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QSP Penguin Liner Lock Knife Jean Micarta (3.12" Satin D2)

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QSP Penguin Liner Lock Knife Jean Micarta (3.12" Satin D2) Knife Image Thumb
QSP Penguin Liner Lock Knife Jean Micarta (3.12" Satin D2) Knife Image Thumb
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.125"
  • Blade Length:3.125"
  • Cutting Edge:2.875"
  • Blade Width:0.875"
  • Blade Thickness:0.12"
  • Blade Material:D2
  • Blade Style:Sheepsfoot
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.00"
  • Handle Width:1.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.46"
  • Handle Material:Micarta
  • Color:Blue
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.17 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:Liner Lock
  • Brand:QSP
  • Model:Penguin
  • Country of Origin:China
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.125"
  • Blade Length:3.125"
  • Cutting Edge:2.875"
  • Blade Width:0.875"
  • Blade Thickness:0.12"
  • Blade Material:D2
  • Blade Style:Sheepsfoot
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.00"
  • Handle Width:1.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.46"
  • Handle Material:Micarta
  • Color:Blue
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.17 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:Liner Lock
  • Brand:QSP
  • Model:Penguin
  • Country of Origin:China
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
Description

This Penguin model has a denim micarta handle and a satin blade.

The QSP Penguin is probably the best EDC knife you can get for the money. The blade is made of D2 tool steel, and has a sheepsfoot blade shape with a straight edge. The handle is made of micarta that will patina over time, making each knife unique to its user. The deep carry pocket clip loops over and screws in behind the scale, making the knife slide in and out of pockets easily. The Penguin opens using the dual thumb studs and the copper washers.

Features:
  • D2 sheepsfoot blade is easy to sharpen and will hold a good edge.
  • Micarta handle will provide great grip and become unique over time.
  • Dual thumb stud openers, deep carry pocket clip, and liner lock.
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Customer Reviews

Good bang for your buck
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James T.
04-23-2021
Firstly I love the shape of the blade, it is very usable for EDC tasks. The action is slick and reliable. I have had no issue at all with the knife and it is also made out of good materials.
good knife for the price
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Kenneth C.
04-18-2021
I've been carrying this knife for about 3 weeks now I like the mycarta scales and the action of the knife is pretty sweet I use my knives pretty hard the blade was extremely sharp out of the box I did roll the edge about 1/2" from the tip severely but being a D2 blade I was able to bring it back quickly also the pocket clip screws came loose other than that it's a decent knife for the bucks but definitely not my Shaman but
very nice
A great folder with one design flaw
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Chris P.
04-04-2021
***EDIT after several weeks of ownership***
I found a incredibly annoying design flaw partially related to the blade not being centered. The screws holding on the scales nearest the tip, when closed, are long enough that they protrude into the liner of the knife. Since the blade isn't centered, it was hitting the protruding tip of the screw, which put a nice chip into the edge of the blade. Nothing that can't be ground out with some sharpening, but it's not something that should happen in a folding knife. If you get this knife, you may notice the screws opposite from the pivot end are loose. DO NOT tighten them or else this may happen to your blade, as well!
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Title says it all. I found it hard to believe that a knife in the price range was as good as people were saying, but I figured I'd give it a shot. They were right. Nothing at this price comes close to the Penguin. The action is fantastic. It flicks open with an incredibly satisfying "CLICK" and drops shut to close. The blade came incredibly sharp, with minimal wiggle, and is a beautiful slicer. The micarta handle has a wonderful texture and it comes with a deep-carry clip which works exactly as it should. The liner lockup is rock-solid.

The only minor gripes I have are that the blade isn't centered but, for this price, I'm not complaining and it doesn't affect the performance at all...(see edited note at the top)

Also, the blue denim micarta is nowhere near as blue as it is in the pictures - it's more of a faint, dark-blue/gray color. Aesthetically, I'm also not a fan of how the spine isn't parallel with the frame when closed, but that's a purely personal preference of mine.

