I grew up in the country, so having a pocket knife on me at all times is a pretty standard procedure. Every few months I switch out knives, as they go dull or break because I tend to be rough on them. Let’s see how this Husky folding knife holds up.
I’ve been using this knife daily for the past month, so I’ve gotten the chance to find out the pro’s and con’s of it. What I like about it is that it is very sturdy. Some knives feel weak in your hand, and have loose tolerances so the blade opens and closes far too easily. This can create unsafe situations when opening and closing the blade. The blade on this Husky knife has to be forced open, and forced closed.
I really like the ergonomics of the handle. It’s not shaped in an annoying way that makes it painful to use when applying pressure as some knives do. I like the placement of the knob on the blade so I can open the knife with one finger. Some knives have “cutouts” in the blade that are meant to be pulled out with your fingernail. Those annoy the crap out of me. This blade can be snapped open with one hand, which is how I like my knives to open.
What I don’t like about it is the placement of the blade release. I prefer a knife that can be opened and closed in one hand, without involving a second hand. I really don’t like knives that force me to put the knife in my other hand and flip it around to press a button, finally getting to close the blade. For someone who uses knives all day, every day, this is a big inconvenience. It’s not uncommon for knives to be designed this way, I just don’t like the ones that are. Just a preference, not a flaw in the tool or design.
Another thing that I’m extremely picky about is the placement of the pocket clip on a knife. I want a pocket-clip that is mounted on the rear of the handle of the knife. This Husky model is the opposite - the clip is mounted at the pivot point between the handle and the blade. The reason for this is that I like to slide it out of my pocket with one hand and immediately open the blade. Also when I close it, I don’t want to flip the thing around to slide it in my back pocket. With this Husky knife, everytime I pull it out of my pocket the tool is upside down in my hand. This requires me to have to flip it around to use it. Then when I close it I have to flip it around again to put it into my pocket. Seems like a silly thing to complain about, but I will seriously pay $20 more for a knife that has the blade release on the inside of the knife, and the clip on the back of the handle.
I do like that the knife is ambidextrous, and comes with a thumb-knob on both sides of the blade. I tend to only use my right hand to open the blade, but for those lefty’s out there, it works just the same.
Spec’s From HomeDepot.com
The Husky Sporting Knife is ideal for many uses. The 7Cr17 Stainless-Steel blade will power through the toughest cutting jobs with ease and is easy to sharpen while still holding a great cutting edge. Thumb studs on both sides of the blade make 1-handed opening easy; right or left handed.
Folding lock-back design for safety
Easy 1-hand open
7Cr17 stainless steel blade
Stainless steel frame with wooden handle
Can be sharpened
Dual edge blade
Lifetime Warranty with no questions, no receipt required.
On the whole this is a great knife, I think it deserves 4 stars. It is not a game changer, nor is it the best knife I’ve ever used, however it is well-built and does everything it needs to. However, due to personal preference, I find that every-time I put it in my hand I wish I was using a different knife. Having to flip it around constantly when I pull it out of my pocket, then flip it around to fold the blade in, and again flip it around to put it in my pocket is just plane amateur in my opinion. For people that are less picky however, this is really a great tool to keep around. I’ll definitely keep it as a spare in my glovebox.