Massdrop x Brad Zinker Dogtooth Liner Lock Knife
Massdrop x Brad Zinker Dogtooth Liner Lock Knife
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Brad Zinker’s designs put emphasis on ease of carry, slender form factor, and utility. So, given the opportunity to make a production version of one of his custom knives, we knew it should embody these characteristics Read More
A Welcome Addition to the Zinker Family

Brad Zinker’s designs put emphasis on ease of carry, slender form factor, and utility. So, given the opportunity to make a production version of one of his custom knives, we knew it should embody these characteristics. Introducing the newest version of the Dogtooth: a pocket-friendly liner lock with equal emphasis on function and form. The addition of a liner lock to the Dogtooth family echoes Brad's custom knife lineup, which often features both frame-lock and liner-lock versions of the same model. Here, the change makes for a more uniformly shaped handle and an overall cleaner look. Outfitted with a 3.3-inch wharncliffe blade made from S35VN stainless steel, the Dogtooth holds an excellent edge. It dons a deep-carry steel clip, plus ceramic bearings for smooth deployment with a press on the jimped flipper tab. Look for the brand-new lefty versions at checkout.

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At checkout, you’ll have your choice of OD green G-10, orange G-10, black G-10 (+ $5), rosewood (+ $10), or carbon fiber (+ $20). Lefty versions are also available. Due to the sensitive nature of shipping knives internationally, we can only ship this knife to select countries. It is the responsibility of the buyer to know and comply with all importation regulations and local laws. Click here for additional information.

Maximum Control, Minimum Bulk

The Dogtooth’s wharncliffe blade is made for control. The nearly straight cutting edge is easy to guide through material with accuracy, and the fine tip excels in detailed cuts. While this knife is not meant for heavy duty tasks, it makes quick work of everyday ones, like cutting boxes, opening letters, preparing food, removing threads, and much more. Cut with a double-bevel compound grind, the blade offers added strength at the base and precision at the tip. In addition, there’s a choil for ease of sharpening, plus jimping on the spine for grip retention. Shaped like a teardrop, the handle is visually pleasing and comfy to hold.

A Closer Look at S35VN Steel

Developed by Crucible Industries (one of the leading manufacturers of specialty steels for the cutlery industry) and Chris Reeve (arguably the most famous knifemaker in the world), S35VN is perhaps the most balanced blade steel ever created in terms of all-around performance. It’s made through a process of Crucible Particle Metallurgy (CPM), which results in near perfect consistency in the distribution of carbides. Compared to conventional melting practices, the CPM process produces a steel characterized by superior dimensional stability, grindability, and toughness.

About Brad Zinker

If you like slim knives, you need to know Brad Zinker. Based in Florida, Brad is a voting member of the Knifemakers’ Guild with a passion for slender designs. His philosophy is simple, that knives should never be a strain or hindrance to their owner, whether fixed blades or folders. Thus, the majority of his knives—including this one—are extremely pocket friendly and lightweight. However, while much of Zinker’s work highlights blades with impossibly thin construction, he’s also been known to craft hunting knives and heavy-duty folders, using ATS-34 and damascus as his materials of choice.

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  • Designed by Brad Zinker
  • Manufactured by WE Knife
  • Produced by Massdrop
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Blade: CPM-S35VN stainless steel
  • Handle: Titanium liners with G-10, carbon fiber, or rosewood scales
  • Lock: Liner lock w/carbidized lock bar end
  • Jimped flipper tab and spine
  • Deep carry steel pocket clip for right-handed tip-up carry
  • Blade thickness: 0.12 in (3 mm)
  • Handle thickness: 0.5 in (1.2 cm)
  • Blade length: 3.3 in (8.3 cm)
  • Closed length: 4.05 in (10.3 cm)
  • Overall length: 7.3 in (18.6 cm)
  • Weight, G-10 and carbon fiber: 2.4 oz (68 g)
  • Weight, rosewood: 2.3 oz (65.2 g)
Included
  • Pouch
  • Microfiber cloth
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Free Returns & Exchanges

US customers may return or exchange this item in new, unused condition within 30 days of delivery.

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Estimated ship date is Nov 25, 2019 PT.

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I've bought a few knives through this site, and I think dollar for dollar this is the best Massdrop branded knife. No shade on the other designers -- out of them all, in terms of value this one's just the best in my books. Incidentally it's the first one of the lot I picked up, and mine did not come perfect -- it had a relatively minor imperfection on the grind, one it would have been impossible to even notice if it were a coated blade, but when you spend a benjamin on a knife one of the things you're paying for is the expectation that you won't be dealing with little trifles, in my book. So given that, why do I say that pound for pound it's best? It's a very useful size -- big enough to be effective at the tasks at which we use a pocket knife, but not so big to be unwieldy to use, or to alarm coworkers if you need to open a box in their presence. It's got a great blade - wicked grind, super steel, hint of a thumb ramp with some good jimping on it for thumb grip. For what it's worth, very stabbity. But simple. I love interesting grinds but I have a profound respect for people who change things up without making them busy in a design sense, and Zinker's Dogtooth qualifies as a a strong example of that in action. It has a nonstandard flipper with cool geometry, smart use of leverage, and consequently a very light pull. Some flippers dig your thumb up -- it's generally easy to flip this open however you like, and with the correct flip motion the Dogtooth fires like the flipper's some kinda switchblade button. Legit snikt. It's slim. These days, esp. with Chinese made knives, the overwhelming trend is toward thicker substantial blades. Pocket knives have started to get blades as thick as combat knives. People like that and there's a place for it, but not every pocket knife has to be visibly overengineered - and the truth is, if you're paying for super steel, you don't need something that thick to get a knife that rugged. If your knife is well designed (and this is a Zinker) and it's made of good materials (this is G-10, Ti and S35VN) and it is from a shop that knows how to, and can be counted on actually give the steel a professional treatment dictated by the type of steel (and this is from We Knife, who are arguably the best the Chinese have at making proper production knives at scale) then it will live up to serious work year after year even if it has slim dimensions like the Dogtooth. And why's that matter? Well, for doing the things you actually do most of all, like opening letters and boxes and cutting cardboard, where you're frequently fitting the tip or edge of the blade into something or down along a tape seam, a slim blade profile is superior. While we're on that subject -- a very common thing people experience with knives like this is that once you start spending $100 or more on a knife, you might be hesitant to use it at full go. It's understandable, but the truth is, when you buy a knife like this, the value it brings is that you CAN use it at full go, year after year, and it'll bear that use. You own it. Don't let it own you. That's what you're paying extra for.
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