It's been a while since I've posted here on the ITS forums and even then, I haven't posted much in the past. I'm mainly on social media sites and a select few knife/firearm forums. Mostly lurking or gathering information for DIY projects. I thought I'd share my review of a small fixed blade that I found.
Selby Knives Folsom Necker
I frequently use the iOS/Android app Instagram and was browsing one day, when I stumbled upon Selby Knives' page. I instantly fell in love with the design when I realized it resembled a similar shape to a Strider SJ75 Baby Huey. I contacted Brian Selby, inquiring more information about his knives. He was very helpful and within a few days of conversation, my Folsom Necker was on it's way.
The necker is made from O1 tool steel and comes with G10 handle slabs (your choice of color) and a kydex sheath with a 550 cord lanyard.
First Impressions - The Knife:
The knife fits well in the hand, for it's size, and the thumb ramp is perfectly placed for a solid grip while push cutting. At first, I was not overly impressed by the G10 handles, as I am usually a fan of flush fit scales. However, this being a small knife, the scales being slightly undersized allows a positive grip for each knuckle to really dig into. I did not have much time to do cut tests yesterday, but I'll be posting my results when I get back home this evening. The finish is well done, with the Selby Knives logo and "Selby Knives" laser engraved onto the blade. The finish reminds me of a patina rather than a coating. Judging by the laser engraving, it does not appear to be very thick, but I believe it will hold up well. The knife does have a lanyard hole, of which I have not found a use for yet. I may put a small decorative lanyard to a get a better handle purchase, but it is most definitely not needed. I have rather large hands (XL gloves or bigger) and it fits very well in my hand and does not feel like I would lose a grip.
First Impressions - The Sheath:
The sheath is made of kydex or a similar composite. It has a very smooth texture and is very well made. The sheath does its job and has very secure retention. With a slight tug, the knife can be removed from the sheath and the knife snaps right back into the sheath with minimal effort. I'm going to go ahead and order a pair of loops for IWB carry, but this would definitely be a handy neck knife or backpack shoulder strap mounted knife.
*The above was copied and pasted from my initial review on other forums*
Update 12/7/14 - It's been a few weeks now, wearing the knife daily.
The sheath was wayyy too bulky. Using the dremel, I realized I desperately need a benchtop belt sander.
Before and After:
On my person: