Extrema Ratio’s Glauca B1
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The origin of its name is
not a discussion I’vehad with Extrema, but I’d venture a guess that
(Blue Shark) factored into the
Blues are sleek sharks with long pointed fins,pointed snouts, and large eyes. They have anelongated caudal fin (tail fin) bearing great
similarity to the Glauca’s innovative tip. In the
shark, the caudal fin provides swimming power.In the Glauca B1, the ingenious tip gives theknife exceptional penetrating abilities.The Glacua B1 comes with a 115 mm (4.53inches) blade made from Austrian steel, N690,which offers an excellent balance of corrosionresistance, edge retention and hardness. Witha blade thickness of 5 mm (.2 inches) Glauca hasa 58 HRC, making this impressive new folder
suitable for tasks you’d normally expect from a
fixed blade knife.The blade is flat ground from the spine down toits sharp edge, which extends back from the tip;culminating in about 1 inch of serrations.Deploying the blade is exceptionally smoothand completely ambidextrous, even with glovedhands. I put on an old pair of rappelling glovesthat are bulky and thick to get a feel for
It was a refreshingexperience; passing with flying colors in typicalExtrema fashion - simply outstanding.The folks at Extrema went overboard inaccommodating operator preference byincluding thumb studs on both sides of theblade, as well as flippers.
attention to detail was impressive. For example,the thumb studs are precisely positioned on theblade and long enough to provide good contact,but not so long that they interfere with asmooth draw from the pocket.Notwithstanding superbly executed thumbstuds, I preferred using the flippers
function so well that it’s hard to go back to
thumb studs. These by the way, serve as a hiltkeeping your hand from sliding forward on tothe blade, and protecting your hands fromstrikes. The flippers are also drilled providingparacord attachment points for latching.