Some more first thoughts: AG Russell RUS FX-180


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Il Duca
April 9, 2012, 05:11 PM
Thought I would tell a little about this knife as I had never heard of it before it was suggested to me. On AG Russell's catalog/site it is listed s the "Italian Made Tactical." It's made by Fox knives in Italy.

Blade Length: 3 3/4"
Closed Length: 4 1/2"
Blade Material: ATS-34
Handle Material: Titanium
Lock Type: Frame lock
Finish: Bead Blasted
Price: $99

When I got the package today I actually was expecting my composite Junkyard Dog. I was pleasantly surprised to find the Russell. What turned me on to this knife was that it has a very nice recurved drop point blade and it's a titanium framelock for $99. Combine that with AG Russells outstanding quality and service record and lightning fast shipping (I ordered the JYD 2 days before this one) and you have a winner.

On taking it out of the box I noticed how light it is for it's length. The stats list it as 3.1 oz but I haven't weighed it yet. It's very sveldt, nice and thin and light. It opens smoothly with ambidextrous thumb studs and locks up tight. No blade play at all. This thing is WICKED sharp. Probably the sharpest knife I've ever gotten from the factory. My arm has a bald spot to prove it. I also took it to a couple boxes in the garage and cut them into confetti with no dulling. This knife has a couple little touches that make it nice. The grip is very comfortable either regular or reversed. The pocket clip while not repositionable out of the right hand tip down position, it has a small lip built in that keeps the frame lock bar from being overextended when closing the knife. It also rides about level with the top of the pocket. I'm not usually a fan of holes in the handle but the ones here actually improve the looks. So here's a quick list of pros and cons from my first impressions:

Pros:
-Light
-Thin
-Titanium framelock
-Amazingly sharp recurve blade
-Relatively low cost for a nice looking gentleman's folder


Cons:
-Right hand, tip down carry only
-Relatively thin blade, might not be good for a utilitarian knife

Overall, for a $99 Ti framelock, I am pleased with it so far. And now what you've been waiting for:

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/bigfatts/008.jpg

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/bigfatts/009-3.jpg

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/bigfatts/010-3.jpg

And with the Valloton and a size reference
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f258/bigfatts/012-3.jpg

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Il Duca
April 10, 2012, 12:14 PM
Well guys, it looks as though I may have some bad news about this one. After I wrote this post up last night I stuck it in my pocket and went to the store. I was out a little more than an hour. It felt good in the pocket. Barely noticable compared to the Valloton. I went home and pulled it out to look at it some more. That's when I noticed it. A tiny tiny chip in the edge of the blade. On closer inspection it seems that the blade made contact with one of the frame studs. Checking it out further it only takes minor pressure to close the blade too far to where the blade makes contact with this stud. If this happened just walking around Publix I can't imagine wearing it for any length of time and doing anything more strenuous than walking. It looks as though this one may be going back. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. I loved this knife. :(

Il Duca
April 19, 2012, 02:23 PM
Follow up on this one. I returned the knife to AGRussell and revieved a full refund, including what I spent shipping it back to them. Very impressed with their customer service. Every time I emailed them they responded usually within the hour. Great people to deal with and Judy took great care of me. I won't hesitate to do business with them in the future should they have a knife I like.

SlamFire1
April 19, 2012, 05:11 PM
AG Russell is a class act.

Been buying knives from AG since the 70's.

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