I really like this segment of knives; low price, but still great design, mechanism and material. I call this segment Low Price High Quality (LPHQ). The Schrade Extreme Tactical, XTAC SQ586, falls into this segment, and does it well. This liner lock is robust yet slim. The low weight and the tip down carry pocket clip makes the XTAC nice to carry. I like the shape of the blade and the handle's gripability. The two sided thumb studs could have been given a smoother edges though; on this knife the studs scratches my thumbs. The studs are placed very close to the handle when folded. These two things can be an issue when in cold climate with stiff fingers.
The XTAC's Chinese blade is delivered with a razor sharp edge that holds up fine.
Length: 194 mm / 111 mm
Blade: 82 mm long, 24 mm wide, 2 mm thick drop point blade
Handle: 111 mm long and 12 mm thick, black plastic and blue aluminum with pocket clip
Weight: 82 g
This is a low price Taiwan produced bowie knife from the 80´s influenced by Linder's model that goes by the same name. A nice design detail on this knife is the blade's extreme clip point and the big blood slot. The big blade have a long tang and a convex edge. This bowie comes with a pretty dull edge and you quickly realize why the fragile sheath is equipped with a whetstone. I like the robust handle with well fitted finger grooves and a big brass guard.
Length: 338 mm
Blade: 208 mm long, 42 mm wide, 5 mm thick, stainless steel, long tang, clip point, convex edge
Handle: 130 mm long, finger grooved rosewood with a double brass guard
Knife weight: 413 g
Sheath: 71 g thin leather sheath with whetstone
Etiketter: Large fixed blades
The EKA Swede 38 is a classic folder designed by the Swedish Prince Sigvard Bernadotte in 1968. The clean Acrylate handle gives the knife a futuristic look from the 60's. This thin and durable blade have served many Swedish homes throughout the years. The brass screws makes the folder easy dissembled for cleaning. I got this knife from a thoughtful relative during the 80's and I still often use it as a very nice no fuss EDC.
Specs Blade material: Stailess steel Sandvik 12C27 58 Rockwell C
Blade length: 80 mm
Blade thickness: 2,8 mm
Knife length: 114 mm / 184 mm
Handle thickness: 14,7 mm
Knife weight: 74 g
Price: 300 SEK (Sweden 2013)