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SGT1102K: Carbon Fiber Bad Monkey w/ Emerson Wave, Satin Drop Point
Southern Grind Knives
The Bad Monkey is Southern Grind's flagship model and what a good introduction to the knife community it is. It gets a lot of design aspects correct like balance, grip, fit, finish, and materials. They offer a variety of options for this specific knife but at its core, they are all the same. The Bad Monkeys all feature titanium liners shrouded around a 4" blade made from Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel. This may not be the end-all, be-all steel but hardened to 59-61HRC like they do, 14C28N will hold its razor sharp edge for quite a while. The handles are made from a variety of G10 colors or twill-woven carbon fiber. They look good and will stand up to almost anything you can throw at them. There are two very different blade types; a drop point for your utility cutting tasks and a modified tanto tip for tactical, stabbing applications. The handle is properly sized for large hands or use with gloves and very ergonomic in nature. The pocket clip might be small but it is sturdy and provides strong retention while being easy to get in and out of the pocket. A great design, we look forward to seeing what they come up with next.
  • Twill-woven carbon-fiber handle with textured matte finish for a solid, all-conditions grip.
  • 6AL4V Titanium lock and liner creates a secure storage base for our blades. 
  • Short pocket clip ensures a secure pocket carry with minimal interference.
  • Emerson Wave feature allows for one-handed opening.
  • Conventional Flat Grind is thicker at the sharpened edge of the blade and great for general and heavy use.
  • Blade Length: 4"
  • Blade Steel: 14C28N Stainless, 59-61HRC
  • Thickness: 0.130"
  • Blade Finish: Tumbled Satin
  • Grind: Flat
  • Closed Length: 5.25"
  • Overall Length: 9.25"
  • Handle Material: Twill-Woven Carbon Fiber
  • Weight: 4.97 oz. 
  • Made in the USA
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Carbon Fiber Handles
Carbon Fiber Handles
Very strong and lightweight material. Provides an upscale and modern feel.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
4.000 (3 reviews)
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Jim S
Knoxville, TN
Aug 08, 2016
Pros: Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Weight, Pocket Clip
Cons: None
Great Knife
This is a solid knife. The overall fit and finish is as good if not better than other knives in this price range. This is my second Southern Grind knife and I would highly recommend them.
2 out of 5
Chris N
Charlotte, NC
Oct 25, 2014
Pros: Ease of Opening, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Pocket Clip
If it aint' broke, don't fix it!
I was as equally impressed as the preceding reviewer, with one exception. The design of this knife includes a short pocket clip whose distal end does not even contact the handle scale. Therefore, the knife is loose in the pocket and will drop out of your pocket with ease. My impression is that Southern Grind just wanted to be different; thus, the title of my review. This "feature" caused me to NOT buy the knife. A lost knife is of no use to me, no matter how good it is.
5 out of 5
Atlanta, GA
Oct 06, 2014
Pros: Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Handle Material
Cons: None
Great knife-perfect for what us mere mortals use a knife for
I've had this knife now since last November. I've used it for EDC and it has been my companion during a home renovation and also outdoors. It has cut carpet, boxes, tubing, plastic bags, pruned rose bushes and small trees, plastic sheeting-you name it. The Bad Monkey holds an edge well but is also easy to sharpen. The wave feature is a really nice touch. The scales have a good grip and feel great from a tactile standpoint. The whole knife feels great from a tactile standpoint. My hands are small and I find it easy to handle. It locks up solid and is assembled very well. On top of that it is just a really cool knife. I've not hunted with the knife yet, but for food prep around the kitchen, camp or the grill and smoker, it does just fine. As for the steel nerds, if you have 14C28N someone wants 154CM. If you have 154CM, someone wants S30 or 35V. For the price it could be argued that the steel is a bit lacking, but the other attributes of the knife really do offset any perceived shortcomings in the steel. The barrel standoffs and open construction are classy and practical. The clip is a bit strange but holds the knife just fine. It doesn't wave quite as well as my CQC-7 or Journeyman, but that may be operator error on my part. I'm not a Zac Brown fanboy (do like him as an artist) but do have to say that he really hit it out of the park with this knife.
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