From the terrestrial to the ethereal, TTAK tries to bring you as much of the full spectrum of knives as we can get our hands on. Columbia River’s $20 imported 8Cr15MoV M1601KZ shares the Kit Carson flipper design of its well-regarded big brothers, but it definitely occupies the earthly end of this continuum. We aim to find out if it deserves a supporting role in your cast of blades.
I’ll spare you the tedium of an ‘unboxing’ video, but this little knife came pleasantly (newsprint-slicing) sharp from the factory, and has no obvious defects or blemishes.
It costs almost nothing and weighs almost nothing, so I’m not expecting much except that it opens and closes safely and doesn’t lose its edge too quickly. 8Cr-series steel tends to take a very keen edge easily and lose it just as easily, regardless of the advertised RHC hardness.
Time will tell, and so will we. So stay tuned.