Lasky Pteryx L2 ReviewMay 13, 2016
- Quality blade steel
- Jimping for improved grip
- Size to weight balance
- Less known in the United States
- Right hand only to fully function
- Sheath is for storage only
Lasky didn’t go out of his way to focus on outlandish materials, he stuck to time tested materials and focused his efforts on the unique and highly functional design of the Pteryx L2. What’s more, this knife’s hand-built construction and attention to detail give you a mid-tech (semi-custom) knife for a fraction of the cost of other knives of this caliber. If he keeps making knives like this, Lasky is sure to find a stronghold here in North America.
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
The Pteryx L2 relies on two skeletonized stainless steel handle scales, rounded spacers, and oversized hardware for structure. This would be a risk in some knives, but hasn’t compromised how the L2 functions in the very least. The choice to go with more familiar steels—such as Bohler M695 Extra which is an improved form of 440C stainless—and an unnamed stainless for the scales shows a dedication to time tested materials over the temptation of the newer boutique materials. This could prove risky in marketing and sales—but not in the quality of the knife.
EASE OF USE
The size of the Pteryx L2 requires a bit of a learning curve to get used to, as does the hidden liner lock and the one-handed hook-opening system. But once you realize what you’re dealing with, you understand that you have a knife that can slice an apple, chop wood, or take down a grizzly bear that requires very little maintenance. The fuller groove designed into the blade allows you to stab and push through materials with ease, which also aids in splitting kindling.
STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
A lot of folks groan at the thought of 440C because it’s not new and flashy like a lot of the steels being used today. But the Bohler 695 Extra is actually an improvement on that original composition and allows it to achieve a higher level of durability, abrasion resistance, and corrosion resistance. Lansky sharpened this Pteryx L2 so well, I haven’t had to touch it to a stone yet.
For a knife without a frame that has a 1/8” thick blade, you would expect there to be some bending and twisting over time—if not complete failure. But, the way the Pteryx L2 is structured, is meticulous and I haven’t had to do so much as to even tighten a screw after putting it through the ringer. I have bent the snot out of the pocket clip, however, and would recommend Lansky switches over to titanium before too long.