Maxxed Out Meyercos | Maxx Q Knife Review

Born and bred from Darrel Ralph’s custom Gunhammer liner lock, his new production Maxx Q knife won’t back down from a fight!

The Meyerco Maxx Q gives the average knife user the ability to enjoy many of the distinctive features of a Darrel Ralph custom at a very affordable price.

Today’s knife community is filled with some incredibly talented people. Some are skilled craftsmen, others are gifted designers, and still others are true inventors who push the mechanical limits of knife innovation. However, very few knifemakers excel in all three of these areas. One of those few is Darrel Ralph.

Ralph came to knifemaking from a career as an applications engineer and CNC programmer specializing in manufacturing analysis and troubleshooting. In other words, he knew how to make things and make them better. Using that background as a foundation, he added a distinctive design flair and an obsession with technical and mechanical perfection. Initially, the result was some of the most elegant, meticulously crafted custom knives the industry has ever seen. Later, his work expanded to include impressive mid-tech knives inspired by his handmade designs. And most recently he has extended his personal brand of innovation to raise the bar when it comes to the quality of commercially manufactured knives, including his latest Meyerco design, the Maxx Q.

Gunhammer Inspiration
The Maxx Q was inspired by Ralph’s incredibly popular “Gunhammer” custom designs. Starting with the concept of the index-finger “flipper,” Ralph re-designed it based on the look and function of a “bobbed” pistol hammer, like that found on the iconic Colt Commander. This innovation not only created a fresh new look for the flipper, it also yielded a flipper that was extremely positive and provided exceptional leverage for one-handed openings. The Gunhammer was an instant hit among the collectors and end users fortunate enough to score one of Ralph’s custom pieces, so the logical next step was to expand its availability with a production version.

In 2008, Ralph joined Meyerco as both a designer of individual products and a technical consultant for their entire line. The Maxx Q project represented a perfect opportunity for him to explore both of those capacities and in the process achieve a quantum leap in the quality of the Meyerco brand.

Meet Maxx
meyerco-3Darrel Ralph’s handle design combines 3-D machined contours with a non-slip texture for an outstanding grip.

The Maxx Q is a faithful translation of the style and overall profile of Ralph’s custom Gunhammer folder. It features a 3.5-inch 8CR13 stainless steel blade ground in what is best described as a “recurve tanto” shape. This dramatic blade shape combines a dropped point, a slightly rounded tanto-style tip, and a recurved primary edge bevel. It includes an ambidextrous thumb stud that also functions as the blade’s stop pin. Available with either a plain or partially serrated edge, the Maxx Q’s blade can also be had in either a matte bead-blast finish or a low-profile black TICN coating.

The handle of the Maxx Q is built on a foundation of stainless steel liners capped with G-10 scales. But unlike the traditional flat, diamond-textured G-10 used by most manufacturers, the Maxx Q’s scales feature another Darrel Ralph innovation: a distinctive 3-D machined texturing that combines ergonomic contours with a surface texture. This combination fills the hand much better than a flat-scaled handle, while still providing a well-textured surface for a secure grip.

Nestled within the Maxx Q’s handle are its liner lock and an assisted-opening mechanism also designed and engineered by Ralph. Combined with the Gunhammer flipper, these elements allow the blade of the Maxx Q to be quickly and positively deployed with only one hand and to lock securely once open. A stainless steel pocket clip completes the package, providing the capability for right-side, tip-down carry.

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