Evolution Raptor Review:
The Evolution Raptor is a knife designed by Rick Hinderer. It was released in 2009. It features a 3D machined titanium handle with a black G10 backspacer and anodized aluminum liners.
The blade is made from CPM S30V stainless steel with a plain edge and flat grind. The handle scales are anodized titanium and feature a thumb stud for right or left handed use. The knife comes with a nylon sheath.
In 2010, Hinderer sold the company to Spyderco Inc., which continued manufacturing the Raptor under its own brand name, but renamed it the Evo series after the first model.
Rick Hinderer’s son, Jason Hinderer created a new version of his father’s design called the Evo2. The Evo2 is a smaller version of the Raptor. It uses a 4.75-inch blade with a thickness of .156-inch and an overall length of 9.5-inches.
The handle is made from carbon fiber with embedded titanium liners and a G10 backspacer. The knife comes with a right-hand, tip up pocket clip and a ballistic nylon pouch.
The Evo2CF has the same specifications as the Evo2 but instead of using carbon fiber it uses G10 for the handles.
The Evo2T uses G10 and blue anodized titanium.
The Evo GHM has a green handle made from G10 and copper. The backspacer and clip are made from 6AI4V titanium.
The knife was released in 2010 under the Rick Hinderer brand and now is sold under the Spyderco name as the Evo series.
This knife is designed for cutting. It could be used as a self-defense weapon, but it was not designed for that purpose.
I have owned an Evo2 for about two years now and have carried it on a daily basis since I bought it. It has been tossed in pockets, dropped on floors, and generally abused more than any knife should be, yet it still works perfectly. The blade is easy to open and it opens easily.
It also closes with only a slight flick of my finger.
The clip on the knife is tight enough that I never have to worry about the knife coming out of my pocket, but it is not so tight that it is a pain to get it in or out either. The grip on the knife feels very natural in my hand and even after cutting box after box open the edge has never had to be touched up. It holds an edge very well.
The only downside is that it is a bit heavier than some of my other knives, but considering all of the tasks I have used it for that is a very minor problem. Even after two years of constant use, it still looks almost brand new. I have not done anything to maintain it either, I just wipe it down every couple of days or so to get rid of the minor marks that accumulate on the handle.
The only real negative about this knife is the price, but after buying it and using it for as long as I have, I would say that it was totally worth the money.
If you are in the market for a good quality knife that will serve you well no matter what you plan on using it for, I would highly recommend this one.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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