality blade of the Spyderco Manix 2 makes it equally suitable for everyday tasks and even law enforcement or military use. The aggressive jimping on the spine and at the finger groove at the bottom makes the Manix 2 even safer and a lot easier to manage. The Manix 2 also has a relatively large 14mm hole or as some would refer to as a “Spydie” hole. This makes the Manix 2 a breeze when deploying single-handedly. And I don’t have to list the reasons why this is important, right? The small design details and the CPM S30V stainless steel makes the Manix 2 blade not only aesthetically pleasing but quite dependable as well. Whether you are opening boxes in the office or cutting rope in your camp site, the Manix 2 blade can definitely roll with the punches and keep coming back for more.