I’m not typically a big fan of the “gentleman’s folder” style folding knife – small handle with almost no guard, slim, pointy blade, sleek, low-profile shape meant more for stylish appearance than function. I prefer functional knives, designed either for durability under heavy use or efficiency in accomplishing a particular task. However, after seeing this knife on a random visit to our good friend Dave at Mojo Tactical, I couldn’t pass it up.
I should start by mentioning that Dave doesn’t usually sell knives. Neither does he sell junk. Mojo Tactical is something of a boutique store whose niche consists of specialized, high-quality tactical gear. I was surprised to see some folding knives in his showcase and had to take a closer look.
At a glance, the Stone River folder is very slick. The carbon fiber scales, stylized pivot pin, and hardware – overall it reminded me of an Allen Elishewitz design. In my hand, the first thing I noticed was its weight – or lack thereof. The Stone River folder was surprisingly light, and as if on cue, Dave explained to me that the blade is ceramic.Picture 1
Still, this wasn’t the most surprising thing about the Stone River folder. The most significant shock came when I asked Dave the price. The Stone River folder sells for well under $100.
At that price, I couldn’t pass it up, so I got one, and I’ve been carrying it for a few days now. Impressions?
On the plus side:
The zirconium oxide (ceramic) blade is very sharp. I have a few ceramic kitchen knives, and they are all extremely sharp. The Stone River folder is no different. It cuts cleanly and with little effort through light materials.
The folding action is very smooth. The Stone River folder opens and closes smoothly and efficiently with an action that feels a lot more expensive than it is.
Its light weight makes the Stone River folder unobtrusive and easy to carry. Clip this knife to your pocket, and you might forget its there (but then be careful that you don’t forget to take it out of your pocket when you do laundry).
However:I am not sure how durable ceramic blades are, but I would stay away from cutting anything hard with this knife (e.g., meat with bones). I’d also take extra care not to drop it (of course, that should be the case for any knife you want to keep, but this one, in particular, may not handle run-ins with the ground too well).
The clip position is fixed. While you can remove the clip, there are mounting holes in only one location on the knife. The Stone River folder is drilled for tip-down carry in the right pocket.
The Stone River folder uses a liner lock, which for some folks is a minus.
Right now my Stone River folder lives inside my man-purse as a spare – it doesn’t take up much room or weigh much, and I don’t have to worry about the blade getting rusty. Although its very easy to carry, the Stone River folder is probably not versatile enough to be a dependable EDC knife.