This AK-47 is the new GEN 2 (made after 2010) offering based on the original AK-47 model, main difference is an updated locking mechanism, which is supposed to be stronger. It takes some force to depress the lock release, (which is located on the middle spine of the handle) and release the blade, so it will not close up easily. A good safety feature IMO, but hard on the thumb! The older model AK-47 lock had the release lever on the side of the handle which could possibly catch on something and unlock the blade while in your hand! I can see why they would update heir design. The blade is AUS8A steel, hollow ground and has a nice uniform black coating and arrived shaving sharp! The strike pommel is also an excellent touch and one of the reasons I chose this blade. It will come in handy if you ever need to strike glass. I also love the G10 handle on this knife, it has a very aggressive "tread" pattern and is extremely grippy! The "pocket snag" on the base of the blade spine also works beautifully. The pocket clip (knife comes with a spare), which is extremely though and has a strong grip, rides low enough as to allow enough gripping surface of the handle to be exposed from your pocket and allow quick, safe deployment of the blade. Nothing cooler than pulling your knife out and having it snap open as you clear the pocket! Ready for use! The pocket snag can also be removed if you don't want that feature on the knife. Either way, you can still remove the knife from your pocket without snagging it open. Overall a great blade, the practical knife user will not be disappointed with this!! Only downside is that the GEN 2 models do not come with an aluminum handle option, only the G10, which may be a deciding factor for some. Also there is no serrated blade offered and the blood groove is absent on this newer model (stronger without it, IMO.)
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