-Price Paid: $35.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Less than 1 Month
Simplicity, simplicty. The single shot shotgun of folding knives.
I believe simple and tough is the formula for reliability. This knife is definitely that. It consists of a blade, a blued steel handle bent out of a single piece of steel, a very strong spring and a lanyard loop. Six parts in total if you count the rivets! From what I've read, this knife is 1075 carbon steel with a hardness of RC 52-53. Mighty soft by today's knife standards, but mighty flexy and forgiving in my hand in the way [great]grandma's old black steel kitchen knives were.
As soon as I received this knife, I oiled the pivot and wiped the excess drop over and into the carbon steel knife and handle. I then laid the knife on the diamond laps to sharpen, and in very little time and effort found myself holding a scary-sharp hair-popper that needed only a little knotted thong to give me something to grab onto when it was slipped into my pocket.
With that knot was in place, I put this knife in as my daily carry blade and have used it for everything I've run into over this past week. It has served as a steak knife against porcelain plates, sharpened pencils, opened boxes, cut leather against wood, performed one minor sticker removal surgery, opened letters and removed toys from those annoying clear plastic blister packs in which they often arrive. In all this use, the surprise for me was in how well the edge rode through it all for holding such a low temper, and in what fantastic cutting geometry the blade itself carried. It seems to slip through whatever work you put it against due to the full and ever-so-subtly hollow grind. This knife is just that, a KNIFE, optimized to cut well rather than being designed to multi-task as a tactical rescue death ninja prybar tire tool. The adage says, "Do one thing, do it well!"
In practice, I've found this knife to be a joy to use, and I will be handing them out to people near me. My only regret is that I didn't find the Douk Douk for sale for around twenty dollars until I'd already ordered mine for thirty-five.