Elk Ridge ER120 Folding Knife

The Elk Ridge series of knives by Master Cutlery is a decent line of knives.  I actually was gifted this knife, as I don’t normally go for pink, and didn’t expect much of it.  I was wrong.  The Elk Ridge ER120 is a nifty little EDC knife and is perfect for women looking for a pocket knife.

Specs

  • Total Length: 6″
  • Blade Length: 2.5″
  • Blade Material: 3Cr13
  • Blade Shape: Clip Point
  • Deployment: Manual
  • Lock Type: Liner Lock
  • Handle Material: Aluminum

TL;DR/First Impression

I was put off by the pink camo, liking neither pink nor camo myself, as it screams “Marketing this knife for women!  C’mon, ladies, let’s see that cash!”  Basically, as I’ve said before, when knife makers typically think ‘for women’, they conclude with, “Let’s make it pink!”  This attitude results in women being given colorful but demonstrably worse products than the stuff that’s made with men in mind.

The tl;dr is, this knife is the kind of quality I would expect in any other knife; it just happens to have a layer of pink on it.  It’s small and can fit in pockets women are still (as of 2023) being forced to wear.  The blade will need to be sharpened more often than others, but that comes with the cheaper steel.

Table of Contents

Blade

The blade is a stunning black that offsets the pink trim nicely.  Even better, it’s a clip point, which I love.  I can use it to pierce softer material while still having a belly that can cut and slice with ease.  Clip points are also easier to sharpen than some other blade shapes, so points for that, too.

The Elk Ridge ER 120’s blade is made from 3Cr13 steel, which is a moderately hard alloy that resists corrosion reasonably well.  It’s easy to sharpen, but the knife will dull faster than some others.  For me, that’s fine.  I don’t hate sharpening knives, and my whetstones do the job just fine with the Elk Ridge ER120.  And it’s not like the blade is going to dull immediately.  I usually only have to sharpen mine a couple of times a year.

Handle

The handle is pink with a layer of camo over it.  I’m not a big fan of the color pink (or camo), but the dark blade does make it look pretty cool, kind of like Elvis’ pink and black blazer.  In the end, I got used to it.

What I really loved about the handle was the way it fit into my hand.  My hands aren’t horribly small (I think Reese actually has smaller hands than I do, weirdly) but knives with big handles are a little more difficult to handle.  This little bugger is small and compact.  It fits into my hand and doesn’t slip around too much.  Perfect!

Folded, this knife also fits into my pocket easily.  If you’re the type who wears jeans with those itty bitty pockets, then this knife can even fit into those.

Weight

For such a little knife, it’s got some weight to it.  At first, it felt a little weird because I thought, “There’s no way this thing should way this much!”  That being said, it made the knife feel sturdier, which I like.

Carrying and Deployment

This little knife can fit into any pocket, and the clip doesn’t give me any trouble.  It doesn’t catch on things as I walk by or hold so tight that I have to concentrate to take it out of my pocket.

Now, that doesn’t mean I’m not afraid of losing it at all.  It’s small enough that I can easily overlook it, and if it should slide out one day, I probably won’t notice it.  Luckily, it’s a cheap enough knife that I wouldn’t get that sick feeling.

Final Thoughts

This is a great knife!  It’s definitely a sturdy thing with an excellent point and is beautiful to look at.  It functions well as an EDC and is small enough to fit into most pockets.

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