I will be reviewing my EKA Swede 8 folding knife.
This is my first review so i might make a couple mistakes here and there but every pro was an beginner once.
I bought my EKA for several reasons.
I wanted a knife that was made in Europa
Had wooden handles because it is a natural product and i do think about the enviroment every now and then
Is serviceable with a multitool without needing extra bits torx bits etc..
I prefer the back lock over all the other locks because it is simple, strong and bullet proof.
I wanted a knife that had no design flaws that would limit its reliability. (like the small axis lock springs from benchmade)
It also has a nice lanyard hole that can be used to smash windows in case of emergency.
Wanted just a simpele knife that will outlive me.
50 euros was my budget and this was exactly 50 euros.
After i had made the decision between the Swede 8 and the larger Swede 10 i went with the Swede 8 because as it is my edc knife it can not be to big to fit uncomfortably in my pocket. After i recieved the knife i found out that it was the perfect size for my already large hands. It fits perfectly, not a milimeter too small or too big.
I think you have to look it at this way. The Swede 8 is a medium (edc) folding knife, and the Swede 10 is a big folding knife.
The blade steel is Sandvik 12c27. I can get the blade razor sharp with my lansky turnbox sharpening kit. It does a good job keeping a sharp edge. I would say it is comparable with my 154cm steel skeletool cx.
I like the blade shape for a working knife, it does a good job cutting old jerry cans and rubber hoses. Because of the large nail nick and the spine of the blade that portrudes out of the handle i can easily open the blade one handed. This may be a big plus for people who live in a country where one hand openable knifes are forbidden.
There is also a good amount of jimping on the spine of the blade where you put your thumb. This offers a lot of grip for making precise cuts with the knife.
The wooden grips felt tacky in the beginning but after one day of carrying the knife in my pocket this was gone.
Because of the shape and the thickness of the bubinga wooden handles this knife offers excellent grip for stabbing tasks. Even when wet the wood offers good grip.
The back lock locks with a nice snap and is extremely strong. I used this knife to batoon through 2 inch pieces of wood and it did an excellent job. It does have a very, very, very small amount of play sideways and up and down. The sideways play i can fix by tighting the screws but this would only make the washers etc.. wear out faster and make the knife harder to deploy.
The only problem i had was that there was an extremely small amount of play on one of the wooden handles. I unscrewed the flat head screws and put a little bit of glue between the handle and the stainles steel frame and i never had a problem again.
If the wooden handles ever got damaged i could easily make new ones out of a wooden plate with the correct thickness.
The knife also comes with a ten year warranty, a lanyard and a nice nylon sheath.
I have been carrying the knife for 3 months and i still like it very much. I have not discovered any weak spots or design flaws.
I will definitely be buying more EKA products and highly recommend them.