Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Wishlist: Clean out the Ruger p345

I've looked around a lot of .45 acp handguns. One that I have considered often is the inexpensive Ruger p345. It's a solid polymer framed single stack 45 featuring a very conventional DA/SA trigger. The p345 is pretty slim, has a great feel on the grip, and is neither too heavy nor too light. However, the safety systems are the main problem here. It features a magazine safety, a weird external safety lever, piles of warnings, loaded chamber indicator, and a locking system. The magazine safety actually is so poorly designed that dry firing can shatter the firing pin. I've heard a lot of good things about this gun. And even more after the mag safety is removed. I'd like to see a version that might not sell in CA or Mass, but will make us shooters in the more gun-friendly states start buying these boys up fast. Ruger try taking out the mag safety, redesign the safety or remove it entirely, and take some of the other PC garbage off your otherwise solid design!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Quote for the Day

From FarmDad,
"every law passed be it local , state , or federal comes with an implicit death penalty for non compliance."
Yes. If you look far enough down the road for that every law in the books is backed with the threat of lethal force. Doesn't matter how touchy feeling you want the government to be, this is the end game. will fucking kill your ass and go home and sleep like a baby. This power should be tempered by a concept that the people are only renting it out to the boys in Washington. It does not belong to them, and if they fuck around with it, it can be applied to them by the real landlords.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cult Murder in Japan

There are things that happen in this world that make me hate and rage so much I actually get a little afraid of myself. This is one of those things.

In Japan, a 13 year old girl drowned during a cult exorcism performed by her father and a Buddhist monk known as 'waterfall austerity'. The exorcism consisted of tying her down to a chair and then having "her face forcibly doused with a stream of water continuously falling from an outlet 2.5m above her for 5 minutes at a rate of 40 litres a minute." That girl endured this torture over 100 times over at least 3 months before finally succumbing.

I shake when I think about how many times she must have screamed and begged for them to stop and to let her go. I want the worst for them. I don't care whats right or moral. I want them to suffer. Both the father and the monk should not die quickly. I want to see it. I want to laugh. I want to KNOW that they paid for their crimes in this world before going on to suffer for them in the next. There is no crime that is worse than one that is committed by a 'do-gooder' for they will NEVER feel that they did something wrong. In their mind they were saving her. That fallacy means there is no limit to the horrors they will inflict. So, there should be no limit to the horror they should be subjected to in a case such as this. I do not feel like a good person right now. Don't rightly care either. I would gladly take my turn turning the screws on these human vermin. Does that make me no better than them? Maybe. No one says justice has to be nice.

I got this one from Sankaku Complex, lots of NSFW content there so watch out.

Still Not This Bad Here

In UK, the criminal is actually a more protected victim class than the people they victimize. A 39 year old father fights and ends up stabbing two burglars, one of which succumbed to his injuries. His wife and child ended up being there shortly during the fight. I'm looking for some other story references, but I think I recall another article saying that the two intruders assaulted him prior to the stabbing. The father has since been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Here in Kentucky, such an intrusion is nearly considered suicide. The criminals right to exist becomes null and void over the defenders safety. The reactions of his neighbors are pretty spot on to what they SHOULD be. Such violations are paramount to rape. However, the UK government and the criminal underclass and the liberal moralists don't like for those damn citizens to be all uppity and provide their own security. It endangers all three's groups as much as fools that enter the bears den.

JP reminded me of this one.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The War On Knives: Florida

Idiots in Florida's have put forth HB179, which prohibits pretty much everything with a sharp edge in all Florida public, private, colleges, and even career centers. It also gives violators felon status for violating this abuse of power. This includes common pocket knives and box cutters. To me, the concept of this law is so criminal, that anyone daring to sign their name to it should themselves be branded as criminals to the civil rights of Americans everywhere and punished. While, from a liability standpoint I can understand pocket knives being kept out of k-12 schools, denying adults on campuses and career centers is inexcusable. Would this apply to the dorms? No kitchen knives so students HAVE to use the campus food services? Gah.

