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Benchmade Pika II knife: Cute But No Dice

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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2008

On paper the Benchmade Pika II knife should be a hit. Great price, adequate steel, good blade shape, decent handle, and a nice clip. But its notat least with Nutnfancy. Thats because the Pinkachu has some surprising misses even at its affordable price point. Take for instance the Pika IIs overly strong blade retention due to perhaps an overly strong back spring. That makes this Pokemon a slow deploying blade, by comparison, that requires good thumb tension and wrist technique to get it out fast. Other downers include a dull blade from the box, near-worthless spine jimping on the top, some blade wiggle, and a lockback bar that protrudes from the handle. Sure this is a $25 knife, more or less (2008 prices), but these days thats pleant of money to get a quality knife and knife makers sure have the high-value formula down right. The Byrd (Spyderco) Cara Cara is just such a knife: fast deploying, solid lockup, good jimping, no protrusions, and it costs less! Both knives weight about 3.8 ounces and could function as both emergency tactical and/or EDC knives but in just about all categories Id rather be packing the Cara Cara lightweight knife. Bottom line: If Im going into dark and scary places Im much rather have an attack bird with a razor sharp edge rather than a dull, reluctant, unsteady cartoon character. Nutnfancy Likeability Scale for Pika II: 4 out of 10

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