Friday, January 9, 2015

Colt Gunstock Jack Knife Review

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Colt Gunstock Jack Knife
Not discouraged by the problems encountered on the Colt Buckshot Peanut in both design and finish, I placed my order for the Gunstock Jack instead and this one is a home run. These little knives are full of features including swedges, long pulls, and half stops. Everything seems to be in order with the Gunstock. The springs are strong and overall function is very positive. The blades come sharp and the nice square tangs butt neatly to the springs in the open position. In fact, there is no call for a lengthy review, this little pocket knife is well done and worth the $20 asking price any day of the week.

As with anything I can find a few things I would do differently if I were running the show. First would probably involve the covers, which by the way, are very well fit. I presume the tiny ridges, like lines on a topographical map, found on the covers are a result of the way they are made but I don't know and they could just as easily be some sort of aesthetic feature. The covers are bone, sculpted to look like stag antler or some facsimile thereof, and I have considered knocking the tiny ridges down and buffing the high spots in an effort to lighten them somewhat more like antler. But, in the end they are attractive as-is and have some really beautiful colors including a deep burgundy in the darkest places.

I don't dislike the Colt "C" in the one bolster, but I would probably leave it out. Along the same theme, I'm not in love with the circular shield they devised. I just think something traditional would be that final touch, an actual shield or decorative plaque perhaps.

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Centering is good, with the small blade off to one side but not rubbing.

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The Jack is a somewhat larger knife but not too big.

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Less than perfectly blended and fit springs, hardly an issue though.

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To get a clip point on board but still offer the large spade of a spear point main blade, the pen blade has a very fine tip which ends up being a very good design in that the small knife is great for delicate tasks. You will also note that the nail nick is correctly located on the Jack as opposed to the Peanut previously reviewed.