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Apr 19 2016

A folding knife that can go head-to-head with a fixed blade?

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INTRO

Steel Will Knives is not yet a household name, that’s because they’ve only been around for about a year now. But in the 12 months or so since their inception under their parent corporation, SMG Inc., they’ve certainly made a splash within the knife world.

How did Steel Will differentiate themselves in a super crowded marketplace? By making kick-ass blades that deliver on all fronts: quality, ergonomics, utility, aesthetics, and price.

I managed to get my paws on a Gekko 1505 for this review. The best way I can describe the knife would be to call it a Hummer in the trappings of a Ferrari, a ruggedly built, heavy-duty behemoth with the contours, cosmetics and class of an Italian-made sports car. It’s both a beauty and a beast!

OVERVIEW

The first thing you’ll notice when you pick up a Gekko 1505 is the size of the knife. It’s big. At almost 9 inches long when deployed, it’s a big freaking folder! No, this isn’t an accident. It was purpose-built to be a big folding knife that can, as the website says, “go head-to-head with fixed blade outdoor knives.”

That’s quite a statement, and later you can read how I took it to task to test that claim, but the Gekko is categorized under Steel Will’s “Outdoor Series,” and it’s easy to see why. The size, as I said, 9 inches fully deployed, 4-inch blade, the weight, almost 7 ounces, and the solid design make it an ideal blade to take into the great outdoors.

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Outdoor Series

Outdoor series

The “Outdoor” series is a line of first class knives created for use outside the metropolis. These high-quality knives will become an indispensable tool for fishermen, hunters, hikers, climbers, and all other outdoorsmen. Each knife from this line was created for its own specific goals and objectives, beginning from a compact Skinner and ending with a huge Chopper. Impeccable design combined with practical sheaths makes Steel Will “Outdoor” Knives a great companion for any outdoorsmen.

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Urban Series

Urban series

The “Urban” line is extremely versatile and useful for everyday life. “Urban” knives are convenient, compact knives with an impeccably thoughtful and modern design. They can become the pride of their owners. The city has a lot of surprises for us every day, but there are no insurmountable obstacles for residents with an “Urban” knife.

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Tactical series

Tactical series

The skill of using a knife requires an appropriate tool to develop this skill, and turn it closer to a form of art. A greenhorn is able to develop his skills very fast with a good knife, but a professional who uses Steel Will will never forget it. Our designers were inspired by the best military knives to create the “Tactical” series. These durable and reliable knives are ideal for both training and for everyday use. The “Tactical” knife will be able to help its owner in any situation.

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