Timberline Vallotton Kickstart Folding Knife Assisted 3.5" Blade, Carbon Fiber and Titanium Handles (1243)


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Part #: TM1243 | Timberline Knives
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TM1243: Vallotton Kickstart Assisted Titanium Folder
Timberline Knives
Butch Vallotton, known for his flawless opening mechanisms and custom knife designs, and Charles Ochs, designer of the original "Black Knife," teamed up to create the new Timberline Kickstart™. The lightning fast/super smooth Vallotton assist deploys the blade to the locked position with authority. The classic "Black Knife" handle and blade design has been the tactical performance standard to the special operations community for decades.
  • Blade Length: 3-1/2"
  • Closed Length: 4-3/8"
  • Overall Length: 7-5/8"
  • Designer: Butch Vallotton/Charles Ochs
  • Handle Material: Carbon Fiber and Titanium
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Blade Material: AUS-8 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Finish: Bead Blasted Matte with Black Teflon Coating
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless steel, Teflon coated, Tip-Down, Deep-Carry
  • Includes Hard Case
  • Weight: 7.2 oz.
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 096196012439

AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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5 out of 5
Apr 08, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Best bang for the buck
For an EDC at this price point, there is a lot out there- but the Vallotton tops the list. The scales are titanium (frame lock side) and carbon fiber (presentation side), with no liners needed due to the strength of the materials. The kickstart is a good design, typical of other Boker one-handers. Very light weight. Blade is thin, perfect for a lightweight EDC. Size is appropriate, and the overall profile is so thin that with the deep carry clip I hardly notice it in my pocket. Like other Butch Vallotton knives, the shape is great for right hand tip-up in the right front pocket. It just conforms to the seam of the pant leg and doesn't push up when taking a seat. The blade sharpens about the same as AUS-8, but I don't recall the specific steel specified on this knife. A regrind to 19 degrees with a paddle-strop finish makes a light saber out of it. I'm happy. Heck, it's in my pocket right now, what more can I say? Only complaint is the word "China" etched in tiny letters on the blade, but for the price, who am I to fuss?
5 out of 5
Mike Bay
Laguna Woods California
Feb 08, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Great EDC
I am very picky about my assisted opening knives. I own several CRKT, Kershaw, SOG and Boker. So here's a knife that weighs in at 2.4 oz on my postal scale, has a deep pocket clip and is very thin. It rides low in my back pocket and is extremely comfortable. If you're looking for a really light, thin but substantial 3.5 inch EDC--you should consider this knife.
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