Nicolas Lenze 05.18.22
Close your eyes and imagine. Do it with me. There you are, minding your own business when you realize you need to cut something. What do you do? Do you use your keys? Maybe you look around for scissors. If any of these options entered your mind, you have a thing or two to learn about carrying a knife. The value of having a knife at your disposal is severely underrated by those not in the habit. Daily tasks are less frustrating, you always have some form of cutlery, and in the worst case, it can be used to preserve your life. I’ve been carrying a knife (almost) every day since I legally could and I’ve found that there are only a few qualities that a knife needs to be great. Today, we discuss whether or not the GiantMouse ACE Corta has those qualities.
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The GiantMouse ACE Corta: Specifications
- Blade length: 3.1”
- Overall length: 7.3”
- Blade material: Böhler M390 MICROCLEAN stainless steel
- Handle material: Green Canvas Micarta
- Weight: 3.8 oz
- MSRP: $195.00
I’m not going to go in the order of opening the box, what it looked like, blah, blah. I need to get right to the big one. This thing is smooth! I’ve always liked flipper knives. It makes the most sense to me for one-handed operation. The motion is also much simpler for use in my non-dominant hand. Personal preferences aside, the action is objectively smooth. Like, olive oil on a tile floor slick. I could not stop playing with it.
The handle is nice. The Green Canvas Micarta looks great. It has a military surplus mixed with expensive taste kind of vibe. After the blade FLIES open, you’re greeted with a Böhler M390 MICROCLEAN stainless steel blade wearing a satin finish. I’m not always kind to my things, so a finish like this keeps my gear looking fresh for a little while longer.
Cortar to the Chase
I’m used to carrying a knife around in my pocket, so the size of the Corta (which comes from the Spanish Cortar, meaning “to cut”) felt just right. Like with most things, when knives get too small or light, they’re essentially useless. I want abilities beyond opening cookie bags for my toddler. It has the same wire clip as the Farley that I reviewed previously, and I like it for the same reasons. Maybe it doesn’t quite fit the look of this knife as well, but it looks great clipped to your pocket.
To test the blade, there is no better substitute than cardboard. I made a bunch of decorations for my son’s room out of cardboard. With my daughter on the way, I thought it was time to add some more. Using only the GiantMouse Corta and some dollar store glue, I spelled out their names in cardboard and old gift bags.
The knife was a stud. My son’s name is Rockwell, and my daughter is Leanella. That is a LOT of letters. I didn’t notice a significant slowing of the process until about the “n” in Leanella. Maybe the blade began to dull, but I think most of that was just fatigue. Sitting on the floor isn’t as easy as it used to be. Regardless, I pushed through and completed the names.
This isn’t a scientific test, but what it illustrates is that the knife retained its edge and was comfortable enough to finish the job. As I’m writing this, I used the knife to cut a piece of paper. It wasn’t the cleanest cut I’ve ever seen, but it was clean enough for anything that I might use this knife for. The comfort of the handle was just as much to thank for the knife’s success as the blade.
A Keeper or Cut From the Team
This knife looks and feels exceptional. The cool touch of the brass backspacer makes it feel like a chic, high-end knife. The Micarta has just the right texture to grab your hand without shredding it. It feels lighter in your hand than it looks on the table. I like the shape of the blade quite a bit. I usually like serrations in my blades, but I didn’t miss them on the Corta. The sharp, pointed tip allowed me to slip the blade anywhere it needed to go, even those tight cable tie loops.
I make it a point to always mention something that can be improved upon, but I honestly can’t find a negative to this knife. Personal preference in blade shape or grip materials may dictate whether it’s the knife for you, but there is no denying the quality of construction. The GiantMouse Corta has earned a spot in my rotation, unless my wife steals it first. This is a great knife and I recommend you give it a look. You can find out more by heading to the GiantMouse website and by following them on social media. They can be found on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Thank you for reading and stay safe!