A.G. Russell 4" Sunfish Lockback Ivory Delrin or Black G-10
Item #: RUS-CY23ID
With Interrupted Lockbar Pivot System (ILPS™)
A.G. was fond of large folding Rope knives and was especially proud of the Sunfish Pattern he designed for the 2010 A.G. Russell™ Texas Ranger Knife. When A.G. mentioned that he would like to do another Sunfish pattern pocketknife, sometimes referred to as an Elephant's Toenail pocketknife, I requested a smaller one with a 4" handle. A.G. said, "Fine, but it has to have the same size blade as the original". With the help of Phil Gibbs, and over a month of work, they accomplished just what A.G. wanted: a Sunfish with a 4" handle and a 3-1/8" blade. This was accomplished with the development of the A.G. Russell™ ILPS™. (Interrupted Lockbar Pivot System.) ILPS™ allows the blade, when closed, to occupy space normally used by the lock bar pivot pin. ILPS™ uses two separated pins, one on each side of the lock bar; consequently, the blade can be significantly wider than would otherwise be possible in the same width handle. The steel in the wide drop point blade is 8Cr13MoV at 57-59 Rc. The bolsters, liners, and shield are stainless steel. Measures 4" closed. Weighs about 6.3 oz. depending on the handle material. Made in China.
A.G. Russell 4" Sunfish Lockback Ivory Delrin
A.G. Russell 4" Sunfish Lockback Black G-10
A.G. Russell 4" Sunfish Lockback Ivory Delrin
A.G. Russell Knives
From the age of nine I made homemade knives until I was about twenty-four when I began to make handmade knives, crude but no longer made at home. A few years later, I had met and learned from makers like R.W. Loveless and R. L. Dozier. I made knives until the mid 1970s. I don’t make handmade knives anymore, as my hands aren’t what they used to be. However, I do have very talented makers in the United States and Japan who make knives that I am proud to put my name on. I design pocketknives, one hand knives, lockbacks, and fixed blade knives and have them made to our standards. ~A.G. Russell III
A.G. Russell has been in the knives and whetstones business for over 50 years. A.G. Russell knives are well known for their quality. A.G. Russell knives tend to be more traditional in style and look, with modern advances in material and design to create excellent knives.
Sunfish lock back - Excellent condition very attractive knife. Rating: 9/10
Allan M. Salford, ZZ
I have already offered what I considered to be constructive criticism. Now I'd like to say how beautiful the design! The knife is practically flawlessly executed! Lines are crisp and elegant, with an action like butter! I can one hand open it with just a rapid down and up motion. Closing it is just too smooth. The back lock functions flawlessly,, no sticking or extra effort. I've been rubbing the stag with some polishing cloth and paper bag and it is starting to develop a great 'used but gently handled' patina.
It is a great hearkening back to times when titanium was only something on the periodic chart of the elements!
Yes, it could be much lighter with ti... but I think it might mess with the time frame/authenticity. I will still carry mine and use it! It is a beautiful example of the knife-maker's art!
[What would I] Change about it? Well, now that you ask, as I have mentioned elsewhere, a chamferring of all bolster exposed edges would be much easier on the pocket and hands! Chamferring the inside edges would eliminate the annoying pains of handling razor sharp metal edges while attempting to avoid the sharp metal edge of the blade. And it would take so little...
Speaking of the blade, what a slicer! Wouldn't it be nice if it would slice more than a sheet of paper before having to resharpen? A bit higher quality steel?
A certain amount of thought goes into ergonomics, lets put some more thought into the end user experience.
Rating: 8/10 Brad P. Clearlake, CA
I just received the A.G. Russell 4" Sunfish Lockback with the black G10 that I purchased. It is a beautifully crafted knife and I am so pleased with it that I am going to order another, with stag. My question is this; for the $120. - $135. for the knife, why is the steel of such quality that would be a good buy at half the price? For the money, couldn't you have given us something better? (And maybe weight reducing titanium as bolsters and liners? A good liner lock would be great, too) I'd happily pay $$50. - $60. more! Just such boring steel on such a beautiful knife. Anyway, I just thought I'd share my 2 cents. Peace, Brad. Brad P. None Provided