Overall, this is easily the best folder I've purchased in this price range. My hope is that other manufacturers take note and up their game to compete with QSP in the low-end budget tier.

excellent knife per $
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Russell R.
04-01-2021
blade is beautiful, useful, and good for everyday tasks. micarta is soft, action is smooth, blade is thick, carry clip is deep.
Great, but misleading
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Trevor L.
03-27-2021
I just got it but I'm happy with it so far for the price. Blade is sharp and centered, flicks open easy, SS hardware is nice and shiny, carries light, etc. My only complaint is the scales look nothing like pictured. Like the one-star reviewer said, they are definitely grey, and not blue. This is my first knife in micarta and I was really wanting that blue jeans color, so that's disappointing. For the price, it's still a great value.
Wow, for thirty bucks!
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Kennard Y.
01-24-2021
I watched and read many reviews about the QSP Penguin and it seemed like an intriguing addition to my collection. The thing I liked the most was the blue jeans Micarta. That was different and itís like knife camouflage when wearing jeans! Once in hand, blade deployment was a little stiff and a tiny but gritty but after a few hours of fidgeting, the thing quickly began to smooth out. Days later, it deploys very smoothly, locks up solidly and unlocks very easily.

Things to note:
The scale on the frame lock side is higher than the scale on the right side. This means that there is a nice gap between the scale/frame on the right and no appreciable gap on the left. So, not only is this not a good ambidextrous knife due to the frame lock, the left handed blade stud is harder to use. Iím not a great thumb/finger flicker anyway so this makes is almost impossible for me to deploy it with a finger flick. Thumb flicking is soooo easy that even for me, itís a breeze.

The reversible deep carry pocket clip is recessed between the scale and frame! Yea! BUT, the screw heads stick up. Booo. There are extra screws in the other side. Hmmm.

Build quality is really good for a knife of this price but not to par with more expensive pieces. Makes sense at the price point, but some frame weight relief and a flipper tab would be nice.

T6 screws are Loctited in and when you turn one side, the other side turns also. I needed two drivers to get them to come lose. Cleaning out the action was not really necessary as the knife action was already smooth and light BUT, the result was ďsmoother and lighter!Ē The blade now drops closed with a light shake.

Thirty bucks? Blue Jean Micarta? I mean, whatís stopping you from buying a quality D2 pocket knife that is invisible when wearing jeans? This is a really nice knife to have in your pocket and at thirty bucks, getchu one!
Top Value!!!
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David L.
10-29-2020
Fit and Finnish are spot on. Blade is centered. Reasonably sharp out of box. Edges are smooth, ie rolling it in hand is comfortable. Opens with slightest roll of thumb and lock up is solid. It would be hard to find a better value with out spending a lot more. Haven't tested steel yet, but now own several Chinese D2 steel knives and its serviceable. Ok my scales are kind of greenish and are nice. I am a fan of sheeps foot blades. Very functionable and strong. Many trade knives have sheeps foot blades. I am a fan of Walker locks as long as they lock up tight, mine does. Sharpening; I have found that a fine ceeramic stone and then stromping maintains D2 steel reasonable well, this one is to new to tell, (arrived at 2p today). Knife collecting is an addiction of mine, own hundreds of knives, this ones a winner. Hope this helps.
Great Deal
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Jason B.
08-10-2020
If you want a Micarta handle for 30 bucks you cannot beat this. D2 blade flies out and the liner lock is surprisingly close to dead center on mine, as is the blade. Love the blade shape. It is more of grey color than pictured. My only complaint is with a four inch handle (not all of which you can grip) this is really close to being just too small. Read the dimensions; if it will fit in your hand, definitely purchase.
Will be returning
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Todd S.
07-17-2020
I am not happy with this knife for 2 reasons: (1) It is sticking when trying to open. I don't know if it it the liner lock putting too much pressure on the blade or what, but I nearly cut myself twice trying to open it with the thumb stud. I had to push so hard that when it did open, it did not open fully, and my thumb was flying forward because of the force I had to use. (2) The coloration of the Micarta scales look nothing like the picture. Now, I get there will be variation in Micarta, but the one I received just looks solid grey. There is not any variation in the grey. The picture looks like a pair of stonewashed jeans with variations in light and dark. The handles I got are not even blueish grey, and there certainly is not variation in shading in the handles. I was really looking forward to this knife, but alas in both function and style it falls way short, and out of the box - it is dangerous. BTW, I know how to open a knife with a thumb stud - in case you are wondering. Perhaps loosing the pivot would help, but I do not want to void the warranty on a knife that I am this disappointed with.
Blade HQ response:
We're very sorry to hear about the trouble you're having. Have you contacted our customer service department yet ([email protected])? We'd like to help you get this resolved. Thanks -BHQ
Great knife for the price
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Brian O.
07-07-2020
Great budget knife. I love the blade shape. Wasn't super sharp out of the box but got nice & sharp after stropping. The micarta handles feel nice, though they are a lot closer to grey than blue denim. The nicest feature of the knife is just how rounded over everything is. Everything from the back of the blade to clip & even the jimping on the liner lock is rounded and smooth. Makes it comfortable to hold with zero hot spots. The detent is firm and holds the knife securely. The clip is easily one of the best I've gotten on a budget knife.

