Nicholas Lenze 18.05.22
Close your eyes and imagine. Do it with me. There you go, minding your own business when you realize you need to cut something. What are you doing? Do you use your keys? Maybe you are looking for scissors. If any of these options come to mind, you have a thing or two to learn about carrying a knife. The value of having a knife at your disposal is seriously underestimated by those who are not used to it. Everyday 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 carried a knife (almost) every day since I legally can and I’ve found that a knife only needs a few qualities to be great. Today we discuss whether or not the GiantMouse ACE Corta has these qualities.
The GiantMouse ACE Corta: Specifications
- Blade length: 3.1″
- Total length: 7.3″
- Blade material: Böhler M390 MICROCLEAN stainless steel
- Handle material: Green Micarta Canvas
- Mass: 3.8 ounces
- MSRP: $195.00
I won’t go in the order of opening the box, what it looked like, blah, blah. I need to go straight to the big one. This thing is smooth! I’ve always loved flipper knives. This makes the most sense to me for one-handed use. The movement is also much simpler for use in my non-dominant hand. Personal preferences aside, the action is objectively smooth. Like, olive oil on a tiled tablecloth. I couldn’t stop playing with it.
The handle is nice. The Green Canvas Micarta looks great. It has a military surplus mixed with an expensive taste vibe. Once the FLIES blade is opened, you are greeted by a Böhler M390 MICROCLEAN stainless steel blade with satin finish. I’m not always kind to my stuff, so a finish like this keeps my gear looking fresh a little longer.
Cortar on the hunt
I usually carry a knife in my pocket, so the size of the Corta (which comes from the Spanish Cortar, which means “to cut”) seemed right to me. As with most things, when knives get too small or too light, they’re essentially useless. I want abilities beyond opening cookie bags for my toddler. It has the same metal clip as the Farley I reviewed previously, and I love it for the same reasons. Maybe it doesn’t quite match the look of this knife, but it looks great in 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 more. Using nothing but GiantMouse Corta and dollar store glue, I spelled their names out of cardboard and old gift bags.
The knife was a tenon. My son’s name is Rockwell and my daughter is Leanella. That’s a lot of letters. I didn’t notice any significant slowing down of the process until Leanella’s ‘n’. Maybe the blade started to dull, but I think it was mostly fatigue. Sitting on the floor isn’t as easy as it used to be. Anyway, I pushed and completed the names.
It’s not a scientific test, but what it illustrates is that the knife retained its edge and was comfortable enough to complete the job. As I write this I have 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 I might use this knife for. The comfort of the handle contributed as much to the success of the knife as that of the blade.
A keeper or team cut
This knife looks and feels exceptional. The cool touch of the brass backspacer makes it feel like a classy, high-end knife. The Micarta has just the right texture to grip your hand without tearing it apart. It feels lighter in your hand than it looks on the table. I quite like the shape of the blade. I generally like the 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, but honestly, I can’t find a downside to this knife. Personal preference for blade shape or grip materials can determine if this is the knife for you, but there’s no denying the build quality. The GiantMouse Corta has earned a spot in my rotation unless my wife steals it first. It’s a great knife and I recommend you give it a look. You can find out more by visiting the GiantMouse website and following them on social media. They can be found on instagram, Facebookand Youtube. Thanks for reading and stay safe!