LAPG TBFK S35VN EDC Folding Knife
SKU #: LAPG-KN-TBFK-01
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.
89% Recommend this product (51 of 57 responses)
April 20, 2018
Very good knife for an unbeatable price. S35VN blade steel for $35; untouchable price. The blade shape is good for both defensive and EDC usage. The blade was centered, smooth and free moving, had good lockup and deploys quickly and easily. The only negatives that I found were that the knife is a bit heavy and the blade was acceptably sharp initially but but dulled quickly because of a fairly high edge angle. I put my own edge on it with about a 17 degree angle and it has been working very well. Some people may think that the handle is a bit thick, but it is well rounded so it fills the hand allowing easier manipulation for detail work or hard use. I have been carrying it often, but if it were lighter, it could be one of my top EDC knives.
ProsS35VN steel Price Blade shape Blade action Overall fit and finish
ConsWeight Thickness Initial edge geometry Thumb studs can interfere with sharpening
April 19, 2018
Nice knife for the money. Very rugged construction. Fast shipping.
ProsGood construction. Nicely made.
ConsA little heavy.
April 9, 2018
Does not add up to the sum of it's parts.
This knife has some quality materials, which when paired with some questionable choices in other materials do not add up to the steal of a knife you would think you get for the price. The blade is razor sharp and I have a cut thumb to show for it, but if the darn thing won't deploy 80% of the time, your s35vn wonder blade does you little good. But for the lack of adequate pivot bearings, this is a boat anchor. I used nano oil from Boca bearings and spent a long time attempting to wear it in for a reliable deployment all to no avail. These are good utility knives maybe, but for EDC, look elsewhere.
San Diego, CA
April 8, 2018
A good value with issues
At $35 for S35VN, you canā€™t beat this knife, but itā€™s got some issues: the liner lock is a bit too thick and requires substantial pressure from your thumb on the serrations in order to disengage the lock, the thumb studs stick out too much and snag your pants (causing the blade to open in your pocket,) itā€™s got weird size screws that I havenā€™t been able to remove yet (or are locktighted) so I havenā€™t been able to lubricate it properly. However, itā€™s got good ergonomics and cuts well. Overall, a very good beater knife (if you remove the studs.)
ProsBlade material, blade grind, ergonomics
ConsThumb studs, stiff liner lock, hard to disassemble, soft detente
April 4, 2018
I own over 100 pocketknives including Spyderco, Cold Steel, Kershaw, etc. but the TBFK is my favorite to carry. I actually can't explain why, but I just love this knife and the price is almost unbelievable.
ProsErgonomics, action, appearance, price, steel
April 1, 2018
Turns out that it was way better than expected. It came very sharp relatively smooth right out of the box. It is slightly heavier then I would like but for the price it's magnificent.
ProsGreat steel Good fit and finish Feels great in the hand Smooth opening and closing
ConsI little heavy in the pock
March 29, 2018
Totally satisfied with product!
Can't wait to check out more products from LAPG........I did wait patiently for for this item to resurface.......well worth it and improved based on previous reviews.
March 27, 2018
Damn, thatā€™s as perfect of a knife for a 1/3 to a 1/4 of the price for a knife with S35VN & G-10!
For someone who has a handful of knives ranging from $450-$550. As well as some basic, good quality knives under $50. I have never seen such a quality knife for $35, itā€™s unbelievable.The quality and function of the LAPG TBFK knife is so impressive and that they cut out the middle manā€™s cut to bring the saving to the customer. When the knife came, one of the first things I did was put a good knife oil on it and flipped it for an hour or so while watching nothing good on TV. This makes a big flipping difference once the knife is broken in. I canā€™t believe how fast it opens just off the thumb studs, which is usually not the case. It seems the black coated ones cause even less friction to workout, plus no glare in the sun or light. Down the road others ones might have to be purchase for gifts and bail out bags or a work bags spare. Thanks LAPG for the nice product.
ProsKnife itself Top of the line steel of S35VN G-10 handles and deep pocket clip Flipping action once oiled Large thumb studs which get you easier purchase and make it easier to open, left or right handed Stone wash of the blade Size of the blade and shape of blade Thickness of the spine on blade Adaquate jimping
ConsWish I had added a couple more to my order.
By Steven Banter
March 16, 2018
Got a blacwash tbfk and the name holds true! Pleasantly impressed with the s35vn blade. Fine tip perfect for picking splinters or cleaning under your finger nails. Flys through cardboard and just about anything. Somr will call this a linerlock but im more inclined to call it a frame lock. Perfect edc knife. Would it benifit from weight reduction by milling the steel plates in the handle? Yes. Would shorter thumb studs be better? Yes. The ergos are perfect. Easy to open and close. I personally havent had any problems with the lock bar causeing any hot spots. A little weighty but not bad. All in all, thank you lapg for a great knife at an affordable price! Going to get the satin blade tbfk asap. So, for under 50.00 these should be your BEST bet for an edc knife.
ProsGreat blade steel, great ergos, sturdy lock bar with early lockup! Easy open/close.
ConsThumb studs a bit too long and just a little bit heavy. But not real heavy. Still pocketable.
March 16, 2018
Nice Knife Worth the Wait
Since it was back ordered, it took a long time to arrive.
