First Look: Bear Ops AC-325 Bold Action III Mini-Stiletto Knife

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posted on February 23, 2018
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New from Bear Ops, a division of Bear & Son Cutlery, and designed for daily carry and personal protection is the ruggedly built AC-325 Bold Action III Mini-Stiletto knife. This blade is packed with high-quality, hardened features and materials that make it a solid option for personal-protection use by trained individuals.

Geared toward the military and law-enforcement market, the Bear Ops division specializes in making durable tools that professionals and law-abiding citizens can count on in their everyday-carry kit. The company's latest Mini-Stiletto is constructed with a combination of materials that allow it to be easily carried and stashed away while having the durability and ruggedness to withstand the harsh treatment that comes with EDC use.

The Mini-Stiletto is constructed with a 1 7/8-inch blade made from durable Sandvik 14C28N steel, meeting a Rockwell hardness rating of 58-60. This blade steel is one of Sandvik's newest developments, creating an ideal blend of hardness, edge retention and corrosion resistance. One element of the steel is the ease with which it can be resharpened while still holding a solid, stable edge that makes it dependable for use in daily tasks.

Surrounding the steel blade on the Bear Ops AC-325 Bold Action III Mini-Stiletto knife is a handle made from machined aircraft-grade aluminum, which is designed to provide a blend of lightness and durability. The handle features a matte-black finish, and a recessed button allows users to deploy the blade easily and swiftly when needed. Also located on the handle is a built-in locking safety, which prevents the blade from being deployed unintentionally while being carried inside of a pocket. The knife also incorporates a pocket clip allowing for tip-up carry.

The overall length of the knife with the blade collapsed and secured inside the handle is 2.81 inches. Overall weight measures in at 1.5 ounces. Two models of the Bear Ops AC-325 Bold Action III Mini-Stiletto are available, one with a bead-blasted blade finish and the other with a matte-black blade finish. The suggested retail price on the knife starts at $117.99.

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