One slight disappointment are the washers. Each side has a copper & teflon washer. Not a fan of the combo. The copper ones were both roughly made with raised edges all around one side where it was stamped from a sheet. That & the teflon makes for a slightly sluggish deployment unless you really pop the thumb stud. Not unexpected at this price. Probably worth polishing.

Overall, I'm very happy with the Penguin. It's way nicer than the price suggests. Very glad I ordered it.
Fantastic knife out of the box
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Steve V.
06-30-2020
Right out of the box, I could easily thumb flick this knife open. It has a great, fun flickability factor. Blade centering is spot on. The blue jean micarta handles are very nice and feel great. Lockup is around 30%. The pocket clip provides good retention. The only downside to the knife is that the thumb studs are slightly wider than the body of the knife.... slightly. That's not enough for me to knock it back a star. For the price, it would be very hard to beat this knife! Get yourself one!
Great budget knife
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Stan W.
05-22-2020
Most of my purchases are in the $100-$200 range but the micarta scales looked good so I took a chance with this knife and was very happily surprised. First of all, I really like micarta like this that changes color from my hands almost immediately - the oils darken it considerably and create a nice patina. The D2 sharpened easily to a very keen edge, and as the blade is pretty thin at the edge it's real slicy.
The clip, lock and pivot all worked nicely out of the box, and the overall fit and finish is quite nice. For $30 you cannot go wrong - I own many knives that cost more but don't present the quality of the Penguin. Highly recommended.
Great little knife for the money
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James D.
05-13-2020
D2, micarta and copper washers at $30? It's a great time to be a knife nut.

QSP got a lot right on this thing in the little details. The scales are chamfered for great ergonomics. The clip is very deep carry, and actually attaches behind the scale so only the screw heads are in the path of your pocket.

The action was a little tight out of the box, but a slight loosening of the pivot and a little breaking in have it feeling great now. The scales on mine are not as brightly colored as in the picture above [as is common here; someone at BHQ really likes to push up the saturation], but they still look really good.

The blade had a good working edge out of the box, but wasn't shaving sharp. It shouldn't take much work to get it hair-popping, though.

All in all, this is a steal at $30. This is a real shot across the bow of Kershaw and Civivi.
Fun EDC
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Jozef J.
05-11-2020
This is a fun little knife.The Micarta is pretty smooth but not too smooth. It actually feels like it'll wear in better with time. The screws on the blade are all recessed making the ergo's very appealing aside from a little poke from the lockbar when you bear down on it. The pocket clip is tucked away behind the micarta making for a very easy in and out of the pocket profile. The blade is pretty thick stock but comes down to a relatively fine edge. Great blade shape for EDC tasks and with the stock could put up with some abuse. D2 is an ok steel in that I have a little trouble sharpening it over other steels. The only thing I don't like about this blade is the thumb studs are a little awkward to open at first.but getting into it more no biggie.

