Jack Wolf Knives is back after a brief hiatus, with a new release of the Big Bro Jack. The Big Bro Jack lives up to its name, with a burlier build than its traditional predecessors.
Anyone who spends any time in the traditional knife scene will be familiar with the “Boy’s Knife” concept. Less a specific pattern than a general design concept, the average tool described as a Boy’s Knife is a close relation to the Barlow, albeit without the extended bolster. It’s kind of the platonic ideal of the small, (usually) single blade jack knife; compact enough to be safe for young knife users, it’s also big enough to do just about anything anybody called on a folding knife to do for hundreds of years. Popular recent examples include those from Boker, the #15 Huckleberry from GEC, and the gone but not forgotten Canal Street Cutlery Boy’s Knife.
In typical Jack Wolf fashion, owner and designer Benjamin Belkin appears to have taken an existing traditional knife pattern and put his own spin on it – a spin that goes beyond the usual “modern traditional” thing of improved materials. If the Big Bro is a Boy’s Knife, it’s a big boy, with a 2.98-inch cutting edge. Compared to the standard Boy’s Knife that’s a pretty big gain, about a quarter of an inch of extra real estate. The clip point blade here has a bit more attitude too, with some real swagger in its upswept tip.
All of this is not to say that the use role has changed dramatically. The Big Bro still looks like an everyday carry knife to us, albeit one that can cope better with demanding chores. This expanded work remit is bolstered by the presence of a true workhorse super steel, S90V. Jack Wolf has been using more S90V lately, and it’s easy to understand why. Even as steel science advances and it isn’t considered “current gen” anymore, S90V still performs at a level that very few newer steels can reach.
That’s the modern material that makes a performance difference; but when you shop for a Jack Wolf knife you also have to make a cosmetic choice, picking between a handful of tempting synthetic cover materials. For the Big Bro, there’s green canvas Micarta if you’re in the mood for something classic, and then four different flavors of modern glamor carbon fiber from CamoCarbon and Fat Carbon. As usual, the Big Bro Jack comes with a leather slip for protected pocket carry.
You can get the Jack Wolf Big Bro Jack now.
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