LAPG TBFK S35VN EDC Folding Knife
SKU #: LAPG-KN-TBFK-01
LA Police Gear is already known for breaking into segments with exciting, useful products that not only look good and function highly, but save you a lot of money too. Now we're breaking into the knives segment with an entire line. The best part is that you can get a high quality knife at very reasonable prices because we cut out the middle man and pass the savings on to you.
The LAPG TBFK S35VN EDC Folding Knife is made with high quality S35VN Steel. S35VN Steel is known for it's ability to withstand long-term use and is more than four times as tough as commonly used 440C and 154CM steel. This toughness ensures the blade will resist chipping and hold an edge. S35VN steel is also easier to polish and sharpen.
You may be thinking, what's with all the acronyms LAPG? Well we got so excited describing how awesome this knife is that the name got too long! The full name: LA Police Gear "The Best F***ing Knife" S35VN Every Day Carry Folding Knife. Now you see why we abbreviated it.
The LAPG TBFK S35VN EDC Folding Knife has a low-profile pocket clip that allows you to carry it with ease, and the ambidextrous thumb studs and flipper tab ensure a fast, smooth draw. The ball bearing mechanism ensures an incredibly smooth and quick draw. While this knife is not spring loaded, it opens so smoothly and quickly already you won't miss the spring at all. This knife is available in a drop point blade with a black stone washed or satin finish, all wrapped up in handsome G10 handles.
88% Recommend this product (30 of 34 responses)
September 17, 2017
Close to good
I will admit the blade steel and quality of build on this knife are good, but it just feels a little awkward in the hand. It doesn't ride well in the pocket either- its as though they could have sanded quite a bit of material off for a more streamlined fit. Instead the handle itself feels slim in the middle and fat on the ends, making for a bulky fit in the pocket. But for $35, it's still a good deal although I would've liked to see assisted open as well...
ProsGood steel Solid construction
ConsClunky design No assisted open
September 14, 2017
Can't beat the price
Pros: S35vn for $35!!! Curved milled g10 Heafty weight Cons: steel(heavy) liners, Tip down only carry!!! Flipper stud that I don't care for and gets caught on my pants. You won't find S35vn for under $100 these days and it is truly great to work with, I'm considering ordering a bunch of these and then tapping the liner and g10 for a tip up carry, that was the only downfall.
Redondo Beach, CA
September 2, 2017
Super Knife Deal
This would be one hell of a knife deal at $80, but at $35 it's super. You can't find a knife with this great steel anywhere near this price. It opens with just a slight flick of the wrist and is glass smooth. I prefer that it is not spring assisted. I am a professional knife sharpener and when I sharpened and honed this knife it got scary sharp. It was shaving sharp out of the box but I just had to put my magic on it.
ProsS35VN steel G10 scales Very tight, no wobble blade when opened.
ConsBlade stud is not removable Pant clip is not reversible
August 25, 2017
Great knife at a great price. Solid blade to keeps its edge. Highly recommend if you are looking for a quality knife for every day use.
By Tyler Kent
August 25, 2017
Best for the money
I haven't found anything comparable for such a low cost. The G10 handle is nice, the blade comes fairly sharp (though not razor), and the action on both the bearing and liner lock is smooth and solid. Knives at lower price points tend to skimp in the lock, so I am curious to see how it holds up. I will post again when I put this thing to the stone to get a really fine edge on it and we will see how well it takes an edge.
ProsObviously cost Great action Nice feel and weight Deep carry clip is nice Flipper works well
ConsConcerned about longevity I would love to see this with an assisted open. I would pay another $15 for that feature
By Michael Malm
August 19, 2017
This is the second time I bought this knife. I somehow lost my first one and had to replace it asap. I'm not an expert on pocketknives. Being Butcher of nearly forty years I do know little bit about keeping an edge. This knife remains sharp and is easily maintained with a few passes down a steel. It's great knife at any price. By it!
ProsQuality, Price, Easy to use
August 18, 2017
Exceeded my expectations...
After hearing all of the positive press on this knife, I decided I had to try it. I'll admit that I was skeptical of getting anything of great quality at this price point, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The TBFK is a winner in almost every regard, and certainly the hands-down champion in value at its price point. The drop-point blade is ideal for EDC, and I personally prefer the texturing and contouring of the G-10 handles of this knife to the "grippier" (i.e., more abrasive) handles found many other knives. It's true that the fit & finish of the TBFK aren't as refined as a Zero Tolerance or even a Benchmade, but the overall quality is pretty remarkable for a $35 knife with a S35V blade. It is a tad heavy because of the steel liners, the that's a minor nit (for me). A not-so-minor nit is the truly unfortunate fact that the knife comes with a non-reversible pocket clip that is configured for tip-down carry only. I hadn't carried a tip-down knife for years, and a few weeks of carrying the TBFK has reminded me why. It's a potentially great knife that is severely compromised by this one issue.
