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Review steel will cutjack mini

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by greyling, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. greyling

    greyling

    64
    Dec 26, 2006
    sorry, personal pictures, but I bought a blue handled cutjack mini, looks just like this one https://bit.ly/2MMmQZj

    the Good: great ergonomics. Seriously, this thing feels good in hand like a spyderco. function over form. Good build quality. phosphor bronze washers, d2 steel, nice even grinds, came sharp enough, no loctite on the screws so it was easy to take apart.

    the Bad: I'll be honest, this has pretty bad flipping action. I've taken it apart, cleaned and lubed it, put it back together, flipped it a couple hundred times and it's no better. about half the time it will flip open, the rest of the time it requires a wrist flick. And that is with a fairly loose pivot screw. If I tighten the screw enough to center the blade, it won't open at all. All the inside edges of the frn were sharp, but that was easy to fix with some sandpaper. The sides of the flipper tab were also sharp, and that combined with the poor flipping action has left me with a very worn out finger.

    Conclusion: I got mine on clearance sale and it got me free shipping, it bought the effective total cost down to about $14. For that kind of money it's fine, but at full price, I would be very disappointed. I'm still pretty disappointed. I had heard such good things about the cutjack.
     
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  2. Daniel

    Daniel

    Oct 3, 1998
    It is too bad that your does not flip very well. I have three of them and they all flip very easily. Just a push of my index finger with no wrist action. No tweaking or lube-right out of the box.
     
  3. Ourorboros

    Ourorboros

    116
    Jan 23, 2017
    Mine flips fine, though many reviews cite this as a negative.
    Also I don't feel sharp edges.
     
  4. spyderg

    spyderg

    499
    Sep 28, 2014
    I’ve got the larger version. Flips fantastic. My only complaint is the handle has a fair amount of flex.
     
  5. Wunderbar

    Wunderbar

    May 2, 2003
    Just ordered the full size. Hows sharpening? I have no problem with 154CM. Just wondering about D2.
     
  6. greyling

    greyling

    64
    Dec 26, 2006
    3 week update: I took the whole thing apart again and polisted all the pivot parts with with the dremel and some flitz, them liberally lubed it and adjusted the pivot once again. It will now flick pretty well, but the blade has a LOT of side to side play in it. If I tighten it enough to take out most the the play it is locked into place like a fixed blade. I find that I like the knife ok, especially for the sub $15 I paid. The ergos are still fantastic, the knife is sharp, and it seems well made. The pocket clip still needs an epoxy landing pad put in under it, the upswept clip point leaves you with very little tip for fine work. I would have preferred less belly and more point, but that is personal preference.

    I'm still very disappointed with the poor flipping action or loose blade choice I am left with. maybe I just got a lemon. I hope I got a lemon, because this wants to be such a good knife. It just isn't.
     
  7. spyderg

    spyderg

    499
    Sep 28, 2014
    D2 is a breeze to sharpen. Holds an edge pretty well and doesn’t chip much. In my experience anyway. Trying to think but I think I’ve got 5 knives in d2 right now, from 3 different brands and performance is pretty consistent.
     

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