For the price this knife is amazing. Do buy.
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Reviews

This Penguin model has a denim micarta handle and a satin blade.

The QSP Penguin is probably the best EDC knife you can get for the money. The blade is made of D2 tool steel, and has a sheepsfoot blade shape with a straight edge. The handle is made of micarta that will patina over time, making each knife unique to its user. The deep carry pocket clip loops over and screws in behind the scale, making the knife slide in and out of pockets easily. The Penguin opens using the dual thumb studs and the copper washers.

Features:
  • D2 sheepsfoot blade is easy to sharpen and will hold a good edge.
  • Micarta handle will provide great grip and become unique over time.
  • Dual thumb stud openers, deep carry pocket clip, and liner lock.
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.125"
  • Blade Length:3.125"
  • Cutting Edge:2.875"
  • Blade Width:0.875"
  • Blade Thickness:0.12"
  • Blade Material:D2
  • Blade Style:Sheepsfoot
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.00"
  • Handle Width:1.00"
  • Handle Thickness:0.46"
  • Handle Material:Micarta
  • Color:Blue
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.17 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:Liner Lock
  • Brand:QSP
  • Model:Penguin
  • Country of Origin:China
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
Good bang for your buck
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James T.
04-23-2021
Firstly I love the shape of the blade, it is very usable for EDC tasks. The action is slick and reliable. I have had no issue at all with the knife and it is also made out of good materials.
good knife for the price
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Kenneth C.
04-18-2021
I've been carrying this knife for about 3 weeks now I like the mycarta scales and the action of the knife is pretty sweet I use my knives pretty hard the blade was extremely sharp out of the box I did roll the edge about 1/2" from the tip severely but being a D2 blade I was able to bring it back quickly also the pocket clip screws came loose other than that it's a decent knife for the bucks but definitely not my Shaman but
very nice
A great folder with one design flaw
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Chris P.
04-04-2021
***EDIT after several weeks of ownership***
I found a incredibly annoying design flaw partially related to the blade not being centered. The screws holding on the scales nearest the tip, when closed, are long enough that they protrude into the liner of the knife. Since the blade isn't centered, it was hitting the protruding tip of the screw, which put a nice chip into the edge of the blade. Nothing that can't be ground out with some sharpening, but it's not something that should happen in a folding knife. If you get this knife, you may notice the screws opposite from the pivot end are loose. DO NOT tighten them or else this may happen to your blade, as well!
***back to the original review****

Title says it all. I found it hard to believe that a knife in the price range was as good as people were saying, but I figured I'd give it a shot. They were right. Nothing at this price comes close to the Penguin. The action is fantastic. It flicks open with an incredibly satisfying "CLICK" and drops shut to close. The blade came incredibly sharp, with minimal wiggle, and is a beautiful slicer. The micarta handle has a wonderful texture and it comes with a deep-carry clip which works exactly as it should. The liner lockup is rock-solid.

The only minor gripes I have are that the blade isn't centered but, for this price, I'm not complaining and it doesn't affect the performance at all...(see edited note at the top)

Also, the blue denim micarta is nowhere near as blue as it is in the pictures - it's more of a faint, dark-blue/gray color. Aesthetically, I'm also not a fan of how the spine isn't parallel with the frame when closed, but that's a purely personal preference of mine.

