Mike Obenauf Large Model 2 Framelock

Reviewed by corwin99 on June 26th, 2010


Yet another Mike Obenauf folder review here, with some new perspective possibly since its been a while since I have reviewed one. This model 2 larger framelock folder is basically the large version of the Small Model 2 Framelock that I reviewed in 2007.

While I personally prefer the small model 2, the large model 2 seems to be more popular with collectors and knife enthusiasts due to the larger 3 1/2″ blade and chunkier handle. Let’s face it, most knife knuts like the bigger knives! This is the first Large Obenauf knife I’ve owned, and I really do like the feel of the knife and the way it fits in my hand. The previous four Obies that I owned were all small models.

While Mike Obenauf might not be the most stand-up guy around, his knives do have a certain appeal and quality to them that is quite exceptional for the price point. This Large Model 2 is impeccably finished and a joy to use. The styling is familiar to those that have seen Kit Carson’s knives.

Overall, Obie’s knives are still a great buy, but you’ll have to find someone else to maintain them and sharpen them when the time comes, since Mike isn’t really around anymore and not really someone you’d want to send your knives to anyway. The Large Model 2 Framelock is an excellent example of his ability, and a great collectible that won’t be made anymore.

Blade Length: 3 1/2″
Overall Length: 8 3/8″
Blade Steel: S30V
Blade finish: Handrubbed Satin
Handle: Titanium
Lock: Titanium Frame Lock
Backspacer: G-10

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