Livesay Ti Tiger

Mar 20, 1999
Over all Length........5-3/4 inch
Blade length...........2.0 inch
Blade thickness........ (.050) inch
Blade design...........Livesay modified TANTO
Maximum width..........3/4 inch
Handle material........cord wrapped
Handle & KYDEX color...Mil-Spec Olive-Drab only
Total rig weight.......Less than 2 ounces
Cost: $22.00 (US) plus shipping
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An ugly, but functional, “knife” for last ditch use.

What I got:
An ugly, but functional , “knife” for last ditch use.

I didn’t expect this thing to win any beauty contests and I was right. It won’t. The knife I received was every bit as ugly as the one pictured on Newt’s website. Kinda “gunky” looking. I took a green Scotchbrite pad to the blade to remove some of the discoloration. I will be removing the para-cord from the handle and giving the entire knife a good going over with the Scotchbrite pad in the next few days.

Here is a photo of the Ti Tiger in comparison to Newt’s Woo.
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Due to the diminutive size of the knife and the fact that there aren’t any grip serrations on it, I was afraid to do any hard stabbing with the knife. After punching it through some cardboard with a standard grip and dog food cans in an icepick grip, my concerns were laid to rest. The knife is small enough to rest against the heel of your palm while stabbing thereby receiving much back up support for the thrust. Yes, my hand did get a little sore after a while, but this isn’t the sort of knife that you use for a while. The knife is thin and flexible, about ½ the thickness (or a bit less) of the Woo, but not flimsy feeling. I didn’t feel like the knife was trying to bend or fold over while stabbing cans. The blade is stamped with “Newt Livesay” and a “T.” (For Titanium or Tiger?) The blade is thin enough that the stamping caused a raised area on the back side of the blade.

Here is a view of the back side of the knives.
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The Kydex sheath included with the knife is well formed with no sharp edges. It isn’t the traditional black Kydex you see around, this stuff is Olive Drab (“Army Green”) in color. The knife handle and neck cord are both made from OD para-cord that matches the Kydex nicely. There are no rivets, screws, staples, or any other metal parts in the sheath. Where the sheath for the Woo has rivets to close the side of the sheath, the sheath for the Ti Tiger is open all the way around the edge outlined in yellow in the photo below.

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I found after drawing the knife the hundred or so times that I did today that the sheath felt a bit loose. I didn’t have any fears of the knife falling out of the sheath, I just wanted it tighter. I spread a thin layer of epoxy inside the open edge of the sheath to the red line, clamped it with clothespins and let it cure. The knife fits much tighter now, but no change in ease of draw. My fingers feel safer while sheathing it now too.

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Weight – it’s barely noticeable around your neck.
Size – it’s easy to conceal. (Put some skateboard tape on the outside of the sheath and you have a nice pocket holster.)
Material – non-corrosive (I sweat HEAVILY), non-magnetic

Size – I’d like to see something a wee bit longer and thicker. (The Bugger is coming Friday or Monday – ¾” longer and a hair thicker.)
Grip – I’d still like some serrations for the thumb and index finger.
Material – I am new to titanium. I wasn’t able to get a good edge on the blade. It will scrape hair (barely), but will not shave or “fling” it. The blade does dull quickly, but is easy to bring back. But one must realize that this IS NOT a utility knife.

I feel a person would be better served carrying this in a pocket, under a lapel, or in a sleeve instead of around the neck. If you need a small, lightweight, inexpensive, last ditch knife, this might be your baby. I’ll wait for something bigger to come along.

[This message has been edited by the4th (edited 17 September 1999).]