Smith & Wesson CH0014 Tactical Folding Knife Review
The Smith & Wesson CH0014 tactical folding knife stands way apart from the other knives. Smith & Wesson managed to give a powerful hand tool for a lesser price in the market. With a jaw-dropping the price of less than $10, Smith & Wesson pulled it off perfectly. The Massachusetts based Smith & Wesson are known internationally for their weapons and firearm manufacturing. In fact, many law enforcement agencies and police departments use Smith & Wesson’s revolvers and pistols as their default firearm. The pistols from this company are also widely used by professional sports shooters.
From one of the least known manufacturing unit of Smith & Wesson, we have a best tactical folding knife that has attracted lots of use for its durability, design, less weight and more importantly, the price! The major focus of Smith & Wesson was always the pistols and other firearm equipment, as well as their accessories.
For instance, the pocket knife manufacturing is not known popularly with all the other major brands like Kershaw, Buck, and Spyderco taking the lead in the pocket knife industry. But this marvel handheld tool is sure to stir things around. After the first few models, the pocket knives from Smith & Wesson had bad build quality. But CH0014 is considered as one of the robust and strong pocket knives for much less price.
Smith & Wesson CH0014 Tactical Folding Knife Specs
|Blade Length||3.1inch (7.87cm)|
|Handle Length||4.5inch (11.43cm)|
|Total Weight||4.8ounces (136.078gram)|
|Materials Used in The Blade||400 Series Stainless Steel and Aluminum|
Our CH0014’s blade is built with 400 series of stainless steel. Being very easy to sharpen and corrosion resistant, many knife manufacturers use 400 Stainless Steel in their low budget knives. The blade is very easy to clean, and the most interesting fact of this material is, it is resistant to deterioration. So there is no doubt in blade’s expectancy. The blade is so sharp and cuts through most of the things.
The blade is designed in a way to allow smooth cutting, the tip of the blade can hold a lot of pressure because of its geometry. Poking into thick materials to break it, is no longer a tough job. The size of the blade also plays an important role in the delivery of power, when looked at that aspect, CH0014 comes in the right size, making its way into all things, cutting them through with its sharp edges. Not to forget, CH0014 comes with a thumb stud in the top corner, which allows users to open the blade in one hand.
With most companies giving plastic handles for their top end pocket knives, Smith & Wesson have managed to give a 4.5inch aluminum handle for the least price possible. The handle is shaped perfectly with a good jimping that catches the thumb well. The ergonomically designed handle feels so perfect and light when held in our palm, reducing the pain and stress of holding the knife for long.
Two screws on top hold the handle intact. The handle also has a hole, in the end, to attach itself to a chain or something. The handle also features a clip at one side that allows the user to pin it to their belt or pocket. This powerful pocketknife doesn’t feel a thing when it’s inside our pocket but does the toughest jobs so easily when in our hand.
The Locking Mechanism
The knife has a liner lock frame, the knife’s mechanism is engaged when the blade is opened. Even with the easy and smooth motion of the knife, the blade didn’t shake or tend to be loose. This robust locking mechanism makes sure that the knife doesn’t get closed while in use.
Pros & Cons
Without any questions, this is one the best pocket knife you will ever get for such a less price. Now seeing the price, the aluminum handle, 400 Stainless Steel known for its hardness, gives a glimpse of what we get for our $10. Definitely the best buy. Smith & Wesson have turned the tables for the mid-range knife companies. The quality of this product, though manufactured in China, is more than enough for such an investment. Smith & Wesson is back in business, and a lot can be expected in the coming years from them.