Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Folding Knife Review

Spyderco C28SBK2 Dragonfly 2 Folding Knife 2-5/16" VG10 Serrated Blade, Black FRN Handles


Many of us buy small gentlemen's knives assuming we'll use them for undemanding cutting chores. While that is normally the case, the Dragonfly's diminutive size belies its cutting capabilities. When need be, it will cut and perform like a much larger folder because Spyderco's Research and Development team focused on creating a small but ergonomically superior package out of high-performance materials. A good choice for the ultra light backpacker (full weight of this knife is only 1.2 ounces) this also is a solid favorite as a pocket knife choice for everyday urban users. The 2 5/16 inch stainless steel blade and serrated edge serves well for the usual tasks (opening mail, opening boxes, wishing you were somewhere else doing something you liked, etc.) as well as the occasional real and satisfying cutting chore.


Spyderco C28SBK2 Dragonfly 2 Folding Knife 2-5/16" VG10 Serrated Blade, Black FRN Handles


In the woods, if you find frequent reasons to cut rope or fabric the serrated edge is a plus. If you like to whittle, find a plain edge style (Spyderco sells many different models in this same range). If you intend to sharpen it yourself rather than send it back to Spyderco for that, the plain edge models are mandatory.

The Spyderco Dragonfly 2 includes a pocket clip, so it won't get lost in the depths of your pants, but again this is more an urban solution than a wilderness concept; going through heavy brush, it wouldn't take long for this knife to get flipped out and far away, if you rely on just that pocket clip to hold it.

Spyderco C28SBK2 Dragonfly 2 Folding Knife 2-5/16" VG10 Serrated Blade, Black FRN Handles


In order for the knife to feel like a larger knife in the hand, it needed well-designed ergonomics. A forefinger-choil and thumb-rest give the hand purchase points, filling out the palm and offering cutting control. Its leaf-shaped blade is flat-ground VG-10 and the Spyderco Round Hole is 11mm facilitating easy opening. FRN handle is textured with Volcano-Grip and a tip-up integral pocket clip. Low profiled and weighing just over one ounce, the Spyderco Dragonfly Knives are one of the flagship models in Spyderco's Little Big Guy Knife line up. This knife is backed by an excellent warranty, and you can even open it with one hand.


To buy or get more information on the Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Folding Knife with 2-5/16" VG10 Serrated Blade and Black FRN Handles, click the link below.

Spyderco C28SBK2 Dragonfly 2 Folding Knife 2-5/16" VG10 Serrated Blade, Black FRN Handles



To buy or get more information on the Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Folding Knife with 2-5/16" VG10 Plain Blade and Black FRN Handles, click the link below.



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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

KA-BAR 1211 Full Size Black Fighting Knife Review




The Ka-Bar 1211 knife has a Clip Point blade with a 20 degree angle . It is made from 1095 High Carbon Steel which is very easy to sharpen and harder than most stainless steels. Because it is not a stainless steel you will have a little more maintenance on your hands, but nothing major, just keep the blade oiled between uses and when storing your survival knife. The blade length of the blade is 7 inches and the overall length of this Ka-Bar Survival Knife is 11.75 inches. This knife is great for bigger jobs like batoning wood because of its size and weight. It weighs in at .66 lbs which is very manageable for a knife this size. The blade is thick enough to use as a pry bar if you really needed to, although I don’t recommend that you use your survival knife for prying unless you had no other choice.


The handle is Ka-Bar’s Kraton-G which gives a nice grip even in muddy or wet conditions, which is something I look for in a survival knife, unless you are going to be using it in perfect weather, this is an important consideration for proper functionality and safety. One point to note is that this survival knife is still manufactured in the U.S. and most survival knives are no longer made in the USA. It’s nice to see something with great quality still manufactured in the USA as rare as it is these days.



The sheath that comes with this
Ka-Bar 1211 Knife is not made in the USA but it does the job as well as a sheath can. The sheath is made of leather and it looks nice but I think leather sheaths are the worst material they can make sheaths from. If you actually use your knife then it will get wet and a leather sheath will hold moisture which is no good for preventing corrosion. I usually buy the Kydex Sheath when I can get one for a particular knife. The kydex sheath is much thinner and gives you a lot more mounting options which is helpful for a knife this large. And most importantly the Kydex sheath won’t retain moisture like a leather or nylon sheath will. Overall this is a great knife if you are looking for one this large, this might be the best survival knife at this length at this price point.


