The AKC X-treme EVO is a quality-made Italian stiletto/switchblade OTF automatic knife. It's essentially oozing with style—but style alone isn't enough to make a good knife. A good knife requires a fine fit and finish, quality materials, and reliable action. The EVO has all that in spades! Its milled aluminum handle is smooth with crisp lines, its blade is tough AUS-8 stainless steel, and its action is dependable, accessible, and addictive. If you have a limited budget but are looking for excellence in your next (or first!) switchblade, the AKC X-treme EVO is a solid option.
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You really can’t beat the value on this knife. Action is great and snappy…deploys and retracts with authority. Yes, it does have more blade play than my Microtechs but it is 1/3 to 1/5 the cost depending upon the MT model. Comfortable in the hand, you won’t be afraid to carry and use the AUS8 blade instead of having another “safe Queen”. Speaking of great knives for the money, AKC’s F16 is another great value. Yes, the casing is bare bones and the steel is 440, but the action is great for a 60 dollar knife. Really impressed with this brand as far as bang for the buck. This is the kind of knife that you buy an extra just in case they stop making it or you lose or break your own. Let’s see how well they hold up over time….but early on, great blades!
This is my first OTF and it might very well be my last. Not because it is bad, but because I don't think I need anything more than this. The build quality is amazing and the tolerances are on the level of some of my $300 knives. If you ever wondered what a Protech double-action OTF would be like if it existed, just buy this knife. The action on this knife is absolutely fantastic. The deployment and retraction kick like a mule and makes a satisfying ka-chunk noise. It doesn't sound tinny at all. The solid aluminum chassis probably plays into that. The button is raised and moves smoothly over the body without any kind of grinding or marring whatsoever. Even though the button is raised away from the body there is no wiggle at all. The action after a couple hundred fires doesn't feel any different, but the button feels a bit smoother, which is a positive. You have to press firmly on the button (can be done easily with either my right or left hand) and the travel before deployment is about 3/4 of an inch. Any concerns I had about carrying an OTF in my pocket are completely gone. There is no way this could ever misfire. The blade play on this OTF is well within the range of using it for an EDC knife to break down boxes or whittle wood. I don't have any other OTFs to compare to, but after hearing about all the blade play concerns with OTFs, I am guessing they have to be way worse than this one. I can't really consider this a con, that's how good it is. The AUS-8 steel is what it is. It sharpens up nice (yes, I sharpened the other side of the dagger because I hate myself) and because I won't be using this for any hard work it is more than sufficient. The only real con with this knife is the pocket clip. This is the only part that doesn't feel Protech-ish in nature. It is not a deep carry, which isn't the end of the world, but the ramp on it is a bit too aggressive. It tends to poke at my wrists a bit when I carry this knife in my pocket. In hand though, it is fine and doesn't create any hotspots. I might look to replace this at some point with a custom clip, that's how much I like this knife. I did have one of the screws toward the front wiggle loose after a hundred fires or so, but I went back and tightened and loctited all the screws and have not had any issues since. I have a feeling they just weren't fully tightened when I got the knife.