|this thing is a monster, as close to indestructible as I've ever felt on any knife, this LPC is BADASS!|
Since the Tactical Folder market really exploded in the 1990's, we've seen so many knives that not only come off an assembly line, but simply have the boring look and feel of clones. After the novelty & excitement of buying a new knife wears off, we're left with a tool that's about as exciting as any other tool, a hammer, a saw, a screwdriver, etc. For example, your buddy buys the "XX" model from a certain knife company, you like it enough to buy yourself one, they are identical, from the same factory, plain & simple. It doesn't matter whether said company makes great knives or not, it does not matter where in the world they're made, you and your friend are now the proud owners of a knife that 100,000 (or far more) other guys around the world own. Get it?
Sniper Bladeworks knives have personality, attitude, and are seriously capable of accepting the kind of use and abuse that only soldiers, firemen, cops and other LE and Safety professionals can dish out. They feel very much alive, from the smooth action, to the solid lockup, and distinctive looks. Many of their knives feature a hamon, or temper line, as seen on authentic Japanese swords, where traditionally, a sort of clay mud is applied to a blade's edge in a beautiful pattern, that ends up hardening the cutting edge at a different rate than the blade's spine as the blade is quenched. That's the term, "differential tempering". This process is an art in itself, within the fine art of knife-making. I'm impressed that a difficult process normally reserved for costly modern versions of what is arguably the most beautiful ancient weapon (the samurai sword), has been applied to the modern tactical folding knife. It's just one more aspect that brings "life" to the feel of these unique knives.
Sniper Bladeworks is a true custom operation, with each knife given the care and attention that you would expect if you had ordered a custom automobile or motorcycle. Regular readers know that I get excited about knives in general, but that it takes really superb stuff to impress me on a truly deeper level. I tend to focus on outstanding products here in general, regardless of price range, that's just the type of stuff I buy. But I have to say, as far as tactical folders go, these guys take it to a whole new level. I'll admit I've flung around terms like "bomb proof" before, in reviews, usually in reference to knives which truly feel that way. But SERIOUSLY, as far as folding knives go, I think the LPC that I got to spend some time with is very likely, nearly bomb-proof.
|the reverse side showcases the big burly Ti framelock|
When the LPC arrived in the mail, I was impressed immediately as I unwrapped the knife. Despite the fact that it had obviously been carried and used quite a bit, there were no signs of mechanical wear, or use-altered function of any kind. Despins had re-honed the blade to a frightening sharpness before sending it out, the type of elusive sharpness that makes your arm hairs seems to jump out of the way before the knife even makes contact with them. That sharpness was to last long into my use of this beastly knife. Even after a daily regimen of breaking down recycling, opening mail, and just cutting various materials, the thick edge stayed very sharp. I eventually touched up the edge on a fine white ceramic rod, using moderate pressure, but this thing stayed sharp for an impressive length of time. I was struck by the Gun Kote type hard coating, as you can see it's pretty much a woodland digital camo, like ACU, but richer, and darker. Even in spots where the blade has obviously seen more use and abuse, the coating is still very much intact. Sniper Bladeworks uses a handful of different steels, but one you'll commonly find, that has a proven track record for hard use, is 1095, a carbon tool steel.
|I believe the blade length on this one is just a bit over 4 inches, though SBW's work varies, they can do orders to fit your specific needs, and I have seen Sniper Bladeworks knives online with widely varied blade lengths and styles.|
Cool! This LPC has a Titanium framelock, though the LPC knives are available with a slightly more traditional linerlock as well. There is a big solid G10 backspacer which cushions the interior of the handle's spine, and the 4.32 inch blade is forged from 1095, as I mentioned.
All of the assembly parts, like screws, are equally as tough as the rest of the knife, as evidenced by the fact that despite an obvious amount of use, that this LPC is no worse off for the wear it's undertaken. The action was buttery smooth, the thick carry clip solidly attached, and the whole package simply felt just about perfect.
|I really like the unique Sniper Bladeworks logo, it embodies that bad-assery inherent in their knives.|
Despins actually ordered his own DH (Dark Hollow) folder from Sniper Bladeworks, he reviewed his personal knife on his site, Max Venom, on his personal blog, he says; "This is a reflection of what it is that Sniper Bladeworks does best. Beyond their absolutely stunning craftsmanship, Sniper Bladeworks focuses on producing a product that the end user can personally take pride in and identify with in a unique way that represents them as an individual." Well said, for sure, beyond well-made, and very personalized are just two traits you can count on from a Sniper Bladeworks knife.
I'm in the process of straightening out some things in my life, monetarily, but once I'm back on track, I'm going to start my "Sniper Jar", and set aside 1's, 5's and change to go toward my personal LPC folder. I think, when the time is right, I'd like to see if Muller can work my Sharp Bright & Tactical "snakes" logo into either an etching on the blade, or a recessed/embossed pattern on the handle. I'm definitely looking forward to getting my very own personalized version of the LPC!
I was joking with a buddy that this LPC knife is built like a tank made out of bricks, or conversely, a brick made out of tanks, if you prefer. You can see a general sampling of their wares on their website, as well as call for more info on what may be currently available, or to talk custom orders with them.
|a view of the BEEFY Ti frame-lock liner|
Sniper Bladeworks is on Facebook as well. You can see more examples of the aesthetic awesomeness that Muller brings to these knives. His background as a jeweler, watch maker & engraver becomes apparent when you see other knives that have a bit more detail, flare, and more exotic materials, as I mentioned, Damascus and ray-skin are just two examples of more exclusive materials that Lance & Jody offer on their knives for a bit more money.
|This photo is from the Sniper Facebook page, just another example of the wide range of aesthetic options available, including various versions of the DH (Dark Hollow).|
|this photo can be found on SBWs' website, http://www.sniperbladeworks.com/|
|BIG BAD clip and frame-lock|
|cutting the shit out of a cranberry juice bottle. like buttah.|
|Beefiest. Thumbstud. Ever.|