Defcon TP68 PAN D2 Folding Knife
Defcon TP68 PAN D2 Folding Knife
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The Defcon TP68 PAN is a folder you can take to task. Measuring 8.5 inches from tip to pommel, it features a 4-inch drop-point blade for maximum versatility Read More
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F1861s
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Nov 1, 2020
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Great knife, great price
A really nice folding knife. Good price. Very sharp right out of the box. Fits your hand perfectly and easy opening action ( thumb tab only, no “flipper”). Handy, sturdy belt clip. Clicks into place with a solid secure click so you know it is safe while open. A very nice knife.
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Would recommend to a friend.
reswright
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Oct 25, 2020
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Precision made
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Short version: inexpensive homage of the Force Two from Pohl Force that does the design justice. Well made, good material, and very rugged. Long version: One man's homage is another man's ripoff; this knife bears more than a passing resemblance to the Force Two, a rather more expensive knife that's no longer manufactured. For some folks, that sort of thing's a dealbreaker no matter what, at least when it comes to knives. A lot of people think 'copycat' products are illegal, but unless you have a patent for the technology, a copyright or a trademark on an element of the build that is being copied, the law allows fairly close copycatting to take place. Some other folks of course just find it distasteful anyway because people are cashing in on another person's design. I get that -- anyone who's ever had their own work passed off as someone else's knows exactly how it feels. As for me, I'm fine with copycatting as long as it remains within the bounds of law and someone's trying to make a good product. I worry about lazy companies coasting on a single design while being able to discourage honest competitors by patent trolling anyone who comes out with a remotely similar design, which is what you get when you strengthen anti-copycatting rules to the point that they are sufficiently onerous to discourage actual copycatters. Firms turn around and use them for competitive advantage, suing people like Cold Steel does over trademarks to discourage fair competition. So for me it's at best a complex situation. To me, I end up defaulting to this: is the 'copycat' giving budget buyers a good deal in a way that the original seller refuses to do, for their own business reasons? If so, I find their work acceptable, because I hate everything there is about exclusive pricing practices and I don't think enough people in our country give the working man a fair deal. So do I like this knife? Well, Pohl Force has their knives made in Maniago I believe; these are from China. They aren't counterfeit Force Twos, what we call 'clones', meant to be sold to people who think they're genuine Pohl Force knives; they're legal. So for me, it's a matter of whether or not they're good kit. Are these well built? Yes. Defcon builds to a high spec of precision, and they definitely don't underbuild their knives.
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Two thick handle scales. Two thick handle liners. Pivot point. Stop pin. Crossbar lock. Two screwed standoffs, two more solid metal pins; that's a lot of engineering. How's the action?
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As you can see they polished the metal for the bearings to run on. Not quite as luxe as hardened steel race inserts but the polishing is good stuff -- keeps the bearing action smooth and even, instead of 'rolling marble-ish'. But do you see the crossbar lock slot in the liners? Usually there's a larger hollow carved out in the liners, allowing the metal crossbar to be fit in. It's not there in this one... because that crossbar threads together.
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This has two consequences: it's literally tens if not hundreds of times easier to service and disassemble the knife, but the lockbar probably doesn't have as high of a failure point as the traditional Axis lockbar, on account of it being tapped and threaded. The screw-threaded crossbar lock has pluses and minuses -- an easier to maintain knife typically ends up being a better maintained knife, and a well maintained knife is less likely to experience catastrophic lock failure overall, but until I see hard data suggesting otherwise my sense is that the people who gravitated toward the Axis lock because of its insanely low rate of failure compared to most other kinds of knife lock, will reach for something else instead. So don't grab this if you're making spears out of knives and batoning firewood, go with one of the old Defcon Proelias instead (or better yet a fixed knife). If you're EDCing, DO grab it: this version of the crossbar lock is not only fine for a budget knife, you might find it an improvement in general. It's stainless bearings and stainless liners, so a little oil is good; it's D2 steel, which these days can mean a few different things, some better than others, but all of them mean that the steel is semistainless and also needs a little oil now and again to avoid corroding. I don't have much problem recommending this knife. It's a good tool. If you'd disagree because of the Pohl Force angle, I can respect the principle, but to me it's most important that blue collar workers have access to solid work tools that don't break the bank and upon which they can depend, and while I liked this knife when I first held it, I liked it even better once I took it apart and put it back together. This is my third Defcon knife and I can easily see myself buying another.
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Would recommend to a friend.
T.McDonough15
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Oct 17, 2020
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Cheap but Effective
Its a decent size blade and feels good in your hand. The tip was extremely sharp and would definitely provide personal protection. The edge however was fairly dull, but for the price and piece of mind it was definitely worth it.
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Dazedphenomenon
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Oct 16, 2020
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Really well done knife from Defcon. I’m a fan of defcon knives. Fit and finish on this one is on point. Action on the copied axis lock is as smooth as any I’ve felt on a benchmade, though the spring seems to be stiffer than BM, a non issue to me though. The G10 is done well with good grup. Came adequately sharp, probably can Anc will be better. Overall, DEFCON puts a great product that’s hard to beat in their price range. Edit: I wanted to clarify what I mean by spring. I’m referring to the lock lever spring.
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Would recommend to a friend.
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