By David Tony
March 16, 2018
Perfect centering , smooth pivot , great steel and mine is tip up deep carry.I'm impressed . It's a little heavy about the same weight as the ontario rat 1 but thicker , I'll sacrifice that for the steel s35vn . Great flipping and thumb stud action my everyday carry.Buy two I am .
By Jump Keys / Pivotheads
February 13, 2018
great hardware / bad execution
I have used this knife now for 4 months. GOOD: The size, grip, bladeshape, long clip, flattened clip end, flipper-tab/guard all is really nice. Enjoy the S35VN blade and G10 grip. NOT GOOD: The knife however is 4.75 ounces for a less than 3.5 inch cutting edge. The liner is unnecessarily heavy and can use some milling without affect to integrity. Also, the pivot screws and standoff screws all spin freely and could have been easily keyed for disassembly. With the clip frozen at tip down/open left, the knife becomes a dangerous tool for a right front pocket carry. I have tried out more than one of these to verify they slow early in the fall close. The bearings don't seem to be the problem. It seems that the blade simply needs to have the spine thickness extended toward the point and that would solve it. I would love to see the next version of this knife with some of the suggestions.
February 7, 2018
I like the design of the blade and handle a lot. The blade seems like it would be good for both puncturing and cutting, the handle has a good feel to it, and the knife has a really smooth clean action. Personally I like the thumb studs and use those. With a bit of practice it's easy to flip open quickly with your thumb. Extremely sharp right out of the box... Big question is why are they not available any more? Also, I can see arguments for the placement of the clip on either end or side. Any possible way to make the clip movable depending on where you want it? Use extra screw holes for the scales and when they aren't being used for the clip, they'll be helping hold the scales on. And for the people who don't like thumb studs, could you make it a 2-piece stud that screws into itself so you could remove it if you don't want it (it might be already for all I know, but I like it so I'm not going to find out).
ProsGreat design, quality, and workmanship. Smooth action, easy to flip open. Handle feels good.
ConsNot available anymore.......
Live Free or Die, NH
January 26, 2018
Very good quality for the money.
One of the better $35.00 knives you can find online. Much better than I was expecting. Blade steel had a better feel than comparably priced knives found at big-box stores. Blade was very sharp, and evenly ground, out of the box. Satin finish (my version) is more reflective than I thought it would be. If you're worried about being spotted by a bad guy while flanking them on a sunny day, go for the black-coated version. For a Joe Schmoe EDC pocket knife it's good looking. Deployment by either the flipper tab or thumb stud was smooth and easy to manage. Liner lock seems to hold blade very securely in place. G10 handle is nicely contoured, however, it may feel a little short if you have larger hands. That's not to say it's uncomfortable at all, but if you end up using it for a prolonged period where more than average force/leverage is required you may find the size a little lacking. For everyday tasks (which 99% of the people on this site fall under) you'll be just fine. (attached photo shows handle taper) I'd say this knife is a good deal at $35. Will it hold up as well as a $100 Benchmade or Spyderco..... perhaps, or perhaps not. But for the cost of two beers at an NFL game, why not give this a shot.
Pros-Fit and finish -Blade centering -Smooth deployment -Blade was tight (no side to side wobble) -Pocket clip securely held knife in place -Great value
Cons-Only able to carry it tip down. -Handle only available in black. (why does everything have to be "tactical"?)
By Rich S.
January 19, 2018
Nice knife with design flaws.
S35VN steel is fantastic at this price, but knife has a few design flaws: - G10 scales are not adequately textured and are slippery. - Thumb studs and flipper lever are overly large, and the flipper rubs against my hand when I used the thumb studs to open the knife making it harder to open. The large controls might be intentional, though, because they do make the knife easy to use with gloves on. - Blade detent is weak and the blade can be shaken open. I tried to adjust hinge screw and it got better, but could still be shaken open. - Liner lock hangs down too much and creates a hot spot against my fingers when I use the knife. I still like this knife for the price, but if those problems were addressed it would truly be TBFK.
ProsS35VN steel. Outrageous value for money if you can overlook cons.
ConsSlippery G10 scales. Overly large thumb studs and flipper lever. Blade can be shaken open. Liner lock creates hot spot on fingers.
12 Questions & 19 Answers
from TX asked:
March 15, 2018
It looks like the TBFK is available again. And it looks like you listened to customers who asked for tip-up carry. That's awesome! Would it be possible to confirm that, as the only note on the website is that it is now tip-up carry but there are no pictures. I would also really appreciate it if some pictures were sent to confirm that report. If the description is true, I will be buying several and sharing with the many youtube channels I follow. I know many will be excited. Thanks, T
Iā€™m sorry for the confusion, the pictures do show these as a tip-up carry.
on March 16, 2018
from OK asked:
February 5, 2018
I had this knife for over a year and loved it. Unfortunately I lost it in a slight boating accident. Is there any date on when they'll be back in stock? I'm planning on buying 2!
Unfortunately I don’t have a date for when this might be coming back.
on February 8, 2018
from Chicago, Illinois asked:
December 7, 2017
Any Chance Of Seeing This In A Fixed Blade? Because You Should Definitely Do That!!
I don’t know if we have any plans to make a fixed blade version but if we get enough interest we will certainly look into it!
on December 21, 2017
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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