NEW 2017 BENCHMADE, ZT, SPYDERCO, COLD STEEL, KERSHAW
NEW 2017 BENCHMADE, ZT, SPYDERCO, COLD STEEL, KERSHAW
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5 out of 5
Daniel
Sacramento
Sep 27, 2016
Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, None
Buy this before they're gone
I haven't left the house without a good knife for 35 years, thanks to the kind wisdom of a knife collecting father. I have an office job; I carry for all the random food and non food things that crop up in your life. From bagels to carving a five gallon square industrial paint bucket from where it got trapped between my tire and undercarriage on the freeway. That was a heck of a thing. And finally, like so many, I EDC in case the SHTF. I test my locks. If your life depends on the lock, you test. So because almost everything failed, I stuck with benchmade's axis lock. Mostly 710 variations. This Sinkevich design though, looked perfect, and the price was great for titanium, carbon fiber, and S35VN. So I took a chance on the lock. Pleasantly surprised, passed the testing, lots of top custom and factory frame locks don't. Then I carried it and used it and fell in love with it. The design is brilliant. It carries very light and easy with no big pocket bulge. Opens instantly - and yes, you have to work it a while to losen the tight action. Which is fine. Glues to your hand even though the side panels are actually pretty smooth. By themselves there wouldn't be enough grip but the shape can handle any style of hold. Even - crucially - the reverse blade down Pikal grip. With no hole or stud on the handle it's far easier to keep clean, and you get more usable edge. It's sort of huge by comparison with all the 3.5 knives out there... when open. When shut, carries as easy as my Osborn autoassist. So this knife, unfortunately, meets every one of my needs. Centering was great, lockup tight, sharp out of the box. The last like 10th of a millimeter of the tip was drawn too thin at the factory, and after hitting rid of that I put a regulated 40 degree on it. It's lasted fine and was relatively easy to sharpen. Five stars
5 out of 5
G
HON HI
Sep 04, 2016
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
TOP DAWG
AFTER A FEW THWACKS I GOT USED TO FIRING IT EVEN FOR A LEFTY LIKE ME. I WISH THEY DIDNT LOCK TITE THE CLIP SCREWS ITS THE ONLY CON I HAVE FOR ALL ZT KNIVES WITH CLIPS. THIS IS MY NEW FAV ZT NOW.
5 out of 5
Thesys
California
Jul 20, 2016
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Ease of Opening
Very Nice, a Bit Tight Out of the Box
If you are coming from smaller folding knives this one will surprise you. It's large with a long blade, but fortunately still quite light. The mechanism locks open and closed with a solid clack which will either impress or scare your friends. I like how there is no play or wobble in any part of the knife when it's open and closed. It really shows the tight tolerances. At the same time, the ball detent is quite firm for the first hundred or so deployments so get ready for a tired finger if you flip the knife open out of a nervous habit. It may have been nice to have a thumb stud that could have been used for additional assist. I assume the detent will loosen over time and the deployment will become easy, making the thumb stud redundant. The only real problem I've had with this is the fact that the frame lock portion is quite wide so it's easy for noobs to grip that portion while attempting to deploy the blade. This puts additional force on the ball detent and makes it impossible to open. If ZT reduced the width of the lock bar essentially, or maybe textured the frame portion to help guide/remind users where their fingers go, that would help if a quick self defense deployment was ever needed. They did however texture the hinge where the frame lock bends from the frame so that's a nice added. Anyways, once you get used to this blade it's fantastic. The steel and blade geometry are great and the materials and assembly are on point for sure. You can't go wrong with this blade.
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