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Camillus Cuda Folding Knife with Quick Release Lever Opener 9" Open Length - 18533

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Part Number: CM18533
Manufacturer: Camillus Knives
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CM18533: Carbonitride Titanium Cuda Folding Knife
Camillus Knives

A great, small folder with a quick-action blade release mechanism. The steel is a good quality Japanese AUS-8 stainless and utilizes a liner locking mechanism.

Camillus Knives
Since 1876, Camillus Cutlery has been supplying the world with reliable, innovative and qualitymade knives that have survived the true test of time. As one of the oldest knife manufacturers, Camillus Cutlery has always answered the call for quality and will continue to do so with our hunting, fishing, sporting and tactical knives.

Craftsmanship with a worldwide following – it’s been the Camillus way for over 130 years.

Camillus products are made of Carbonitride Titanium cutlery-grade steel and are through-hardened to hold an edge. Camillus knives will withstand the impossible task and continue delivering over extended use.

Specifications
  • Carbonitride Titanium
  • Japanese AUS-8 Steel
  • Hollow-Ground Blade
  • Quick-Action Blade Release
  • Ergonomic G10 Fiber Handle
  • Lifetime Warranty
Terminology

AUS-8 Steel
AUS-8 is a Japanese medium-carbon, high-chromium stainless steel. One word says it all, "balance." It offers exceptional balance between toughness, edge sharpness, and corrosion resistance. Balance provides lasting value. AUS-8 ranks among the hardest, toughest, and most rust-resistant knife alloys. It's a trusted favorite that enthusiasts prefer time and again.

Carbonitride Titanium
Carbonitride Titanium is one of the hardest surface treatments containing titanium. Harder than carbide. Harder than chrome. Our proprietary process creates a permanent molecular bond with the blade surface. Will not flake, blister, chip, or peel. A complex crystalline structure forms which protects the blade surface against wear, staining, and damage. Made in Taiwan or China
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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Lewis
Arizona
Sep 09, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality, None
Great materials, poor construction
I've owned this version of the Cuda for a little over a year. The good things I have to say about it are G10 handle scales, AUS-8 stainless steel, the one-handed "Quick Release Lever Opener." The G-10 scales aren't the most abrasive but it provides enough traction in the grip. I haven't had an instance where the blade slipped out of my hands, or my hands slipped up on the edge. The AUS-8 steel does what AUS-8 is expected to do. It's not a super stainless steel like S30V or VG-10. But it can be sharpened easily enough by anybody, and it can be honed to a very thin edge. The wear and edge retention is decent, maybe 6-10. If there was any faults in the construction that first concerned me, it was the lever mechanism. I had suspected the thumb plate to fall out or break apart like thumb studs often do with cheaply made folding knives. But so far it hasn't. My faults with this knife are the liner lock mechanism. When I first opened the knife and looked at the lock, it was locked at about 50% and very thin. WAYYY thinner than the G-10 scales! That was when I first bought it. And over time with light & mild use carving hard & soft woods, cutting almost anything & everything that needed to be cut, the liner lock has worn to shift about 90% almost all the way to the opposite liner. Like a dumb-ass, I recently tested the lock, rocking the blade from side to side. The locking liner actually flexes and I actually released the lock! Luckily I didn't cut my fingers & go to the ER. You can see YouTube reviews of similar new-line Camillus folders, especially the liner-lock lines, showing the liners flexing. I don't know if these reviews are directly fed back to the companies that KNIFECENTER sells their products for, but I will objectively criticize Camillus to beef up the liner-locks of their folders. You've got premium grade materials used, but executed them poorly. I realize, yes, if Camillus thicken the liner locks they will have to charge more for the items. But I can live with spending a few extra bucks on a studier locking mechanism to save my fingers from getting severed off, AND saving more money instead spending more on hospital bills getting stitches and physical therapy. Just food for thought to Camillus, and beware to future buyers.
2 out of 5
Jack
Georgia
Jul 26, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Overall Quality, None
Not impressed
The opening system will take some break in time but is mechanically sound. They used good steel for the blade and G10 handles are also a positive. Unfortunately where they saved money is in the liners to include the liner lock. I was stunned when I saw how thin the liners are. I was equally sickened when I saw the liner lock function during lock up. This knife will not please those who have a discerning eye and appreciate solid knife construction. I'd go with an Ontario RAT 1 folder or a Utilitac which are far superior in every aspect and a little less money.
5 out of 5
Jay
Oklahoma
Jun 29, 2014
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening
Cons: None
Great knife. However....
This knife is great. Perfect feel. Sharp blade. Quick-Release is different, but works great. However, this knife may cause problems for the lower IQ knife owner. It does not use the spring mechanism for the quick opening, like Kershaw has in their "speed safe" folders. It uses a "push and slide" thumb action. After 2-3 minutes of working with it, I can now open it faster than my Kershaw spring loaded folder. So, if you arent a lazy person with fat fingers, youll love this knife. If you are, however, a lazy fat sausage finger person, youll want to stick to a fixed blade and continue down that path in life.
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