The Aluminum Alligator is the name I'd give this knife. (Caiman is actually part of the alligator family).


The girth and feeling is alligator like. Blade is 3CR13 ss and looks like the head of a gator doesn't it? 🙂

The first mission when conducting a knife review, even before entertaining any "cutting" activity, one must encounter the aspects knot related to cutting or slicing. Work the knife over. Open. Close. Open. Close. Twist in hand like a tornado. Open. Close. Open. Close. Repeat over and over. This is the way to evaluate and analyze the spirit of every heat-treated fibre in the knife.

With that in mind I'll give you my perception on this imported (made in China) Ka-Bar K-2 Tactical Tanto metal/aluminum pice of artillery.

The thumb hole is too narrow. There I said it. And dad-gum, if that thumb hole weren't soooooo slanty cat-eyed,  this would be a mac daddy of a knife.

Well, it still is but getting it open, at least for me, happens cautiously. I wish it had studs. As a matter of fact I just pulled my BUCK 327 T off my pocket and it snapped right open………. almost scared me…….It was much easier than the Caiman.

Here's something I like. The knife when clipped on my pocket, even though at closed length it's a smidget over 4", it's not obtrusive when inserting hand into pocket.  I like that. 

BTW, I've been man-handling this knife for 2 hours.  I have yet to cut anything, knot even myself…. LOL

Another  hour has passed and 2 more points of interest have become apparent:
1). The release is easily accessible because of a portion of the lock protrudes. I do really, really think that's a knive feature!
2). She's beefy.  She's got shoulders.  Not a lightweight in other words.

You see, here's the point, the sharp point if I may;  reviewing a knife doesn't knecessarily have all that much to do with the sharpeness of the blade – as a rule even most cheap knives come sharp. (btw, I did the paper cut and yes, ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yesssssss, she's sharp).

So what,  it opens best when using 2 hands….that's no biggee…….one can do a lot worse for 12 bucks.

 

Out of a possible 10 Steel Sahlutes I give this Aluminum Alligator 8 Steel Sahlutes. 

Ka-Bar is still based in Olean, NY and they do produce the famous USMC knife made right here in America!

Steel sahlute to the steel spirit!!  Argh! Argh! Argh!
Scott