Brad Duncan 1911 Hammer Knife
Like one or two of the other makers that have had their knives reviewed here, Brad Duncan also has a very bad reputation on the knife forums for taking customers’ money and not giving them knives for years. I have not followed the recent opinions, but have heard that they do not change much. Regardless, this is a review of his knife, not his ethics, though it is prudent to mention them as they will help determine whether you will buy from him.
The knife features an IKBS Ikoma-Korth Bearing System in order to allow it to open faster and smoother than a traditional washer system. This is the intent, at least, but Duncan’s somewhat less than perfect fit and finish on this example means the action isn’t any smoother than a typical bronze washer, and may even be rougher.
The finish on the blade and titanium frame are not spectactular, and are not as good as his work from several years ago when he first introduced the Whiplash and other knives, but with the plumetting values of his knives, a 1911 Hammer for $450 or so is not a bad deal since its such a large and nicely designed knife. Having said that, most people will not support him as a knifemaker anymore and would only purchase his knives on the secondary market out of sheer curiosity, like me.
Overall, a decent effort by a knifemaker that used to be a much better craftsman. It is likely his orders are so backed up that he is rushing the work now just to have everything filled and avoid angry mobs and lawsuits. Hopefully he will return to greatness one day and right all the wrongs he has committed to his former customers.
Blade Length: 4 1/2″
Overall Length: 10 1/2″
Blade Steel: 154CM
Handle Material: G-10
Frame Material: Titanium