Price: $ 240
What we like
- Fantastic workmanship
- Light anodized aluminum handle
- Flat pocket-friendly screws
- Flat saber cut, ideal for all purpose cutting
Drop (formerly Massdrop) is known for its custom products and especially for his knives. And frankly, the Mordax penknife is a great example of Drop's commitment to quality. It's just a fantastic all-purpose pocket knife.
A Radiant First Impressions
I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this knife until I had it in my hands. This is the first Massdrop brand product I've ever owned, and I was a little worried that the build quality, despite the excellent reviews on the site of Drop (19459006) and the fact that drop users repeatedly demand that the Mordax is in stock again).
But man, the quality and presentation of the Mordax knife is mind-boggling. It comes in a pretty box (reminiscent of a box of jewelery), and Drop recalls that the Mordax knife was handmade in the US by its friends at Ferrum Forge and ProTech.
This commitment to local design and manufacturing results in a high quality product. The Mordax knife feels great, its anodized aluminum body looks fantastic and it's clear that no corners were cut on the 3.6-inch blade of the Mordax. After all, it is made of "CPM-20CV stainless steel". Although I'm not sure what that means, the Mordax blade feels much more durable than similar blades I've ever seen.
But the look is not everything. A pretty knife is useless if you can not use it. And to my surprise, this knife is very practical for general purpose use.
The Mordax has excellent opening mechanisms.
You can open the Mordax in two ways: Press the forefinger with your index finger or hold the shutter release button with your thumb and open the knife. (It's not a knife with an opening aid, but it's supple and opens quickly.) Both opening mechanisms work well, they feel appealing and are easy to control, and they make the Mordax a great knife for one-handed operation.
To close the Mordax, simply press the release button and slide the blade back into the handle. This action feels surprisingly fluid (thanks to the build quality of the Mordax). It is also very easy to "feel" intuitively when the blade is locked in its rest position.
I have only one complaint about these opening and locking mechanisms. The release button is extremely uncomfortable for left-handers. It is explicitly positioned for use with your right thumb (there is even a small cutout), and you need to pinch the left-handed knife between your thumb and forefinger.
This is not a deal killer if you are a righty (like me), but for the price of $ 240 drop should mention that it is intended for right-handers on the product side of the knife.
The Mordax feels ergonomic and easy to control
I'm rarely interested in knives as big as the Mordax with its 3.6 "blade length and 8.25" overall length. They feel weird in my hands. I do not like the way they complain about my bags, and I'm clumsy enough to cut myself when the build quality of a knife is too "loose."
So I'm really surprised how much I like the feeling of the Mordax. From the placement of the button mechanism to the lightweight aluminum handle, everything is ergonomic and comfortable. The workmanship is so tight that it feels safe and easy to control despite the size of the Mordax.
The Mordax also fits well in my pockets, its sunk screws do not hang on the fabric and its pocket clip feels great on tight and secure. But, and here is a tiny complaint, you can not swap the position of the pocket clip on the knife for left-handers.
A utility knife for real use
The Mordax is a kind of 3.6 "kitchen knife, with a flat saber cut and a drop point blade, which means that it is relatively thick and optimized for cutting is not good at stinging, it does not make wood carving easier (but it does the job), and its lack of gearing limits its ability to penetrate super thick, fibrous objects.
Again, despite the size of the Mordax, it is a surprisingly fast and lightweight one-handed knife that feels safe and does not burden your bag like other knives of this size.
Really, this is a utility knife It does not work well in niche situations, but it's great for cutting cardboard, slicing food, camping or skinning (if you like) I have spent some time cutting through thick boxes, vegetables and cables with the Mordax knife (do not ask), and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a large, lightweight utility knife.
If you're right-handed, the Mordax is worth its price
In my view, the Mordax is an extremely versatile penknife (despite its relatively large size). It looks good, it's light, it's durable and its flat saber cut (though not pointed) is perfect for cutting.
And of course the build quality of the Mordax, its pocket-friendly screws and its smooth pinball and button mechanism make it well worth the price. Even with some abuse, this knife will certainly have a long life.
Really, my only complaint about the Mordax is that it is not suitable for left-handers. It has no holes to swap the position of the pocket clip on the knife, and the release button is easier and safer to reach when used with the right hand. This is not something I would normally complain about (I am right-handed), but for $ 240, Drop needs to make it clear that this knife is right-handed.
Here is what we like
- Fantastic workmanship
- Lightweight anodized aluminum handle
- Pocket-friendly screws
- Flat saber cut, ideal for multi-purpose cutting