Knife Company Aztec NM
July 01, 2008by MSG Kim Breed, 5th Special Forces (retired)
The MAK-7 made mincemeat of the 1x4 pine.
The MAK-7 from TOPS is a heavy-duty field dagger made to play rough. Most daggers are slim and thin, but the MAK-7 is wide and thick. Daggers have a reputation for being limited-use knives in the field—basically, conventional wisdom goes, if you can’t stick it in something it’s no good.
I tend to look at things differently. Two edges are better than one. You just have to learn how to use your tool.
During the SFQC (U.S. Army Special Forces Qualification Course) survival portion, I carried a cheap little Texas boot dagger. It handled all the tasks required and then some. My everyday carry knife was a double-edge Fer-de-Lance from Pacific Cutlery for the next 18 years. I always had a sharp edge no matter what I did. Now, you cannot beat the back of the double-edge blade to drive it through a log without it sticking to the beating stick, but this is the only challenge you have to figure out with the MAK-7.
Rope & Wood
I came out cutting rope first, as it was the lightest portion of the test agenda. On half-inch sisal I got 42 cuts but they each left a thin strand of rope attached. I think that the combination of the coating on—and the thickness of—the blade peaked out at just under a half inch of edge penetration. I could feel the sisal grab the blade as I pushed it through. I cheated a few times and used the serrations just to make sure it would complete the cut. (As you probably know by now, I don’t like serrations.)
On 5/8-inch climbing rope, the MAK-7 made 75 clean cuts with no leftovers. The makeup of the rope just slid over the coating.
I grabbed a pine 1x4 and locked it in my vise. I started the standard “V” cut in the board. The heavy dagger blade bit deep into the wood, sending cut pieces flying. The knife was solid throughout the chopping; I experienced no vibration up my arm.
I went through the 1x4 fairly quickly and decided to step it up a notch. I looked around for my trusty 2x4. I will say one thing; TOPS knives are built strong. I thrashed my way through the 2x4. Now, it was not as fast as chopping the 1x4 in two but the MAK-7 handled the job. This is where I found out about a part of the handle I didn’t like—more on that later. The knife stayed solid in my hand as I chopped and had positive control for the “V” cut. Try chopping a 2x4 in half with a dagger; it’s a whole new world of fun. It took me four times as long to clean up all the wood chips than it did to chop the board in half. (My new bride, Melissa, wanted the floor swept anyway.)
The edge held up to the heavy chopping, so I set my sights farther down the blade to the tip—the most-used portion of a dagger. I found an old 785-page parts book, and, using the overhand/ice pick grip, started stabbing big holes into it. ...
Goblin Has Unique Open
Model Name Goblin
Pattern Utility folder
Blade Steel D2
Handle Hard-anodized 6061 T6 aluminum
Locking Mechanism Button lock
How To Operate Hold the outside of the pivot between thumb and index finger and rotate the handle away from the blade. The button lock secures the blade open and drops into a detent in the closed position.
The recent beneficiary of a YouTube appearance and a hot topic among some on Internet knife discussion forums, Dan Dugdale’s “Goblin” folder is a cool-opening folder with a grip-friendly handle texture.
“I always had the idea to mount the lock on ball bearings,” Dugdale said of the knife’s locking mechanism. “The pivot is in two pieces and the blade is sandwiched in-between. By holding the knurled surface of the pivot pin you can flip the knife open, similar to the Paul Knife [the famous design by Paul Poehlmann]. You can also use the thumb ramp as a flipper.”
The late Jim Schmidt made a “Goblin” folder, though it got its name from the stag handle butt shaped in the face of a goblin. Dugdale’s “Goblin” name comes from the serrated texture of the handle, which Dugdale said resembles that of the skin of a rare species of shark called the goblin.
For more information contact Dan Dugdale, Dept. BL12, 11 Eleanor Rd., Walpole, MA 508.668.3528 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spyderco P''Kal is the Latest Wave
Spyderco P'Kal is the Latest Wave
November 17, 2008by Kevin Michalowski
Sometimes you just want your knife opened quickly and there is really no quicker way to flip open a blade than with a Wave system.
Designed by Ernest Emerson, the Wave system is a patented feature that pulls open the knife by means of a hook on the blade as the knife is drawn from the pocket.
The Spyderco P'Kal utilizes a small metal stud in the back of the blade.
The system works best on fatigues or jeans. Don't try it on dress slacks. It takes a little practice and you are cautioned to stay clear of others as the blade is wicked sharp and the movement could cut those nearby. So practice by yourself before you "go live."
You can, of course, pull the knife without using the Wave feature … but what fun is that?
As for the knife, not withstanding the Wave feature, it is pure Spyderco from end to end. It is built tough, razor-sharp and fits the hand like someone really thought about the design. The blade shape is perfect for defense and also for very handy daily chores. The G-10 handles are tough, thin and light and the belt/pocket clip is tough enough for anyone.
If you want to get your hands on a Spyderco P'Kal, check out www.spyderco.com .