Another thing that many misunderstand is assisted opening blades and similar products. Assisted opening mean that the blade will be opened with a spring or a device that will open this blade by
a touch on the thumb stud. These blades are many times made with a very low resistance for opening the blade.
On Wenger knives it is very different because the slip-joint spring causes a
negative resistance that prevents you from opening the blade. Maybe I could call this another thing instead? I will! It is only a positive thing that there is resistance on the opening. Many would say that this is not comfortable and it is a difficult to open.
It is actually a positive that will make the opening more controlled, correct and more comfortable. It is a safer blade in every aspect!
Common sense would say assisted opening will be the
fastest and the safest. It is actually completely different.
Wenger knives are professional outdoors products and designed for such use.
Many assisted opening blades are excellent outdoors products too.
Drag or resistance can mean many things. For cutting I divide it into positive and negative drag.
For opening the blades it is completely opposite. You want some resistance opening the blade.
Another thing i would like to mention is that the type of stainless steel influences the cutting performance as well. If you would take two completely different stainless steels side by side with
the completely same design then the cutting performance would be very different. I mentioned that the hardening and type of stainless steel very much influence the performance. I call it good bite when you feel
the edge attaches to the material. It is a special feeling when you notice this.
The correct hardening of stainless steels determines the ability of the blades. Wenger
blades are typically extra flexible. Wenger knives had their own philosophy on the hardening and flexibility of the stainless steel that had to be a high grade stainless. The last years of Wenger the New Rangers
must have had some extra good steel grades in them. The New Rangers blades got a distinguished feeling when I use them. It is surprising that this slim blade and edge did
bite into tough wood without damage.. It is extremely easy to sharpen and it can with some extra care get supernatural sharp.
When Wenger and Victorinox make products they do it for
all the good reasons…