Saturday, September 19, 2009

Extrema Ratio: Nemesis

Weight: 9 ounces. Blade length: 4.6 inches...Handle: 5.8 inches for an overall length of 10.4 inches, and balanced quite well. Steel: N690...think 440-C with 1.5% Cobalt. Blade Thickness: 6 mm and strong enough to...break right through the top half of a cinder block and send cracks through the bottom when wielded hammer-style, and swung with all of the strength 265 pounds of fella can muster. Aftermath? The tip was bent a tad, easily honed back into service, with the liner lock as rock steady after as it was before. Fit & Finish was flawless. Coating: Mil-C-13924. Delivered Price: $367.

The knife arrived reasonably sharp, then was diamond-honed to a 20 degree inclusive high flat grind whereupon it could easily slice hanging newsprint without pulling.

This is presented not as a recommendation to purchase, but merely a synopsis of what I consider to be a state-of-the-art HEAVY-DUTY folder. And a FAR cry from the Spyderco, Kershaw, Benchmade et al offerings that can cost as much, if not more, while laughingly calling themselves heavy-duty and with a straight face no less.

Not everyone can walk around with a fixed blade swinging from the hip...thank you liberal democrats...and robust folders such as the Extreme Ratio Nemesis can be almost as useful and concealable as well. Then again, I've seen fixed blades far more wimpier than knives such as the Nemesis, so your mileage may vary either way and ain't that just life as we know it.

Caveat Blogtor

Don't you fucking dare buy the knife then send me tons of email bitching about how much you hate the thing. I will find you.

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