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Being a martial arts instructor (PMA Fayetteville, AR) and blade enthusiast, AG Russell and their patient, helpful staff have made them a one stop-shop, for anything blade related, even cleaning products for my sword collection. I've only been an AR resident for three or so years, but finding the AG Russell Store all but across the road, is a blade enthusiasts' dream come true. You guys keep doing what you're doing. I'll never shop for knives in any chain retail store, so long as your doors stay open. Thank you.

Jeremy T. Lowell, AR

AG Russell Damascus Stilleto folder with Sandalwood Scales - This knife exceeded expectations in ergonomics, and operation. Like many others, the only hesistation was, its made in China. However, these are manufactured by hard working folks, not the government, CCP, or PLA. Manufacturing in China makes this knife affordable. The blade steel is good, heat treatment is as important as the choice of steel in my opinion, generally. The Damascus pattern is beautiful, the sandalwood scales are good, The pocket clip is not a deep carry design, which is just fine. It is a liitle tight, sticking a very thin plastic shim under it will loosen it up some over time. The detent is absolutely solid, I have cut myself before with other flippers, reaching for back pocket carry, because of weak detents. My only complaint is not buying one earlier. This kinfe is a gem, the late Mr. Russell was a very thoughtful and clever designer, and very much missed. The video on the website was very well produced by the way. My thanks go out to each and every employee at AG Russell knives, and the talented folks in the factory. Razor sharp out of the box. Changes: Just more options for handle scale materials, in G-10 and/or micarta. A version in D2 steel or a CPM class stainless steel, S45VN and M390 are personal favorites. Of course, keep the current damascus offering. Rating: 10/10

Mark P. Concord, CA

Maserin Nimrod CF m390 steel - I like it all. Rating: 10/10.

Raymond H. Athol, MA

A.G. Russell Shopmade California Bowie Desert Ironwood - SMR-773DI - I like everything about it ! ! ! Changes: I switched the retaining strap to open the opposite direction, which was easy thanks to the design. Rating: 10/10
 

Ron J. San Bernardino , CA

I just wanted to say "Thanks" for the Spyderco Reinhold Rhino I recently received. It is a great knife and was purchased at a fantastic price for a discontinued Spyderco model. I was concerned at first because it was removed from the "Weekly Specials" listing after I had made the purchase, but then realized I must have gotten one of the few remaining ones in stock. I will continue checking out your listings and would definitely buy from you again.

Michael S. Huntley, IL

The New Version powerball #32--sandalwood //carbon fiber/D2--- I have many knives; some of the very best. My #32--- without doubt,this Russell knife is the finest assisted-opening knife, offered by anyone;anywhere. It is my EDC along with a compact .45 ACP. The 32 is so trustworthy and fast that while I use it for mundane tasks, I consider it, the 32, as my last resort. We are averaging a murder per night, quite near to me, but all over Davenport. Because of my notable legal career, I am well-known among the criminal community and my last car had 2 9mm bullet holes-I guess they could not lead when firing.. I am writing to suggest that the 32 be built as a 6 (nch bladed urban defensive weapon. I can carry my 32 everywhere, even though I have a Randall #1 Fighter and the serial numbered Gerber combat knives and many more. Though you offer a range of personal defense knives, carrying some is too obvious and many of the "flipper" knives cannot compare to my perfect #32--well, not so perfect being 2+inches too short bladed. The D2 is a perfect choice even if Dozier did not do the tempering. I can cut piles of cardboard and then bring it back to Wicked Sharp on a mounted leather , diamond infused strop; just 3-4 gentle strokes.. ! please consider this and pass it on to your engineers. I care for you Goldie deeply and still think of A. G. daily as I use a knife from you two. I hope I have earned your respect. Adding another 2+ inches to the large version will make it an ideal urban survival knife ) the added momentum would not make it unwieldy, but more powerful when desperate defense is required. With loyalty, affection and best regards, "Mike" T.
Rating: 10/10

