Kiowa - Tanto, Black - Serrated
Even a quick glance out of the corner of your eye will convince you that this is no ordinary tactical knife. You can tell by the dramatic, take-no-prisoners profile that the Kiowa—yes, its named after that attack helicopter—is a knife to be reckoned with. Owing to its 3" tanto blade in matte black. Its gnarly serrated section for sawing. And its handy lanyard hole for easy attachment.
The handle is aggressively sculpted of glass filled nylon, with skateboard tape inserts for extra control in tough scenarios. Finger positions are ideally configured for ergonomic efficiency and comfort in multiple defensive postures.
As hard-charging folders go, a guy can do a whole lot worse than the pocket clip Kiowa. Question is, why the devil would you accept less?
- Overall Length: 7.4"
- Blade Length: 2.99"
- Closed Length: 4.37"
- Weight: 3.4 oz.
- Lock Mechanism: Liner lock
- Blade Style: Tanto
- Blade Material: High Carbon Stainless
- Blade Type: Serrated
- Handle Material: Glass-filled nylon
- Opening Style: One-handed opening
- Tanto blade
- One-hand opening
- Textured glass filled nylon handle
I bought the kiowa a couple years ago and it has given me no trouble at all. The locking mechanism seems very solid with little or no play at all. Feels almost like a fixed blade knife. Also, with breaking in and a bit of oil in the joint it flicks open almost as easily as an assist (a flick of the wrist helps, but I am able to flip it open all the way with my thumb alone). It is a very durable knife that has survived numerous camping experiences and various physical strains.
Found one of these in Afghanistan- pretty well used but took an edge well and stays sharp. Its been my everyday carry knife ever since, replacing my 1/3 serrated easy-out. Use it for everything from stripping wire to dicing tomatoes for dinner
I have used the Gerber EVO for years and love it. I purchased the KIOWA. Good knife but the screws are coming out of the handle and the blade is lose. Not the Gerber knife standard I expect. The multi-tool and EVO are great. The KIOWA needs to go back for repairs.
Found one of these on the side of the road just a few days after loosing a Gerber Paraframe. That was 3 years ago and I absolutely love it! Very smooth opening and closing with one hand and tough as nails. It sees a TON of action as I carry it and use it everyday.
Great knife having trouble with clip the screws that hold the clip have stripped out from pressure of sitting down and it being in my pocket all other function work great. I only have owned since July 31, 2012 after seeing its not available I don't want to send it in for repairs.
I bought one of these back in 2008 and it was great for everyday carry. The clip ends very close to the top making it pretty discreet and comfortable in your pocket. It was stolen a few months ago and I just got a new one in the mail yesterday, but it is not at all the same. There are burrs on all the metal pieces including the part of the blade that rotates, so the lock always catches on the burr making it a pain in the ass to unlock. That combined with the looser pivot screw means it comes down fast on your fingers when you unlock it (a problem I never had with my old one). All of the handle pieces are slightly different sizes and neither nylon piece lines up with either metal piece. The nylon pieces have burrs as well which causes them to sort of "peel" or "chip" at the edges. The blade is a different shape than that pictured on the website, the serrations are shallower and it has a sharper angle than shown (Which is actually probably going to end up being a plus). I'm not dismissing it offhand, but after carrying one around for years I knew what to expect, and I was disappointed. I paid $13 less in 2008 and got a more well-made knife. Plus, the old one was slightly better looking.
I received this knife for christmas when I was 16 and have carried it almost every day since (I'm 24 now). The teflon is gone, but the blade is still strong and it works beautifully.