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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2011

Gear Review: Baladeo 22G Knife

A full-size, three-inch blade that's sharp and light.

by: Kelly Bastone

Baladeo 22G (Courtesy Photo)
Baladeo 22G (Courtesy Photo)

Ultralight
“It’s just the bones of a knife,” says our tester, “but that’s all I needed. The Baladeo 22G cut like a hot blade through butter when I sliced yards of cord while rigging five tents in Utah. It’s not as stable as a heavier knife, of course, and it’s possible to accidentally release the locking mechanism when tightly gripping the handle. But I never cut myself, and those are small tradeoffs for a full-size, three-inch blade this sharp and light.” $30; .8 oz.; baladeousa.com 
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Nathan
Sep 09, 2012

Above recommendations are crap. Boker Credit card is awkward, lame steel, and less accessible (if kept in wallet). The Swiss tech Utili-key is garbage; Dull knife edge, awkward handling, and the glasses screwdriver always breaks during ordinary pocket storage on a key ring (Rendering the tool completely useless without a locking mechanism)

The Baladeo 22g is a great knife for those who value light weight or slim width and don't want to sacrifice blade length. Great value; Higher quality steel than many price contenders (probably since material mass is low and production costs are probably cheaper since there are few parts). Personally, I like a non-serrated blade, but I would prefer a clip point edge.

Always be sure when you sharpen it to only sharpen it on the ramped side. The blade is unfortunately flat on the other side. Honing the flat side will make the knife blade become slightly exposed while closed.

All in all, a great "you have no excuse to not have a knife" knife.

Tom
Nov 15, 2011

I just ordered this knife. I read on a lot of reviews about people accidentally cutting themselves with this knife, but from what I've read, people are moving the locking part of the knife by holding it incorrectly. I've been using knives for forty years - if you use a tool incorrectly, you may get hurt.

Pete Z
Jun 07, 2011

Yes, it is a nice looking knife, but an unreliable locking mechanism is not a minor concern. There are many other lightweight blade options out there that should work as well, if not better. There are military survival kit knives on ebay for $4. They are basically a 3 inch razor blade with a metal spine and a folding plastic handle, but they only weigh 8 grams apiece! Swiss Gear makes a knife key that only weighs 0.4 oz., and includes a saw edge, knife edge (flat ground), a phillips head screwdriver, and a tiny glasses flathead screwdriver! It cost a lot less than $30, too! Boker makes a credit card knife that is a bit heavier at one ounce, but has a rock solid locking mechanism, and a stubbier blade that is 2 inches long. This is just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are many other options out there!

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