The one who has put this pile of feces forth is the despicable Ari Porth of the Florida House of Representatives. He can be seen below, thinking about how he best trample on the civil rights of the lady to the right.

Found this over on Robb Allen's Thanks for getting my blood pressure up!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Wishlist: Cold Steel Mini-tac Spear Point


I love my mini-tac tanto. The subhilt design makes drawing and retaining so easy. The jimping is great and the g10 grips are comfortable yet maintain a firm grip in the worst oily slime. However, I am not a huge fan of the American Tanto shape. I'd rather have a curve instead of the unnecessary 2nd point. However, I'd like even more to see this with my favorite blade style, the Spear Point. Spear points are just a very symetrical style of drop point. They feature some of the best tip control, excellent penetration, yet solid cutting power. C'mon Cold Steel. Give me an excuse to buy a 3rd mini-tac!

BTW: Anyone know anyone that can re-profile an AUS8 blade into a more traditional curved Tanto that doesn't like like a 3 year old did it(which is how it would look if I did)?

Assraped by UPS policy

3.2lbs worth of handgun and accessories to be shipped to its out-of-state destination cost me over $63. According to Federal law, it doesn't matter how you ship a handgun out of state so long as it's headed to an FFL to be transfered. The rules for shipping are all on the carriers. USPS will ship handguns, but they require the shipper to have an FFL and the correct forms. UPS and FedEx will both ship handguns but they both require overnight shipping. This is borne of them not trusting their employees. Justified or not, UPS and FedEx policy have us over the damn barrel. When you can expect a shipping charge of over 50 dollars for each time it becomes very hard to legally ship handguns around the states by yourself. Seriously, harming the ability for regular citizens to dispose of their private property. Once upon a time, 2nd Day Air was good enough. And that was half the price of Next Day Air. I really miss those days. Where's my donut pillow?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What's in Yer Walle- Er Pocket?!

I'm really more of a knife guy these days than a gun guy, so when I noticed my pal Weerd Beard posting about a knife meme, could I ever resist the peer pressure?

I carry these two just about everywhere. The noticably colored tactical folder is my new Benchmade Griptilian. It is to EDC knives what the Glock 19 is to duty handguns and the Smith & Wesson 642 airweight is to CCW revolvers. It is a standard. I work at night, so harder to loose colors in my blades, isn't exactly a bad idea.

The second blade is my neat Cold Steel Mini-tac Tanto. It is in no means perfect, but it is a great offhand defensive carry knife. Excellent hand retention, remarkably sturdy, and sharp enough to make someone very very sorry for getting too close.

After Six Days and No Posts, Sig-madness is upon me!

Been a busy several days! I've been busy wheeling and deal. Several very unused pieces of my firearm and accessory collection have been sold off in this past week. Buying and selling guns is actually a lot of fun. However, I find that it is dangerous to do this in that once you have money in hand, it starts to slowly evaporate. Soon the nickles and dimes add up and there's nothing left! I'm trying to not let that happen! I plan on spending as much on a new gun, as a I made on selling old ones.

Originally, I planned to snag a nice Mossberg 590a1 and some more pocket guns, but the siren call of the .45 acp is beckoning... And handguns are just more fun than shotguns damn it. I stumbled upon a steal for a Sig 220, but alas, I stumbled minutes too late. Sigs are easily one of my favorite pistols. I have an excellent little Swiss Sig 225, an excellent single stack 9mm, and I've long wanted a Sig 228. However, I'm currently fixated upon the 220 series. After a few days spent hitting the refresh in a vain attempt to beat someone to a deal at SigForum, I finally have a line a Sig 245 owned by a friend of mine. A discontinued but interesting variation of the well proven 220 series specialized for carry.

