Gear Review – Camillus Tiger Sharp
This is a guest post from a friend of mine. Awhile back I gave him a Camillus Tiger Sharp knife to try out with the only caveat being that after he used it for awhile he write a post about. Here are his thoughts on the knife…
For those of you not familiar with Camillus they are one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the world. They have been making quality blades for over 130 years. That being said I myself have never owned one until now – my only excuse being that I’m too cheap to spend the money.
I have looked at several of their products and find them to be very interesting, but still never could bring myself to buy one; however, I was recently given the opportunity to field test one of their products and naturally I jumped at the chance.
I was asked to test the Tiger Sharp folding knife
. For those of you wondering what the Tiger Sharp is it’s an interchangeable blade system and before you say, “Oh great, it’s just a glorified box cutter!” Hear me out.
Yes, in a way it is, but Camillus has taken it to the next level. At first glance it looks just like a normal pocket knife, but when you take a closer look you realize it’s an interchangeable blade system that is very well thought out and designed.
I might add I couldn’t wait to put this thing to the test. I started out easy with light rope and twine then moved on to tow rope and cargo straps for big rigs and let me tell you this thing never slowed down even for a second. I used it to carve wood and even to pry boards apart. Once again it never failed me.
I’ve used the serrated blade to trim back small branches in front of my tree stand and once again no complaints. This knife is extremely lightweight and comfortable in your hand and nearly effortless to use for any task you throw at it.
The spare blade comes in a small clear sheath that fits in your wallet and changing blades is simple. You just unscrew the thumb screw, slide it right back, tap the blade and it pops right out. Being left handed one of my biggest complaints with other knives is that the thumb screw is never on the correct side for me. Not a problem for the Tiger Sharp wich has an ambidextrous thumb screw. And the belt clip is low profile – another nice feature for lefties I might add.
With an overall length of 6 1/2 inches and a blade length of 2 1/2 inches it is of average size in the pocket knife world, but the titanium bonded blade puts it a step above the rest.
I’m known for pushing my equipment to the max and often voiding warranties. Don’t get me wrong, I take care of my gear, but I expect that it performs it’s job to the fullest or it is of no use to me.
I have had a lot of pocket knives, but this one is the best so far. I’ve made this knife part of my EDC and look forward to purchasing more Camillus products in the future.
Anyone looking to spend under $70 on a good pocket knife should look into the Tiger Sharp folder with a retail price of about $45 and replacement blades around $15. You can’t go wrong with this knife.
- Ambidextrous thumb screw
- Strong high tension spring belt clip
- Open space on handle for easy cleaning
- Smooth teflon bearing for fast easy openeing even with one hand
- One smooth and one serrated blade included
- Titanium bonded blade 3x harder than steel
- Lanyard hole
- torx head tension screw
- Titanium handle with aluminum scales
- 6 1/2″ over 2 1/2″ blade 3/8″ thick handle