Flippers have always been appealing to me. There’s a lot to like: one-handed opening, good ergonomics and they are usually sleek. I’ve owned at least a dozen Kershaw flippers, and they are probably my favorite brand for that style of knife, but I wanted to try something different and unique looking. This Lansky LKN111 looked rugged and well designed, and I own their sharpening system, so it seemed to be exactly the type of flipper I was looking for, so I bought this one and another Lansky flipper. They both looked a little gimmicky but they both also looked well built, and they were cheap.
|Lansky LKN111 Pocket Knife – Product Link|
This is a “tactical flipper” whatever that means. It’s made of 9Cr18MoV Chinese steel, though there are other versions of this knife made from much better steels. I suspect that many of these Amazon sellers get them confused. Mine is the $15 version that I assume comes with the cheapest steel of the bunch.
Official Specs (From Amazon)
(Note below that the steel is not 440C on mine)
|From Top: Lansky LKN111, Lansky LKN003, Ganzo G704, Spyderco Tenacious|
I was expecting a large knife, and it’s still a little larger than I expected. This thing is built like a tank, though not quite as heavy as I thought it would be. It still makes the Ganzo 720 look heavy. So, its weight isn’t excessive for its size, which is good.
The knife also looks well built. Sometimes I get tired of hearing myself gripe about the quality of clips and case screws, so it really stood out to me that this knife has well built hardware as well, which I’m only used to seeing on knives that approach 100 bucks, so bravo to Lansky for that. Good day to you, sirs.
Now, if you have a reputation for building good quality knife sharpening systems, and that’s what you are most known for, then I would think that a knife with their name on it would come sharp …. nope.
Overall, this knife gave me a good impression. I’m not sure I like the geometry, either, but people say that about my Spyderco knives. The knife itself is well executed even if it has a strange design.
My review sample is well built. I wouldn’t say that a build quality this good is rare for a 15 dollar knife, but I will say it’s uncommon. I suspect that the exact same materials of the more expensive versions of this knife are used for the cheap model. Certainly the higher quality screws would be rare for any version of this knife.
Fit And Finish
Weights And Measures
The looks are a little aggressive in proportion to its functionality, but that it also personal taste. Some people would never consider having a knife this “tactical” looking lest it disturb others around them, and some people would consider it a plus.