Straight out of the packaging, the first thing that strikes you about the Camillus LK6 is its heft. For a knife with only a 2.5-inch blade and an overall length of 6 inches, its weight feels quite similar to some of my larger folders. Whether that is a positive or a negative comes down to personal preference. For me, the substantial heft gives the knife a good solid feel and balance in my hand, so it’s definitely a plus. The bearings on this knife are fantastic. For a hot second after I hit the flipper lever the first time, I thought the knife was assisted (It’s not. The action is just that smooth and light.) The G10 layer on one side of the handle provides great positive grip, along with the dual finger grooves (one at the base of the blade, forward of the handle/frame, and one built into the frame). The blade is D2 steel bonded with titanium, a feature claimed to increase hardness and provide greater edge retention. The blade is, of course, perfectly sharp out of the box. It made light work of some 550 paracord I used to attach a new sling to my AR. I’ll hopefully do a long-term review down the road. The titanium bonding does make it tougher to sharpen the blade, but I think it will be well worth the trade-off for edge retention. The frame lock is nice and chunky. It’s a little stiff to unlock at first, but that means you know that blade’s not going anywhere once the lock is engaged. Safety first, right?
One downside on this knife: I wish there was just a touch more space between the clip screws and the clip itself. When clipping it onto the pocket of my jeans, the screws snag the pocket before the clip is fully seated, requiring a little wiggling. But that’s a pretty tiny complaint, honestly. The LK6 is definitely my new go-to option when I want to carry something a little on the smaller side. Especially for the price-point, this knife strikes a great balance between blade toughness, edge retention, and corrosion resistance. Add to that the fact that Camillus offers a lifetime warranty and it’s hard to find a reason NOT to buy this knife.