ProsGreat cutlery steel. Excellent overall geometry, in both blade shape and handle ergonomics. Incredible value...I know it's been said before, but I'm not aware of any other knife that is even remotely competitive with respect to materials at this price point.
ConsA little heavy for an EDC piece. The big one: a non-reversible pocket clip that only allows for tip-down carry.
August 3, 2017
Great value folder
I've owned this little folder for over a year and used it as an EDC for the majority of that time, until I lost it in a tragic boating accident (overturned kayak next to shore lol). I perked up the factory edge with some sandpaper stepping up from 1k finishing with 2k grit and a good strop. Edge has held up great and hardly needed touching up. Never cut anything stupid with it, like 15 miles of manila rope, but for practical every day use it was perfect. Have taken it hiking, camping, boating, office, errans, everything. Has always been up to the tasks I asked of it, from cutting steak to making fire prep. I own a $300 knife but don't carry it out of (justified!) fear of losing it. I paid $45 for this, seeing it for $35 now I am buying a replacement. Might even buy a spare. This knife is inexpensive, but not cheaply made. Highly recommended.
ProsEasy to sharpen Lasting edge Easy to maintain Fantastic price Excellent practicality-to-price value Easy to use (one-handed open/close while in awkward situations like on a kayak) Good, generic blade profile that handles most common tasks perfectly well Never had a rust or corrosion problem despite being exposed to elements often
ConsScales might be considered a bit slick textured, could use a little more "grippy"-ness Never really used the thumb stud, spur-assisted opening never failed on me. Vestigial feature in my opinion. Doesn't float :p Mine is sitting in the bottom of a river
July 29, 2017
great blade, comfortable handle. Would have gotten 5 stars except the spring on the "flipper" function is weaker than the third cup from the same teabag. Unless you do a wrist snap when you push the flipper the blade will not fully open much less lock into place.
ProsBlade steel usually only found on over $100 knives.
July 27, 2017
This is a strong knife.
This knife was a little bigger than I expected, which works against EDC. What a knife for the price, though. This knife is so smooth, it compares well with more expensive knives. It came with a decent edge on it, ready to go to work, and held its edge while opening cardboard containers, cutting zip ties, and cutting fuel hose to length. I would still like a little less bulk, but this knife makes you enjoy using it. Three weeks in EDC, and I am happy.
ProsAppearance is good, fit and finish are really nice. A good edge from the factory with an extremely smooth action. S35VN blade is supposed to be super great steel, so far I am pleased.
ConsSize, when in my pocket.
By Mr. Mason
July 26, 2017
Great Knife for $35
So I got this when it was on sale for $35, it's a solid folder, smooth action(didn't flip open easily without a little wrist action, so I adjusted the pivot slightly now it's just fine), sharp out of the box(I still polished up the edge because I'm a little OCD). Finish is good for the price, obviously like you may see in some reviews there are some unfinished edges on the liners which I don't have any issue with since it doesn't change their functionality. I got the stonewash black and it looks good. I like drop point blades, so that's good for me. Slightly smaller profile than my Kershaw 1986 yet noticeably heavier, but still manages to have a tad more blade real estate. Grips are fine for what it is, not the most secure gripping scales but if you don't pull a blonde moment and limp grip it when for some reason texting while cutting you'll be fine.
Pros> Sharp out of the box. > Price... I mean $80 no thanks I'll spend $130 for a serious folder instead but for $35 hell yes this is a good deal. > Smooth action(may require a little tweaking or working in for the finger flick open). > If it's really S35VN, which I guess it'd be ill advised to sell to U.S. populace a falsely advertised blade as a U.S. company, then it's well worth the measly $35-$45 dollars.
Cons> After extended opening and closing for an hour or so(multiple times a minute during extensive use) I find the pivot screw loosens slightly and I get a slight amount of blade play until I tighten it a tiny bit. > Can adjust blade centering and liner lock depth using either side of pivot... Good short term but makes me wonder about long term reliability and future blade play. > Not a very solid detent, if not even just a friction detent(haven't taken it apart yet). I can force the blade open with a sudden up down motion(fairly forceful but I have had it open slightly in my pocket when I didn't use the clip I think I maybe have dropped a few feet to the ground from a ledge and that movement opened it slightly). You're paying mostly for the blade itself, not the construction. While it's not horrible construction and with a little more tweaking I might get it just the way I want it; It's effective and I approve of it in it's current state.
By donnie gray
July 10, 2017
Very good knife
Very good knife and I liked it so well I bought 2.I highly recommend!!
ProsS35'm steel razor sharp and holds a good edge
July 10, 2017
As stated in other reviews it wasn't sharp out of the box but with that said I always resharpen new knives anyways. I'm never happy with the factory' edge. It's a little tight but is loosening up with use. Good finish and attention to detail for a Chinese knife at this price point. Bottom line is it is a good EDC for work.
ProsGood all around knife
ConsNot made in the USA.
June 24, 2017
Quality materials, excellent price.
