The M8 model from Direware is a straightforward, no-nonsense tactical flipper. Like most of the knives that come out of the Direware shop the M8 is totally overbuilt with thick scales and blade stock, both made from cream of the crop materials. This particular knife flips open with authority and has the refinement one should expect on a knife at this price point.
The Blade: The blade of this M8 has a wicked recurved tanto featuring satin grinds and tumbled flats. It snaps open easily when flipped and has a rock solid lockup in the open position. It's subtle harpoon shaped top acts great as a thumb rest and has wide jimping which provides good grip when needed and the M390 steel blade should provide the end user with a blade which will perform repetitive cutting tasks with ease.
The Handle: An eye catching marbled carbon fiber front scale was used on this knife, with the lock side being made from blasted titanium. The carbon fiber face has dual fullers with the hardware being reversed for a nice clean look. A single heavy duty steel backspacer holds everything together with one of the toughest clips we have seen attached for carry.
About M390: Bohler M390 has become an extremely popular choice for high-end user grade knives thanks to its extreme edge retention. M390 also has a good corrosion resistance, meaning most users can avoid problems by simply wiping off their blade after each use. Another great feature of this steel is its ability to resist burr formation during sharpening. Comparable steels are CTS-204P and Duratech 20CV.
|Blade Material||Bohler M390|
|Handle Material||Carbon Fiber and Titanium|
|Country of Manufacture||United States|