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I much prefer a locking mechanism in my folders. It's a safety thing.

So when I saw this .. a double lockback trapper .. I paused for a check of the specs.

  • Type                                             Folder

  • Blade                                   Clip - Spey

  • Blade Length                  3-1/8″ - 3-1/8″

  • Blade Steel                                440HC

  • Rockwell                                       57-59

  • Lock                                       Lockback

  • Bolsters                             Nickel Silver

  • Liners                                           Brass

  • Handle                  Brown Jigged Bone

  • Closed Length                              4-1/8″

  • Weight                                          3.7 oz

  • Origin                                            China

Not bad .. tempered to a 58 +/1 HRC. A trapper ..&.. both blades lock.

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Then I saw the price .... $15.45

And real jigged bone .. not synthetic.

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I've one coming.

Will review when it arrives.

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I will be interested in the review. I have a few Boker Plus and find them to be decent knives.

I figured .. @ < $16 .. I couldn't go wrong. Being from A.G. .. I've come to expect a certain level of quality. Realistically .. for <  $16 .. I'm buying a "user". I've only the older Boker .. w/ the tree's. It will indeed be interesting to see what the new Boker is like.

Billy Oneale said:

I will be interested in the review. I have a few Boker Plus and find them to be decent knives.

I am also going to be interested in this one.  Each blade having it's own lock back should be interesting

Camillus made a double lockback trapper .. which I have. This is a stock pic .. I'd have to dig pretty deep for mine .. pictures would be awhile.

Anyway ............ ......... Camillus took a slightly different approach.

Note: The recessed areas to release the backspring .. are offset from one another.

It certainly added to the safety ..but.. detracted from the ease of unlocking. The other backspring right next to it .. impeded the depressing of the desired backspring & release of the open blade.

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Beyond the general build & fit-n-finish .. that's a practical aspect I'll be critiquing.

I'll dig the Camillus out for a side by side comparison.

Case did one also but the blades were at opposite ends

Oh my .. a double lockback muskrat .. that's sweet, Jan.

Jan Carter said:

Case did one also but the blades were at opposite ends

Well .. I received it Monday.

However .. have been able to do little more than unpack it.

I did the once over. Fit'-n-'finish is quite acceptable for the price.

In fact .. it's easily as good as I've seen on knives twice the price.

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The double lockback feature is secure & easy to use .. easier than I recall the Camillus being ..which.. I cannot locate at the moment.

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The bolsters & caps are ever so slightly dovetailed .. need to post a pic.

Presumably .. to help hold the scale material from warping ..or.. pulling away from the frame.

I'd noticed this approach on another knife just recently .. a Rough Rider.

Same subtle angle.

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This knife is heavier (3.7 oz)  & larger (4.125 closed) than I usually EDC. So I'll likely just be taking it out into the field .. occasionally.

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Given the price .. I bought this as a user.

Blade steel is specified as 440 High Carbon stainless.
The blade is etched "440 STAINLESS"

SO0ooo .. it's either 440A or 440B .. most likely.

I can find nowhere on the web where 440HC is definitively identified.

It's widely discussed ..but.. is NOT official nomenclature relative to the 440 series of SS.

It is a marketing term.

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The knife arrived sharp. Quite sharp !!

The manufacturer's rated hardness is 58 +/- 1 HRC.

I purchased this as a user ..sooo.. I sharpened it.

A good quick way to get a feel for the blade hardness.

I used a 1000 grit diamond whetstone.

I instantly turned a slight wire edge over. Not something I see happen with Queens PH-D2.

Queen's rated hardness for their PH-D2 is 58.5 +/- 0.5 HRC.

Somebody is fibbing .. imo.

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Anyway .. will get it out in the field now that warmer weather is present .. and do a little actual cutting.

I'll see ..'n report.. how it stands up there.

Dale.

D ale,

I am curious.  440HC yet the knife is made in china.  440 is not usually a knife steel produced there.  I would have expected it to be a 440 equivalent like 5Cr15MoV

No doubt .. it is. This "440HC" is a marketing term .. not a real steel specification or type !!!

Jan Carter said:

D ale,

I am curious.  440HC yet the knife is made in china.  440 is not usually a knife steel produced there.  I would have expected it to be a 440 equivalent like 5Cr15MoV

Great source and yes, very well trusted.  I will be interested to see how the steel holds up to hard use

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