Thursday, December 31, 2009

Guns and Gear Review # 5: Smith and Wesson CKSUR-4G fixed blade knife

Hello folks, 12-Gauge Chimp here with the first of many knife reviews.

Today, I'm going to be reviewing the Smith and Wesson " Homeland Security " fixed blade knife.

I'll start by listing the factory specs on the knife and then move on to what I think.

Factory specifications for: S&W CKSUR-4G fixed blade ( CKSUR-4G is the model number )
Blade type: tanto style, full tang
Blade material: 440C stainless steel
Length: 5.5"
Weight: 14.8 ounces
Overall length: 11.75"

Now here's what I think of the knife.

This knife is a beast and what I mean by that is that the knife is very durable, not to mention the weight of it. It would make a very good rough use camp or combat knife, the steel used is 440C stainless, which is a good steel for high quality knife blades. It's a full tang knife and by that I mean the tang of the knife, where the grips usually go, is the same width as the blade. There are various types of knife tang styles, with full tang being the strongest and most wanted.

The grips on it are made of something called G10, which I'm guessing is some type of plastic. The sheath that comes with it is made of ABS plastic and ballistic nylon with a large "D" ring on the end of it. It can be worn on either a belt ( be sure to have a heavy duty belt, due to the weight of the knife ) or on a tactical vest. It even comes with a sharpening stone, which has it's own little pocket on the sheath.

I haven't done a whole lot of cutting tests with it, but I will soon and update this entry with the results. I will, however, say that it is sharp. Not exactly " shaving " sharp, but it is sharp enough to cut you if you aren't careful.

My final thoughts on the Smith and Wesson CKSUR-4G " Homeland Security " knife are this. If you have the chance to buy one, I'd say go ahead. There are knives that are more expensive and can do basically the same thing as this one, but not everyone can afford a $150+ knife and that's where this knife shines. It is affordable and capable of withstanding any abuse that can be inflicted upon it.

I rate this knife as a 5 out of 5

As always, this is 12-Gauge Chimp signing off.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Updates for December 2009 : Not a lot happening lately.

Hey folks, your old pal 12-Gauge Chimp here with some updates to the site.

1. I am still in the process of buying the AK-47 and CZ-82 I mentioned in a prior post.
I have decided to buy a Romanian WASR-10, but I haven't decided just which variant I want. The CZ-82 will find it's way into my collection sometime in the next year, because I have to buy some Christmas gifts for members of my family. The AK will follow soon after the CZ-82.

2. I am considering doing some knife reviews. If you guys and gals think I should go ahead and do that, let me know. Keep in mind that I have a very limited budget right now so at first I'll be looking at knives I already own. That doesn't mean I won't take suggestions, feel free to post a comment or two in the comment part of this entry.

3. Please feel free to let me know what you think of the site and if you like the site, become a Friend of the Chimp.

By the way, folks, Happy Holidays and thank you for visiting this website.

As always, this is 12-Gauge Chimp signing off.