I was at a gunshow a couple of weeks ago and had a couple of guys interested in the Blackjack fixed blade knives. It struck me how helpful it is when a customer can see the different models side by side and make comparisons. There’s just no way you can really appreciate the difference in the knives without handling them.
Now, this isn’t complete but the following Blackjack model comparison might help you understand the differences in the more popular patterns I’m selling.
These five patterns make up most of my sales. Starting on the left, the model 1-7 Leather is unique not only due to the larger blade and guard, but it is one of the few Blackjack’s that have a CPM3V blade. At 12″ with the 7″ blade, it’s one of the larger Blackjacks. It also has a lanyard hole. Handle length is a generous 5″ butt to guard which should be plenty to hang onto for even the biggest hand.
The knife to it’s right is the 127 with a leather handle. Measuring 10.5″ OAL with a 6″ blade made from A2 Tool Steel. Handle length is 4.375″ The blade has a notable upsweep compared to the other patterns.
The 125 Micarta, in the middle of the group, measures 9.375″ OAL and has a 5″ drop point blade in A2 Steel.
In the above photo, you can quickly see the subtle difference between the Classic 125 and the 125 Commando Leather. It’s all in the grip the grip. There’s a noticeable ‘palm swell’ in the Commando handle (R) with a slightly different butt design which also has the lanyard hole. The grip length on the Commando 4.125″ compared to 4.25″ on the Classic 125. Just a bit more compact then the Classic 125. The 125 Commando is my personal choice that I plan to put into service this spring.
They also changed the somewhat standard slotted/recessed handle attachment nut with a traditional nut on the Commando. You can also see a slight flair on the Commando butt. The butt flair and palm swell tend to push my hand into the guard which actually feels quite comfortable. It feels like your hand is locked in place.
The fifth knife on the extreme right is the model 124 with a Stag handle. Measuring 8.25″ OAL it has a 4.125″ A2 Blade. Handle length on the 124 is 3.75″ guard to butt. The 124 is a great choice for a small to medium sized field knife.
I know this is a poor substitute for actually handling the knives, but hopefully this Blackjack Model comparison helps a bit.