I put considerable time and effort into bringing you the best one-stop source for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale listings. I know there is a ton of stuff I missed, but did manage to find some good deals along the way. One that particularly jumped out at me was the $29.99 Boker Plus Kalashnikov auto deal from BladeHQ. So good in fact, I bought 2. One reverse-tanto/wharncliffe and one dagger-point.
Since they were giving away free shemaghs with purchases over $75 and I had been wanting to compare one to the Helle Mandra I recently reviewed, I dropped $22.95 more on a Mora Eldris to put me over the threshold. 3 blades and a shemagh for $83, hard to beat that.
I will do a formal First Impression review of the Kalashnikovs soon, but I will say their action is much crisper than the Gerber Propel which was the sum total of my auto experience prior to this. I prefer the Wharncliffe as an EDC blade shape, but I look forward to comparing how the otherwise identical knives perform.
I am actually quite impressed with the Eldris. While I have only been playing with it for a short time, I think I am going like this little blade even more than the Mandra. I used it to cut up some kielbasa for tonight’s dinner, even skinning a couple of pieces for Thing 2 (he won’t eat the casing).
Not the most difficult substrate in which to test a blade, but the Eldris cut cleanly, and didn’t pull on the meat or fat, nor get caught in the casing. A bias-slice is about as crisp as one could hope for with any blade.
While I will be writing about this knife much more, I can confidently state that this would be an excellent first “real” knife for a child. The non-slip grip is suitably chunky, and the blade is a manageable size with which to learn. I am going to pick up 2 more to drop in the kids’ stockings for Christmas. They are both ready to own their first knife.