Best Budget Knives: CRKT 5235 Tighe Tac Two Tanto EDC Knife Review - When value and design come together!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

CRKT 5235 Tighe Tac Two Tanto EDC Knife Review - When value and design come together!

This is (in my opinion) one of the best genuine budget EDC blades on the market right now.
It''s light, smooth, comfortable both in hand and in the pocket, 3 opening methods, flips great, features excellent lockup, ball bearings and a deep carry pocket clip.
I'm not even talking about the unique grind and an awesome Tighe designed lock, that works great!

All pros, almost no cons, except 3 - because it came in a blister packaging - it had a very strong burned plastic smell in the beginning (had since disappeared). One more is the handle scales - if they were made out of Aluminium - the knife would be simply fantastic! And one more small thing - the pocket clip screws come to the other side (a small thing, that doesn't affect the knife, but shouldn't be there).
Overall I'm very pleased with the knife, especially for the price.

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  1. You recommended me this one before and I checked it a bit.
    I think you're right, with an aluminum handle it would be nicer, the nested liners make it pretty hard to make new scales for it (I just don't like that FRN or w/e they call that plastics, make it G10 at least).
    We need more button lock knives besides the expensive John Henry line and the Real Steel Griffin where the flat aluminum handle is a bit too slick imo.

  2. Yeah, I agree, but the action is very nice on this one, which makes up for the handle material (which looks great, but feels cheap).
    Hogue Knives also have button locks, never had them, but heard they are really nice.
    P.S. You mean William Henry, right?

  3. Ahm, indeed, WH of course.
    And Hogue? That's nearly same costly as an entry level WH.
    It's a shame there's not more buton lock knives out there, or front flippers or anything besides liner/frame/axis locks.

    1. Agree, that's probably because good quality button locks are more complicated to make than a frame/liner lock and they are considered less strong than the alternatives.

    2. Liner locks seem to be the easiest to make in mass production, followed by frame locks.
      Still a button lock mechanism is not so different than a automatic knife with button release but yes, it has to made with tighter tolerances, jsut as liner/frame locks.
      And for any gent's nife I'd say it's strong enough, maybe designers don't like it or think it's looking too much like an automatic knife which are illegal (to own or carry) in many places.
      Maybe I'll get lucky later, I just missed the chance to get a William Henry button lock clone around the time when I got my TiLock and Mnandi...