First Look: Bear OPS Automatic Pocket Knife

A new quick-deploy knife with a reverse tanto blade profile.

posted on April 12, 2023
Bear Ops Auto knife

Jacksonville, AL, based Bear and Son Cutlery is releasing the new Bold Action AC 1500 AIBK B Automatic Pocket Knife. This knife, along with other automatic knives is part of a new wave of premium blade releases from Bear and Sons Cutlery.

The new Bold Action AC 155 AIBK B Automatic Pocket Knife is part of the Bear Auto Bold Action XIV product series. This knife features a reverse tanto blade made from 14C28N Sandvik steel. Knife enthusiasts might recognize the reverse tanto blade profile as being reminiscent of the traditional Wharncliffe blade profile, where the top line drops doing and meets the bottom edge into a very fine point. A button is used to deploy this blade, and Bear and Sons has fashioned their Bear OPS system to also have a locking mechanism that doubles as a safety feature in order to prevent any unnecessary blade deployments.

Bear OPS Bold Action AC 1500 AIBK B Automatic Knife Specifications:

  • Blade Material: Sandvik Steel 14C28N
  • Blade Hardness: 58 – 60 Rockwell
  • Blade Length: 3 1/8 inches
  • Blade Profile: Reverse tanto
  • Open Length: 7 5/8 inches
  • Closed Length: 4 ½ inches
  • Weight: 2.6 ounces
  • Extras: Pocket clip, ball bearings and a lifetime warranty

The Bear OPS Bold Action AC 1500 AIBK B Automatic Knife is made in the United States of America, in Alabama. The knife has a retail price of $180 and includes Bear And Sons Cutlery lifetime warranty. Please keep in mind that different states have different laws that pertain to automatic or assisted opening knives, so Bear And Sons will only ship these directly to Alabama only addresses. The company encourages its customers who reside in other states to check through their dealer network for local availability. Please visit for more information.


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