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Great folding alternative for a camping / hiking knife.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: bought it at retail
Great folding alternative for a camping / hiking knife. High quality steel, a handle that is comfortable in size, and easy to grip, dry or wet, but not too much grip. Sharpens easily, and holds an edge very well.
- Very comfortable ergonomics, wet or dry
- Enough blade length to baton small to medium branches
- High quality steel — CTS BD1 sharpens easily and stays sharp
- Handle does not come apart — it is riveted.
- The lock needs a bit of lubrication to work the best
- No integrated sharpener — so you must carry a sharpener
- otherwise Great knife.
if you have man hands standard or a bit bigger, you will find the grip on this knife just about perfect in most of the ways that you can hold the knife. The size in the pocket is just about right, between an Every Day Carry (EDC) size, and a size that is just able to baton (break into smaller pieces) smaller to medium pieces of wood, and most cutting chores around the campfire, such as prepping food, cooking, and eating. The blade is just under 3 inches, and the handle or closed length is 4 3/4 inches. It is a manual knife, not an automatic knife.
The blade is stainless steel, and easy to keep clean, and is easy to sharpen with a stone. I do not recommend the sharpener types that you pull the blade through. Those can nick and chip the blade surface. It is better to use a stone.
I recommend this folding knife because it stows easily in your pocket or clipped to your clothing. The steel sharpens well and stays sharp, and it is easy to hold and use, and it is made in Boulder, CO, USA. Just remember to put a little oil on the lock mechanism, now and again.
And yes, the blade locks strongly into place, and opens only once you have activated the release button. I have never had the knife unlock accidentally. It is solid.