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Knife Articles

Quick Look: Spyderco Positron

Adam Teeter

Spyderco had a run away success in their original Brad Southard flipper, so it makes sense that they would try to keep a good thing going by working with him again, and henceforth came the Positron. This is a smaller flipper with a CMP-S30V blade right around 3" in length. The scales are contoured carbon fiber housing a liner lock for secure and safe usage. The Positron uses ball bearing washers to provide smooth operation and the common wire pocket clip allows it to ride low and inconspicuously in the pocket. I find the liner lock rides a little low inside the scales, making it difficult to access and release; I would like to see a bit of a relief cut in the off side scale to allow better access. I also feel the contour on the scales is just too fat and round. Sure, this gives the knife a comfortable grip, but a small knife like this will not generally see extended cutting usage, so I would have preferred a more flat and slim profile on the scales to allow it to be flatter in the pocket.  Spyderco recently announced that they were discontinuing this model, so now might be the time to try and snag one if you've had your eye on it! 

- Carry on and God bless, 

Adam

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Quick Look: Spyderco SPY-DK

Adam Teeter

If you are familiar with the Spyderco UK Penknives (featured here and here), you might recognize some similar DNA in the SPY-DK. This one was built to conform to the even stricter Danish knife restrictions, so it has a tiny little hole that prevents any sort of one hand opening. The blade is made from N690Co and the handles are Spyderco's familiar FRN material. Again, I find the back spring weaker than I would would prefer, but being able to grip the knife up on the blade helps prevent accidental closures and injuries. This is a light weight and slim little knife, great for all sorts of urban cutting tasks. 

Carry on, 

- AT

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Quick Look: Spyderco UK Penknife Leaf Shape

Adam Teeter

A few days ago I posted photos of a variant of the drop point variant of this knife, but since I happen to have both on hand, I thought it fitting to make a second post on this version. These knives are basically identical, sans the blade shape. The same CTS-BD1 steel and FRN handles are found here. Again, this knife is intended for areas where certain knife features are restricted, specifically the UK. To my eye, the leaf blade shape is more attractive, but of course that is subjective. Either knife makes a great light weight cutter for a variety of daily tasks. The back spring on this one is fairly soft again, but if you are in need of such features, be sure to give them a look. 

Carry on and God bless, 

- AT

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Quick Look: Kershaw Random Leek 1660TSW

Adam Teeter

Sometimes you come across some really cool and really rare things. That was the case when I stumbled across this Kershaw 1660TSW years ago. I knew immediately it was not a common model, so I snatched it up quickly. The more I researched it, the more I realized I got a bargain. It appears that only 1000 of these stone washed Sandvik 14C28N steel, stainless handled knives were made in the mid 2000's. I was able also to secure a custom matte twill carbon fiber scale from Gatorscales for it, and think it creates a very unique and highly function knife. Check it out!

Carry on, 

- AT

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Quick Look: Spyderco UK Penknife Drop Point

Adam Teeter

More often than not, a tool is designed with a specific situation and set of circumstances in mind. This design process usually takes into account the task intended, the end goal, how the user will interface with the tool and other such concerns. Less common is when a legal regulation dictates how an instrument might take shape, but that is the case with the UK Penknife from Spyderco. The UK takes a fairly aggressive stance on restricting the carry of pocket knives by individuals in their countries, and limits blade length and prohibits locking mechanisms. Spyderco rose to the challenge and produced this slip joint folder. This particular variant features a 3" CTS BD1 drop point blade and FRN scales to provide plenty of grip while keeping the weight down. The large hole is perfect to open the blade one handed and the wire pocket clip allows for discreet low-riding carry. The only really issue with this knife I have is that the back spring is quite soft, something I do not like to see on a slip joint. Despite that, this is one of the top selling EDC blades in the UK. 

