It is finally here, incredibly popular flashlight brand Olight has decided to take a swing into the knife game. How did their first at-bat stack up? Let’s find out…
First thing’s first, the knife comes boxed in a package similar to all of Olight’s other products, which is something that is noticeably different from most other mid-range production knife manufacturers. Spyderco, Benchmade, SOG and others generally have a flimsy cardboard box with the knife lazily wrapped in some plastic – not Olight – the box, packaging, included carrying case and instructions (for a knife? Yep!)
The Oknife Drever is a long and skinny form factor and reminds me a bit of the PM2 from Spyderco in that it fits nicely in the back of the front pocket and stays out of the way, enabling you to use your pocket for things other than just the pocket knife.
The scales are contoured black g10 (also available in blue) and the N690 blade is ground into a sheepsfoot profile with a generous front finger choil – something we generally don’t see too often in pocket knives – but very welcome addition that enables some more fine knife prep work
Drever Build Quality
If I am being honest, I was not expecting much from this knife – I have held a lot of production knives in the past and they all suffer from various levels of shoddy machine work and larger than acceptable tolerances where different parts connect to each other. With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised with the Drever.
The scales attach nicely and flush to the liners and there is only one visible screw on the handle which is for the single black standoff on the butt end of the knife. The pivot is clean and matches with the dual sided blue anodized thumbstuds which have yet to show any signs of wear and tear. The deep carry pocket clip is a shiny blue, which basically matches the pivot and thumb studs but looks a bit more luxurious than both of them.
The blade is a dark stonewashed (acid washed) N690 blade steel with a polished edge. It is incredibly sharp and the sheepsfoot point of the blade makes this knife more adept at opening cardboard boxes than a lot of the other knives I have in my collection.
The knife is very lightweight and easy to open/close with the flipper tab. The dual thumb studs and ambidextrous thumb ramps also make the knife easily opened via the dual thumb studs on opposite sides of the blade spine but i generally opt to snap it open with the flipper. Speaking of the flipper, it is powered by bearings, as most production flippers are these days, and snaps open relatively easily – it has a strong(ish) detent and does require a bit of an aggressive push to get it to snap open but its nothing compared to some of the other blades I’ve held.
Additionally, the flipper tab has cleverly located jimping and is also slightly contoured, as to make it as comfortable as possible. You can tell that Olight really spent time designing this knife to make it as good as it possibly could be.
Is the Olight Drever For You?
Well that depends – if you are one of those knife folks that want to actually use their blade instead of keeping it stored away as a safequeen – this would be an excellent choice. The ergos, blade, and build quality of this knife are just about as high quality as you get on a production knife and you can safely purchase this knife for under $100 directly from Olight.
If you’re one of those fancier knifers who like to collect mid-techs and customs, you could pick this blade up as a user – you’d be very surprised with the quality and usefullness of this blade.
Cant wait to see what Olight has in store for their next knife release…