Friday, March 1, 2013

Maxpedition Ferox

It's 5:26 in the morning here in the Philippines and I just smoked my first cigarette for the day, made my morning coffee and and checked some of the new gear that came in the mail. There's one knife that I bought on impulse since I was so curious as to how a company can diversify their product offerings by transitioning to the next most logical product market. Well just to cut through the blabbering, I'm talking about Maxpedition.

They've been around since the late 80s and have made a reputation for making & selling some of the best hard use tactical equipment carry solutions. While I have not yet experienced using their tactical gear, I have just recently tried using one of their first knives - the Maxpedition Ferox. This time I got myself the model that feartured a "serrated" edge since I often go into the woods and I do a good bit of camping having serrations on your blade allows you to cut vines and thick rope faster.  So before we go into my ramblings below are some specifications for the analytical readers:

  • Blade: 3.25" / 82.5mm
  • Handle (closed) length: 4.5" / 114.3mm
  • Overall (open) length: 7.75" / 196.8mm
  • Blade thickness: 0.125" / 3.1mm
  • Weight: 4 oz
  • Steel: 5Cr13 heat-treated to 56/59HRc
  • Blade profile: Drop point utility with flipper/guard
  • Blade grind: High V-grind
  • Blade color: Black
  • Edge: Serrated
  • Serration type: Field maintainable chisel tooth
  • Thumb stud: Ambidextrous
  • Locking mechanism: Liner Lock
  • Handle material: Fiber reinforced nylon
  • Handle hardware: Black stainless steel
  • Non-obtrusive Maxpedition logo blends with handle
  • Thong hole: Yes, fits 550 Paracord
  • Pocket clip: Yes, tip down
  • Available in Black (#FEROXSB), Green (#FEROXSG), Khaki (#FEROXSK)
  • Imported (made in China)

  • I was pretty happy when I took this knife out of the box because it felt comfortable in the hands courtesy of the very ergonomic layout of the handle and the mildly textured Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon hndle scales. It's relatively light for it's size and the flipper works so smooth. In fact even without the flipper, if you hold the handle at a certain angle while anchoring the surface of your middle finger onto the raised tip of the pocket clip, the back tip of your thumb will get enough leverage to kick the blade into deployment using the thumbstud just like an assisted opening knife. I will not suggest you do this. One thing worth mentioning is the fact that the knife also uses what appears to be phosphor bronze washers, so there's really no need to oil the pivot points of the blade (or at least it minimizes the need to do so, especially when you're out in the field)  and the lock up is very impressive because you can see that the liner lock really positions itself the the center of the blade's base where it should be.


    At first glance the knife looks simple but after you use it, you'll realize that the Maxpedition guys really know what they wanted to achieve with this knife. When I opened the knife and held it, the jimping at the back of the blade combined with the smaller grooves on the linerlock provided a very positive grip that inspires confidence. This is one factor that made me feel real happy about this knife because in stressful situations its a great thing to know that your knife will stay on your hands and in the unlikely even that your lock gets disengaged, the Ferox's flipper guard will prevent the blade from closing all the way through your fingers great work Maxpedition! Just add a lanyard which you can loop unto your wrist and surely this knife will stay with you even if you lose your grip.

    The blade appears more like a spear point to my eyes, but I'm not gonna argue with that - but I will go as fas as saying that the serrations are actually layed out as an interrupted blade edge profile that allows you to sharpen the serrated section of your blade as if you would a plain edge. This is another plus as you can always touch up the serrations using a smooth surface like the rim of the tiolet bowl, the underside edges of a ceramic coffee mug, smooth rocks, etc, the list if endless.

    This is knife is a true tactically designed, utility intended knife that will help a lot at the shop, in the kitchen, at basecamp and even in the field.  MSRP is at $29 bucks or so, but of course street prices usually go lower than that. Buy this.