What can we say; sometimes you need to blur the lines a bit. Here at Knife Informer we tend to focus specifically on production knives, but today we will deviate from that trend and present to you a full-on custom knife in the Grimsmo Rask, the second offering from the brothers Grimsmo. Check out Grimsmo […]
Price: About $120
The Good: A PM2 for people that need a sub 3” knife, cuts great, comfortable rounded handle edges
The Bad: Terrible clip placement, non-adjustable stop pin, better similar-priced options out there
Bottom Line: Buy a Sage 5… or a PM2 if it’s not a legal issue.
Price: About $300
The Good: Well made from quality materials, functional, well executed blackwash finish
The Bad: Detent is a little too strong, may need some pivot tightening
Bottom Line: Solid flipper that both cuts well and looks good in your collection.
While blade steel and handle materials are important aspects, the true heart of a pocket knife is the locking mechanism. There are a wide variety of locking mechanisms used by manufacturers, each with their own pros and cons. In this guide we take a closer look at the different lock types so you’ll know what to look for in your next purchase.
Price: About $40
The Good: Incredible value for money, great fit and finish, smooth action, solid as a tank, affordable
The Bad: Heavy, 8Cr13MoV requires frequent sharpening
Bottom Line: Hardly any compelling reasons not to buy one. Designer excellence for every budget
Headquarters: New York, USA
HEAdesigns is a relatively new company in the high-end, low-volume production knife and EDC market. Still a small operation right now, HEAdesigns is setting itself up for a future full of success. The brand gets its name from the initials of owner and creator, Housam E. Abdelrahman, or Sam, as he prefers. With the philosophy of Design Different, HEAdesigns is poised to shock and delight as they grow!
Price: About $300
The Good: Despite such a unique presence, the Equilibrium holds firm as a genuinely useful knife
The Bad: Some quirks, inability to slice well against a cutting board, argumentative lockbar tension
Bottom Line: No finer flipper can be found at this price point which offers the ‘scimitar’ aesthetic
Headquarters: Guangdong, China
Rike Knife stands among the latest crop of high end Chinese knife makers hitting the US by storm. They’re still a young operation with relatively limited selection but plenty to offer in terms of talent and creativity. Aesthetics, machining, and materials are what hold Rike up as a player in today’s production knife game.
Price: About $300
The Good: Excellent feel-in-hand for all sizes, tremendous action, mesmerizing looks
The Bad: It fails to keep up in the actual knife-y-ness department, namely poor blade for use
Bottom Line: Perfect for a light EDC’er with a desire for something eye-catching
Price: About $400
The Good: Superb design, very well made and tremendous value
The Bad: At over 6.1 oz it’s on the heavy side.
Bottom Line: Another Chinese production masterclass at a very attractive price
Price: About $20
The Good: Comfortable handle, carries well, decent quality for only $20
The Bad: Jack of all trades but master of none. Somewhat underwhelming.
Bottom Line: An ‘okay’ EDC blade for the budget conscious but better options exist
Price: About $150
The Good: Top notch S110V blade, tough handle, well made and classic design
The Bad: Perhaps a little too heavy for some
Bottom Line: Solid EDC choice for those wanting super steel in a sturdy package