FIRSTEDGE ™ FOLDING KNIVES
- TrackLock™ Locking Mechanism (patent pending)
- ELMAX® Stainless Steel Blade (.132” Thick / 60-61 HRC)
- 44DA Stainless Steel Liners / 58-59 HRC
- 3” Blade Length
- 5.125” Closed Length / 8.125” Open Overall Length
- 7.3 oz. Packaged Weight / 5.9 Knife Only Weight
- Flat Ground Tanto Style Blade
- Coarse Textured Black G-10 Handles
- Stainless Steel Fasteners
- Black Oxide Finish on Blade, Liners, Pocket Clip & Fasteners
- All Folding Knives available in both Plain & Partial Serrated Edges
TRACKLOCK™ Patent Pending FOLDING KNIFE LOCKING SYSTEM
All FirstEdge® Folding Knives are equipped with a patent pending Locking Mechanism designed for Military and Outdoor extreme environments and applications. The TrackLock™ and TrackAssist’s™ large steel locking pin passes through both the blade and hardened steel liners. This “double-shear” mechanism creates one of the strongest possible locks, having greatly surpassed the industrial standard for knife-lock failure. The TrackLock™ allows for fast and safe one-handed opening and closing of the folding blade with notable ease. This mechanism creates a folding knife that is truly safe and one-handed.
ELMAX® STEEL –THE IDEAL STAINLESS STEEL FOR KNIFE BLADES
FirstEdge® is proud to offer ELMAX® Steel in our premium knife products. Produced by Bohler-Uddenholm of Sweden, ELMAX® is “High Chromium-Vanadium-Molybdenum” alloyed steel, made of 18% Chromium, 3% Vanadium, 1.7% Carbon, 1% Molybdenum, 0.8%Silicon, and 0.3% Manganese. This composition of metals results in a superior stainless steel alloy with high wear resistance, superior corrosion resistance, and high compressive strength. The ELMAX® advance powder metallurgy technology allows for these rare performance capabilities. The steel is hardened to 60-61 HRC, resulting in excellent edge retention and high impact resistance. It is easily sharpened and holds an edge as well as carbon steel alloy.
Comparative testing of ELMAX® versus other stainless steels show superior performance by ELMAX®. Other steels may perform in one aspect, but are weaker in others: tough but difficult to sharpen; sharp but prone to corrosion and rust; rust-resistant but a softer blade. ELMAX® performs without trade-offs. Using the industry standard, CATRA (Cutlery Allied Trades Research Association), Edge Retention Test, ELMAX® scored higher than other stainless steels at 62 HRC. In the TCC (Total Cards Cut) Test that measures the number of silica impregnated cards that a knife can cut at one time, ELMAX® placed second with 930.7. ELMAX® steel at 61 HRC performed better than other stainless blade steels, even those at 57 HRC, despite the fact that a lower HRC has been viewed as stronger.
ELMAX® steel is ideal for Survival, Outdoor and Underwater applications where high durability, toughness, and corrosion resistance are critical. ELMAX® knives withstand extended exposure to moisture, extreme temperature change, and constant heavy use. Other applications include Hunting, Fishing, and Food Service where sharpness and ease of sharpening and robustness are critical features.