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The Drop: Kansept Knives Shikari SBL Button Lock

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Chris Van Hoven
The Drop: Kansept Knives Shikari SBL Button Lock

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Morgan Koens is a custom fixed blade maker with a lot of experience creating functional and beautiful knives. Coming from a long history of designing fixed blades, the Shikari exemplifies how he executes a folding knife design, showing his skill and passion for the craft.

The Kansept Knives Shikari SBL has a 3.35” modified clip point blade made of CPM S35VN steel, a premium stainless steel offering excellent edge retention, corrosion resistance, and toughness. The blade has a black stonewashed finish that gives it a rugged and stealthy look. It can be easily opened with the rear flipper tab or by disengaging its namesake button lock, which also serves as a safety mechanism to prevent accidental closure. The blade runs on a ball-bearing pivot system, ensuring smooth and fast deployment with a snap.

The handle of the Shikari SBL is made of black and white “Gmascus,” a composite material made from layered G-10 that mimics the appearance of Damascus steel. The handle scales also feature an anodized titanium bolster that adds strength and durability to the knife. Its contoured shape fits comfortably in the hand to provide a secure grip, while a lanyard hole and titanium pocket clip offer options for easy carry.

What we like: Its big-bellied blade using premium steel makes it suitable for any outdoor task you can throw at it. We also like how the clip point shape echoes its fixed-blade DNA with a long thumb ramp and slick accent swedge.

What to watch out for: If this particular design isn’t to your liking, multiple versions of the Shikari are available, from more premium options featuring 20CV steel and Damascus / Timascus handles to more affordable variants that use 154CM steel to suit your budget. Also, take note that the button lock and clip are, unfortunately, not ambidextrous.

Final verdict: The Shikari SBL combines utility and pleasing aesthetics in a compact and elegant package with an easy-to-use, safe button lock and a comfortable handle with stylish flairs from tip to clip.

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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.

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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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