Seeing this knife in the internet, I was filled with desire. Two months later, the desire turned into action (a discount coupon for 7 bucks, won on the “rocket” action on Ali) came in handy. And after another three weeks, the action transformed into possession.
So, my first fix = 38 bucks.
The knife is a Chinese copy of the knife model TCFM 03 by Crusader Forge, USA. And the copy, as I see it, is quite good.
About the original company
As the introductory information from the site of the parent company - www.crusaderforge.com - "Crusader Forge knives are designed for extreme and hard use."
The company has a range of folding knives and knives with a fixed blade. The company is a kind of company competitor Strider knivesboth in terms of design and purpose (tactical crowns), and in terms of pricing policy ($ 500 and above).
Steel - D2 (as stated by the seller)
Total length - 220 mm
Blade length - 108 mm
Maximum blade width - 33 mm
Butt thickness - 5 mm
Knife type - full-tang (full tang - laid on mounting of a handle on a blade)
Handle: G10 black
Weight - 220 g
Sheathed weight - 306 g
Factory sharpening pleasantly surprised. The knife not only cut the paper, he also shaved! Long time I did not come shaving Chinese.
One weekend during the harvest, he took a break and tested the little knives. Slightly planed, chopped up a bit (a couple of 2-3 cm cherry trunks), plus cut off a bunch of unnecessary cherry shoots.
After the test cutting and planing on a tiger blade, a very nice one, there were shallow scratches (not metal), but they, like scars, are only meant to decorate!
Shaving the knife stopped, but the paper still cuts. Zaminov or chips on the cutting edge did not form, from which I make my amateurish conclusion that steel, if not declared D2, then something close to it in terms of parameters (certainly better than modern Chinese 440C and 8Cr13MoV).
The knife, by the way, really cuts. Of course, it is more convenient and logical to do it with an ax, and weight plays a positive role there. But "in emergency cases" and with small amounts of work the knife will cope. And, unlike the ax, you can hide it, figuratively speaking, in your pocket.
There were some doubts about the geometry of the handle -she is indeed seemingly controversial and ambiguous. As a result, in my middle palm (the width without a thumb is 9 cm, the distance from the base to the tip of the middle finger is 19.7 cm) the knife successfully lay down.
With direct grip forefinger and middle fingersThey fall into the groove and are fixed in it on the sides (in the case of giant hands, there is likely a lack of space for two fingers). In this case, the thumb is placed either in the hollow on the butt or on the edge of the handle - depending on the subtlety of the work performed (it’s ridiculous to talk about a 5 mm butt cutter, but suddenly the need will force!)
With the reverse grip, the notch on the handle takes the little finger and the nameless - there is no problem at all for any geometry of the hand.
With a chopping hold, only a fat one falls into the palm.part of the handle and it is very convenient. It turns out a kind of knife-palm hinged connection, which allows the wrist joint to bend less when harvesting business wood :).
Handle material - G10 black. The plates are attached to steel with Torx screws, i.e. with a great thirst for creativity, you can disassemble and replace the pads with something self-made and creative.
About stick materials
In general, in my opinion, in relation to the so-called "outdoor" knives (or knives for suburban use) there are two materials that are optimal in our enlightened age - this is G10 and Micarta.
The tree becomes wet, swells and decays (especially with mediocre processing than domestic producers sin). And richly coated with varnish becomes slippery.
The metal oxidizes, cools the palm and, again, is very slippery in essence. You can of course wind a paracord on a steel handle, but under the rain with such a knife I would not come out.
A mikarta and G10, having basicallyepoxy, textolite and other advanced materials, have excellent moisture resistance, durability, are pleasant and warm to the touch, have high adhesive properties and unlimited color gamut.
But the fastening plates to the strip of steelWith the help of rivets, I generally see disrespect for the consumer. What problems make a split bolt connection, gentlemen, domestic manufacturers?
Kaidex sheath (Kydex) + Tak-lok system (Tek-lok) = great “skin” for fixing! Easy, convenient and practical, and the options for attaching the sheath - a lot!
Tek-Lok - system of multiple suspension sheath. It is a plastic frame with a lot of holes that fits on the belt, and the width of the “suitable” belt is quite impressive.
The sheath is attached to the frame with two screws andhow exactly the screws are inserted into the holes depends on how the knife is carried in the sheath: vertically, horizontally, at an angle of 45 degrees and plus variations due to the symmetry of the sheath (can be fixed for both right-handed and left-handed).
Reliable fixation of the knife with a gentle click.
About Chinese D2
As the Internet says "Steel D-2 - moderntool steel, sometimes called "semi-stainless". It has a rather high content of chromium (12%), but still its amount is not enough to classify this steel as stainless. In spite of this, by the parameter “corrosion resistance” it far surpasses any carbon steel. It also has high strength, which allows for a long time to keep the cutting edge. "
That is, as I understand all of the above, steelhas a good price / quality ratio and with minimal care (try to wipe dry after wet work) is able to work well and productively in nature.
Now, about the similar steel from the Chinese. For the second time I meet the marking GB-D2. The Internet is silent on this point, but I suspect that this is an honest Chinese version of D2. That's just the question of its composition and quality of heat treatment is hanging in the air and is not going to fall to the ground.
(The abbreviation GB (abbr. From Guobiao) is the national standards of China. So the manufacturer openly declares that the steel on the blade is D2 "in Chinese." The guys are starting to work honestly.)
This knife was declared by the seller with GB-D2 steel (albeit at the very knife D-2 marking) - a copy of Microtech Currahee Tanto. Brother ofigel from the appearance and immediately decided to "take!".
Full Thang. Handle of Mikarta The total length of the knife - 255 mm, blade length - 120 mm, max. blade width - 43 mm, butt thickness - 6 mm, weight - about 700 g (!), serreytor half the blade (foolish solution, which reduces to me all the possible advantages of this knife - it would be better to let the saw on the upper edge , and the bottom completely left “Plaine” - a smooth blade). There are also completely pleinovye modifications. Price - about $ 58.
Many letters and words, but the knife is worthy. Thanks for attention.