Reviewed 02/13/2011 by Charlie
-Price Paid: $20.00
-Used for Light Duty/General
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
Now I don't expect much from a key chain knife, so in terms of ergonomics, I can't really dock it too much points. After all, it's suppose to be small in the hands. Either way, for the cost and quality of the knife, I have to say it is quite worth it.
The blade steel is AUS8 with a blade length of around 1.92". Not much to say here. It's not the best steel in the world, but is there really a reason to have high grade steel on a key chain knife? AUS8 is great at what it does, and this knife came with a razor edge. I haven't put this blade under hard usage (why is there a need to for a small knife like this?) but for small tasks such as cutting open envelopes, opening bottles (I just use leverage), and other small tasks, it does the job.
Now one thing that I love about this knife is the locking mechanism. It is a fantastic lock called the "Levitator Lock". The great thing about this is the fact that the knife will lock closed or opened. I won't go into the specifics of how it works (you can see that on the Benchmade site) but I find it to be a fantastic lock. Additionally, if you become proficient enough, you can easily open the lock with one hand with a little flick of the wrist. Even better, for such a small knife, the fit and finish is definitely above average. There is absolutely no blade play and the blade was fairly centered in the handle.
This is a great key chain knife that can easily be attached to the key chain. I will however admit that the weight isn't the most comfortable on a key chain if you like to have it light weight. It ranges around 1.6 oz and as light as that may sound, combining that with a bunch of other keys might add to the weight. Overall, this is a fantastic knife and hopefully, many will purchase one. They aren't too expensive and since it is constructed fully of metal, it is a rugged little piece.