BUCK RUSH 290/291
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BUCK RUSH 290/291
Ease of use, safety design, aluminum skeleton, 420HC stainless steel blade (superior ATS-34 in 291 model), construction and assisted action all excellent. But a bit small for big hands, no serrated edge. Blade: 2 1/2 inches. Closed: 4 3/4 inches. Open: 6 3/8 inches. Weight: 2.3 ounces. 290 model in blue or platinum, $73; 291 in gray only, $90. (800) 326-2825, www.buckknives.com

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Reversible pocket clip, 440A stainless steel blade, aluminum skeleton, construction, anodized finish, ease of use and assisted action are all excellent. But poor safety design permits easy accidental “on.” Blade: 3 inches. Closed: 4 1/8 inches. Open: 7 inches. Weight: 2.5 ounces. In red/black, blue/black, white/black, plain stainless and rainbow. $70. (800) 325-2891, www.kershawknives.com ()
Half-serrated 440B stainless steel blade, Zytel handle, reversible pocket clip, ease of use, superior large-hands fit, assisted action, construction are all excellent. No faults or dislikes identified. This knife is also available with a plain blade and/or camo handle. Blade: 3 3/8 inches. Closed: 4 3/4 inches. Open: 8 inches. Weight: 3.1 ounces. $77. (888) 764-2378, www.sogknives.com ()
Half-serrated S30V premium stainless steel blade, titanium handle, ease of use, assisted action, superior fit for large hands, construction are all excellent. But, no safety and pricey (S30V, titanium always are). Blade: 3 1/2 inches. Closed: 4 1/2 inches. Open: 8 inches. Weight: 4.4 ounces. $260 from Camillus, $165 elsewhere. (800) 344.0456,www.camillusknives.com ()
Half-serrated blade, ease of use, assisted action, design and low price are all good. However, low-grade materials, mediocre craftsmanship and poor construction characterize the Tactical, and further substantiate the axiom “you get what you pay for.” Blade: 3 1/4 inches. Closed: 4 1/2 inches. Open: 7 3/4 inches. Weight: 4 ounces. $33. (214) 467-8949, www.meyercousa.com ()