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HTM Knives Darrel Ralph DDR AXD 5.5 Assisted Folder 5-1/2" Stonewashed S35VN Blade, Titanium Handles

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The AXD knife has been a market best seller since Darrel Ralph introduced it in 2002. It has a unique design shape that fits your hand perfectly no matter what size you hand is. The back of the frame has a built in Skull Cracker. Along with it good looks goes the wicked tanto blade style. The Handle has an Aerospace Titanium knife frame, with a 3D carving engraved into the frame. The solid frame makes out frame lock knife one of the strongest out there. The S35VN blade steel is one of the world's best grades of steel for edge longevity and corrosion resistance. The opening action comes with either a manual flipper or SAO (Spring Assisted Open). The spring assisted opening is similar to a switchblade knife in opening speed and action but does not come with the illegality problem of many AUTOs. Proudly made in the USA and featured in the blockbuster movie "The Expendables".
  • Hard coated Aerospace Titanium frame
  • Assisted Opening System
  • S35VN stainless steel 
  • Tanto Blade Style
  • Hardened wear parts
  • Zipper Carry Pouch
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Blade Steel: CPM S35VN Stainless
  • Handle Material: 3D Machined Aerospace Titanium
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Finish: Stonewashed
  • Blade Length: 5-1/2"
  • Open length: 11-1/2"
  • Closed Length: 6"
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Weight: 6.2 oz. 
  • Made in the USA

UPC Code: 024409988745

Semi-Custom or Mid-Tech knives are knives produced by a process in which the designer has more direct--but not complete--involvement; parts of these knives may still have been made by others.
Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
A tougher steel than S30V, it retains the excellent corrosive properties and ability to take an edge, but improves on the ability to hold that edge.
Titanium Handles
Titanium Handles
A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
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5 out of 5
Roger C.
Durango, CO
Nov 09, 2014
Update on October 2012 Review
It's been two years since I bought this knife, and I thought it would be worthwhile updating my original review. In a nutshell after two years of moderate use, there is nothing I would change from my original review. The assist release has remained tight, in fact on the border of being too tight. It loosened up slightly from new but there is nothing like the erratic release that others have reported on this knife and its variant finishes. I have complete confidence that the knife will not release in my pocket and put me in jeopardy of a severed femoral artery. The blade closes dead center in the handle with the point recessed about 1/8" below the edge of the handle. It has not moved with use. The edge holds very well as it should, and I am able to refresh it with my SpyderCo triangle sharpener figuring the blade angle at 17 degrees. I have not yet needed to send it back to HTM for free sharpening. Other owners have experienced problems which indicate some quality control issues, so buyers of this knife should insist on getting a knife whose quality measures up to mine.
3 out of 5
Dec 28, 2013
Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Material, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Overall Quality
HTM quality is hit or miss
Revised review, I believe the handle is machined Ti. The lockup is 60 to 80%, and sticky. Something I would expect from a Chinese Strider knock off, not from a $400 plus semi-custom knife. When closed, the tip of the blade is only flush with the handle, not hidden inside the handle. The assisted opening is weak, may improve with the break in. This came as unpleasantly surprising because I also have a 3" HTM Maxx folder, and it has none of these issues. Another thing I don't like, the clip is shiny "look I carry a knife" stainless.
5 out of 5
Durango, CO
Oct 09, 2012
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Industrial art as well as a fabulous blade
Out of the box this is a breathtaking piece. It is a simply beautiful expression of industrial art. One expects to see something like this in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The titanium and stone-washed steel complement each other in color and texture. The scalloped sculpturing attracts the eye and grips the hand. Pick it up and it feels and acts all business. The weight seems lighter than one expects but I guess that is the titanium. Throw the blade open and it locks with a loud positive almost hollow "clack;" the sight and sound make for intimidation. The edge is what you expect -- if S35VN lives up to its specs, it will be a workhorse. I expect to return it for sharpening when the time comes. My Sharpmaker might be up for the job, but I'll let the pros do it. This guy is expensive but looks and feels like it. My only head scratcher is why the pocket clip makes for carrying tip down. downpoints
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