ProsS35VN Perfect blade centering. Solid lockup. Nice G10. Ultra smooth pivot bearing. Excellent fit and finish. Least expensive S35VN with pivot bearing that you'll ever see!
ConsNot shaving sharp out of box. Liner lock acceptable but could be thicker.
June 22, 2017
Blade steel ain't everything.
I was anxious to get this knife, as it looked a lot like a knife that WE knife Co. would make. Plus the blade was in the much hyped S35VN steel, which did come with a nice edge. Unfortunately upon receiving the knife, I realized the detent was so weak that it was very hard to flip without focus and a good bit of wrist action. It was easier to misfire than to get a good deployment with the flipper tab. I am an old grandpa with a large and varied wide spectrum collection of knives. I know how to work on and adjust knives and was able to adjust the pivot, bring the blade to the center and a bit of lube improved the knife somewhat. But I would not recommend this knife at this price. I almost sent it back for a refund, but didn't want to bother.
ProsNice looks, styling and shape. Great blade steel with a razor sharp edge.
ConsHard to deploy with flipper-weak detent.
9 Questions & 16 Answers
from Los Angeles asked:
August 27, 2017
What is the rockwell hardness of the blade?
These are made with S35VN Steel, unfortunately we don’t have that rating listed.
on August 28, 2017
from Denver, CO asked:
July 8, 2017
Is this knife made in a free-market nation or an oppressive Communist dictatorship?
These are made in China.
on July 12, 2017
from Colorado asked:
April 28, 2017
Is it possible to produce the knife with holes drilled for tip up right & left carry? These knife is great but I never carry it because the clip is in the terrible position of only tip down. I bet you would see significantly more knife people buying it if it were tip up. Please change it so I can buy another.
I don’t know if we have plans to change the design on these but our design team can certainly look into it.
on April 28, 2017
from UT asked:
January 14, 2017
Do you plan on making some fixed blade knives with S35VN steel?
I don’t know if there is anything in the works for that but we if we get enough interest we will certainly look into it.
on January 19, 2017
from Alameda, CA asked:
November 23, 2016
What angle is the blade sharpened?
One primary taper of about 22 degrees and came very sharp. I reprofiled mine for 18/22 degrees to take advantage of the steel and the preset angles on my field sharpener. The steel is as hard as expected and took a nice polished edge to about 2000 grit and has held it for a while. I think you have to spend $200+ to get a better folder
on November 23, 2016
from Portland , Oregon
That depends largely on personal preference and how you intend to use the knife. I sharpen my EDC knives at a 23 degree angle because they will hold the edge longer at that angle. If you want it to be the absolute sharpest possible - and you are willing to sharpen it more often - you could go as low as 17 degrees. That is where I sharpen my kitchen knives because I want an extremely sharp blade and I have a really nice set of Japanese whetstones that go up to 3000 grit.
on November 23, 2016
from Woodinville, WA
I do not know the angle on the sharpened edge. I will tell you that this this the nicest folding knife that I own. The knives I bought in the $25 range are not near the quality of this knife.
on November 23, 2016
from Winslow, ME
I have no idea the exact angle. What I can say is I've been a butcher for nearly fourty years . The blade comes very sharp and holds its edge. The blade is very serviceable and shapens easily on a good steel. I bought this knife for under $40 and couldn't be more pleased. It's a great knife at a better price.
on November 23, 2016
from Lincoln University, PA
Carried the knife for two days. Left side front pocket. Caught it on seat belt exiting vehicle. Clip sprung. Knife has been sitting on my workbench for over a month. Clip has never been a problem with Benchmade, SpyderCo, or CRKT when caught the same way. The liner lock is less robust than expected. Like the blade. It is excellent. Scales are fine, too. Not currently satisfied with this purchase. Regards, Frank
on November 24, 2016
from California asked:
July 11, 2016
Can you please include a picture of how thick the TBFK is? The profile looks good, but it is hard to tell if this is a front pocket only knife, or if it could fit in a back pocket comfortably.
At it's widest point it is 3/4 of an inch and it is about 4.5 inches long. I do not see any reason why it would not fit in a back pocket.
on July 13, 2016
from Phoenix, AZ
from California asked:
July 11, 2016
what is the weight?
The knife itself weighs 168.9 grams...
on July 11, 2016
from Feasterville, Pennsylvania
The knife weights 4.7 ounces.
on July 13, 2016
from Phoenix, AZ
from MN asked:
June 30, 2016
Flat grind or hollow grind?
This is a Flat Grind
on June 30, 2016
actually this is a high sabre grind.
on September 3, 2016
from Pennsylvania asked:
June 22, 2016
I don't see any reviews for this knife. So worry about quality and if it is really S35VN Steel. There are some cheap knives from China that are marked S35VN, but are really poorer quality steel. Can you confirm 100% this is S35VN ? And that knife is good quality and durable?
This is one of our newer knives, reason why reviews aren't up yet. And yes these are S35VN Steel as stated in the description.
on June 22, 2016
on August 3, 2017
from Brisbane, QLD, Australia
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