Mike T. Davenport, IA

Folding Cook Knife II - I've enjoyed this knife a great deal. The construction is excellent, as is the design in most respects. I particularly like the thin blade and the very solid locking mechanism, with absolutely no play or wiggle. The belt clip makes this knife special--it's what attracted me to the knife in the first place and I probably would not have made the purchase if the knife had not been equipped with it. So far, I do like the steel which takes a good edge quickly. Changes: The knife is heavy, and in particular handle-heavy. I'd prefer the balance closer to the center but stll, I would not give up the knife's stoutness to accomplish this. The blade resists opening: very stiff, even after lubing. I've used the knife daily and this hasn't improved much. I will say, I'd rather have a stiff blade than a wobbly one, but I've had cheaper knives that had better action. My real concern, though, has been the thumbhole, which proves to be too small and too far back to leverage the blade open efficiently. I finally took this knife in my shop and enlarged/slightly reshaped the hole about 2mm and that made all the difference in the world. Please take another look at this thumbhole and consider making it slightly larger and farther from the base of the blade. Rating: 8/10

Michael M. Arcadia, MO

A.G. Russell Funny Folder - This is the third one of these I have owned over the past few decades. I seem to be able to keep one for about ten years before I lose it. I love the design of this knife! It is extremely practical, occupies little space in my pocket, holds an edge for a really long time. Unfortunately, this new one from China has such sharp edges on parts of the handle that it will wear through my pocket in no time. I will have to smooth those out somehow to carry it. I would rate it a "10" if it were not for this problem. Changes: I would pay $10 more if you had it made somewhere other than China. Please hide the word "China" somewhere else so I don't have to see it every time I use my knife. The outer handle is missing one final step in the finishing process: all edges need to be slightly smoothed to keep from wearing holes in my pocket. I will include a photo showing how the sharp handle edges can scrape up fingernail shavings. Rating: 8/10

Royal K. Anchorage, AK

You're folding cuisine knife or kitchen knife. which I love but can't seem to find in your catalogues anymore. Superb finish, wide blade, tapered blade. one-handed opening, very solid lock and easy sharpening.
Changes: The superb finished means that a lot of the edges of the handle a very sharp. These should be rounded off. (This was the only real fault. It made the knife uncomfortable to use because it was stabbing you in the palm of the hand. I wore these edges off with the sharpening stone and then it work fine for me) The blade works well it would be better if it were thined down. And lastly this is a very heavy knife maybe some effort could be put into reducing the bulk of the handle. I looked up a folding kitchen knifes because I travel through hostels and hotels and most knifes you find in them you could sit on. There were only two companies that made such a knife, yours and Boker. Yours for superior but the thinner blade on the boker was an advantage.
Rating: 9/10

Chris W. Indooroopilly, ZZ

I've had this Italian-made one hand knife (stag scales) over a year, and it is, very simply, a spectacular knife, I have an original 1980s one-hand knife and I always wished for scales. When this one appeared with stag scales, I went for it. Fit and finish are superb. The blade steel is excellent. It takes an excellent edge with quite reasonable effort on a good sharpener, and holds it for quite a while. This is just a great knife.
Changes: very little, but one small-thing. when closed, the pointed corners at the very end of the spring would benefit from being slightly more rounded. I realize that when open these 'points' make it more flush with the blade, so conflicted on this. no big deal.
Rating: 10/10

Lawrence W. Houston, TX

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

AG Russell V-Sharpening System - Sadly, the quality of this sharpening system is terrible.  I have similar sharpening tools from other manufacturers, and the tolerance on the rod holes is tight, so that the rods and angle do not move.  On the AG Russell tool, there is tremendous slop in the rod holes (holes were drilled too big), so that the rods can vary by over an inch at their tips.
Changes:
Better manufacturing, tighter tolerances and/or if my particular item is an anomaly, then better quality control.
Rating: 1/10

Jim M. Long Beach, CA

I purchased this knife several months ago and to unlock it to close the blade, I still need a tool like a key to do so. It is still so stiff that it is too difficult to open just with my thumb. Is there something I can do to give this piece of the knife more flexibility? I like the knife otherwise. Rating: 1/10
Note - some of the K87's are stiff, if you find yours is too stiff, mail it in to us and we will adjust it.