UPDATE: this is the particular 245 that I am working hard to acquire. I was surprised to learn it was a coveted duo tone! Sweet!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Owen/Shirley Camp Defender

I'm increasingly into large knives. They're pretty useful in the woods and as I've found around the yard when you're clearing light brush. My latest find has me a little excited. It's the joint project between jrshirley and steve1911 which has culminated in their Camp Defender knife. I dig this one a lot!

The Camp Defender is tough use bush blade that would take on flesh and bone as quickly as wood. The blade is 9inch bolo/kukri style. Micarta is the default grip material, but other materials are available This full tang knife is made of the excellent 5160 high carbon tool steel.

For now the basic model is going to be offered at $150. If you want it at this price, hurry up, you can reserve one for a $75 deposit. I'm thinking hard on this one. I don't have any custom blades yet. This is the right style and right price for one.

Gay Marriage

A lot of folks have their panties in a wad about homosexuals getting legally married. In my prospective, it is really none of my business. Nor should it be the government's business to say what consenting adults can or cannot be married to. Marrying animals or children is obviously a foul as neither party is going to be able to consent properly. That is science fact, kids. Thus the prohibition makes perfect sense. However, two adults of legal voting age just happen to be both the same sex and want to form a permenant relationship? The prohibition is not there. There is nothing there sexually that is an issue. Most sodomy laws have been overturned. With modern medicine and hygiene coupled with monogamy nor is it a great health risk. Is it that they cannot reproduce naturally? Well, there are plenty of sterile folks in heterosexual marriages. No one disputes their right to marry. So what reason can be left? Religion!

I'm not a big fan of organized religion, myself, but I have no issues with those folks that choose to follow their faith. In fact, I respect good religious people just as much as I do any other good person. Good people are good people. However, our nation does have this entire 'separation of church and state' business. Therefore, prohibition based on purely religious reasons are flatly against the rules.

I see why marriage is protected by legal means. It is absolutely necessary. But it is not true marriage in a religious sense. It is a set of legal protections for the marriage partnership. There is a separation of the body and the spirit in that way. You want spiritual marriage you go to a church, mosque, or synagogue. However, you want real world legal protections, you go to the state.

The government should not favor one religion over another so long as either are active within the law. So its pretty damn wrong, logically, to deny homosexuals legal protections thanks to religious morality. Is freedom an other world for "none of your business." Lots of folk are going to disagree with me on this one. That's fine! You're entitled to disagree. But if you think that's bad, just wait until I talk about abortion. Muwahahaha.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Nauuuuughty Benchmade?

After all the crap they gave Boker over their automatic knives, Benchmade seems to be just a tad hypocritical. This new Ti-Fender has a spear point blade, flipper, linerlock, and its overall appearance at a glance reminds me of a certain very popular Kit Carson design...

Is this a cool move? Or a bit, naaaaaaauuuuuuuughty?

'Scalpel'-Style Knives

Most folding blades have shorter blades with longer grips due to their construction and most fixed blades have a longer blade to grip style. The short blade with full grip style is one I've taken to calling the 'scalpel-style'.

Two that have recently taken my notice are the Blackhawk Kalista II and the Boker Bender. Both feature are made from 440c stainless steel and feature relatively short blades to full size handles.

The 3.3" bladed Kalista looks to have a pretty secure grip with this trigger finger recess deep but not quite subhilted. It is has a generous grip, too. Its sheath can be mounted to Sepra holster paddles and belt loops. The Bender has a more basic neck sheath but features nice micarta scales that are tied in place with paracord. Perhaps this is for mounting to spears? Its blade is a short, 2.75" and it's really only barely in this 'scalpel' category. The Bender averages around $120 and the Kalista, $80. A bit high for 440c knives. The Kalista looks to be the better deal, though the Bender is a very nice looking modern blade with some very classy lines.

They're interesting blades with a lot of control for the point and edge. In work situations too much blade can just get in the way, but I rarely find a knife with too much grip.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Good Vicious Circle this Week

This week's Vicious Circle, a webcast radio show main full of ornery drunk people hating on things like government and idiocy in general, was really great episode. I've been on VC several times myself. Mostly it's made up of folks from the gunblogger conspiracy. Hearing my pals again, I had to return to the irc channel because I missed 'em!

