EnZo Birk 75 Folder, Flat Grind, Black G10
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EnZo Birk 75 Folder (Flat Grind, Black G10 Scales)
Solid yet elegant folder from Finish brand EnZo, the EnZo Birk 75 with full flat grind in super strong S30V steel and comfortable, sleek scales in black G10. Deep-pocket carry clip in satin finish steel.
The blade is 3 mm thick, about 75 mm long with a Linerlock mechanism. A heavy knife for it's quite small size, it really gives a comfortable, business-like feel in the hand.
S30V is a powdered, crucible super stainless steel, developed by Crucible Industries in the US, in collaboration with knife maker Chris Reeve. S30V creates vanadium carbides, harder than "standard" chromium carbides. This also gives a finer grain structure, again enhancing the cutting capabilities of the steel when properly heat treated.
The good cutting performance from a classic Scandinavian knife, a Puukko, is translated into this modern folding knife Birk 75. Our Birk 75 has received many positive reviews for its technical superior design, rugged durability, and its eye popping good look. Now the second version is out, featuring: scales flush with the liners, clip placed for deep pocket carry, countersunk screws, opening liner changed for easier opening and closing. Flat, chamfered scales in Black Carbonfiber or in Curly birch, and rounded scales in black G-10.
Length: 176/105 mm
Weight: 95 g
Blade length: 75 mm
Blade thickness: 3 mm
Steel: CPM S30 V (Made in USA, Crucible Particle Metallurgy or powdered steel)
Grind: full Flat Grind
Frame : Stainless 1.2 mm
Screws: Torx 6 . Pivot Torx 8
More details on S30V steel:
Made by US based Crucible, CPM S30V (often simply referred to as S30V) steel has excellent edge retention and resists rust effortlessly. It was designed in the US and is typically used for the high-end premium pocket knives and expensive kitchen cutlery. The introduction of vanadium carbides brings extreme hardness into the steel alloy matrix. Dollar for dollar, this is generally regarded as one of the finest knife blade steels with the optimal balance of edge retention, hardness and toughness. Note S30V now has a slightly better looking brother in S35VN which is distinctly similar but easier for manufacturers to work with thanks to niobium. Still, S30V is pretty common these days and one of our favorites.
More background on CPM steels:
CPM stands for Crucible Particle Metallurgy which is a process for manufacturing high quality tool steels. American Crucible Industries is the sole producer of CPM steels which are formed by pouring the molten metal through a small nozzle where high pressure gas bursts the liquid stream into a spray of tiny droplets. These droplets are cooled, solidified into a powder form and then hot isostatically pressed (HIP) where the powder is bonded and compacted. The trick here is that the HIP process ensures each of the fine particles have a uniform composition without any alloy segregation. All this results in a steel that has improved toughness, wear resistance and can be ground and heat treated with maximum effect.
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I received my Enzo Birk 75 (full flat grind S30V) a week or two ago and have now had the chance to put it though some paces.
Overall quality, materials, fit and finish is as good as it gets. The handle size is perfect for my medium (or slightly larger) hand size using any grip. Out of the box the blade is almost scary sharp, no re-profiling or grinding necessary, a bit of time on the strop and it comes up way sharp.
For every day use it it as near to perfect as it gets. The low pocket clip ensures the knife is very discrete and the tip up folded position (the only option) means it is in the right place to open without fiddling around changing grip.
The blade slices with ease and has a nice shape for use on any task I have thrown at it. It will make a great little camper too but it is soooo attractive that I prefer to keep it looking clean and polished with the scales giving it a classy look. Were it to be used primarily for camping/bush work I would probably opt for the scandi ground blade in either S30V or D2.
Thumb studs on both sides make for ambidextrous opening but the really neat thing about them is how they tuck right out of the way up next to the scales when open so they don't inadvertently catch on anything.
As someone who loves quality and a bargain I find the EnZo Birk 75 almost impossible to fault. It certainly isn't the cheapest EDC around, but nor is it even close to over priced.
Without doubt this is now my favorite EDC, classy and practical. The Birk 75 is my first EnZo, but it definitely won't be my last.
Beautiful quality knife, Excellent customer service. I could not be happier.