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The Drop: DFCO McQueen USA-Made Knife

Authored by:
Chris Van Hoven
The Drop: DFCO McQueen USA-Made Knife

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American muscle cars were a symbol of strength, toughness, and performance in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, so it makes perfect sense that the folks at DFCO designed a knife that takes inspiration from the timeless aesthetic of that era. The DFCO McQueen pocket knife combines style, performance, and durability with a sleek and minimalist design that belies incredible toughness, thanks to its CPM-4V steel blade and durable handle.

CPM-4V steel is a premium powder tool steel you don’t often see in pocket knives, as it’s usually reserved for high-end fixed blades. It’s best known for its superior edge retention and overall toughness compared to other steels, which makes it capable of handling any cutting task you throw at it. The blade is sharpened in-house to a 25° continuous edge, which is ideal for a utility knife, further enhancing its cutting performance. The blade’s compact length of 2.5” is great for most tasks and is friendly to carry in many locales.

The McQueen’s handle is made from 17-4 stainless steel: a strong, corrosion-resistant material that can withstand harsh environments. It features a CAM LOCK locking mechanism to secure the blade, a system similar to the iconic AXIS lock with some improvements and refinements. One thing I love about the CAM LOCK is that it’s ambidextrous so that you can open and close the knife with either hand. Its deep carry pocket clip is also made from 17-4 steel, reversible to further its usability from either orientation or preference.

What we like: High-quality CPM-4V steel and ambidextrous functionality are qualities you don’t usually find in pocket knives, making this a true gem.

What to watch out for: We would have preferred titanium handles instead of stainless steel, but we understand they had to keep costs manageable. We can dream, though.

Final verdict: The DFCO McQueen folder is a near-perfect fusion of form and function and a classy daily companion fit for any occasion. It is proudly manufactured and assembled in the USA too, and comes with a lifetime warranty.

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Chris Van Hoven is a multifaceted writer with a keen interest in technology, watches, and the world of automobiles. When he geeks out about technical details and specifications, his enthusiasm for these subjects is contagious.

Having contributed extensively to renowned publications, he has made a name for himself as an authority in the Philippine automotive industry. His expertise can be seen through his engaging articles as Editor-in-Chief of C! Magazine, a prominent car magazine where he offers insightful reviews and comprehensive analysis of various vehicles.

In addition to his automotive pursuits, Chris's horological inclinations are evident in his work for Calibre Magazine and Vintage Grail. Here, he explores the latest watch releases, trends, and the significance of various vintage timepieces, captivating readers with his knowledge and enthusiasm.

Beyond his writing endeavors, Chris is an avid gamer, finding solace in the immersive world of PC gaming. His passion for gaming and tech-related gadgets allows him to stay at the forefront of the industry, always seeking the latest advancements and sharing his experiences with others.

Combining his love for technology, watches, and automotive wonders, Chris Van Hoven stands as a versatile writer who has built a reputation for his expertise and engaging style. His ability to weave together captivating stories and detailed analysis continues to capture readers and fuel his dedication to these ever-evolving fields.

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