EKA Knives - Swede 88 Wood
Blade Length: 2.75" / 69.85mm
Overall Length: 7" / 177.8mm
Blade Thickness 0.059" / 1.5mm
Blade Material: Sandvic stainless steel
Heinnie Price £20.95
Getting the knife
Ok, first of all, I'd like to say that ordering from Heinnie Haynes was about as painless as it gets. I didn't order from their web site as I have a catalogue from them that has LOADS more in it. Everything arrived when they said it would and it had good packaging that was free. They now come highly recommended.
The knife arrived at work on Friday morning and was very sharp, not razor sharp but easily sharp enough for working with.
I immediately set to cutting the hell out of a load of triple walled card board boxes and making feather sticks out of a broom handle, after this I kinda ran out of office items to cut.
Maybe because of the steel, or the edge sharpness or even both, the blade maintained the same good working edge. Now, I admit, this wasn't asking a lot from a knife but I pretty much reduced a broom handle to shavings and 5 card board boxes (Fridge freezer sized) to fine strips and it's a very thin blade - much thinner than I initially thought when ordering it. It bends very slightly when provoked but not enough to worry me in any way. After all, itís a folding knife I wanted as an every day carry for small jobs, not cutting trees down with.
I'm going to give it some more abuse this weekend and see how it copes.
With the screw tensioning the blade opening, the operation is smooth and just stiff enough. When fully opening the blade, there is a satisfying, quality clicking noise of two well machined and mated parts working in harmony. Iím thinking about ordering a few more and filing the locking tooth down on one to make it a non locking knife. Not entirely trueÖ I will have it click a little but close under moderate load, this should make it legal as the blade is under 3Ē.
Other than that change, made purely for legal reasons the mechanism is very slick and feels comfortingly safe and secure once open. Closing is a doddle and during use the release button was not the issue I thought it would be, although on the top of the handle, normal use did not slightly move it.
The handle is, as you can clearly seeÖ woodÖ I would tell you what wood but I donít have a clue. But itís been made from one piece that has been well machined and finished. The surface is not slippery in any way, even after submersing in muddy water. All of the rivets and the screw tensioner fit the handle perfectly with no alignment problems, they sit very slightly proud of the handle but do not affect use in any way.
The handle shape is nearly perfect for my hand size and shape, requiring no real effort to keep it securely in the right place, It feels surprisingly light which has put a seed of doubt in my mind about how robust it will be but it feels quite hard at the same time. I guess only time will tell. The lanyard hole is ok, itís the right size and really, how wrong can you go with putting a hole in something?!? They do provide a strip of leather to use as a lanyard which is a nice touch for something this inexpensive.
Iím feeling really smug and pleased with myself, I think Iím going to order a few more to give as gifts and to play with and one will definitely be carried with me each day. If you are looking for a nice looking, nice feeling light/medium use folding knife that doesnít cost the earthÖ Give this one a try.
I hope someone finds this useful... Please feel free to offer any advice on writing knife reviews bearing in mind that I do not have any metallurgy training :wink: