Bear AC-550 Bold Action Knife
(Photo by Bear & Sons Cutlery)

Everyone should carry a good knife. Knives have a variety of uses, many of which are quite simple, such as cutting string. However, self-defense advocates really need a quickly accessible knife, such as the Bear AC-550 Bold Action knife.

The AC-550 is a full-size, folding tactical knife. Its closed length is only 5 inches, but it measures just under 9 inches when open. On the handle, the company used a combination of black G10 multi-layer composite and White Smooth Bone. This gives this automatic knife an elegant look. However, these elements are also very durable and provide excellent balance.

Bear produced the blade out of Sandvik 14C28N. This martensitic stainless chromium steel material provides durability, corrosion-resistance and edge stability. This basically means that the knife will hold an edge for a long time. The blade also features a tanto-style tip for strength. Tanto blades are especially good for penetration, which is important for a self-defense knife.

For activation, Bear used a simple pushbutton deployment system. This allows the blade to automatically snap open into a locked position. It also features an integrated safety slide can be manually engaged when the blade is closed. This makes the knife completely safe for carry. Additionally, the AC-550 comes with a pocket clip, which holds the knife tip up, for easy accessibility.

Bear makes knives in the U.S., in a building located down in Alabama. It also backs every knife with a lifetime warranty. So, whether needing something for basic cutting, or whatever else that comes up, the AC-550 has the features and backing needed for a good knife.

Bear AC-550 Bold Action Knife

  • Blade Material: Sandvik 14C28N
  • Handle Material: Black G10 and White Smooth Bone
  • Rockwell: 58-60
  • Closed Length: 5″
  • Edge: 3-5/8″
  • Weight: 5.9 oz.
  • MSRP: $208.99

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