OAL: 9 15/16
Blade Length: 4.5"
Blade thickness: .136"
Behind the edge: .020"
Closed: 5 3/8"
Weight: 6.2 oz
Steel: CPM 10V @ 63 HRC
This is my full review and testing process, Rope, Cardboard and Wood. The process is to cut 5/8" Manila rope until 20 LBS is reached, then move on to cardboard and the wood cutting.
The knife was reprofiled to 15 DPS and finished at 400 Grit SIC.
1st up is the Rope
The knife made 1,100 slicing cuts on rope until 20 lbs of down force was reached. There wasn't any issues with the edge or the knife in general, had one small shiny spot on the edge after the rope cutting, the knife would still slice phone book paper after the rope cutting.
2nd was the Cardboard Stage.
The knife was resharpened before this stage back to hair whittling sharpness. I sliced 5,500 ft of cardboard, that's 1833 Yards or slightly over a mile of cardboard, there was zero edge damage after the cardboard and the knife would still slice Phone book paper after this stage. There wasn't any issues with the knife at all, lockup is still solid.
Last was the Wood cutting Stage:
The knife wasn't sharpened before this stage, I made thick and thin cuts in wood and snapped the blade out sideways to stress the edge. There was zero edge damage or any other issues with the lockup and or blade play after the wood cutting. Noticed no additional dulling after this stage....
The K2 performed far above my expectations, it was for the most part flawless other than that one small shiny spot on the edge during the rope cutting. Lockup remained solid, zero blade play and the edge retention was the best of any production blade I ever tested. Didn't notice any hot spots and the K2 fills the hand nicely.
The K2 can do some real work as was shown by cutting over a mile of cardboard then whittling wood without having to sharpen it so it could make an excellent field knife as that showed and the 1,100 cuts on the rope showed it would make an excellent hunting blade.