When Ginsu entered the outdoor knife market in 2008, the company put its best foot forward. The Ginsu Damascus Clip Point Folding Knife introduces high-end Japanese cutlery steel to the folding hunter design. It’s a bold move you may really like.
The kitchen cutlery ancestry of the Ginsu Clip Point Knife is obvious. Behind that familiar prep knife look is a well-made lockback folder. The 3-3/4 inch blade swings to the locked position with a push on the quarter-moon shaped thumb stud. Press on the lock lever at the base of the handle and the blade swings free again for easy closure.
Damascus steel has been around for long enough now that the price goes steadily down. Some types of single-layer steel exceed the quality of some types of Damascus, so that alone doesn’t make this knife special. Ginsu really has done something different here, following the top-of-the-line methods of companies like Shun by including a core layer of hard VG-1 stainless steel to form the actual cutting edge. Thirty-two supporting layers — alternating between high carbon 420 and low carbon 430 — give the blade maximum tensile strength.
The riskiest and potentially best feature is the ten-degree bevel of the VG-1 core steel. Most European or American knives exit the factory with a bevel of about 25 degrees. As soon as we buy them, we sharpen them steeper to make them cut. You won’t have to do that with this folding hunter, already honed as keen as it will ever get. Be careful with the edge, because as with other fine Asian knives, the hard thin core steel in the Ginsu could chip.
The Ginsu Folding Clip knife comes with a leather belt pouch and a bamboo presentation case with glass front.
See the Boker Damascus Pearl knife for a gentleman’s folding knife in the European version of Damascus steel.