Carry on all and God bless, 

- AT

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Quick Look: Cold Steel Pendleton Mini Hunter

Adam Teeter

The Cold Steel Pendleton is meant for hard use in tough conditions. The Kray-Ex handle provides plenty of traction in slimy conditions and the VG-1 Stainless Steel blade holds an edge well. The 6 5/8" overall length makes it handy yet unassuming. It is well suited in your mountain or EDC kit and useful in a multitude of situations. The sheath is adequate and adaptable to different carry styles. At less than $40, it is an excellent value. Give it a look

Carry on all, 

- AT 

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Quick Look: EnZo Necker 70

Adam Teeter

The EnZo Necker 70 is a stellar little workhorse. It's classic lines and nice finish give it great looks, while Sandvik 12c27 steel gives it good edge retention  and corrosion resistance qualities. The handle is well shaped and mine wears ivory color micarta scales. This little blade is a welcome addition in the pocket, on a belt or around the neck that will hold up well to your daily tasks. Available in both full flat or Scandi grind and several handle choices, the EnZo Necker has an option for everyone! 

Carry on, 

- AT

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Quick Look: Böker Plus Gnome

Adam Teeter

The Böker Plus Gnome is a well known little blade. It's small size makes it ideal for pocket carry and is nonthreatening to onlookers. It's well suited to light tasks such as opening packages or slicing sausage. The addition of a lanyard really helps give a bit more real estate for gripping. With it's killer looks and surprising ergonomics, it is a great addition to anyones everyday carry. If you get the chance, I recommend you pick one up! 

Carry on, 

- AT

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Quick Look: Böker Plus XS

Adam Teeter

I'm a fan of Chad Los Banos. His designs are functional first, and beautiful second. This knife is well documented and reviewed, so I won't go into detail, but it only makes sense then that when I was in a restricted country, I would carry this well loved XS (mine was in fact a personal user of Chad before it came to me). It is a solid knife with very positive clicks and the finger groove on the blade to make sure no fingers are cut. When a locking folder is prohibited, one would be hard pressed to find a better blade than this. I miss a deep carry clip, but otherwise, it's great! 

Carry on and may God bless you, 

- AT

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Quick Look: Manly Comrade

Adam Teeter

The Manly Comrade comes from Bulgaria, where they obviously know how to build a knife! This is a large, solidly build slip joint. The knife uses steel liners and textured G10 scales to house a high quality D2 blade steel. There are 4 steps in the stiff action to ensure a high level of safety. This is a big knife with a 3.5" blade, but it looks great and cuts well. Böker is importing these to the US and you can check them out HERE. 

Carry on everyone and God bless you!

- AT

Quick Look: Real Steel H6-S1

Adam Teeter

The Real Steel H6-S1 is a high quality, high value folder. It has a solid frame lock and uses sound materials. Real Steel has rounded all the critical edges and it feels good in the hand. This would be a good choice for someone looking for an EDC blade. The materials in this model do show scratches fairly easily and the size a bit larger than I find ideal in that role, but you can find out more info on it HERE.

This knife pictured here I purchased second hand, and it appears to have been well modified at some point. The thumb stud has been removed to make it a two-handed opening knife. I am not allowed a one handed opener where I live, so it fits my locale well. One can see that a plug has been installed where the stud should be. 

Carry on! 

- AT

Quick Look: Böker Plus Rhino

Adam Teeter

The Böker Rhino. What a classic. As he often does, Vox really nailed the lines on this one. There is just not a bad angle to view it from. The deep hollow ground 12C27 blade is a reliable slicer that will not disappoint. The deep belly helps keep anything from slowing down the cut. The contoured G10 is grippy and tasteful. Böker's fit and finish are average, but that does not really detract from the usefulness of this smaller blade. From hunting to EDC, this is a great little knife to have with you. If you've need of a smaller little fixed blade, this might be the one for you. 

