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First was the "AT Barr test".......

Oct 3, 1998
...and now, the "Ken Onion test":

I drove over the knife in my pickup truck and spun the tires and shot the knife into the fence in my backyard. It left a big dent in my fence and the knife still functioned - the lock was secure and everything worked

This is quoted from the Kershaw Ken Onion designed Whirlwind article from the Tek Knives supplement to the October issue of Blade Magazine. Ken was trying to see how tough the Whirlwind is and did so this way.

Hmmm...I wonder if I can write off the purchase of a Dodge Viper as a "business expense?"
Any maker/manufacturer out there interested in seeing if their knives stand up to the "Ken Onion test?"

Dexter Ewing
Knife Reviews Moderator
AKTI Member # A000005

"I was lined up for glory, but the tickets sold out in advance"

[This message has been edited by Dexter Ewing (edited 26 July 1999).]
Gee Dex,
Back when I relied on rear wheel drive, eight cylinders, 4bbl carb and regular gas, we called that "peeling out." Would that make this test the "Onion Peel Test?"
Oh, I just kill myself.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Nor'east Knives

There are two rules for ultimate success in life.
Never tell everything you know.

[This message has been edited by Tim Flanagan (edited 26 July 1999).]


Dexter Ewing
Knife Reviews Moderator
AKTI Member # A000005

"I was lined up for glory, but the tickets sold out in advance"

And I thought Cliff had some tough testing practices. Allright Dexter, you get the Viper and the fence, I'll supply the test piece.

YES,it is sharp, just keep your fingers out of the way!

[This message has been edited by P.J. (edited 26 July 1999).]
People who haven't been keeping up with the Knife Reviews forum may not be aware of the newly discovered Cougar Allen Fundamental Knife Test (remember, it's not the Cougar Allen Fundamental Knife Test unless it uses the Cougar Allen Standard Fundament!)

Place the knife to be tested in a cloth pocket and then put it between the front bench seat of a Chevrolet Celebrity and a low-fat 180 pound (82kg) weight. If the knife breaks send it back to the maker and ask for a replacement. Repeat as needed....

-Cougar Allen :{)
I saw a Benchmade 970 that had been run over by a large armored, treaded something-or-other once. It had fared... less well

I still like Steve Harvey's "Bluto Test": give the knife and a chain-mail glove to a 300 lb. guy and see if he can defeat the lock.

David Rock

AKTI Member # A000846
"Never carry a knife shorter than your schnoz."