Freaky the Scary Snowman

Yesterday, I discovered this. It is INSPIRED GENIUS. You'll spend hours watching this series of youtube published pranks. I wish I had thought of it. Scaring the bejabbers out of city folks is fun! I sometimes wish I could do something just like this for fun and profit. I do a damn good zombie shuffle myself...

Late-Friday Wishlist: Modern .7.62x25mm Handgun

We got some tiny weirdo micro rifle/pistol hybrids these days like the 5.7 FN and that uber tiny 4.6mm H&K, but the good ol 7.62x25mm Tokarov is still a speedy powerful round that can still defeat some modern soft armor through velocity alone. Plus with modern ammunition this .30 cal gets a boost in effectiveness and still has a lot of weight in comparison to the sub-rifle rounds. So lets see a modern double stack polymer frame handgun in 7.62 Tok. Even if its not necessarily practical, I think that the this old school fire-breather would be just AWESOME to shoot!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Emerson Commemorative Navy SEAL Combat Knife

In honor for the SEALs that recently died after being shot down in Afghanistan, Emerson knives have built a custom blade out of steel from the World Trade Center. It is being auctioned it off to benefit the families of those SEALs. I've bought one Emerson knife before. A LaGriff. Maybe I need more.

Harbin Pharmaceutical Group of China

Harbin Pharmaceutical Group is the second largest pharmaceutical company in China and also state operated and owned. As you can see, the company spared no expense to make their main offices look like a French king's wet dream. As our own government is progressing steadily into directly controlling US businesses we can expect this sort of thing to be common place one day. They just have to get rid of those pesky 'rights'.

I found this gem on Sankaku Complex. NSFW links and articles there.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Review: Gerber Curve

In one of my recent reviews on the Gerber Octane multi-tool, I mentioned that while the tools were pretty good, the folding knife was functional yet very disappointing. SOG, Benchmade, CRKT, Kershaw, and dozens of others make hundreds of excellent high quality stand alone folding knives. They set a bar that the few multi-tools of the world are having one hell of a time leaping over. New models of multi-tools like the Octane, Leatherman Skeletool, Victorinox Trekker, and Wenger Ranger are trying to become more like tactical folders with improved ergonomics, locking blades, better steels, and/or pocket clips. Yet, the knives are still lacking.

Having been so spoiled by our excellent tactical folders, its hard to take a hit on perfection and return to the lowest common denominator. Nor does it make sense to. That sharp edge is what we generally reach for first. Many times over the other common tools. On the other hand, even the best tactical folders are not very good for prying or tightening screws unless you like bleeding. So what does one do? Carry both? That's a lot of extra weight especially when you're carrying a gun, spare magazine, flashlight, and an offhand fixed blade. One compromise I've found is the Gerber Curve.

I recently picked up a Gerber Curve for my wife for about $15 from She is constantly forgetting it, so I'm taking it over for now and putting it on my keyring. It is small and simple, but surprisingly useful. The fingernail opening tools includes a tiny knife blade, flat head driver, a hybrid flattened Philips head driver, a small flat head, file, and a carbiner/bottle opener. The knife, flat heads, file, and the bottle opener are perfectly functional. I'm not sold on the Philips. It will do the job, but not in a great way. There are dozens of tiny pocket or key chain tools with similar load outs, but unlike the vast majority all the folding tools on the Curve lock. Also, the curve is oddly ergonomic. Not so much in the sense of being especially easy to use or hold. Rather its ergonomics make it comfortable to keep on a key ring in your pocket. Other tools like the SwissTool and even some Leatherman-style tools are very likely to tear up pockets or even scratch your leg.

The Curve is not massively full featured. It is extremely minimalist approach. The Yet, it can take care of most of the small tasks that I require from its tools at a modicum of weight. My favorite folding knives can stay where they belong. JP also gave a little review on this tool.

