If you’re as much of an urban survival nut as I am you’ll appreciate this find; the Extrema Ratio BF3 Dark Talon. Made buy Extrema Ratio knives this tactical folder is beauty and aggression folded into one. EDC-ing this easily concealable knife gives you the edge you’re looking for.
Why the Dark Talon?
If you’ve had the chance to read my first impressions on the Fallkniven F1 you know I’m already EDC-ing a very serious knife. No need to add another one you might say. But, that’s not entirely correct. I carry the Fallkniven F1 in my backpack or messenger bag every single day. And that’s my point and problem right there, it sits in my bag or backpack.
Not to long ago I found myself in a kerfuffle with a rather aggressive man over the deepest of men’s philosophical ponderings: the of parking ones vehicle. Or more precise, me parking mine the wrong, according to him.
He got all emotional, and got very close to taking a swing at me. The only reason he didn’t, I’m sure, is because he sized me up and decided the risk was to big. I saw him do it. I saw him looking at me and making that go/no-go decision. At the same time though I was thinking that if he were confident enough to go for it, I might be in for a challenge.
I wanted my knife. Unfortunately the knife in my backpack was worth absolutely nothing at that moment. So that incident is why I’m now convinced that I need an extra blade. I want both a serious survival knife and a fierce tactical folder that is easily concealable, reachable and deployable.
Enter the Extrema Ratio BF3 Dark Talon
First the stone cold facts of the ER BF3:
Total length open: 10.62 in (270 mm)
Total length closed: 5.9 in (150 mm)
Weight: 4.4 oz (126 g)
Blade length: 4.72 in (120 mm)
Blade thickness: 1/8 in (3 mm)
Blade steel: Bohler N690co
Blade hardness: 58 HRc
Cutting edge 4.72 in (120 mm)
Locking mechanism: Liner lock
Handle material: Anticordal Aluminum
Finish: MIl-C-13954 black oxide
Manufacturer: Extrema Ratio
Model: BF3 Dark Talon
The Dark Talon is easily concealable and deployable as it has been designed with everyday, concealed carry in mind. The flat design makes that it can be worn in your jeans pocket without showing.
The Business End
The business end of this knife is a serious 3 mm thick and 120 mm long razor sharp blade. Compared to other EDC knives the blade on the Dark Talon is nice and long giving you some extra reach.
The arc of the handle extends or flows into the blade giving it a beautiful downward sloping spine ending in a pointed, very sharp tip. You’ll find no gimping on the spine as the handle is large enough to fully accommodate even my larger hands.
The cutting edge is near to flat, flowing ever so slightly up starting starting at one quarter of the blade to roughly three quarters of the blade where it curves up into the point. This blade is made for thrust cutting and slicing.
Two dual ambidextrous thumb studs are placed near the rivet for deployment of the blade. Neither stud protrudes the profile aiding the knife’s concealability. For quick deployment a flick of the wrist is needed when using the thumb studs. At first I was disappointed in the ability to quickly open the knife. But as it turned out I just had to get used to it and practice for a bit. After that I got it to open lightning fast.
The Extrema Ratio Dark Talon Handle
The look and feel of the handle is in line with the blade having the same gently sloping curve making for a slick looking package. Crafted out of anticordal aluminum the handle snugly hugs the blade with an open pillar construction, holding it in place with two teflon washers and a liner lock.
Looking at it from below, the liner lock sits squarely in the middle of the tang, that coupled with its stiffness and small leaf makes it difficult for unintended closes to occur.
The scales are smooth and slightly slippery to the touch as they have no texture. This worried me at first. A knife made for stabbing should have some texture. But after doing a bunch of stab tests and, maybe even more so, after listening to a Foreign Legion Specialist that EDC’s this knife my worries subsided.
The indentations or cutouts lock in your fingers and the guard also provides a barrier for your fingers. Now it is of course possible for your fingers to slip when stabbing at full force into a solid object. But let’s be honest, that would also happen when it had G10 texturized scales on it.
True Deep Carry Pocket Clip
I wish all knives had clips like this. Ever since I came up with my EDC knife philosophy I’ve been looking for knives with deep carry clips. And you know what? There are shockingly few knives that have one, strangely enough.
The reason why I find it important to have a deep carry clip has everything to do with concealability. If we were to, just as an overdone example, place the clip halfway the knife, half of the knife would stick out of your pocket. People might notice…
With the Dark Talon Extrema Ratio demonstrates clearly that a good deep carry pocket clip will completely hide your knife, as evidenced in the picture below.
Roundup on Extrema Ratio’s Dark Talon
Designed for tactical and utility use in an urban, downtown city environment the Dark Talon has it all. It has excellent reach thanks to the overall 270 mm or 10.62 inches, the concealability is awesome, the build quality is outstanding, the material of the highest quality and the design is both unmatched in style and beauty as well as in effectiveness for the intended task.
I will EDC this knife for a very long time to come.
Are there no downsides to this knife? Sure there are. I found two.
The first one I’ve shared with you already and that is the lack of texture on the handle. I’m fully okay with the grip it provides me, but I can understand when you would like texture on it. You should feel comfortable carrying and using your knife. Grip is an important part of that.
The second has to do with the ease of opening. If you want your folder to open without a little flick of the wrist this knife is not for you. Again, I myself think it’s not a problem, it doesn’t add inconvenience or any noticeable delay in deployment. It comes down to preference I think more than anything else.
That’s it for now. Thank you for reading this far. I’d love to read your ideas, so please do leave your thoughts in the comments down below.
What do you think of the handle and the grip points I raised? Do you agree, or not? Let me know, I really appreciate your feedback.
Till next time, Kain.