Artisan Cutlery Waistline (Kwaiken)
Just picked this up from:
Artisan Cutlery makes this model in everything from M390 blade steel with titanium frame locks in colors never seen in nature to the basic model I got with D2 steel and G10 handles.
The shape of the G10 handles is reminiscent of CRKT's DogBone. Nice knife, but I don't like metal handles - the get very slippery when wet! Other nice features:
While the flipping action is not as smooth as the Boker Kwaikens, it is positive and acceptable.
I snagged two of these while they were at $52 + some change with free shipping. Two for less than the price of a basic Boker Kwaiken, and it feels better in the hand than the Boker.
I use my knives for cutting, slicing, and sticking. What do you use yours for?
- The G10 handles are beveled at the edges, the knife feels good in the hand, no sharp edges to abrade the hand while using.
- Pictures 1 and 3 show the left handed drilled and tapped grip / stainless steel liners. You can change the clip to a left hand configuration with a standard Torx driver and blue Loctite.
- Pictures 2 and 4 show the non-rotating pivot screw. The blade had a scosch of side-to side play when the licking liner was disengaged, so a standard Torx driver and blue Loctite solved that.
- Picture 5 shows the blade is .15 inch at the base, well centered, and the captured ceramic bearings on both sides of the pivot.
- Picture 6 shows the bottom of the knife, very open build, good pass through on the left grip and liner for right thumb unlocking (left thumb can also be used with a little practice), about dead center lockup on the rear of the blade.
- Picture 7 shows the top of the knife, again, open build, dead center lockup, detent ceramic ball bearing visible. This knife has a very strong detent, the blade cannot be "thrown" open like other models.