Maple (Winchester Clone)

Maple (Winchester Clone)

A less-refined knock-off or clone of a Winchester (compare to the knife next to it in the picture). This knife is inferior in finish, texture, blade grind, and materials, but it does have the feature of being assisted-opening. The opening action is not as smooth as most of my other knives, but it works reliably. I don't really trust the liner lock in this knife...it just looks to me like I shouldn't put too much pressure on it. What I was actually hoping for when I got this was that it would be more similar to the Winchester counterfeit, but with the added benefit of assisted-opening. Like the counterfeit, this is OK for most work purposes...just don't stress the locking mechanism.

  • MFG: Maple
  • MODEL: Unknown
  • TYPE: Manual
  • ACTION: Side-opening
  • MECHANISM: None
  • CLOSED LENGTH: 4.5"
  • BLADE LENGTH: 3.25"
  • PROS: Works reliably, fits hand reasonably well, very inexpensive.
  • CONS: On the lower end of the quality scale, liner lock may be a risk, overall poor finish.
  • VALUE: You get what you pay for...cheap price, cheap knife.
  • OVERALL OPINION: A box of these would be useful from time to time. I probably wouldn't even bother sharpening them. I'd just grab a new one and demote the old one to cutting Sheetrock.
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