I wouldn’t normally comment on a new knife from discount ChiCom tool outlet Harbor Freight, but I kept coming across it. There is a lot of buzz about this knife, not all of it good, but I have never seen so much digital ink spilled about HF.
When I saw that CutleryLover made a video about it, I had to see what was going on.
But first, ToolGuyD:
Knife aficionados are going to immediately notice the Icon knife’s resemblance to the Begg Knives Mini Glimpse.
I bought a Begg Steelcraft Mini Glimpse (imported production model) a few years ago, and then returned it. It had the best flipper opening design I’ve ever experienced, but the styling was awful. Then, I came across the same knife with a 50% discount and bought it. At a 50% discount, I could look past the styling.
A few months ago, I noticed a new budget model came out – shown above – and I bought one of those for $79. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I can at least tell you it’s fantastic.
That Begg Mini Glimpse knife also has a D2 tool steel blade and G-10 handle scales. Its flipper performance is about on-par with the pricier one I ordered a few years ago.
The $79 Mini Glimpse is still a bit outside my personal tastes and preferences style-wise, but it’s just about perfect with respect to function.