Ok, before I start some background. I met Gareth a year ago at our local knife show. He is the only frame lock maker in South Africa at the moment (that I know of). Here are a few pictures of his SA hunter model next to the Insingo.
I contacted him and asked for a few alterations and if he is willing to incorporate a few new ideas and so this folder came into being.
I indicated where I got the idea from in brackets when applicable.
Finally, these are thoughts written down as time goes by so please bear with me and the somewhat cryptic explanations at stages.
• Sizes (what blade size and what handle size?)
Blade Length: 8.8cm
Overall Length: 20.3cm
Closed Length: 11.5cm
Blade Thickness: 0.3cm
Handle Thickness: 1.1cm without clip. 1.5 With clip
• Materials (what's it made of?)
Blade Material: RWL-34 (more can be read here: http://michaelwest.dk/knive/rwl34-datasheet.pdf)
Heat Treat Process:
Austenitize at 1080 for 10 minutes
Quench in air between 2 cold steel plates
Liquid nitrogen soak overnight
Temper at 180 for 2 hours
Liquid nitrogen 4 hours
Temper again at 180 for 2 hours
Blade Hardness: 58-60 HRC
Blade Style: Drop-Point
Clip: Tip-Down, Right hand carry (believe it is done to order so what ever your preference)
Lock Mechanism: Frame lock of which the lock face has been heat treated in order to prevent excessive wear.
Price: R2000 for the knife, R200 for each extra scale and R3000 for the entire kit as seen.
(International, use this for currency conversion, http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html convert South African Rand)
Gareth can be reached at: gbull1985 at gmail.com
Can be seen here:
General observation, wow! The lightning strike carbon fiber is a beautiful thing! The knife is light, thinner and smaller in the pocket as expected, however it sits comfortably in the hand and different grips. The pivot is LARGE (CRK Umnumzaan), action is smooth. Really big standoff (CRK Umnumzaan and Rick Hinderer).
The blade retention is really good, strongest I have of my limited frame and liner locks. Easy to open due to the same Lip opening as on Burger EXK knives. Lock is solid. No play open or during the motion of opening and closing (ie side to side ply around the pivot while opening or closing). Disengaging the lock gives you a nice thumb workout, very sturdy.
Everything is pretty much spot on according to my requests. The Pocket clip also functions as a stopper for accidental over extension of the lock (Rick Hinderer). You can feel it pushing against the lock when you try and push it past the frame.
This of course leeds us to the blade and grind. WOW! I am in love with this thing! Cant wait to start using it. Inspired by (Rick Hinderer’s) slicer grind but with a (John W Smith) twist. I don’t know if Rick does it the same way but the grind is thinner at the tip then at the hilt of the blades edge. So fine work can be done with the tip and harder cutting can be done at the hilt of the edge.
The edge came shaving sharp and the blade is perfectly centred.
After some further inspection I noticed there are 2 teflon washers as well as 2 perforated bronze washers.
There seems to be a cut out for the detent ball to role over the 90* corner of the lock face, thereby creating a smooth action opening and closing.
All the smaller cavities of the blade have been mirror finished. (Later talked to Gareth and he stated he does that to prevent any form of rust.
The lock is a bit sticky. (Gareth stated this can be due to residue of the bead blasting, recommended I use a magic marker and it worked so no issue)
I really like the one hole for the lanyard (Strider)