Review of The Boomerang Swift Cut Knife
A Knife For Fishing From a Kayak You Won’t Lose!
When I started playing with the Swift Cut Knife that the people at Boomerang sent me, at first I wasn’t exactly sure what I would do with it or what I thought of it. I am used to traditional knives when I am on the boat fishing and using them for cutting bait, line, and so on. So what to do with this knife?
First off, I am pretty sure I wouldn’t want to gut fish with it. It seriously isn’t built for that, but the blade is sharp enough out of the package to cut bait, though not delicately, but the serrations at the base of the blade were damn sharp and I had no qualms about it being sharp enough to cut cord/rope.
What would I use the Swift Cut Knife for?
The realization of what it would be perfect for came to me when I was looking at kayak fishing gear. The Swift Cut Knife lacks a stabbing point so it is unlikely to jam into your boat (or leg) when you are bobbing around on the water. It is about the right size to use to cut ropes and clip fishing line. This knife would be great to take with you when fishing from a kayak!
The overall build and the fact that it is on a retractable cord make it perfect for working with when you are limited in space and in a place where if you fumble your knife, it is on a one way trip to the bottom of the sea.
What Do I Like Best About the Swift Cut Knife?
The blade shape is great for utility work. The flat, fairly dull tip is good for moderate prying (oysters anyone?) and the short wide blade is stocky. The blade lock engages nicely and holds the blade firmly in place.
The blade does lack a spring assist to opening and closing which at first annoyed me until I realized that while it meant you can’t flip the blade open as easy, it also means that it won’t snap shut on your fingers. Trust me, I have had a few near misses with my Spiderco knife that would have lost me some skin. Not something you want to replicate. So the lack of a spring assist on opening and closing is a plus in my book.
The retracting cord works well, and I like the retraction button isn’t too tall so you aren’t bumping it on accident. Overall the profile is smooth and fits in even my big hands comfortably.
What Don’t I Like?
Honestly, takes for what it is designed to do, I don’t have any serious complaints about the Swift Cut Knife from Boomerang Tools. If any spring up after I have had it in use for a while I will update this page and let you know.
What I would say is that it is definitely a utility knife and don’t expect it to do fine knife work. Additionally I am betting that the lanyard spring will be subject to rust, so a rinse down in fresh water and generous use of water displacing lubricant will need to be done to keep it working smoothly.
The Boomerang Swift Cut Knife Stats
For you lovers of cold hard statistics, here are the features and specifications for the Boomerang Swift Cut Knife:
- 36″ Retractable Kevlartm cable and retriever (built in the USA) keeps your knife attached to you
- Super Grip handle for safety and improved handling
- One handed lock blade operation for quick maneuvering
- Blunt end to prevent punctures of you or your boat
- The Swift Cut Knife is ultra lightweight at 4.5 oz (127g)
- High grade 440C stainless steel blade
- Easy to find barrel thumb button to open the blade
- Textured lock release
- Holster included
- Length: 4.5″ (11.4cm) folded, 7.75″(19.7cm) open
- Width: 1.375″ (3.3cm) widest point
- Depth: .635″ (1.6cm)
- Blade: 3″ (7.5cm) total length, Fine 2″ (5.0cm), Serrated 1″ (2,5cm)