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HA outdoors .... 2 Cheap Knives put to the rope !

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Let me just say off the bat ...... For the price , these knives are not perfect ..
Before I even cut rope , I modified both knives ......... ( I did )
And the only reason I purchased these knives ..... They are allegedly " Columbia Knives "

The fixed blade is a Small Fixed blade :
The grip really crowds my hand , and the only way to feel reasonably comfortable is to allow your index finger to ride the grove in the blade .
Even then I felt the need to do mods
A) For a more natural feel
B) Keep my index finger away from the edge

Small folding knife :
Liner locks - Dont like them ! Why ? Cos my fingers are always ridding it ( liner lock ) , making it near impossible to open the blade .
You need some freaky hold on the knife to open one handed ( un natural ) .
Also the grove in the liner was too far back to allow access to the liner lock to close the blade one handed ... So I had to extend it forward ..
Also if you leave the blade lose enough to open one handed , there is blade play .

The knife is small ! So it's freaky to fidget ! It's not so well designed or executed so as to be really desirable as a one handed knife ..
As a two hander , it's ok . For $15 bananas , the edge holding surprised me .

Video Soon !
 

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Ok , a 100 slice fail !
Slicing rope hurt my hand ..
It was not the grip that was causing pain but rather the blade design . I had to resort to the glove .

Reground : PITA on the wet stone grinder ...
Factory grind is FUBAR with a capital " F " .
I ground a fresh bevel onto the knife and will slice rope again ASAP .

Those aluminum grips ?????????? ( WTF ) .... They add weight in the wrong place . ( A lot of weight )
I may try and 3D print some new grips .. ( Why Not )
This was always a project knife ( Cheap N nasty ) that I wont worry about too much .
 

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Guided knife sharpener 22 deg edge at the rope ..
$15 knife does a 200 Fail ..
That factory edge was FUBAR ..

Knife has been re ground on the wet stone grinder .. Might be interesting to see what $15 can do .
 

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Some more Mods !

Smoothed out all my grinds ..
Ground and smoothed out the top of the grip ( just ahead of the paracord wrap )
Oh , the paracord wrap .
Yeah those aluminum grips had to go .. Knife feels a lot better in the hand now .. Slice some rope soon !
 

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Horrible humidity today ...
Surprise ? a 350 Fail for this one .. That's not to bad for $16 ....
Edge stropped back without issue . ( Nice )
 

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Horribly humid day ...
Paper is really soaking in moisture ...

250 Fail ... Not bad for a $15 knife ..
 
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