Halfneck wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:13 pm
Paul - quick question in regards to the part I bolded above.
I use to own a Boker Kwaiken. Nice knife, but when closed the edge was very close to the open backside of the knife. Most times it was no issue, but I did spook myself a bit once when I grabbed the knife once and felt the edge brush against my fingerpad. There were a few posts on another forum where people actually got cut from that issue.
Lastly, how recessed is the tip when it is closed? Any issue of it snagging?
Thanks - Pat
Let’s start with the tip first... it is very well recessed and the stand-off placement is such that it keeps the tip safely inaccessible when the knife is closed. So there should be no worries there.
As for the edge exposure at the spine when closed, we are definitely walking a fine line with that feature, balancing slim aesthetics with capable blade geometry; but I think we did a nice job with that trade-off. The relatively thin blade stock and thin washers help make the allowed access between the liners as limited as possible. We also made sure there was clearance where needed to avoid any unintended edge contact. I couldn’t cut myself accidentally on it whether in pocket, out of pocket, or in between, and I was trying a few things that in normal use, I would consider ‘unreasonable’ or ‘ill conceived’ (to be polite). Now, there is a chance folks with smaller fingers and softer skin may need to be a bit more careful, but I don’t think the issues with the Ikuchi are near as concerning as some other extremely low-profile designs.
Thanks Pat, for finally asking a question I felt like I could fully answer...