Kilimanjaro Gear Morsa Flipper 910028 ReviewJuly 8, 2015
- Stylized handles for both form and function
- Smooth operation out of the box
- Great edge retention for the price
- Pocket clip is stationary and only allows for one direction of carry
- Flipper mechanism isn't smooth
- Handles are slick out of the box, but this goes away with use
The Kilimanjaro Gear Morsa flipper is an elegant pocket knife designed with a beautiful balance of form and function. Sandwiched between the G10 scales and stainless steel frame is a black titanium-coated blade designed to put in some serious work—without showing any signs of serious labor. Initially, I didn’t like the overall look or feel of the Morsa Flipper, but as used it more and more, I realized that it was a really well balanced knife in terms of form and function.
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
The Morsa Flipper uses G10 for its handle scales but relies on more common and less complex materials for its frame, hardware, and blade steel. It is not a knife that’s trying to keep up with the rest of the pack—it’s making a name for itself by using tried and true affordable materials. In testing, there was bit of rust around the hardware, which makes me question the longevity of the knife.
EASE OF USE
Once you get past the tip down design and the physical deployment of the Morsa Flipper, it performs with a purpose and doesn’t wince at any task. The flipper mechanism is not as smooth as some of the others that utilize ball bearings, even with lubricant.
STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
Like most of the other knives from Kilimanjaro Gear, the Morsa Flipper uses 8Cr13MoV blade steel which holds up very well in terms of keeping an edge and corrosion resistance. The addition of the titanium nitride coating improves the abrasion resistance which has been a complaint with this steel in other applications. Based on the shape of the blade, I would warn against using the Morsa for any type of prying—it is built for cutting and slicing.
Besides the corrosion on the mounting hardware, the Morsa Flipper has stood its ground for a fair share of flips and other forms of abuse. In fact, I haven’t had to retighten any of the hardware since I began testing. For a knife in this price range to perform this well after a round of tests is definitely not the norm.