Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SOG Micron Tanto

This was a little freebie by SOG for filling out a survey a few months ago. Very thin and sharp, of note is that it is screwed together with little tiny screws.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Spyderco Pacific Salt (C91YL and C91BK)

Ah, the one that started it all. My first Spyderco folder ever, and one of the knives I've carried and used the longest (not these specific knives though). I reviewed this knife almost five years ago.

Ulster Boy Scout Knife

This was one of my late step-grandfather's pocket knives. I inherited it when I was a young teen and actually carried it in my pocket everyday for the last 2-3 years of High School. This was in the late 90s early 2000s too. Not quite sure why this was allowed, nothing ever happened to me and I recall using it on campus at least a few times a year and even sharpening it in Auto Shop.

Which is why it has a slight recurve and some obvious marks on the blade. One of those things you learn as you grow up, bench grinders are for grinding not for sharpening.

Soviet Picnic Knife

Picked up this "Soviet Swiss Army Knife" from Rodion over at the forums about a year ago. Here's what he has to say about it:

Some 20 years ago, during the Perestroyka, my dad bought this picnic knife in Ukraine. Last night, I've found it at my parents' house and decided to bring it back into shape. After dunking it in hot water (to get the joints moving again), sharpening, cleaning it up and oiling (with vegetable oil), I realized someone here might like it.

And here's a nice picture he made of it.

And here are some pictures I took of it today. I don't know much about it, I posted it over in Bernard Levine's forum at Bladeforums but I can't find the original thread anymore. I'll update if I eventually do. Now, if I recall correctly, the only info I got was that the knife, being a product produced in the Soviet Union had the price set by the government which is molded into the handle scales.

It's an interesting piece in comparison to the Swiss Army Knives and other pocket slipjoints we Westerners are so familiar with.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Kershaw External Toggle (1900)

Picked this guy up at the BLADE Show a few weeks back. It's been in my pocket ever since. A really interesting design from Grant and Gavin Hawk produced by Kershaw. : Check the G & G website for some more information or their other awesome designs right here. I spoke with Gavin for a few minutes at BLADE and would just like to relate how personable and friendly he was. I got to handle some of his and his father's custom designs and will say that they are worth every penny. The custom E.T. is a real treat, it's a little different that the production version and is something I would really like to own one day. Not to mention the custom MUDD, RAM and DOG! Well, one can dream.

Focusing back on the E.T.; it's an impressive design with a lot of moving parts and unique open/close/lock system. I'm working up to a full review but in the meantime here is a link to cutlerylover's review to help explain how this knife works.

I really like it overall, definitely one for the collector in me. Of course that is what everyone says about this knife. But really, how does it actually work as an EDC blade? So far it's a little slower to get into action tha a regular folder (due to the safety) but otherwise it cuts very well and has one of the strongest possible "locks" for a folder. Expect to see an update with a link to my full review within the next month or so.