We are never too old to learn, and just recently I was taught a lesson that directly impacts this knife review. While talking to a friend I had not seen since high school, I was trying to explain my occupation of photographing and writing about knives. During the conversation, we were discussing the different styles of knives, and I was using four Meyerco knives that were sitting on my desk as visual aids. While using all of the proper catchphrases and modern descriptions, I might as well have been speaking Latin. Have you ever seen a deer caught in the headlights? There were two problems with my efforts. First, some people have not been exposed to the world of cutlery past the level of kitchenware. Secondly, the knives defied my efforts to categorize them. After explaining the attributes of a good outdoor knife, I switched over to talking about tactical knives before chatting about the perfect every-day-carry (EDC) knife. At that point I decided there was only one thing I could do—I’ll describe them, show how they perform on various tasks, and then let the reader decide how to categorize them.
Lightfoot & Lambert
The four Meyerco knives were actually only two different models. However, each model had a serrated and non-serrated version. Two were the Catch Dog, designed by Greg Lightfoot, and two were the Shock Wave, designed by Kirby Lambert. Greg and Kirby are both well-known custom knifemakers in their own right, but are also part of the Meyerco design team. Long ago, Meyerco learned the benefits of collaborating with custom knifemakers in developing new models. The first thing to point out about these knives is that they are the result of a true international effort. Both designers are from Canada, the knives are marketed by Meyerco of Dallas, Texas, yet they are manufactured in China.
While the blade and handle patterns differ between the two, the materials are the same. The handle scales are fabricated from G10, while the blades are 8CR13 stainless steel with a slight hollow-grind. The bolsters are carbon fiber and both models have stainless liner locks. Meyerco is noted for their “spring-assisted” folders and these incorporate that technology. In an effort to accommodate use with either hand, the Shock Wave has dual thumb studs, while the Catch Dog has a disk mounted on the spine of the blade that is accessible from either side. However, both use right-handed liner locks. The Catch Dog is the larger of the two models with a 4.25-inch blade, and when opened, an overall length of 9.63 inches. The blade is 3/16 inches at its thickest point and the pattern is similar to a tanto style. The 5/32-inch thick blade of the Shock Wave is 3.75 inches long, and when opened, the knife is 8.44 inches. As mentioned before, each model comes with either a straight edge or one with a 1.25-inch section of serrations.