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Avispa Folding Knife 3.5" Black AUS-8 Blade, Black FRN and Stainless Steel Handles, Designed by ESEE - BRK1301B

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Part Number: RCBRK1301B
Manufacturer: Miscellaneous
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RCBRK1301B: Avispa Frame Lock Folder, Black
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.
  • Full Flat Grind
  • Frame Lock
  • Reversible Pocket Clip
  • Ambidextrous Thumb Stud
  • Pillar Construction
  • Blade Length: 3.5"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.25"
  • Blade Steel: AUS-8 Stainless, Black
  • 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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Lucas M
Long Beach, Ca
Sep 10, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material
No frills, expectations met - in otherwords, near perfect EDC.
Reminds me of an oversized, overbuilt version of the blade most young men have extensive exposure to; Swiss Army knife (Boy Scout or otherwise). In that sense it's fantastic - when a knife is needed in the role of 'tool' a center point blade is my standard. Additionally, for use as a crafting blade - perhaps in the bush - a center point, no frills blade that meets your expectations is almost a necessity- When you don't have to think about the tool your using you can expend that attention in other places (your environment, what's next or what the hell was that noise) and simplicity is key. The scales on the interior side ( right handed) are a bit thin and have a slight "hollow feel"- I would have liked to see that in micarta but I understand that would have increased the price point (which is perfect for a knife like this) so I'm not too bothered by it. The handle is oversized in comparison with other knives with the same blade size but that translates to a very positive grip and confidence in use that some other knives just don't have (perfect for guys with larger or wider hands - like myself). Has a nice slim profile, wears fantastically in the pocket and the only hot spot worth mentioning is where the liner lock protrudes - and my liner lock is a bit of a chore to disengage but that could just be mine; although it opens like a dream. If your a little "ham fisted" and like a no frills tool that does and is just as prescribed; get it. At this price? He**... Get a couple. They're legit simplicity done in style.
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