If you have been reading this blog for a while then you know that I like a bargain, well, that and the fact that I wanted to do a review for you all of the cheapest priced assisted opening pocket knife that I could find on Amazon.
So I went into Amazon.com and did a search for “pocket knives” and then sorted the results by price… lowest to highest… and then ordered the cheapest pocket knife that I saw listed. Which was the “TAC Force Spring Assisted Opening Black Tactical Folding Pocket Knife” (click here to check it out on Amazon.com).
But the big question is what did I get and was it even worth the $5.94 that I paid for it? Well, let’s take a look…
Update: I just went to Amazon and it looks like they have raised the price of the knife to $ 6.55 since I ordered it a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, they are psychic or something and knew that I was going the write this review.
First I’ll cover the basic measurements and materials of this TAC Force knife. It has a spring assisted 3.5″ blade and is eight inches overall, just over 4 inches closed and comes with a pocket clip and what appears to be an ABS plastic handle/grip and of course it’s made in China.
See the photos below…
I’ve been carrying this knife for about a week and the main negative that I’ve noticed besides the fact that the blade gets dull quickly once its put to use is that the blade is “loose” with a lot of side-to-side play and this gets worse the more that I used it. I’m not sure how long it would hold together under daily usage.
The spring assisted opening is great with a strong spring and it’s fast. This thing opens faster than my $200+ Hogue switchblade! And it’s easy to open with little finger pressure required, however, this could also be a negative because it’s so easy to open that it could open accidentally in a pocket during carrying.
Like I said I’ve been carrying this knife for about a week while preparing to write this review and during that time I’ve not had any accidental opening of the blade in my pocket or otherwise but with the spring strength and ease of opening it’s a possibility and likely with long-term everyday carry.
As they say, you get what you pay for and with this knife, you get a little more… I’d say that this knife is worth about $12 and would work fine if you just need a knife to open the random package, letter, peel an apple or other similar light work, however, I’d not want to rely on it for anything else.
Also, if you’re prone to losing pocketknives then this would be a great option however if that was my purpose for buying a low-cost pocketknife I’d spend another $10 and buy an Opinel Knife.