Jake Hoback Kwaiback MK4 UHEP Flipper 3.75" Black DLC CPM-20CV Plain Blade and Milled Titanium Handles

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JHKKWBKMK4UHEPBLK: Kwaiback MK4 Ultra High-End Production Flipper, Black DLC
Jake Hoback Custom Knives
Jake pulled out all the stops on this Kwaiback MK4 Ultra High-End Production mid-tech. It has all of the exact same features as his custom shop work. He didn't dumb down this knife nor use inferior materials or hardware. This knife will rival his customs for fit, finish, materials and quality. Jake believes his hands-on approach helped immensely with this project. The machine shop matched and assembled the knives exactly as he would in his own shop because he was there with them every step of the way to show them how he expected it to be done. The final product is this amazing knife with the same feel as his custom at a great price.

The Kwaiback is Jake's favorite of his designs. It's the slimmest folder in his lineup simply due to its shape. The angular butt end of the knife Jake specifically designed to make it easier to get your hand into your pocket when the knife is clipped in. The 3.75" blade is made from black DLC coated CPM-20CV stainless steel with a nice flat grind. The action is smooth and lightning fast thanks to pivot thrust bearings and Jake's own Hoback Roller Detent. This design puts a rolling ball into the detent which drastically reduces the friction while the blade is moving for better action. The black DLC handle is made from milled titanium with a slender, ergonomic shape and it completely hides the blade when closed. There is great jimping on the thumbramp and near the butt end of the knife if you're using this blade in the reverse grip. It's a mid-tech technically, but it has all the feeling and looks of a full-on custom knife, with a completely tactical look. Proudly made and hand-assembled by Jake in the USA.
  • Pivot thrust bearings
  • HRD (Hoback Roller Detent)
  • Hardened stainless steel lock insert with over travel prevention
  • Engineered internal lightening pockets
  • Standard sizes on all screws for ease of replacement
  • Cold formed bearing races (work hardened to increase bearing and knife life)
  • Blade Length: 3.75" 
  • Cutting Edge: 3.875"
  • Blade Steel: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel, Black DLC
  • Thickness: 0.1875" 
  • Closed Length: 5.375"
  • Overall Length: 9.125"
  • Handle Material: Black DLC Milled Titanium
  • Weight: 5.7 oz.
  • Includes a Hoback Custom Wood Box
  • Made in the USA
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.
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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The Bay Area
Jun 27, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
I liked this Black DLC Kwaiback so much I bought two!
IMO, Jake Hoback is a maker that cares about the quality of the knives he makes. His goal is to take care of the end user. This type of maker/person is rare these days. I'm seeing an alarming trend in the knife-making business where makers try to cut corners to boost production and make sales. They using inferior materials and have shoddy workmanship--all the while charging top dollar. A lot of these makers use their name to hype their product. A lot of people fall for this marketing ploy. "My knife was used by a SEAL team 6 guy 30 years ago." Well, a lot of shortcuts and "improvements" have been made to the knives since then, and the buyer isn't getting the same quality and value that SEAL did. Not so with Hoback's products. I went from owning 0 Hoback knives to owning four Kwaibacks, an A15 UHEP, and two fixed blade Kwaibacks. I'm impressed with the precision and tight tolerances on these knives. A buddy of mine compared Jake's Kwaibacks with Chris Reeve in terms of precision. And, having owned a Large Sebenza 21, I can attest to the fact that most of Hoback's knives are every bit as precisely machined as a CRK product and just an innovative. That said, I have noticed differences in tolerances within the Kwaiback model. The CF Kwaibacks have looser tolerances than the full titanium handled examples. Not a bad thing. Just an observation. I prefer the tighter tolerances on the full-titanium versions. The CF version is extremely light. All the knives come wonderfully sharp! I mean, toothy edge, flesh gripping sharp. Hoback also stands behind his products. I've had first hand experience with the warranty process, and I am impressed. Premium materials, tight tolerances, smooth as silk blade deployment, and a lock as solid as they get... Plus it's apparent that Hoback's heart is into knife-making, which is refreshing. You don't have to worry about getting a "bad" example of a particular knife. Love the 20CV/M390 steel. Wish more makers would use it.
5 out of 5
Dec 26, 2016
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
There's nothing like a Hoback
I bought this knife for EDC and since I got it, it's the only knife getting pocket time. The fit and finish are phenomenal, the roller ball detent is awesome along with the bearings in the pivot which make the action buttery smooth, the lock up is rock solid with no blade play at all. The pocket clip is functional but a bit plain, but this being my only complaint makes the Kwaiback a home run.
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