Loadout Room Reviews The Serpent
The good folks over at The Loadout Room were kind enough to write up a review on our new Serpent. Checkout the review below:
Toor Knives is another small American made brand, not many have heard about. They make a line of semi custom fixed blade knives to address the problem of our military and law enforcement using sub-par knives in their loadouts. Toor Knives is owned and operated by two brothers. Not only are they blood brothers, but both have served in the military as well. Here is their story…
“We are two brothers who began by building a forge in our backyard and crafting blades as a hobby. We had always been very particular about the knives we used, and could never quite find a design we were looking for.
In time, just as playing soldier in the woods grew into a calling for us both—Cameron became an Army Ranger, Connor a Marine Scout Rifleman—so too did our youthful fascination with blades develop into a serious obsession with knife-making. We grew frustrated seeing teammates wear premium gear and carry customized weapons but rely on a mass-produced knife that was unfit for our mission-specific tasks. This led us to tinker. Our first designs came from improving military-issued and store-bought tactical knives we had accumulated over the years.
But altering these mass-produced knives only took us so far. So we broke free of simply altering existing market knives, and decided to develop designs from scratch to meet all demands of our job. We mined our own experiences and pooled the wisdom of teammates to develop a list of everything we felt a tactical knife needed to be—and began forging.”
Lets take a look at one of their knives. The Serpent. The Serpent is minimally designed to be the perfect everyday carry defense tool. I honestly was blown away when I opened the box and unsheathed the knife. Not only did it feel great in the hand, but it just a sick looking blade. When words fail in a confrontation, this blade will shut the threat down.
The blade itself is a tanto design and is made from S35VN steel. That is an excellent high-end steel that will hold an edge for a long time, which is a must for our military when deployed for long periods of time.
The blade stock is a whopping 1/4″ of steel. Damn thing looks like a pry bar when looking down from the top.
The spine of the blade has a nice 90 degree edge on it making it extremely easy to get sparks off a ferro rod when making a fire. Yeah I know this is marketed as a defensive knife, but it can be easily moved into the role of an outdoor survival type blade. No it’s not ideal for that, but it can be done.
The sheath is a minimalist design made of kydex.
Included with the sheath I got with my knife is a IWB clip with a negative angle (similar to my Colonel Low Vz knife). This pushes the knife closer to your body reducing any printing. Another feature I noticed with this sheath design over most others that I have seen is the retention. There is no felt or heard audible click when you insert the knife into the sheath; it’s just a friction fit. The knife is still retained in the sheath with very good retention and able to be draw quickly with no issues.
The handle slabs on the knife I have are their Chaos Carbon Fiber. They have many other options to choose from when ordering your Serpent Knife. The Carbon Fiber feels good in the hand due to the texturing they use. The only downside I have seen so far if the edges of the carbon fiber towards the ring of the handle are sharp. When wearing the blade inside the waistband I can feel that edge of the carbon fiber digging into my skin. This can probably just be remedied by sanding down that edge.
Speaking of the ring. This is a feature commonly seen on karambit style knives for increased retention. By having the ring on this knife you gain added retention when drawing from concealment and using the knife in a reverse grip.
Overall I’m extremely impressed with the design of both the knife and the sheath. I’ll probably sand down those carbon fiber edges and continue to rock the Serpent as my concealed fixed blade.
Big thanks again to Scott Witner and the rest crew over at Loadout Room for putting this review together. Check out more over at Loadoutroom.com