Often it is observed in the wide, deep world of knives, “What comes around goes around.” Likewise, some folks astutely adopt, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” In the spirit of those truisms, Blackhawk Blades and MOD have reintroduced two of Masters of Defense’s original series. These two knives are a reintroduction of sorts of two classics: the James Keating designed Hornet-II and the James “Patches” Watson designed Point Man, a take-off of his original Trident MOD folder design.
With striking profiles and deep DLC (Diamond Like Carbide) finishes, the newest MOD autos embrace the desirable KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle and use the tested, ubiquitous plunge-button lock, anodized T6 Aluminum handles and a four-position pocket clip. No safety is assigned to either knife, which are both fairly straightforward in their construction.
Like all MOD knives of yesteryear, these are well-made knives. The CPM-154 blades are nicely shaped and crisply ground. The edges are stout and designed for hard work even though they are both less than 3.4 inches long.
The MOD knives handle well despite a chunky girth of .525 inch, which is thick for this size knife. All machining is flawless and a thoughtful feature, a four-position pocket clip, is neatly attached with two torx pattern screws. In operation, the knives open fast and lock tight. Several hundred openings didn’t faze their lockup or spring tension—a good sign. The Hornet II was easily the sharper of the pair with a more acutely ground blade. The Point Man boasts a heavier edge and tip profile, living up to its burly nomenclature.
Deep Cutting Heritage
James Keating is one of the world’s foremost experts on knife combatives and the edge profile and angle of the Hornet reflect his design input. For a small knife, the Hornet handles well, particularly in the reverse “icepick” grip that Keating has long promoted for smaller blades. At a hair over 3 inches, the blade is ideal for someone who desires a smaller knife that should hold up well to the rigors of duty use. I have followed Keating’s work for many years and his writings and ruminations are some of the most interesting in all of knifedom. It is essential material for a well-rounded knifeperson to seek out and whether your interests are large blades or small, Keating has a well-versed opinion.