Solognac Axis 85 (Furtiv Metal)

A very inexpensive, rather good knife.

Solognac Axis 85 (Furtiv Metal)

A very inexpensive, rather good knife.

The Solognac Axis 85 (Furtiv Metal) is a 19.90 EUR knife that is a very attractive option for us who like respectable quality good-looking knives without paying top dollar for them.

I was wandering around Decathlon’s hunting department last summer when I found this knife.

I like how smooth the blade deploys and how solid it feels in the hand. The handles are made of steel decorated with the very particular “FURTIV” camouflage pattern, very cool design in my opinion.

The blade is covered with some kind if plastic film that I find a bit suspicious. It makes me hesitate about the quality of the materials, yes it is D2 steel but… we never know.

Generally speaking this knife is a good deal. It has served me well for my everyday cutting tasks and it has gone further when camping. For the price I think is OK to give it a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed, however read on…

There are some thing that I truly did not like about this knife.

The pivot screw tends to get loose and that means you will constantly need to tighten it or add a drop of glue to keep it in place.

Built quality is truly what you pay for. When I disassembled the knife for the first time I did not have any issues except that when putting it back together I noticed that it was difficult to get the screws back in place. After some minutes I realized that the holes in the front handle scale aren’t quite precisely drilled in place. Which means that I need to assemble it in a kind of crooked way (maybe that’s why there is separation from the spring right out of the box). This lead to a loose screw that after a few uses got lost forever.

Blade play right out of the box will require you to have a torx set of bits handy.

Once again, overall if you don’t disassemble the knife I think you won’t be disappointed, specially for the price you are paying.

I bought two of these knives, one for the collection, one to be used. This is what I call a sacrificial knife, meaning that you buy it, you beat it up and not worry if gets lost, seized, stolen or broken.

Of course, now, the pictures!

  • Steel: D2
  • Blade thickness: 3 mm
  • Blade length: 8.5 cm
  • Closed length: 11.6 cm
  • Overall length: 20 cm
  • Locking mechanism: Back lock
  • Weight: 200 g
  • Sharpening angle: 20°