Carry on all and God bless you, 

- AT

Quick Look: Böker Plus Compliance

Adam Teeter

Sometimes you find yourself in a place where the knife you carry is restricted. The Böker Plus Compliance is a knife designed for such a circumstance in that it is a two-hand opening frame lock. This truly is a hidden gem in their line up though. Chad Los Banos outdid himself in designing it. The aesthetics are perfect, the handling is perfect, the blade shape is perfect. It has heavy gimping where you need it and a deep carry pocket clip to keep it down away from prying eyes. The lock up is solid but easy to release when you are ready. The G10 front scale is a great choice in terms of grip and looks. There are a few fitting flaws on my particular piece, but overall the quality is great and Böker's 440-C is a good steel for EDC. If you can find a copy of this one, I wholeheartedly recommend it! 

Carry on and God bless you all, 

- AT

REVIEW: TLIM Mini Bowie Neck and Bush Neck Knives

Adam Teeter

Introduction

The best knife you have is the one that you have with you. A lot of factors go into determining which model you might select, but one of the biggest points is the physical size of the knife. Today we will be looking at two knives that seek to be your constant companion by addressing the issue of size. They are the TLIM Mini Bowie Neck and Bush Neck Knives. 

Manufacturers Specifications

Bush Neck:

Blade Length: ~ 7cm 
Overall length: ~ 16cm 
steel - blade: ~ 3mm thik, 80CrV2

Mini Bowie Neck:

Blade length: ~ 4cm 
Total length: ~ 9 cm 
steel - blade: ~ 3mm thick, 80CrV2

Philosophy of Use

I was interested in these two knives for Every Day Carry (EDC) use. They are designed primarily for use in bushcrafting, but I thought their size and slim profiles also lent themselves to use in the pocket around the city. My main uses for an EDC knife include opening packages and light food preparation for my toddler when out and about. 

Description

Handle Design

The handle design on these knives is evident in the photos. It is a simple flat knife with no additional scales attached. Both knives come supplied with the lanyards attached, no doubt intended to give the handle a bit more length.  

Edge Design

Both knives feature a Scandi ground edge at around 15 degrees plus a micro bevel. They came shaving sharp from the factory. 

Sheath Design 

The sheathes supplied with the pair are a simple kydex affair. They use a single eyelet for attachment on a lanyard and heavy kydex make them quite rigid. They are well formed and finished quite nicely. 

Fit and Finish 

Fit and finish is a bit uneven. 

The holes in each knives handles are nicely chamfered, but the edges on the outside of both handles are not. The exception is that the area where the index finger grips the Mini Bowie Neck has been nicely chamfered. 

Both knives also were not sanded smooth before the black finish was applied. This means you will notice small pits on the flat surface of each knife under the finish. 

The fit and finish on the sheathes is great and without blemish. 

In Use

Ergonomics

Though these knives are very similar, they are very different in terms of ergonomics.

The Mini Bowie neck fits well in my hand (I wear medium gloves usually) and provides a good 2 finger grip. The lanyard gives a bit of real estate for the third finger to aide in the grip. The sharper edges on the butt and back of the handle do not seem to be noticeable on this knife. 

The most important point to note though regarding the handle on the Mini Bowie Neck is that there is no provision for keeping ones index finger away from the cutting edge. This is a fairly large oversight in the design. Even a slim ricasso would have been enough to solve this. 

The Bush Neck knife handle is long enough for me to get a full 4-finger grip and is very secure. On this model though the sharp edges are more noticeable and make the grip a bit unpleasant when the knife is heavily used. 

Sheath

The sheathes are secure and safe. They are however, very basic. I realize these were both designed as neck knives, but I would have preferred a slightly wider sheath for the Bush Neck with a couple of extra eyelets to allow more flexibility for carriage. For me, I would have liked to have made some simple leather loops and carried this knife horizontally on the belt. 

Conclusions 

The Mini Bowie Neck and Bush Neck knives from TLIM Knives are both solid and very functional knives. They will serve you well under lighter usage conditions (see the note on the handle designs above). I can wholeheartedly recommend the Bush Neck knife for a no-nonsense and low-profile tool that you can carry with you often. I can hesitantly recommend the Mini Bowie Neck for those who need a tiny fixed blade for very light usage. 

For more information on these knives, please visit the TLIM Website. 

Disclaimer: TLIM provided these knives at a discounted price in exchange for my unbiased review.