Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CRKT M16-10KZ

CRKT M16-10KZ
Stats:
* Overall Length: 7" approx
* Length Closed: 4"
* Length of Blade: 3"
* Weight: 2.3 oz.
* Safety: None
* Lock: Frame +
* Action: index open + thumb stud
MSRP: $44.99


What I like:
This is the lightest folding knife I own. Opening the knife is done by pressing the stud on the back and flicking one's wrist. Once open, the frame locks the blade, and a secondary lock holds the frame in place. This double-lock makes it practically impossible to close the blade accidentally. The steel, AUS 4, is very durable. The stud used to open the knife while it's closed, functions as a gaurd when the knife is open, to help prevent your hand from slipping onto the blade.

What I don't like:
The double-locks make it hard to close one-handed. The AUS 4 steel doesn't seem to stay are sharp as my other knives. The pocket clip holds the knife point-down; I prefer point-up. There is no safety to prevent the knife from opening. The thumb studs are utturly useless.

Overall:
It's a fine functional knive; nothing seriously wrong with it, but it may not be worth the $45 price tag.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Kershaw LEEK

The Kershaw LEEK - 1660ST - *****



Stats:
* Overall Length: N/A
* Length Closed: 4"
* Length of Blade: 3"
* Weight: 3.1 oz.
* Safety: Slide
* Lock: Frame
* Action: Spring loaded, index open + thumb stud
Retail: 69.95
Normal: 50.00
I Payed: 45.00


What I like:
This the thinest folding knife I own; great if you keep it clipped to your pocket. It doesn't get in the way when I take out my wallet. When the knife is closed, it can be locked by pushing a small bar in front of the blade. When locked, it's impossible to open. The lock isn't automatic, which allows me to carry it unlocked. The pocket clip can be mounted in in two directions, allowing the knife to be carried upright or inverted. When carried inverted, the natural grip when removing it from the pocket places the index directly over the blade release. All of this results in a very quick draw.

What I don't like:
The blade doesn't seem as sharp as some of my other knives. Its very thin frame can make it a little uncomfortable to hold. The spring only launches the blade, inertia is relayed on to fully open the blade. If the blade hit's something while opening, it will become stuck half open.

Overall:
Easy to use, easy to carry. I'd recommend it to anybody, especially those wanting a fast draw.