Overall, this is easily the best folder I've purchased in this price range. My hope is that other manufacturers take note and up their game to compete with QSP in the low-end budget tier.

excellent knife per $
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Russell R.
04-01-2021
blade is beautiful, useful, and good for everyday tasks. micarta is soft, action is smooth, blade is thick, carry clip is deep.
Great, but misleading
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Trevor L.
03-27-2021
I just got it but I'm happy with it so far for the price. Blade is sharp and centered, flicks open easy, SS hardware is nice and shiny, carries light, etc. My only complaint is the scales look nothing like pictured. Like the one-star reviewer said, they are definitely grey, and not blue. This is my first knife in micarta and I was really wanting that blue jeans color, so that's disappointing. For the price, it's still a great value.
Wow, for thirty bucks!
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Kennard Y.
01-24-2021
I watched and read many reviews about the QSP Penguin and it seemed like an intriguing addition to my collection. The thing I liked the most was the blue jeans Micarta. That was different and itís like knife camouflage when wearing jeans! Once in hand, blade deployment was a little stiff and a tiny but gritty but after a few hours of fidgeting, the thing quickly began to smooth out. Days later, it deploys very smoothly, locks up solidly and unlocks very easily.

Things to note:
The scale on the frame lock side is higher than the scale on the right side. This means that there is a nice gap between the scale/frame on the right and no appreciable gap on the left. So, not only is this not a good ambidextrous knife due to the frame lock, the left handed blade stud is harder to use. Iím not a great thumb/finger flicker anyway so this makes is almost impossible for me to deploy it with a finger flick. Thumb flicking is soooo easy that even for me, itís a breeze.

The reversible deep carry pocket clip is recessed between the scale and frame! Yea! BUT, the screw heads stick up. Booo. There are extra screws in the other side. Hmmm.

Build quality is really good for a knife of this price but not to par with more expensive pieces. Makes sense at the price point, but some frame weight relief and a flipper tab would be nice.

T6 screws are Loctited in and when you turn one side, the other side turns also. I needed two drivers to get them to come lose. Cleaning out the action was not really necessary as the knife action was already smooth and light BUT, the result was ďsmoother and lighter!Ē The blade now drops closed with a light shake.

Thirty bucks? Blue Jean Micarta? I mean, whatís stopping you from buying a quality D2 pocket knife that is invisible when wearing jeans? This is a really nice knife to have in your pocket and at thirty bucks, getchu one!
Top Value!!!
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David L.
10-29-2020
Fit and Finnish are spot on. Blade is centered. Reasonably sharp out of box. Edges are smooth, ie rolling it in hand is comfortable. Opens with slightest roll of thumb and lock up is solid. It would be hard to find a better value with out spending a lot more. Haven't tested steel yet, but now own several Chinese D2 steel knives and its serviceable. Ok my scales are kind of greenish and are nice. I am a fan of sheeps foot blades. Very functionable and strong. Many trade knives have sheeps foot blades. I am a fan of Walker locks as long as they lock up tight, mine does. Sharpening; I have found that a fine ceeramic stone and then stromping maintains D2 steel reasonable well, this one is to new to tell, (arrived at 2p today). Knife collecting is an addiction of mine, own hundreds of knives, this ones a winner. Hope this helps.
Great Deal
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Jason B.
08-10-2020
If you want a Micarta handle for 30 bucks you cannot beat this. D2 blade flies out and the liner lock is surprisingly close to dead center on mine, as is the blade. Love the blade shape. It is more of grey color than pictured. My only complaint is with a four inch handle (not all of which you can grip) this is really close to being just too small. Read the dimensions; if it will fit in your hand, definitely purchase.
Will be returning
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Todd S.
07-17-2020
I am not happy with this knife for 2 reasons: (1) It is sticking when trying to open. I don't know if it it the liner lock putting too much pressure on the blade or what, but I nearly cut myself twice trying to open it with the thumb stud. I had to push so hard that when it did open, it did not open fully, and my thumb was flying forward because of the force I had to use. (2) The coloration of the Micarta scales look nothing like the picture. Now, I get there will be variation in Micarta, but the one I received just looks solid grey. There is not any variation in the grey. The picture looks like a pair of stonewashed jeans with variations in light and dark. The handles I got are not even blueish grey, and there certainly is not variation in shading in the handles. I was really looking forward to this knife, but alas in both function and style it falls way short, and out of the box - it is dangerous. BTW, I know how to open a knife with a thumb stud - in case you are wondering. Perhaps loosing the pivot would help, but I do not want to void the warranty on a knife that I am this disappointed with.
Blade HQ response:
We're very sorry to hear about the trouble you're having. Have you contacted our customer service department yet ([email protected])? We'd like to help you get this resolved. Thanks -BHQ
Great knife for the price
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Brian O.
07-07-2020
Great budget knife. I love the blade shape. Wasn't super sharp out of the box but got nice & sharp after stropping. The micarta handles feel nice, though they are a lot closer to grey than blue denim. The nicest feature of the knife is just how rounded over everything is. Everything from the back of the blade to clip & even the jimping on the liner lock is rounded and smooth. Makes it comfortable to hold with zero hot spots. The detent is firm and holds the knife securely. The clip is easily one of the best I've gotten on a budget knife.

