Black Fox Nidhug EDC Knife
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- Last updated: 19/05/2017
Another contender for my favorite UK every day carry knife comes from Black Fox of Italy and is brought to us by those clever people at Heinnie Haynes.
As always, the law here in the UK requires a blade less than 75mm long and a folding knife to be non-locking. This knife has that but goes one better with a world legal status, as it cannot be opened with one hand. This is my first look at a Black Fox knife and I like what I see. It’s called the Nidhug, which means ‘cruel biter’ in Danish, quite apt. It is designed by Mikkel Willumsen (from Denmark) and it does bear a resemblance to his first world legal knife from Lansky. I have the newer Lansky Madrock version but I do prefer the Nidhug from Black Fox to be honest. The blade is only 68mm long but the body is 103mm long, open it is 168mm long. It has a steel pocket clip and this has two positions; tip up left side, tip up right side, tip down right side and of course tip down left side. Well, technically five, as you could take it off and leave it in the box. There are two T6 screws holding the 8.6mm wide pocket clip on; they are easy to remove, so that you can change the position of the clip. I like the clip, as it is wider than most.
The 440C stainless steel blade is a drop point hollow ground, with the hollow ground section of the blade having been given a stone wash finish, I like this a lot. The locking spring on the slip joint is strong, but not as stupidly strong as on the Madrock, at 90-degrees the blade locks out and needs more pressure to fully open out. It really does need two hands to open the knife and there is a thumb nail nick in the left hand side of the blade but I never used it once. There is enough blade out of the handle in the closed position to grab onto. The 4mm diameter lanyard hole right at the back of the handle has a cut out in the center, where the internal steel spring is cut out around the hole, this makes it easier to fit a lanyard and gives you another option to only use one hole. I fit lanyards to all of my carry knives, as it makes it much easier to get them out of your pocket. The orange textured G10 scales feel nice to the touch. It has a finger choil and there are two jimp sections, one on the top rear of the blade with three rounded grooves and the other on the rear, again with three rounded grooves. It comes with either orange or black scales. I always go for orange given the choice, it’s my favorite color anyway and if you drop it you can find it very easily, also orange IS less threatening than black, this knife does not raise eyebrows around you when you use it.
For the price, the knife is unbelievable value for money and it’s a world legal design (for most countries, please check specifically for where you are traveling to). Which means again, that if you lose it, or have it confiscated, then you will not be too much out of pocket. Many thanks again to Bruce and Ben at HH.