The AO-001 Assist is the world's first assisted opening folding knife kit. This pocket knife kit model represents the very best in performance and precision for knife makers and folding knife customizers. Simple to build and amazingly precise, this knife making kit represents the very best in folding knife kit design and modern knife making materials.
The design of the AO-001 is a pocket-sized fastback flipper with a modern tanto blade grind. The black G-10 handles on this knife kit model are 3D milled and feature an excellent grip texture surface. The modern tanto blade design has a 600 grit satin finish and is made with AUS8 stainless steel. All stainless parts are heat-treated and designed to the tightest tolerances. The assisted opening mechanism is tight and opens the knife with a "snap", the way it should.
This model can be built as a manual flipper, or as a fully assisted flipper, by using (or not using) the supplied assisted mechanism parts. It is fully functional either way. The locking liner design is strong and secure and features serrations on the contact point of the lock bar. It also features a fully-reversible pocket clip for tip-up or tip-down carry.
The AO-001 Assist knife kit model is designed so that a beginner can complete it. But, for advanced makers with skills, this knife kit is a case study in high performance assisted opening mechanics. Also, pocket knife customizers can use the existing handles as templates for material experimentation. This kit comes with all the parts necessary to complete this knife kit, and features a padded gift box to show it off in.
General Kit Specifications
Skill Rating: Level I-IV Knife Kit
Mechanism Type : Locking-Liner/Assisted Opening
Kit Finish: Polished
Blade Steel: AUS8 (Heat/Cryo-Treated)
Blade Finish: 600 Grit Satin
Blade Styles: Modern Tanto Grind w/Thumb Flipper
Blade Length: 2.9 Inches
Closed Length: 4.00 Inches
Overall Length: 7.00 Inches
Liner: Stainless Steel (Heat treated)
Pocket Clip: Included
Backspine: Black G-10
Finished Handles (Black G-10)
(Example kits below are for reference only and may show optional handles and/or pocket clip. These items are sold separately.)