One slight disappointment are the washers. Each side has a copper & teflon washer. Not a fan of the combo. The copper ones were both roughly made with raised edges all around one side where it was stamped from a sheet. That & the teflon makes for a slightly sluggish deployment unless you really pop the thumb stud. Not unexpected at this price. Probably worth polishing.

Overall, I'm very happy with the Penguin. It's way nicer than the price suggests. Very glad I ordered it.
Fantastic knife out of the box
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Steve V.
06-30-2020
Right out of the box, I could easily thumb flick this knife open. It has a great, fun flickability factor. Blade centering is spot on. The blue jean micarta handles are very nice and feel great. Lockup is around 30%. The pocket clip provides good retention. The only downside to the knife is that the thumb studs are slightly wider than the body of the knife.... slightly. That's not enough for me to knock it back a star. For the price, it would be very hard to beat this knife! Get yourself one!
Great budget knife
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Stan W.
05-22-2020
Most of my purchases are in the $100-$200 range but the micarta scales looked good so I took a chance with this knife and was very happily surprised. First of all, I really like micarta like this that changes color from my hands almost immediately - the oils darken it considerably and create a nice patina. The D2 sharpened easily to a very keen edge, and as the blade is pretty thin at the edge it's real slicy.
The clip, lock and pivot all worked nicely out of the box, and the overall fit and finish is quite nice. For $30 you cannot go wrong - I own many knives that cost more but don't present the quality of the Penguin. Highly recommended.
Great little knife for the money
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James D.
05-13-2020
D2, micarta and copper washers at $30? It's a great time to be a knife nut.

QSP got a lot right on this thing in the little details. The scales are chamfered for great ergonomics. The clip is very deep carry, and actually attaches behind the scale so only the screw heads are in the path of your pocket.

The action was a little tight out of the box, but a slight loosening of the pivot and a little breaking in have it feeling great now. The scales on mine are not as brightly colored as in the picture above [as is common here; someone at BHQ really likes to push up the saturation], but they still look really good.

The blade had a good working edge out of the box, but wasn't shaving sharp. It shouldn't take much work to get it hair-popping, though.

All in all, this is a steal at $30. This is a real shot across the bow of Kershaw and Civivi.
Fun EDC
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Jozef J.
05-11-2020
This is a fun little knife.The Micarta is pretty smooth but not too smooth. It actually feels like it'll wear in better with time. The screws on the blade are all recessed making the ergo's very appealing aside from a little poke from the lockbar when you bear down on it. The pocket clip is tucked away behind the micarta making for a very easy in and out of the pocket profile. The blade is pretty thick stock but comes down to a relatively fine edge. Great blade shape for EDC tasks and with the stock could put up with some abuse. D2 is an ok steel in that I have a little trouble sharpening it over other steels. The only thing I don't like about this blade is the thumb studs are a little awkward to open at first.but getting into it more no biggie.

For the price this knife is amazing. Do buy.
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