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Review: Benchmade HK Knives Ally Knife

There are a couple of things to like about this knife but not enough as an EDC.

PRO:

  • lightweight
  • low profile
  • smooth one handed open
  • with caution a one handed close
  • reasonable blade length for an EDC
  • glass break
CON:
  • serrated edge
  • chamfered blade spine and lock release is uncomfortable
  • no edge for fero rod
  • don't leave it in a hot car
  • grip
Let me detail the CONs because if you already like the knife there is no reason to look passed that.

I take issue with the serrated edge because it's just one more thing that needs to be cared for. If you've ever sharpened a knife to near razor sharpness now you have two blades to sharpen. Yes, it's just more work and plenty to do with your down time in your tent. **I did a featherstick test with my HK and it worked nicely. It grabbed the wood and created multiple feathers with each stroke. I then created grooves in the wood that made the finer feathers. Re-positioning the blade from stroke to stroke was a little more challenging and required more practice. I'm just saying that a serrated edged was not any more or less functional.

The chamfer on the blade is deep making it uncomfortable with a tight grip. And the chamfer on the lock-release both in the grip and when releasing the blade lock.

Simply put the spine of the blade is powder coated and lacks a 90 degree edge so the only way to strike a fero rod is with the blade edge. I guess that's OK but it's a sensibility thing for me.

It's a metal skeleton frame so it's going to get hot in your car. I suppose that's kinda contra-indicated when you consider that there is glass break... let's just hope you don't drop it when you need it most.

And lastly the grip... it's not a full sized knife and so the grip is going to be awkward. There are clearly two normal grips. [a] forefinger in a channel on the blade and [2] just behind that position and [3] as a chopper but you better have a lanyard for safety.

It's a well made knife that is better as a letter opener than an EDC.

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