The Southern Grind Bad Monkey is a large and solid pocket knife. When you hold a Bad Monkey, you immediately feel how well the ergonomics are though out. The finger groove is in exactly the right place, as is the jimping (grip) on the back of the blade. For heavier tasks you will still have solid grip. The blade length of 10.4 cm really begs for you to use this knife for heavy duty!
The blade is made of Sandvik 14C28N-steel. A stainless steel type which is delivered sharp as a razor and easy to keep that way. The finish looks luxurious with a stonewashed part and a part satined. Both sides of the blade have a thumb stud and opening it with one hand goes smoothly.
The grip parts are made of G10 which have small ridges machined on them. It not only provides extra grip but also looks stunningly beautiful. Between the grip parts there are titanium liners which make it sturdy, stainless and lightweight. The liners also hold the liner-lock and keeps the blade firmly in place in opened position. Characteristic of Southern Grind knives is the early lock-up. This means that any wear and tear has no influence on the workings of the lock.
Another Southern Grind characteristic is the pocket clip. They use a short but wide pocket clip. Unconventional, but very functional. The knife falls discretely inside your pocket. It also doesn’t damage your pocket as much as a different pocket clip would.
The Southern Grind Bad Monkey is a real fresh breeze in the world of pocket knives. The excellent finish, fine ergonomics and good materials are really appealing. An excellent example of an American manufacturer pushing the boundaries!