RICHARD B. Wichita Falls, TX

A.G. Russell Wharncliffe Swayback Jack Desert Ironwood - The quality and workmanship of this knife are excellent. The blade is extremely sharp, and fit and finish are also excellent. The use of Bohler 390 steel adds to the quality of this knife. I think the size of the knife is just about perfect. I certainly wouldn't want a shorter knife. Changes: I probably would like a different option than a bullet shield, but it's a minor complain. Rating: 10/10

Mike E. Ewing, NJ

I currently have the S-F FO-FX593 in satin and admire it.  The hilt looked a bit dry so I grabbed some walnut oil.  That not only sealed it, but made it pop.  I hope to shortly get the S-F FO-FX592 and  hopefully get the S-F FO-592W to complete the set. Over the years I obtained the Fox Madras  and the Italian special forces blade w/display case.   Each Fox Knife I've found to be of the highest quality, i commend you for carrying them, thank you
Patrick R.

Patrick R. Kansas City, MO

Roper Laredo Carbon Steel Trapper ROP-02SGLS - While I like the idea of an old fashion carbon steel knife (which is why I ordered it), and while on first look this knife looks just like an old-timer, the execution of the handle scales is rather poor. The transition from wood to the brass spacer to stag is rather rough. The brass spacer sticks out and it does not feel good in the hand at all. I almost feel like I need to rework this. Of course, I could hope that it will smooth over in my pocket over time, but I don't think I have the 200 years required for that to happen. I get that this is made in China, but if Roper puts its name behind it, then they also need to execute some sort of quality control. Otherwise, it turns into Chinese crap. This is what this in fact is at this point, far as the handle scales are concerned. Changes: If the manufacturer is incapable of doing intricate work, don't do intricate work. Just leave the spacers and the stag piece out and provide it with wooden scales only. Alternatively, get it made somewhere where they know what they're doing. Like the Mazarin Arno that I ordered, which is absolutely superb. Rating: 3/10. Click here for customer image.

Hartmut U. Brandon, MS

Hatchet with built in guard. I use it to split wood down for my tent stove. Tapping down with hammer. I like the size and the good flare on the head. But you should stop coating it with lacquer. As it gets worn off it looks lousy. I spent an hour sanding it off. I then rubbed it with oil. You ought to know this is all that needs to be done to prevent any rust. So, why do you do it? Simply inform people to oil it! Rating: 9/10

Jerry J. Fairfax, VA

A.G. Russell Woods Walker knife - I have had your woods walker knife for a few months now, while it is not great at any one thing, it is really good and many things. I used it during Missouri deer season, and cleaned and skinned a doe, just to see if it would. It did....would another knife have done better or easier...yes. But it did the job, I now carry it along with a sod buster folding knife every day. Short of a heard of zombies, I feel they will handle any chore I need a knife to do. Thank you for a great product. By the way, you ladies in customer service are outstanding. Rating: 10/10

David V. Callao, MO

I'm a long-time AGR & Russell's for Men Customer. I ordered a AG Russell "Personal Hunter" to be a gift, but when it got here & I saw how nice it was, I ordered another for myself. This is a well-made very practical all-around sheath knife and an excellent value. I usually keep a few knives around to use as gifts; the Russell Catalog knives are very great values. I also like the small Boker "Genteman's Pocket Knives, have in several handle scale types and use some of them for gifts, too. Changes: Nothing at all. Perhaps a leather sheath option would be nice. I'd like to add that, in this day of "cheap imports", that EVERY knife I've purchased from AG Russell over the years has been well made and carefully inspected, no matter where in the World it was manufactured. Rating: 9/10.

RICHARD F. Saint Martinville, LA