Monday, September 5, 2011

More Thoughts on Pistol Caliber Carbines Options

This week GunBlogger Conspiracy regular, veteran Vicious Circler, & part-time rock & roll clown, Weerd, discussed pistol carbines and their virtues and deficiencies. I seriously do agree with most of his post. I have long held that pistol caliber carbines make excellent defensive tools. Accuracy, stability, low recoil, inexpensive practice, and sharing your handguns caliber. He also mentions
(tho technically you gain a bit of muzzle energy from that same pistol ammo, tho the end result is mostly academic) and the stopping power of a rifle or a shotgun)
This is actually only partially true. For most of the your semiautomatic pistol cartridges, it is correct. Perhaps a 100 or 150 fps can be added with the addition of a 16 inch barrel. This is due to the fact most all semi-auto carts are loaded with fast burning powders. They very quickly burn up the powder and if the barrel cannot go much past 16 inches before velocity begins to degrade. However, if you look at revolver cartridges, something magical happens. Most revolver cartridges are loaded with slow burning powder. Where fast burning powders have already reached their full kinetic force, slow powders are still building up.

Buffalo Bore provides an excellent example of this with their heavy(not +P) 125grain .357 magnum load. From a 4inch revolver this spicy load dishes out muzzle velocity of 1603fps. That's about 150 over the more classic hot anti-personnel 125grain loading. However, in 18.5inch barreled Marlin lever action, this load has an incredible 2298fps. It is firmly in the realm of the 30-30 and the classic 7.62x39 soviet rifle loads in speed and kinetic energy delivery.

It is a similar tale with other calibers such as the .45 colt and .44 magnum. Another example is Buffalo Bore's .44 magnum 180grain Anti-Personnel which exits a 18.5 inch barrel at 1987fps which is 570fps over the same round from a 4inch revolver.

I've known this for some time, but Weerd's comment made me think about this fact a bit more closely. I think decided to hit up Google and see if anyone has any slow burning loads for automatic pistol cartridges. While, I found no commercial loadings, I did find the results of an experiment one fine gentleman had loaded for himself to try out with a hi-point 9mm carbine. The results, if correct, are very impressive. He used Wolf 9mm and bulk Winchester white box as control groups, both using 115grain projectiles. They averaged at about 1250fps and 1300fps respectively. Then he used 3 loadings of his slow powder each with 115 grain projectiles. One load was near the maximum pressure for 9x19 using Blue Dot powder. It gave out an amazing average of 1700fps! WWB has an average speed of about 1150fps from a handgun. That is fairly normal for a non-+P 9x19 load. 1700fps out of the same cartridge in a 16inch barrel is not just academic. It's a game changer. Concealable class II bullet resistant vests could not be trusted to stop that sort of velocity. It adds a lot to the platform.

Despite these impressive findings, I am still a bit concerned with a few questions. Would it cause problems to the firearm being that its slow powder? Will it overheat faster? Can the barrel take the velocity? Will it cycle properly?

I shall try to remain optimistic about this. After all, the slow powder experiment was carried out successfully with a Hi-Point 995, which means I think ANY 9mm carbine in good condition could to it too. 9mm AR-15s are becoming more and more popular as time goes on and ammo prices mount. Some of these are going to be dedicated platforms too. They may be earmarked for younger or weaker family members in case of disaster. Uzi carbines, kel-tec sub-2000s, Beretta Storms, and a smattering of others are also available and would also be solid choices for a 2nd line defensive carbine or a primary depending on the user. A few magazines of higher velocity carbine loads would certainly go a very long way for the normally low power of the caliber. If viable, 9x19mm carbine specific loads might be something we see ammunition makers, big and small, work on next.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Japan: Gun Cultures in Worlds of Oppression

No big secret that I'm a big fan of Japanese animation and comics. I came to it in my teenage years after never seeming to find the kinds of visual science fiction that I desired. In the 18 years since, I've learned a lot about the culture and people of Japan in conjunction with this hobby.

