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  • Great knife with a good lock mechanism

    posted by rae76 on 10/15/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    -Big heavy and solid compared to most of the knives sold here.

    -Blade shape is a nice long spear point, shaving sharp out of the box.

    -Blade is thick; 1.3x to 1.5x thickness of my other similarly length blades.

    -Lock is ambidextrous.

    -No blade wobble at all when opened

    -Handle is aluminum with steel liner.

    -Blade pivot is lined with plastic or teflon washers on both sides. Combined with the lock mechanism makes opening and closing the blade smooth and without hesitation.

    -Due to locking mechanism blade sits centered when closed; compared to liner locked knives which the blade will slant opposite the side of the liner lock.

    -Lock has the "just nice" feel, some locks have too much travel making closing the knife a hassle while too little travel makes lock feel unsafe.

    -Handle design is an open back which means debris should fall out the back.

    Cons:

    -pocket clip is NOT reversible, meaning you cannot mount it on the other side, it has 3 holes on the opposite side but they are just cosmetic and do not align to the pocket clip.

    -Lock will allow the blade to close a bit under extreme pressure, it is unknown if its the inherent flaw of all such locking mechanism but for this particular knife the lock will disengage a bit. It does LOCK positively as I've tried knocking the back of the blade on a table hard and it stays lock, just that when you hold the handle and force the blade it will move as if disengaging the lock for a bit(a teeneeweenee bit) before stopping and once pressure is off the back of the blade it springs back to full open position.

    -No jimping at the back of the blade.

    -1 screw came not tightened, but most DX knives are such so its highly recommended that each screw is removed and applied locktite to them then screw them back tight.

    -Lock spring is quite strong making unlocking a little harder than need be, and due to the lock design the same applies to opening the knife, so if you're looking at a fast deploying knife this is NOT it. Even sideways flicking the knife does not always fully deploy the knife.

    -Locking mechanism makes full dis- assembly of this knife very difficult. Adding locktite to the screws or tightening the pivot screw is fine just not dis-assemble to it component parts.

    OtherThoughts:

    -finish is good, not perfect but good enough; some small blemishes on the handle thats all.

    -too big and heavy for everyday carry in my opinion.

    -blade shape makes it a great folder for food preparation.

    Bottomline:

    For the price this is no doubt a great knife, one of the best from DX.

    Feels like a kick back kind of knife rather than than one made for action, not fast deploying but opens and closes tight, and reliably time after time.

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