Based On The Vantage
The two Bond knives are based upon Buck’s Vantage model. They feature drop-point 3-1/4-inch blades of 13C26 Swedish Sandvik stainless steel. Overall length is 4-3/8 inches closed. The handles on the Bond’s are either rosewood or black ash over stainless-steel liners. The scales are both checkered for grip and feature the Bond Arms logo embossed on one side. The wood grain of both is quite attractive and they make for a nice departure from your typical basic black tactical knife. The frame is open along the spine, which minimizes dirt and crud buildup and makes cleanup easy when you do need to do so. Lock up is by means of a liner lock, which was very positive on my test model.
The Bond knives have an elongated opening hole in the blades like that seen on the Buck Mayos. It’s well positioned and gives enough room for the thumb to easily roll the knives open. Another option for opening the knives is to use the flipper that protrudes from the spine of the knife when it’s closed. I’m a fan of flippers and they’re one of my preferred ways to open knives whether they’re assisted or not. Which brings up an interesting point on the Bond knives. The Bond online store lists the knives as being “assisted,” but in fact they open using a basic flipper system without a spring assist. Just tap the exposed flipper with your index finger and the blades snap open with authority on Buck’s smooth pivot. I can see how folks would think that these are actually assisted openers. When I first saw the design at the SHOT Show in 2009, I actually did think I was operating an assisted opener as the design is so smooth, and so fast. These particular models were a little stiffer than the one I tried at SHOT, but a little bit of Ballistol and some working in of the action resulted in the fast, smooth action I was accustomed to.
The Bonds have a pocket clip mounted on the butt of the knife. The clip is positioned for right- or left- handed tip-up carry, or is removable should you choose not to use a clip at all. Since the clip is attached to the very butt of the knife, it allows for a deep, secure carry in the pocket. At only 4 ounces in weight, and with a relatively flat profile, the Bonds slide practically unnoticed into your pocket.