NukoTool Skully keyring to her keys, and last giftmas I was able to procure this beauty for her purse. She has a penchant for back-swept blades, and I wanted to get her something she would enjoy.
This is the 5.11 Tactical CUB Master 2.0 (Combat Utility Blade) which is part of their Tarani line. There is really something to be said for the claw like lines of the Philipino karambit and its simple functionality, even for something of an exotic design to Western sensibilities.
I was impressed with both the slight weight, at about 150g (0.35lbs) and easy size in the hand. The blade itself is only 7cm (2.87") long, which opens with an ambidextrous skeltonized opening in the back of the blade. An interesting feature of this knife is that the deployment is fully adjustable, by adjusting the tension in a spring-bar which is accessible by removing the scales. This is facilitated by the included TORX wrench, which was a nice touch.
The same wrench can also be used to flip the pocket clip from side to side.
Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon) which is a more flexible yet durable alternative to the more common G10. The grip is textured with the 5.11 logo, as well as three circular finger tip dips.Crenelations on both the inside of the handle and back of the blade allow further positive grip.
Equipped to enable both a blade up and blade down grip, the large reinforced retention ring typical of this type of blade, giving both pinkie or index finger grips. That ring allows both a retention, and lanyard attachment point as well as being a blunt impact tool.
The linear lock set into the back handle allows the return the S30V Crucible steel curved, scythe blade into its recess, and the clasp tension is directly related to the adjustable tensioner used for release of the blade. The short blade is not an issue given the particular style of use this kind of blade allows, and for the particular uses Omega uses it for.
The glare and corrosion eliminating Teflon finish of the blade only adds to its overall slick production. That evil claw of a blade makes up for lack of length with style and stealth.
As you can see, it works nicely as the backbone of an EDC tool-chain, with a WTF and Eat'n Tool on a baby carabiner on Omega's one.