Alright everyone. Chris was kind enough to send me this Junkyard Dog to review for you. Unfortunately this is not the full review. I hope to get it out soon, but I hesitate making promises since this semester’s work load is a bit more than last semester’s. My first impressions of this knife are wonderful. Chris describes is as a tank, but I hesitate to go that far, considering some recent purchases (stay tuned). Overall, this is a good knife for the price point, but there are some areas for improvement.
This model is the composite blade with a D2 cutting edge. (The sawtooth pattern in the blade is where the D2 is grated onto the 14C28N body.) This knife is a factory blem that Chris picked up at the Kewshaw Factory Sale in December, so it was a bit cheaper than normal.
Our best guess of what the blemish is is a backspacer that is just barely not flush. This does not affect the performance of the knife in any way. The blade still pops out smoothly on its bronze bushings, and the ergonomics are still good. In fact, the ergonomics are freakin’ fantastic in both standard and reverse grips. Also from the little bit of cutting I’ve done with it, it simply chews through cardboard.
Overall this is a great knife, but there are a few things that can be better. The first is the clip. It is large, obnoxious, and tip-down only. The clip needs to be slimmed down to where it is not gaudy and needs to be reversible. The second problem is with the detent. Having a good detent can make or break a flipper. The detent on this knife is nearly non-existent, and with such a heavy blade you basically have to flick your wrist or it just won’t open all the way. With a good detent, the knife should fly open and lock when you simply overcome the pressure of the detent.
You can argue that my Ferrum Forge Pretium has spoiled me for cheaper flippers, but the CRKT Carajas has a fantastic detent for a $75 knife. I’ve noticed this with many cheaper flippers. My third complaint is more of just a personal preference. I’d like there to be a choil in front of the flipper. With a 3.75″ blade, it wouldn’t be detracting much cutting surface. Also with the curvature of the spine of the blade, it seems natural to choke up on it.
Well, there’s my quick introduction to the Junkyard Dog. I hope to have the cutting tests done soon, since I have cardboard piling up in my room. Until then I’ll be trying to survive college.