Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
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.