About Benchmade HK 14201BT Conspiracy Folding Pocket Knife - Plain Edge
Specs about Benchmade HK 14201BT Conspiracy Folding Pocket Knife - Plain Edge
- Knife style: Folding
- Blade shape: Drop point
- Edge type: Plain
- Blade length: 3-5/8"
- Closed length: 4"
- Number of blades: 1
- Lock type: Monolock
- Overall length: 7-1/2"
- Blade steel: 9Cr13 Stainless Steel
- Handle material: G10
- Weight: 6.3 oz.
- Made in China
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3.571428 5 Overall Rating: 3.6 Based on 7 reviews
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Reviewed by D. from Southeast US on Sunday, October 18, 2015
Two were ordered and they arrived in a paper envelope; although the knives were well padded and squeezed into their HK factory boxes, the minimal care taken by STP allowed for those factory boxes to be damaged. One of the two knives had some marring on the titanium scale...likely from previous use ... Read More
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Reviewed by D. from Southeast US on Sunday, October 18, 2015Two were ordered and they arrived in a paper envelope; although the knives were well padded and squeezed into their HK factory boxes, the minimal care taken by STP allowed for those factory boxes to be damaged. One of the two knives had some marring on the titanium scale...likely from previous use since the knife itself was wrapped in thin foam (It will be returned for exchange). As for the knife itself - this is a stout heavy middleweight that is up to all but one task area - anything you might want to do with a smaller more nimble knife. One review mentions the larger body width, Another mentions the blade's heft and thickness. A third mentions the relatively thin body depth. All of these observations are accurate. So, 'Conspiracy' is a large bone structure with large fixed blade like features that will conceal well enough when pocketed in normal fitting jeans. It is well made of quality parts and materials and although somewhat utilitarian and basic in styling still presents well in appearance due to fit and finish quality. Conspiracy folder bears no small resemblance to Spyderco's "Lil' LionSpy" but not on par with the fabulous quality and additional meaningful features found on the masterpiece from Maniago (but it sells for far fewer bones). At the coupon pricing from STP it is one fine bargain. With regard to thumb stud blade deplyment: The only criticism to offer would be that it cannot be opened using the thumb stud and this is due solely to the stud's close proximity to the blade pivot. I have larger strong hands yet even after adding a bit of TufGlide to the pivot I still cannot do it even after "putin' a major hurtin' " to my thumb skin. However, one CAN get a "pinch grip" using the thumb and index or middle finger just next to the stud and it opens quite nicely. The stud IS screwed to and not pressed into the blade so it could be either removed permanently or relocated ~ 1/4" toward the butt after drilling a second mounting hole. It would be interesting to know how many other users encounter this same issue (ie, lack the ability as do I). Conspiracy has heft and strength in spades, has above average quality, and is an outstanding value at this STP coupon price point. If you must have the best and wish to pay dearly for it then either the LionSpy or Lil' LionSpy would be the better choice (and the better knife). The LionSteel SR-1 or SR-2 (from the same maker as the collaborative Spyderco knives) are even better ("the best") and cost even more, however, they are milled from a solid block of Titanium. CONCLUSION: Conspiracy is the best choice for most people who want a great folder in this general design class.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Northwest Please from Same on Thursday, September 24, 2015The quality is unmistakeable. When open, it feels great in the hand. I'm 6'5 and have leave hands. I like the fixed blade sturdy feel. Opening action is smooth once it is initiated although it is somewhat difficult to get started. It takes some practice to get used to pushing directly upward. A little oil helped mine to make the action easier to initiate.
Reviewed by Gazda from SoCal on Monday, June 22, 2015Build quality good -very good.......Feels solid as a rock...but the thumb stud has been poorly placed. Having read a few reviews online before ordering I thought that the blade was stiff because of tolerances or fit. The problem is the placement of the thumb stud. If it were placed a quarter inch towards the point-problem solved. Otherwise the trick is lots of lubricant and pushing the thumb stud straight up - not outward
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Hi from Ak on Monday, May 18, 2015Overall ok but wider than it looks
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Climbhigh from NJ on Friday, February 20, 2015I ordered 2 but found one to be extremely hard to open one handed so it was returned. It started to remove skin from my thumb. The other was easier to open and close one handed. The blade is very thick and made with a decent blade steel and cuts really well. I suspect that since Benchmade produced these knives they were properly heat treated. The blade is sharp and from reading the H&K 2015 catalog, I believe it comes with H&K, (Benchmade) Lifesharp guarantee. The G10 grip is excellent. The handle on this knife reminds me of the grips on the more expensive ZT knives. Not an EDC but would made a decent work, hiking or backpacking knife. STP's price makes it a great buy.
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