Good deal or no?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by John Joseph, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. John Joseph

    John Joseph Member

    May 5, 2016
    I came across a S&W Border Guard on sale today at Big Five.
    The regular price on line was $34.99, not good deal in my estimation
    The regular price in the store was $24.99, still not a good deal.
    Sale price was $12.99, hmmm, that sounds like a good deal.
    I wanted an unserrated edge and they only had one, the floor display, so they took 10% off, which negates the sales tax.
    Now that's a good deal, I'm thinking to myself!
    Here's the specs---

    Smith & Wesson Border Guard Rescue Knife

    Designed as an all-purpose tool, the Border Guard Rescue Knife is a liner-lock folding knife from Smith & Wesson that is durable and built to last. The knife features an aluminum handle with a built-in Trac-Tec, glass breaker, strap cutter and pocket clip. Each knife has a 4.4" stainless steel tanto blade with double blood grooves and ambidextrous thumb knobs for an easy open and close.

    • 5.6" aluminum handle with built-in Trac-Tec, glass breaker, strap cutter, pocket clip

    • 4.4" black tanto blade with double blood grooves

    • 7Cr17 high-carbon stainless-steel blade

    • Ambidextrous thumb knobs

    • Weighs 8.8 ounces
    So I have to ask----was it a good deal?
    BTW it followed me home :D
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  2. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Southern Virginia
    Yes for what it is.
  3. grter

    grter Member

    May 2, 2013
    If you need a beater knife yes provided the lock is not dangerously ineffective. I would pass on this if it were me because I would choose a lock back if I wanted a cheap beater knife. Lock backs do not require the same high level of quality control needed to make a liner lock right.

    I have pounded cheap garbage lock backs when I was a kid and they held strong and as an adult I have had a fare share of liner lock failures most made by quality manufacturers somehow fail without warning. I had a complaint from someone I gave a small low end Kershaw (US made) stainless frame lock to as a gift that the lock failed. I felt bad and was relieved that he was not injured because that thing was sharp.
  4. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Member

    May 31, 2008
    Over 1/2 lb. seems heavy for pocket carry, I don't buy anything over 4 oz.

    What is Trac-tec?

    Edit: OK, I'll answer my own question. Trac-tec is a sticky insert in the handle designed to give better grip.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2019
  5. sparkyv

    sparkyv Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    Steel similar to 440A, good corrosion resistance. Will need to be sharpened periodically. Not a bad deal. I like Kershaws myself, even the cheep ones.
  6. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    John Joseph

    For $12.99 I would buy it. Should make for a decent tool-box kind of knife.
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