I've cut everything with this knife that I listed above for the Col Moschin and I've used it as a pry bar on a few occasions. It has surprised me that I haven't broken the tip--but that speaks to the strength of the blade.
That brings me to this review's folder: The RES.
The R.E.S., which stands for Rescue Escape Survival, is a three-blade folder built to the specifications of a group of helicopter pilots in the Italian Army's Special Operations Forces Aviation section. Just knowing that made me feel better. Here's a knife designed to serve SpecOps helicopter pilots in the event they go down. The design, as specified, had three purposes:
- Cutting safety belts (nylon webbing);
- Glass and plexiglass breaking;
- Field work (survival in a hostile environment).
Two of the three blades are held open by a positive liner-lock system, with the third being automatically deployed at the push of a button. The three blades are:
- a drop point general purpose blade
- a wood saw
- a nylon/cloth/rope/wire cutting blade
As a folder for the soldier or law enforcement officer, this is an excellent knife. The versatility offered by the three blades and the automatic opening feature of the third cutting blade (nylon/rope/wire especially) makes it a great tool for cops and firemen alike. As a backup knife for the average field soldier, this knife offers much more than just a four inch plain edge blade. After about a year and a half of use, my RES shows no looseness in any of the locks nor any blade wiggle in any of the three blades. Due to its thickness, it's definitely a knife you'd wear on your belt or carry in a larger cargo pocket. This is NOT a knife to be carried in the hip pocket of your jeans.
In all I'm just as happy today with these Extrema Ratio knives as I was when I first tested them. They are still just as pricey as they were then, but you get what you pay for. And if your life depends on your knife, do you really want to skimp?
For more info about Extrema Ratio Knives, visit EXXCESS Quality Products (the North American importer) online.