Avispa Folding Knife 3.5" Stonewashed AUS-8 Blade, Black FRN and Stainless Steel Handles, Designed by ESEE

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Part Number: RCBRK1301
Manufacturer: Miscellaneous
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Description
RCBRK1301: Avispa Frame Lock Folder
ESEE Knives
 
Avispa is Spanish for Wasp and this frame lock folder is an aptly named large brother to the awesome Zancudo folder. The Avispa was also designed by the survival experts over at ESEE Knives, Mike Perrin and Jeff Randal, and produced by Blue Ridge Knives. It features the same spear point blade shape but in a larger, more capable 3.5" size. With this larger blade, they needed a larger handle and what better knife platform to go with than the awesome Ontario Rat 1. It's a very ergonomic handle that's great for tactical applications and comfortable during prolonged use. The only knock on the Ontario Rat 1 was that it was always a liner lock and never developed into a frame lock. Well, wait no longer - the Avispa is here. The absence of the extra handle scale has produced an extremely slim profile and easy to carry knife with the Avispa. The pocket clip is reversible to all four positions and the knife weighs in at 4.4 ounces. It's another folder we're very excited about here at the KnifeCenter because it gets almost everything right in a folding knife at a price point you're sure to be pleased with.
Features
  • Full Flat Grind
  • Frame Lock
  • Reversible Pocket Clip
  • Ambidextrous Thumb Stud
  • Pillar Construction
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3.5"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.25"
  • Blade Steel: AUS-8 Stainless, Stonewashed
  • Thickness: 7/64" (2.75 mm)
  • Overall Length: 8.5"
  • Handle Material: Black FRN (Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon) with Stainless Steel Lock
  • Handle Thickness: 3/8" (9.5 mm)
  • Weight: 4.4 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan
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.
Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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3 out of 5
Redtail
Rocky Mountains
Sep 06, 2014
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Weight, Handle Feel
Solid knife, dissapointing design work.
Love the Zancudo and was excited to get a larger version. This ain't it. The Avispa is a frame lock drop point RAT1. A good solid knife, but another big clunky knife. Poor design work in fitting the Zancudo shape blade to the RAT shaped handle. When closed the blade sticks out a lot more than necessary. Fit and finish, lock up, deployment, blade centering.. all excellent. Just a cop out in the design. Dear ESEE/BRK if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
5 out of 5
John S.
Alabama
Jul 25, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
One of the best folders I have bought in a long time.
I bought this blade for an edc and I am very, very pleased with it. The nested front liner gives it a ultra thin profile while not sacrificing any strength whatsoever, the frame lock locks up solid with no play, the 1/8 inch thick AUS 8 blade deploys smooth as silk and holds a super fine edge, and the gimping along with the really comfortable handle design give you a solid purchase on the knife. The G10 is just grippy enough to feel solid in hand but not so aggressive as to tear up your pocket and the stone wash is one of the most attractive I have ever seen. If your looking for an affordable, stout, light weight, comfortable, effective edc blade, you just found it.
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