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Anyone ever handled a Surefire Jekyll?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Biginboca, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. Biginboca

    Biginboca Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    I see a few dealers have this knife for around $140. Seems like a fair price for a Titanium Frame Lock with a flipper. Anyone handled one? I'm wondering how the lockup and ergos are, and overall build quality...
     
  2. flash900

    flash900 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    I handled one at a show two months ago and have wanted one ever since.

    It's a great design: small but sturdy, a perfect size for pocket-EDCing, with a comfortable choil, a 3-inch blade that can be opened with flipper or dual thumb studs, and is light at about 3 ounces.

    No vids or independent reviews that I could find.

    I understood the Surefire rep to say that the company was getting out of the knife business, so these may be closeout prices.
     
  3. flash900

    flash900 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    Mine came last night and it is compact and sturdy.

    A great backup for LEO, first responder or military. And just the right size for anyone else to pocket-EDC.

    The numbers tell the story:

    -- 3.7 inches closed
    -- 3.1 inch blade
    -- 3 oz!

    Lockup is good. Opens and closes with a nice audible click. Smooth opening and closing with dual thumb studs or flipper. Out of the box, the flipper takes a little wrist flick, which is no problem.

    I have small-medium hands (usually glove size 8.5) and can get 3 1/2 to 4 fingers on handle. Someone with really large hands may want to consider a larger model.

    I found a coupon and paid $136, shipping included.

    I got two folders in the mail yesterday; the second was a 3.5 inch model that weighs more than 5 oz. I like both but the Jekyll is just the right size for my pocket. Recommended.
     
  4. Biginboca

    Biginboca Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Thanks for the reply. I also received one yesterday!

    I agree with your points and am pleasantly surprised with this little edc. My only criticisms are:

    - the blade length is actually 2.75" because surefire measures from the pivot not the start of the handle, so it's a bit smaller than expected but still nice.

    - the lock engages more than I like for a nib knife, almost 100% engagement but still about half the blade thickness away from the other scale on mine. I considered sending it back because of the lockup, but then figured ill wait and see how it plays out and with surefire warranty and service behind it I'm not too worried, they have always had an outstanding reputation for standing behind their product.

    Here are a few pics with my large sebbie. It's just thinner than the sebbie overall and same blade thickness, a nice beefy little knife! I modded a ZT Lowrider clip for mine as you can see, I did not care for the stock clip in construction and how high it sits the knife in pocket. The thumbstuds on the Jekyll are fantastic by the way, oversized and grippy so it's easy to open left and right handed.

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  5. espnazi

    espnazi

    280
    Dec 7, 2010
    Does surefire make their own knives? if not who makes them?
     
  6. flash900

    flash900 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    Nice pix -- love the new clip!
    Stock clip is not deep-pocket but not bad and is good fit for my pocket.

    Agree with you on blade length. On lockup, mine is very early.

    What's that on the end of your lanyards?

    We still don't know for sure if Surefire is discontinuing these and the rest of its knives, as a rep told me at a recent show. These appear to be close-out prices. I'm glad I grabbed one -- wish I could afford a backup.
     
  7. Biginboca

    Biginboca Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Those are tritium beads on my lanyards. I'm a night owl and llike being able to find my knives in the dark!

    I just figured out why I like the Jekyll so much. In hand it reminds me of my other favorite "little" knife...

    [​IMG]
     
  8. flash900

    flash900 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    Surefire doesn't make knives. They are USA-made for Surefire, according to the rep who spoke to me.
     
  9. Scurvy092

    Scurvy092

    Jan 31, 2012
    I have a Dart and I really like it.

    I've heard the Jekyll is really small, I'm waiting to find a good deal on the Charlie.
     
  10. flash900

    flash900 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    Yes, it is.

    Also check out the Edge flipper model.
     
  11. flash900

    flash900 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    I liked the Jekyll but ended up returning it as defective.

    Just opening and closing mine for a few weeks caused a growing semi-circular mark on the blade where it opened. I saw this once before on another folder that lacked a washer.

    A real pity because it's an otherwise fine piece.
     
  12. 1234

    1234 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    Are you talking about that little ball detent on the lock side making a mark ?


    1234,,,:)
     
  13. Biginboca

    Biginboca Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Mine has that too. It's not defective, it's from the ball detent riding on the blade and is perfectly normal. You can even see it in the pics of mine I posted above...
     
  14. flash900

    flash900 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    Yep, that's what it was!
     
  15. 1234

    1234 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    OK , thanks for the reply ,,,

    1234,,,:D
     

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