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Guns and knives pretty much go hand in hand. If you find a guy who hunts, shoots, or uses a gun on the job, there’s a good bet that he’s got a blade on him as well. Guns and knives are the two tools that helped found this country and helped open up a lot of undiscovered territory around the world. They still make a good match in the modern world and the firearms companies know that. It’s not uncommon for firearms manufacturers to offer a knife or line of knives with their logos on them. Usually, these knives aren’t made by the gun manufacturer themselves; they’re contracted out to folks who make knives for a living. One of the latest such collaborations is from Bond Arms. If you aren’t familiar with them yet, Bond Arms is a Texas-based company that makes a series of ultra sturdy over-and-under derringers in calibers from .22 Long Rifle to .45 Colt and .410 shotgun rounds. They’re very popular in the Cowboy Action Shooting circle, and for folks who want a compact sidearm for personal defense around town or on the trail. Their .410 models make especially good snake guns and close-range Personal Defense Weapons, particularly with some of the newer defense-oriented .410 loads coming out. With the solid reputation that Bond Arms has in the firearms industry, they weren’t about to put their name on a knife that didn’t live up to that same standard of quality and performance that folks have come to expect from their derringers. When they decided to add some knives to their line up, they turned to one of the oldest names in the American knife industry, Buck Knives.

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 Arms knives could be opened one of two ways. Either with the elongated one-hand-opening hole in the blade, or via the flipper, which protrudes from the spine of the knife while it’s folded.
The Bond Arms knives could be opened one of two ways. Either with the elongated one-hand-opening hole in the blade, or via the flipper, which protrudes from the spine of the knife while it’s folded.

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.

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