I reviewed the original Backnife a long while ago. I liked it! There were a couple of things I wasn’t satisfied with, though. Backnife addressed those and got back with me on an updated version of the knife. They sent a couple out for some updated photos! Not a review per se, but mostly updated photos.
That’s a link to the Kickstarter, where this knife is available.
This is version two! It’s available in a few body colors; red, black, and teal.
Package and manual
Just like in version 1, my Backnife arrived in an envelope, taped to a letter. I expect there will be some real packaging for the retail units, but honestly this is good enough. Keep shipping cost down, and probably gets to you faster (maybe, I actually don’t know that).
There is no manual of course; it’s a ceramic knife in a plastic sleeve. If you need a manual to operate this, then you probably shouldn’t be operating this.
- Backnife v2.0
The Backnife still has a nice look – but this time with a black or more metallic looking blade. It’s bright and easy to spot. Orange would still have been a vastly superior choice. 😛
Open / Close / Lock
To open, the blade must be slid outward. It’s not hard, but does require a fingernail or something. It doesn’t slide out accidentally.
To close the knife, I usually just push the tip onto something and let the blade slide in.
There’s really no locking the blade in place. There’s a stop at the back of the blade, to keep the blade from ever poking a hole through the wrong way.
Build and Feel
This is a pretty nice little unit. Not really much different from v1, to be sure. Version 2 removes the little built-in springy bit that was meant as a stop, but never really worked as a stop. This new version (on top, below), removes that little stop, and relies on the user to hold the blade in place.
Is that a better option? I don’t know. Probably? Because now I don’t think the device is going to stop the blade, and I know I must.
I measure this at 65mm x 23mm x 3mm.
Steel / Cut /
My normal reviews included this section; I’ll leave it…. This blade isn’t steel at all. This blade is ceramic. It blade arrives very sharp. I can’t think of sharper. I’ve used it for daily type stuff, and I’m pleased with it.
Here’s the new blade (top) vs the old blade (bottom). I think the new blade feels a little more robust. I use the old blade quite often in my shop, and it’s chipped in a few places.
This version doesn’t include a chain like v1. I didn’t find the chain all that useful, so this isn’t a loss to me.
- This knife was provided by Backnife for review. I was not paid to write this review.
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