kerubim Review

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Sturdy and Sharp
 from Charleston, South Carolina,  Apr 26, 2011

I got this knife for the purpose of being able to carry a weighty and large folding knife due to the rather unfortunate restrictions on fixed blade knives. Because of the fairly low price, I wasn't expecting it to be everything as advertised. However, I was not only pleasantly surprised; I was astounded. This is a clip point blade, about 5 inches long. Even after some pretty heavy use, it's set very firmly in the handle. Rather than using typical screws, or even allen (hex) screws, it uses those rounded screws/nails (I am unsure which, never having taken them out). It uses an interesting locking mechanism. The back of the blade has one of those impressionable buttons (unsure of how else to describe this). However, rather than simply moving the metal bar in the center and allowing the knife to close, it leads up the spine to a circular piece of metal with a hole in it. The blade has a protrusion on the back of it that fits perfectly into that hole, solidly locking it. The blade comes fairly sharp, but I was still able to hone it down more. There are only a few drawbacks. The first (and least important) is the little "CHINA" on the blade. It came off without too much trouble when I rubbed it with steel wool, though, so if things like that really bother you, there is an easy solution. The second is the opening. I don't usually mind using nail-nicks (although I prefer thumb studs), but for a blade this size, an alternate form of opening would preferable. In addition, the nail-nick can be hard to get to, making the knife difficult to open in a short space of time unless you're quite practice. Most nail-nick knifes have at least enough space that, if necessary, they can be opened with one hand; this knife has no such space. It will almost always require two hands to open. Something that some people might consider a minor inconvenience is the size and weight, but if you're considering buying a ten inch stiletto, I find it unlikely that you want to use it as a simple work pocket knife. Overall, this is a very well-made and sturdy knife, although a bit hard to open.

  • Did the product fit true to size? Yes
  • How is the quality of the product? High
  • Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes
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