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First impression was that this is a big knife at almost 8 inches long when open, shaving sharp out of the box, dead center blade when closed. No play whatsoever when locked open. Lock engages just over 50% it's a great way to experience the Emerson wave opening at a low price. The tanto blade may not be for everyone.
Blade The blade cutting edge is 3.25''(81 mm) long it's a modified tanto blade that slopes down from the spine to the tip, however it is strong. I haven't stabbed any car doors with it, but this knife would be well capable of it. Because of the slope the tip isn't the full thickness of the blade, the thickest part of the blade is 0.116 inches (almost 3.0 mm) and the tip is 0.045''(1.15 mm) with the thickest part of the blade 0.54 inches(13.7 mm) back from the tip. There's plenty of steel behind the tip.
The bottom half of the blade is stone washed, it looks good and will hopefully hide scratches when it gets abused. On one side it has the Emerson logo, and the other side kershaw kai with a tiny CHINA close to the handle. There is a lovely audible 'click' as the lock snaps on the open blade, the best way to describe it is that it reminds me of a BMW car door closing. Detent on closing is good, very positive.
But it's heavy, just over 5 oz. The lanyard hole could be bigger at 0.18 inches (4.6 mm). It's stiff to open and close, I can just about close it single handed, hopefully it will free up with use. Gimping could be better finished, it is a bit roughly machined. Because of the clip position it sits high in the pocket, about 3/4'', the skull on the clip might put some people off. It is not discreet in the pocket, and when you pull it out with the wave opening people will notice!
In Use I'm farming, 90% of what I do with this will be stabbing and cutting feed and fertiliser bags to open them, cutting polythene wraps and netting off bales. I will also be using it to cut pvc piping, cable insulation and some conduit etc. I can't ever see myself carving a spoon beside a campfire, if you want to do that the tanto blade IMO will be too awkward. It is comfortable in the hand, ergonomics are good, it is the same handle as the Emerson Kershaw cqc-6k, even though I have a large hand my pinky finger rests on the lanyard hole with my thumb on the gimping at the wave.
Overall a great knife at the price, yes it's made in China, but they got this one right anyway. Yes, there are better stainless steels for knife making out there but not in this price range with Emerson wave opening. It's heavy, but strong. I dropped this on the farm yard in mud for 2 days and it got driven over a couple of times. The clip must have snagged in my coat, something to watch out for! The G-10 has a few scars, there are a few scratches on the steel on the lock side and the clip, but everything works and the blade is undamaged.
Bonus is that with a bit of effort the wave can be used as a bottle opener!
Followed this thread (see below) and out of curiosity, I did search within the Forum of '3D' with no results, which at first surprised me, but with that, am curious to know of any 3D print 'builds' that anyone has used successfully (and not blown up in your face or arms) ?
In the field of 'Improvised Weapons' is this an area, you think maybe growing in the future?
"On 6/29/2015 at 11:21 AM, ngjakedog said:
No one seems to mention guns in these threads.. Is that bad manners?
Elise; Nope! Not bad manners at all! We're pro-gun but cannot carry since we're located in Toronto right now.
On 6/29/2015 at 11:38 AM, Justin Pierce said:
I'm not qualified to speak for the forum owners, but I would assume gun discussions would be acceptable around here.
I Don't edc a gun, but I have nothing against doing so.
Elise; Our sentiments exactly.
As you know, @Elise and I are in the UK now and with that comes a great deal of legislation, especially as it pertains to my choice of EDC knives.
So, any recommendations? I will of course pick up a Spyderco UKPK, Byrd Tern but I am not sure what else is on the market (that is good)-
This morning the mailman dropped off 2 County Comm button compasses from a massdrop.com buy.
The larger one on the left is brass companion compass and the one on the right is the S.E.R.E compass.
Besides the obvious size difference the quality of the companion compass is obviously superior with a heavy CNC machine brass body & a high visibility face.
The S.E.R.E compass is super light though & if I had to carry one around my neck I think I might lean towards that..
Plus side, it also has glow in the dark markers!
All in all, I think they are both pretty kickass in their own way. I am by no means an expert navigator but I look forward to testing these out thoroughly.
Anyone tried out any other button compasses?
In the industry it seems people are either really into folding prybars ("beater knives") or folding lightsabers (anemic slicers), I know the mainstream tends to cater to the in between with knives like the Paramilitary but in terms of hype online people tend to obsess over the extremes!
Personally I have always loved very lean knives like Opinels & my reground Delica's and tend to keep the rough stuff for my fixed blades but I am curious- whats your take on this? Do you see a purpose in folding prybars?
Folding prybar (Boker Nopal)
Folding Lightsaber (Kershaw Leek)