So, I finally got my new folder - a knife that is streetlegal in Denmark and still of pretty good use.
The knife in question, is a HSR 482. I know, it's a weird name... HSR is the company that makes them and 482 is... Well, I don't know how they came up with that. As far as I can tell, they don't care much about names on their products.
But, let's get to the point. This particular knife is meant as a rescue-tool, due to having a glass-breaker and a seatbelt-cutter. It's a bright orange color, so it's easy to find and it has a great pocket-clip. The blade itself is a tanto-style blade, with a nailnick going all the way through the blade.
It makes it a lot easier to open the blade, since the spring is pretty strong - you literally can not open this blade with one hand, unless you loosen the blade to a point where it wouldn't be safe to have in the pocket anymore. Likewise, you can't really close this blade with one hand either; it almost feels like there's a lock in it somewhere, so you don't need to worry about the blade folding on your fingers. Should it occur anyway, there's a "drop" 90 degrees into the closure, where the blade is loose, so it won't snap down on your fingers.
So far I haven't found any flaws in it, except a small dent in the blade itself - gonna contact the seller and ask whether or not that will fall under some sort of warranty or if I should just grind it out. So far, the knife has only been used to cut paper and thread and not been dropped once, so the damage must've been there from the start.
My apologies for the bad picture, but it was the best one I could get, where you'd still be able to see the dent properly.
The cold facts:
Handle length, incl. glassbreaker: 9,7 cm/3,81 inch
Blade length: 6,1 cm/2,4 inch
Overall length, incl. glassbreaker: 15,3 cm/6 inch
Blade type: Tanto-style.
Blade material: 440C steel.
Handle material: Plane aluminium (Not sure that's the right description in English)
Pocket clip: Right side carry, tip down.
Screws/bolts: Don't know the material, problably aluminium - all Torx.
- Low carry pocket clip
- Easy to EDC
- Very tight to open and close (could be a pro, depending on the person)
- Some edges of the handle are a bit pointy and can become a problem when closing the blade
- Pocket clip is not reversible
I like this knife. I actually like it a lot, so far. It's lightweight, rides low in your pocket so it doesn't scream to the world, despite its color. The seatbelt-cutter and glassbreaker are just added bonusses - I've never had any real use for those two, but having them on an item I carry every day, somehow gives me a piece of mind.
It's going to be carried to week with me for the next week and then we'll see, if I've changed my mind about it. But so far, I like it. Actually, even my girlfriend likes it, so HSR gotta be doing something right with these knives.
I forgot to mention, the text on the blade - if you can see it on my pictures - is "HSR 482" <- the manufacturer and model name and "Brand og redning", which means "Fire and rescue". This blade was originally made for danish EMT-services, but apparently they've made more knives, than they could sell, so now these knives are going out to the public, for 199 DKK, excl. shipping. That's just about 37 USD and then another 55 DKK in shipping/10 USD. The rather high shipping price is due to HSR using their own shipping insurance - in case the package gets lost, they don't wait around for the mail-service to finish their own investigation, they just send you a new one right away.