Outdoor Edge Conquer
Editor: Cory McLaughlin
Just the Facts:
Form meets function in Jerry Hossom’s elegant new flip-open folder design. The 18-ball bearing pivot opens the blade silky smooth with a rock solid lockup and no side play. The robust 8Cr13MoV blade with Satin-Stone finish balances perfectly with the 3D contoured G10/titanium coated stainless steel handle with pocket clip. Available in plain edge or 50% serrated.
3.5″ Conquer •Blade: 3.5” / 8.9cm
•Overall: 8.5” / 21.6cm
3.0″ Conquer •Blade: 3.0” / 7.6cm
•Overall: 7.2” / 18.2cm
•Steel Thickness: 3.0mm
•Blade steel: 8Cr13MoV Stainless
•Handle: 3D Milled two-color G10 titanium coated 420J2 stainless
•Weight: 2.9oz / 82g
Sometimes you need a knife that just feels like a knife. These replaceable blade knives are great but they do have a tendency to be a bit flimsy. There are times that you need a knife with a solid blade that can take a beating and keep on cutting. These are the kind of knives that you keep in your pocket for daily use or in the pack for whatever may come around. They are the kind of knifes that can gut a deer or scrape shavings off your magnesium block when you’re lighting your fire.
Outdoor Edge has just the knife. The Conquer is a folding knife that comes in 3’’-3.5’’ and can be a strait blade or 50/50 serrated. This knife feels like a knife, looks like a knife, and if Mic Dundee was to carry a folder he might have one of these stuck in the pocket of his dungarees.
I had the great pleasure of using this knife for the past few months and I have to say I really like it. I’ve used this knife for everything from skinning deer, gutting ducks and geese, skinning coyotes, cutting the back of sheetrock, and just about every other thing I could think of. I know this will make the Outdoor Edge people cringe but I even used it as a screw driver while in a pinch out on a fishing boat.
I did have a few issues with the knife that I would like to point out. The first was a bit of rust. I know, I know, that is about the worst word I could use while talking about a knife. I had this knife in my pocket while building a fence in the rain. When I got home I noticed some rusting inside the body of the knife and around the hinge. There was also some rusting on the blade. I was able to clean this up with some steel wool but I was sad to see that it appeared after such a seemingly insignificant saturation.
The other issue that I had was that I personally had issues with single hand opening of the knife. I just could not get it to flip open as easy as I would have liked. After more effort that I thought I should have to use I could get it but it was a bit of a disappointment. I was also a little put back at the pocket clip as I always felt like I was putting the knife in my pocket upside down. I just have an odd feeling about putting a knife on my pocket tip up.
The knife came relatively sharp and can be restored to the factory sharpness with some effort. The shape of the blade can make for a little difficulty sharpening. In the end I found that this was a great knife for the price and one that I would tell people was solid choice. I would like to see a few changes with the opening and pocket clip but that is more of a preference thing than a quality issue.
When open this knife is rock solid and will do just about anything you want it to do. It is worth a look and will prove to be a good tool for years to come.
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What can be done better?
As I outlined above I was a little sad to see the rusting issue. Not sure that can be solved but I didn’t like to see it. The pocket clip issues were personal preference and so I can use them as marks against the knife as they have no bearing on how if functions. I would like to see the knife open a bit more smoothly during one hand operation and that is an area I could see being improved. Ultimately, this knife is a sold piece of cutlery for the price.
I give this product 3.75 stars.