One thing I learned was of the Gun and Sword Act. Since the 1600's, the common people have been effectively banned from owning weapons in Japan. This was quickly placed into effect by the Tokugawa Shogunate to cement their dominate position for the next 250 years. Even today, the Japanese have one of the lowest numbers of firearms in the world. It is almost 99.9% true that only the cops and criminals have guns in Japan. Despite this, I have discovered that there is indeed a firearms culture still struggling inside of Japan. Only has to look in their art to see the carefully drawn images of Glocks, m4s, Smith & Wesson both revolvers & semiautomatics. If it didn't matter, they wouldn't be so lovingly and exactingly depicted on the pages of comics and digital animation cells. They study them. They spend hours researching from some of the very same pictures we take of our own rifles, shotguns, and handguns just to show off. For these artists, this is gold.

Airsoft is popular there. Folks of all ages go play commando with what they legally can. Some save up to go on shooting parties in other countries. In their own country it is illegal for them to even touch a gun without a license. Yet, they're still there. Multitudes of common people, just like us, that want to go shoot a gun just for the joy of doing it. They talk like we do in gun shops and internet forums, but sadly most of them have no actually experience. They play the same video games that are getting our younger gunnie generation the urge to get out and shoot! But no one will ever be there to let them try out a Sig or an AK for their first time out to the range.

It's heartbreaking when you realize there are decent folks that honestly have no chance of changing things in their own country. Japan is more a police state than even many third world nations. We have comrades there and in many other countries all over the world. Put a few extra rounds down range for them. As long as we can keep owning and shooting, maybe we can give them a little hope.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Wishlist: USA-made Kalishnakov Bayonets

There are a lot of AK clones in circulation in the USA 7 years since the Evil Looking Guns ban sunset, many of those now have their bayonet lugs. Bayonets are popular collector's items, but rarely fixed in the field. Older bayonets were not useful in both camp tasks and defensive use. Dedicated knives like Kabars and Bowies are still heavily used by military personnel. Recently for the AR/m16/m4 platforms, new bayonets have been starting to crop up. Makers like Zero-Tolerance and Ontario are starting to make bayonets that are actually more useful off the end of a rifle. I have to wonder then, why not new ones for the AK pattern rifles too? Low end Romanian builds aside, folks are putting down serious bucks for good Bulgarian, Yugoslavian, and Hungarian builds. Not to mention the many Saiga rifles and shotguns being converted. Some of these high end builds cost just as much as a lower to mid range AR-15. If I had the money or know how to put into this, I would. AK bayonets make some better sense to me as the ring goes where the finger guard would be on a normal blade. This would allow for a thumb to go up on some spinal jimping and add to control in normal tasks. I think it would be simple and not terribly expensive to get some of the bayonet mounting parts from eastern europe and create the blades themselves there. I am thinking about cracking open my Romanian bayonet to see how feasible this sort of transplant could be.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Troll Hunter

Just finished watching this Norwegian film done in documentary style about a group of college kids recording the work of a professional troll hunter tasked with dealing with Norway's native troll population when they come into conflict with human interests. I saw the preview during some time spent looking for upcoming horror and sci-fi movies on youtube. At first I laughed at the concept, but as I watched the preview I got interested. Months later a copy showed up on the shelf of my local MaoMart for twelve bucks. Money well spent in my opinion. I love monster movies. I care little for horror movies with mere humans as the monsters. I already know we're the worst things out there, so not terribly interested there. I really enjoyed this one. It's a keeper in my book. At the very least worth a $1 rental at the Red Box or with your netflix account.

Review: Boker AK-74 Automatic Knife

One of the worst feelings is being disappointed after making a supposedly careful decision. We've also spent lots of money on impulse buys on things only to be disappointed. This feels bad, but isn't as bad. We tell ourselves that we were weak and somehow, it makes us feel better. Naturally, its a given we feel good when we make that careful thought out purchase and its exactly what we wanted or better. How about when we make a snap purchase and it turns out to be awesome? Nothing feels better. You just gambled and you won. I gambled on a Boker Kalashnikov AK-74 Automatic knife and I won big.

