Chinese Side-Opener

Chinese Side-Opener

Although this knife is of decent quality, it's really not much more than a novelty. It's too big for comfortable pocket carry, though it feels good in a pocket, and is too gaudy for someone to carry and still maintain his/her pride. The finish is an amalgam of blues that will grab your attention even if only partially exposed at your waist. There's a pocket clip that's a bit too tight, but no safety mechanism. The action is pretty smooth and the blade locks up well, but the blade itself is a bit flimsy for real work. The handle has no texture and would probably slip easily in your hand. Makes a great letter-opener.

  • MFG: Unknown
  • MODEL: Unknown
  • TYPE: Automatic
  • ACTION: Side-opening
  • MECHANISM: Coil spring
  • CLOSED LENGTH: 4.5"
  • BLADE LENGTH: 3.75"
  • PROS: Interesting finish, smooth action, blade has nice edge.
  • CONS: Too colorful to wear at the waist and too big to carry in your pocket, blade somewhat flimsier than most, no safety mechanism.
  • VALUE: An inexpensive knife with decent workmanship.
  • OVERALL OPINION: Probably ideal as a gift to be used as a letter-opener, but not much use otherwise.
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