The Blade HQ Exclusive ACE Biblio has a black micarta handle with a black stonewashed Bohler M390 blade.
The Biblio is a stout EDC folder in the GiantMouse ACE Line. Building on the design of the popular GM1, this knife is a capable flipper that delivers solid cutting performance in outdoor and urban environments alike. Its handle is ergonomically contoured. The blade is made from quality steel with a thin flat grind and a fine cutting edge for easy slicing. The design with dual choils and a section of jimping mid-spine allow acute blade control and grip security.
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Blade symmetrically ground and sharp, perfectly centered, solid lock up (left edge of lock bar perfectly flush with left edge of knife). Micarta handles turn a deep, even black with a small amount of mineral oil. Action was good, but dry and a bit gritty from the factory. Found some small debris in bearing cages. Once cleaned and lubricated, action is snappy, smooth and just plain fun. Note that the standoff screws back and middle are different lengths (longer for the thicker back contour). Also, the pivot on my example needed to be rotated to a specific position to have the perfect lockup and alignment that it had from the factory.
I collect so my assessment is in the hand not in the field. Disclosure: I am a GiantMouse enthusiast. Own more than a few. This exclusive is my second Biblio to it cousin in Brass/Titanium (Presentation side/backspacer). This EDC like many in the GiantMouse product line of EDCs was fabricated in Maniago, Italy (the fabricator's identity is not listed, but my bet is its one of the best in Italy). GiantMouse is also produced in China by another of the great fabricators. BladeHQ saw to it that the entire EDC is blacked-out, so nothing shiny distracts or gives it away should that become important. The only trace is the printed ACE logo in silver on the blade when closed. When opened the sharpened edge can signal another identity. The Black Micarta is perfectly applied and feels just right in hand. The Böhler M390 stainless steel blade with a blackwashed finish arrived in pristine condition. There are at least two methods for opening that blade, the Flipper Tab and Thumb Hole Opener. I know these features appear online and already prompt you as to what to expect. The blade opens and closes with a touch of newness and stiffness that can easily be exercised with (I use) Blue Lube. I don't know enough about the following to justify my disappointment about the frame liner description which is listed simply as "steel" in BladeHQ's list of Specifications; whereas at GM's website all their versions of the Biblio are constructed with a Liner described thusly as: "AISI 420 Hardened - Bead Blasted". Did someone at BladeHQ decide to shorten the description or did BladeHQ decide to change how the liner was to be fabricated? Makes no sense to think otherwise, that is, that the fabricator in Italy used the same process for the Liner for BladeHQ's exclusive. The price for this exclusive is more than some other of the Biblios and less for other Biblios depending on the handle scale materials. Blackout prices usually cost incrementally more. I am not complaining about the cost, just what the fabrication processes are for the whole of the Biblio exclusive. Of course, I could call BladeHQ. Moving on, overall, despite the pristine appearance of this Biblio with cousins from GM that stand out more in hand opened and closed, this Blackout is dark, subdued, lumpish, until it comes alive in your hand when the snap sound of the blade flipped open sounds; and your hand hold is filled with a dark, sinister prod that is watch-out sharp. This Biblio, like all the others allows one to move up on the blade with fingers on the choile and jimping further along on the dark sharp black blade with a visible exposed shining sharp edge. I have mixed feelings about its presentation which lean over in the direction of, overall, I like this EDC because, it's a GiantMouse that just may require a few calisthenic sessions, and will then fly open and fly closed like my other Biblio. Subdued as this exclusive is, Black enough is just as good enough. Correct the description of the liner, if the actual process is other than the one presently used versus the one I called attention to its reduction to a "steel" liner. As usual, BladeHQ jet packed my EDC to me so I had it in just a few days. Much appreciated. Nestled in my hand, there's nothing to give this Biblio EDC away as to what I am actually holding. For a collector that may not be important. For another, black enough can have more of a story to tell. I like my ending. Recommended to those who enjoy blackout styling that goes all the way.
The biblio is a great sized knife with excellent ergonomics, but my particular example came with a not very sharp blade (had a hang midblade that I had to sharpen out) as well as a gritty pivot that could be attributed to some drag coming from the liner lock. I lubed it up a bit, and it seems to be getting better with use. Both my Ace Grand and my Ace Jutland are MILES smoother. Good, but not great for the price, but the form factor is exceptional.
First one came and it would not lock up. The liner lock would not engage. The replacement that was sent is even worse. It sticks in the closed position and will not allow for finger flicking, and the liner lock does not always engage unless it is flicked hard. What happened to GM? This is probably the worst opening/closing knife in my collection. I don't trust the lock at all and I have to fight to open the dang thing. Will make me 2nd guess all future GM purchases if this is their quality control...