Lansky LKN222 Mikkel Willumsen Responder X9 Folding Knife
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- 4" Sandvik 12C27 blade
- 9" overall length, 86 oz
- G10 Handles
- Stainless Steel liner lock
- 2 position pocket clip (tip up or tip down carry)
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The Responder X9 has been hand-crafted with amazing precision to be an exact representation of Mikkel Willumsen's custom work. The unique and aggressive Sandvik 12C27 steel blade offers excellent cutting ability, corrosion resistance and edge retention. Mikkel's extended thumb hole allows for one-handed opening and the deep pocket clip ensures your knife will remain out of sight and mind until you need it.
Mikkel Willumsen has gained notoriety worldwide for his innovative and gritty Urban Tactical designs. Based in a repurposed factory in Copenhagen, Denmark, Mikkel has been designing and producing custom made knives for over 10 years, specializing in high quality folders and fixed blades. By bringing his talents and experience to Lansky, you can expect the functionally modern aesthetics that define his work, combined with Lansky Sharpeners' unwavering dedication to quality.
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What I like about the two forward grips is one holds only on to the handle and utilize the flipper as a quillon, and the second grip allows you to choke up on the knife, using the choil in front of the flipper as a finger hold. The second grip allows you to do finer tasks with the blade, the first allows you to be more aggressive with your cutting if needed. I find both holds to be very comfortable to use, and find that I prefer to keep my thumb on the spine of the blade for both.
I personally like the heft and size. I have gradually moved to larger format folders for my EDC. I started with a swiss army knife as a child, and then smaller format folders <3 inches, but have come to appreciate the size in the hand of the larger folders, and personally find them safer for me to use.
A few things to note:
The blade came razor sharp, but the bevels were inconsistent (only by a few degrees, and you can really only tell on close examination). The edge does seem well centered, though when I need to sharpen it, I plan on putting a consistent bevel on mine, but I don't plan on changing anything with it now as it is very sharp.
If you are going to use the flipper (which I recommend), you will still need a wrist flick, at least with my copy. Just using the flipper only brings it out about 75%. I found the thumbstuds to be pretty useless for deployment, and think that they are more used to stop the blade from contacting the back liner. I also found the cutout to be more troublesome to use as compared to the flipper. The flipper is very intuitive and quick to use with a wrist flick, and lockup was solid, and the liner lock was easy to release every time.
The ball and detent method that they use to keep the blade in the closed position scrapes against the blade, and there is an arc scored along the backside of the blade. I don't find it bothersome, but it is of note.
This is my first sandvik steel, so I can't comment much on durability, toughness, edge retention, etc. All I can say is right now it can shave the hairs on my arm, and from what I've read, I think I'll like this particular steel.
This is a great value for this size of blade and steel that is used. The ergonomics fit well for me, and the knife itself is intuitive to use. It isn't perfect by any means, but it is probably the best knife I've only paid about $30 for.
The price:quality ratio is fantastic! For less than a Spyderco Tenacious, you get a knife with better steel, better action, and stunning good looks. The irony is that a knife sold by a company known for sharpeners... wasn't that sharp. Not dull, by any means, but I wasn't exactly at risk of splitting an atom if I swung it too fast.
It flipped well right out of the box- er, I mean blister packaging. The blade is centered in the handle when closed, the lockup is early and has plenty of space to wear over time, the grip is exceptionally comfortable, and the striking pommel (metal extension at the bottom of the knife) is very functional.
The blade shape is great! Because it faces down and forward, it makes almost every utility cutting task a breeze. No craning your wrist around to get the blade to the material! Fantastic.
For those to whom "12c27" is just a meaningless mix of letters and numbers: that is a good blade steel. It's a compromise between hardness, corrosion resistance, and edge retention. It'll hold an edge better than almost any knife in its price range (excluding carbon steel knives), has excellent corrosion resistance (which aforementioned carbon steel knives do NOT have), and is relatively easy to sharpen and hone using just strops or ceramic rods.
It's worth noting that the green and black motif on the handle is NOT repeated on the other side. The other side of the knife is one piece of black G10.
Overall, a keeper. If you think you might like this knife, you'll like it even more than you thought you would.
The scales are nicely textured, it opens cleanly and locks positively. You probably either like the angle and profile of the blade or you don't. You will open it with your forefinger and a flick, or by using your thumb in the cutout. The studs are not for opening. I find using the cutout to be slow. The liner lock works as it should.
It is full size. Big. Thick and heavy. It fills the hand and then some. If you are looking for a small knife, look elsewhere. You will not forget you have this knife in your pocket. You might need a belt. Friends who've seen it exclaim at its size, then comment on how good it feels in their hands when open.
It has a little brother, which is, unfortunately, not made of Swedish steel.
This knife is a steal if you want a big folder that can be opened with one hand. It is a serious knife, well made and available at a ridiculously low price.
Good hefty weight
Handle feels comfortable in the hand
Ability to change pocket clip for tip up carry
Good handle material
No play in the blade
Blade Centering Almost perfect
It is a flipper knife
The blade is a bit tight for opening it but that can easily be fixed
The thumb opening is a bit sharp might have to be filed down just a bit
If you research the knife elsewhere you might see a 5" blade. The Amazon website description is correct. It is a 4" blade even though the package says 5".
Might do a long term review later on.
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First off this knife is a very big knife but for me its perfect as i have bigger hands than normal this knife...Read more