- Jan 31, 2008
How do you like that Benchmade Shootout? It's on the short list along with Kershaw's live wire.
Cool thanks. I like the blade shape compared to the dagger style of the others. It seems much more edc friendly.It's actually my favorite (aside from the Ultratech Tanto) and gets the lion's share of EDC. It's a whole lot lighter than the MTs. The action has been like clockwork, not a single hiccup, and the CPM-cruwear blade takes and keeps a ridiculously sharp edge. When I picked it up, I was wondering how a poly handle would do on an OTF, but after carrying it for a while, no worries on that front.
The backs of the top two aren't actually sharp - they're true tanto blades, not really daggers. The tops of those are just beveled a bit towards the spine - assuming MT did it to cut weight.Cool thanks. I like the blade shape compared to the dagger style of the others. It seems much more edc friendly.
Lot of abuse there. Obviously the blade is tough.An OTF can be really tough.
After admiring far too many of the recent blade profiles, I'm coming to the conclusion that they shape and contour and coat the blades the way they do mostly for aesthetic effect; the things are really beautiful, and it's amusing to contemplate just how they get to the final shape and form.
Lovely. If its too heavy for your pocket, I use this holster for my 110:
For that style of OTF, you have about an inch of blade tang riding in the track. basically hardened steel riding in hard anodized aluminum with a top plate bolted on, so twisting, or pushing down or up to cut, the design is stronger with more contact area than most any side opening, or manual locking blade. Some cheap ones with soft/brittle aluminum and poor fit can dent, gouge or crack the housing, but not anything with good milled aluminum like Microtech or Heretic. There is a small pin that stops the blade from flying out when deployed, it's sufficient, and really only stressed when pulling a blade out of tough material. The locks are the weakest point, a small steel tab in milled pockets that spring into place on the back of the blade tang. These have the greatest stress when stabbing, but it's a steel on steel contact between the lock and blade, that usually doesn't wear or get damaged easily, but the back, where it contacts the aluminum handle is probably the weakest point. Even so it's about 1/4" or more wide and usually fails by the handle cracking , and the lock jamming inward, usually more than sufficient, and in the Manticore's case strong enough to hammer through a 2X4. The actuator plate is thin steel, usually not stressed though, the springs can fail, then it turns into a gravity knife, but easy fix most manufacturers will replace under warranty, or send out. For me they are ideal for most things where I don't need a broad blade, strong, easy 1 hand opening/closing, slim in the pocket, lightweight, locks closed securely, pretty much no downside other than cost for a good one and the nonsense ban in many places.Lot of abuse there. Obviously the blade is tough.
I suspect that side-to-side or twisting would demonstrate any weakness in the blade/handle connection. I did notice that all forces were applied either directly onto the top of the blade, or on the back of the knife along the long axis.
I have to admit I was surprised that hammering the knife thru the 2x4 like a nail didn't destroy the lockup. It would have been interesting to see the knife disassembled after the testing, to examine the state of its innards.
My impression of the delicacy of OTF knives will have to be considerably upgraded in light of this demonstration. They just don't look like they could stand up to this kind of punishment.