I've been promising this review since the epic hijack of my car bag thread. When i was reworking my car bag i decided to pickup a new knife to replace the cheap folder i had originally. I was looking for something durable, reliable, and cheap just in case it got lost or damaged while on the road. i had considered Gerber, but i've had issues with some of their knives. Benchmade was too expensive. Based on the Kershaw love i've seen on ITS i decided to see if they had something that would work. A quick trip to Amazon.com found the model 1990 Brawler.
Basic Specs are:
- Steel: 8Cr13MoV, Black oxide coating
- Handle: Glass-filled nylon
- Blade Length: 3 1/4 inches; Closed Length: 4 1/8 inches
- Quad carry pocket clip
- Speed safe and flipper opening systems; Liner lock locking system
I had two reservations about this knife. One, it didn't have a combi-edge blade. i like partial serrations because i find myself cutting heavy rope and cord quite a bit and the Combi-edge comes in handy. my second reservation was it was an "Assisted Open" knife. Most of the assisted open knives i've worked with either underwhelmed me or just didn't work. the assist spring wasn't strong enough to open the blade effectively or the finger paddle is too big and bulky and affected how the knife is carried.
When i received the knife i was surprised that neither of these were an issue. the blade is razor sharp and has cut thru bailing twine and 550 cord with ease. The spring assist is crisp and immediate, with the finger paddle being just a small nub that doesn't get caught on pants pockets and acts as a nice finger guard when the blade is deployed.
The only bad thing about this knife is the pocket clip. It is woefully small and very stiff. i need to use two hands to get it clipped on the pocket of my car bag or my pocket. i might have a new one made at the shop at work.
The price couldn't be beat as well. it was ~$22,00 at Amazon with Prime shipping.
All in all, i am very happy with the knife and would buy it again, especially if i could find it in combi-edge.
Thanks to ITS for the advice.