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