Daoye Front Opener

Daoye Front Opener

This knife looks like something the USSR would have issued in the 1960s. I don't think that there's a single plastic part in it and it weighs in at a hefty 6.6 ounces. You could use it to hammer nails, I think. Surprisingly, the action is very smooth and positive, though the release button is probably a bit much for weak hands. The blade is almost a clip-point, making it look more like a hunting knife. The handle is chrome-plated in sort of a roughened lizard skin texture. The knife is assembled with six beefy screws. There is a pocket clip that is surprisingly supple and useful, though carrying this in your pocket would probably pull your pants down to your knees. The castings that make up the handle are not finished as well as they could be, with a few rough edges here and there. Overall, though, it's a big, beefy knife that would probably make a good work knife. Even if you don't open it, you could probably win a fight with it by simply holding it in your clenched fist like a roll of pennies. Made in China, of course.

  • MFG: Daoye
  • MODEL: Unknown
  • TYPE: Automatic
  • ACTION: Front-opening (double action)
  • MECHANISM: Coil spring (in and out)
  • CLOSED LENGTH: 4.5"
  • BLADE LENGTH: 3.25"
  • PROS: Built like a tank, surprisingly smooth and positive action, strong blade, good pocket clip, disassembles easily.
  • CONS: Big and heavy, release requires some thumb strength.
  • VALUE: Probably worth the price for the metal content alone.
  • OVERALL OPINION: A somewhat unusual, but well-built, front-opener.
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