To buy or get more information on the KA-BAR 1211 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Leather Sheath, click the link below.

KA-BAR 1211 Full Size Fighting Knife 7" Black Plain Blade, Kraton G Handle, Leather Sheath


To buy or get more information on the KA-BAR 1216 Replacement Sheath (Kydex), Fits Most KA-BAR 7" Blades, click the link below.

KA-BAR 1216 Replacement Sheath (Kydex), Fits Most KA-BAR 7" Blades





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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ontario Rat 3 Fixed Blade Knife Review




Ontario Knife has gained a reputation for making top-notch military and tactical knives. In my opinion, The
RAT-3 knife meets all the requirements for a good survival knife.

The Ontario Rat 3 is one of the smaller knives in this class at 7.8 inches in overall length and a blade length of 3.75 inches. The Rat 3 Survival Knife weighs only 5.3 ounces and is a good size for carrying on your side. The blade is made of 1095 High Carbon Steel and holds its edge for a long time but does take a little extra effort when sharpening. It wasn’t as sharp as I like it right out of the box but once I sharpened it to my liking, it has really kept its edge well. The blade has a black powder coating which seems to be holding up for now but I can see it starting to wear at the blade edge, which is to be expected. This particular version of the Ontario Rat 3 Knife has a small section of serrations on the top of the blade which is where I prefer serrations to be if a knife has them. That is a personal preference but I hate to lose precious blade edge to serrations, especially on smaller blades like this one. Make sure you get the correct Rat 3 before ordering. There are different versions offered with and without serrations.


The sheath that came with my knife is a kydex sheath and I love it. It can be mounted sideways or upright and comes with a TekLok adapter which makes it easy to attach or detach the sheath from your belt. Some people have stated that they did not get the kydex sheath when they got their
Rat 3 knife. Instead they have said the sheath that they received is made of durable plastic but had no complaints about it. I would check the exact listing before ordering if you prefer the kydex sheaths like I do.


The handle is a nice green color and made of Micarta. The handle provides a nice strong grip. I personally prefer rubberized grips because I like the grip they provide even in wet conditions, but this grip feels nice. The balance of this knife is great and it definitely can handle some decent jobs for a smaller blade. You can even baton wood with decent results which might not seem possible due to the size and weight of this knife. This is a great survival knife with a great blade that holds its edge well and can take the stress of everyday use. It’s a great everyday carry knife to have in your collection.


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Monday, April 2, 2012

KA-BAR US Army Fighting Knife Review


This classic fighting knife from Ka-Bar, first manufactured at the onset of WWII, has survived more than fifty years of industry changes unscathed. Look around you for other items with that longevity and you'll find only a few. Hammers, wrenches, and Ka-Bar knives head the list.


Ka-Bar makes several models of this well known blade, some with modern materials and new blade styles. Except for the non-reflective black epoxy coating this 11 7/8" U. S. Army version with its 7" high carbon steel clip point blade and stacked leather disc handle is true to the original design. You can argue whether the new materials available are better than these, but in the end it's more a question of what feels right to you. If you grew up with stainless steel and kraton you probably like that, unless you are into classic knives anyway.

One of my first knives was a WWII bayonet a friend gave me. Built in the same style as this Ka-Bar (except for the epoxy, of course) it survived everything I could do to it until a house fire took it out in 1975. Some companies test their knives today by doing extraordinary things, like driving the blade through the top of a steel drum. With a Ka-Bar you just assume that kind of abuse is ok. There are few knives so tough you can use the butt cap to drive nails; you can do that with a Ka-Bar.


I am very impressed with the KA-BAR US Army knife. The finish is perfect, and it has a razor sharp edge and hard steel. This knife holds an edge very well and take time to sharpen with a good set of stones. The
KA-BAR US Army Fighting Knife would make an excellent addition to your emergency survival gear. I recommend it!


To buy or get more information on the KA-BAR US Army Fighting Knife with 7" Blade, click the link below.

KA-BAR US Army Fighting Knife 7" Blade




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