In their quest to always improve, Abel has re-designed the blade by increasing the thickness from .095 to .120 of an inch. In addition to the improved thickness, they have also increased the cutting edge by 20%. The blade is available with a flat grind and non-serrated only.
ABEL files are filled with stories from anglers (both fly and conventional) who used a knife to get out of trouble: from the guy who stabbed a rogue bear in Canada to the fellow who tripped in a steelhead river and used his blade to cut himself free from loose flyline that had wrapped his feet.
The Abel Blade knife is constructed of the finest components and materials including Made in the USA high carbon, high chrome, 154CM knife grade stainless steel. It has been hardened to 60RC; the handle or frame of the knife is cold finished 6061-T6 aircraft quality aluminum.
While the blades of some knives can collapse, the “liner-lock,” (the blade-locking mechanism) – of fine heat treated spring steel – can’t close until you deliberately move it to the side with your thumb, thus allowing the blade to fold back. It is engineered for quick, single-handed use... vital when you need to hang onto a rod while cutting a snagged anchor rope, cut away brush while float-tubing or cut through a streamside tangle. It’s a must while camping, or on a float trip.
The heavy-duty (removable) spring steel pocket clip has been designed to fit on the outside of your shirt, pants, wading shorts or wader pocket with the knife securely inside.
This is essentially a custom knife that is available only with a non-serrated blade. These knives are produced in limited numbers in their shop.