I figure that every now and then I'll do a little knife review to post in the forum. So, I figured I kick it off with a little company known as Camillus.
Bringing more bang for you buck, Camillus cutlery has put impressive effort into the Heat tactical folder. The Heat is a Darrel Ralph design manufactured in Taiwan to Camillus specifications.
You’ll find that the blade is perfectly ground and polished as the Asian equipment tends to be newer and better than that of the United States. The lower paid labor also contributes to the lesser expense of the knife. You’ll find that Benchmade, Spyderco, CRKT, Camillus, Kershaw and many others have lower-end knives made in Taiwan. This allows for the less than $100 knives to be produced at pretty good quality.
This knife comes with zytel scales. Not my personal favorite. However, hardened stainless liners are imbedded to increase strength. I’m not too crazy about the zytel handles as they look and feel like plastic to me, but who’s complaining? This knife is equipped with a lock face that is folded over to provide 100% more lock surface area. I do like the high-mount carry clip.
The Heat’s blade is AUS-8 steel which has .75% carbon. It holds a fairly good edge. On a 1 to 10 scale, I’d give the edge retention ability about a 7. However, the sharpness is top notch. The steel is pretty tough and the rust resistance isn’t too bad. I really like the ergonomics of this knife and think you will too. The opening mechanism is extremely fast and this appeals to me significantly.
Overall, I think the Heat is a steal when it comes to inexpensive tactical folders. This knife is usually available at the $60 - $70 range.
Edge Retention: 7
Locking Mechanism: 9
Blade Steel: 7
Handle Material: 4
Carry Device: 9