This is my first automatic knife. I've wanted one for a while. However, there simply isn't much in the mid-range of quality. It often seems that the autos out there are either junky imports or high end stuff like Benchmades and the super high end, Microtechs that make the Benchmade's look like mid-range! I had just finished looking at a Benchmade Mel Pardue auto at a gunshop, when a knife that I'd seen before online, one or twice, caught my eye in an AK magazine-shaped box. I picked it up and handled it. Felt good, looked good, locked good, opened good, and the price was good! Overall, I liked it better than the $150 knife I'd just handled. So I took the plunge, plunked down $45, and never looked back.

The Ak-74 is an automatic drop point tactical folder with a side-mounted push button lock-release. Much like with Benchmade's automatics, its just push and click. When closing, just push the lock and fold the blade. Pretty simple. It does not have a safety thanks to a lawsuit that Benchmade leveled at Boker. I'm not really sure who was in the right, but Boker started making the AK line without the safety and recessed the lock button down a little more. I think I had one accidental opening in the year and a half it was part of my EDC kit and nothing bad happened during it. As for carrying and using an auto, I found I really really liked it. I even carried it at work. However, I opened it so that the spine would hit my pant leg and I would then flip it out the rest of the way so as not to frighten the sheeple.

The blade is a handsome looking drop point, modeled slightly on the AK-74 bayonet. I certainly don't think its a close resemblance. There is a pseudo swedge that almost gives it a clip point appearance. The drop point's shape is excellent and both edge and point are controllable for food prep, opening packages, and other general cutting tasks. Its made of AUS8, so its edge is not particularly long lasting, but neither is it terrible. The maximum edge sharpness is perfectly adequate for EDC work. Never had any issues with corrosion. The handle is aluminum. The color is painted on, but it held up pretty well with regular use.

The ergonomics are among the finest I've ever felt on a knife. Its like it was made to fit my hands. The grip features excellent comfortable finger grooves so it doesn't feel like you're going to slip easily either way. Boosting this, are 3 raised portions matching the grooves along the sides. Everywhere else there is a pebbled texture that is smooth but still reasonably grippy. The jimping is wonderful on this knife. The jimping is deep and secure for the thumb in both normal grip and reverse grip. The pocket clips is a deep pocket design that is nicely secure, but its wavy shape impressively adds to the draw of this knife! A great feature. The lock may be the weak point. It is a single point of locking. As most side button locks are. Even so, I would rate this as a solid medium EDC choice.

There are many different styles of this knife. There is a liner lock version, which I have never handled. No matter the lock up there are several colors to choose from. They sell this knife without the springs too. So you can generally find these for order and buy it and the springs separate to get around the foolish federal laws on automatics. Remember, if you want an auto. Make DAMN sure, that you can legal own one. Kentucky CCW laws allow me to carry literally any weapon legal in the USA with my permit. But a few miles down to the south, I'd be in serious shit if a Tennessee cop found it on my person.

It has become one of my favorites, and its hard to say what could make it better, other than offering a some versions in a better steel and maybe even doing some polymer frame versions. It's made in Taiwan as part of Boker's Boker Plus line. I seriously have no issues with Taiwan. I've had and seen too many excellent knives made there. Sure, there are cheap shitty ones coming from there too, but if it says Taiwan I will be inclined to give it a chance.

If you're seriously considering getting an automatic knife. This is a wonderful place to start at. Automatics are very cool and surprisingly useful. There is no legitimate reason for them to be reviled and be subject to such outright stupid laws. I recommend that you give the Boker Ak74 a try before you sit down the serious cash for one of the higher end knives. If worst comes to worst, you'll have a spare auto that is won't hurt so bad if you loose it.