Fox Knives had some knives on hand at BLADE Show 2015 that actually debuted at the IWA Show in Nuremburg back in March, but these were new to U.S. buyers. I liked them for military and law enforcement use. The first was the PM-3. It is a no-nonsense lockback folder that is marketed for police and rescue work.
The PM-3’s blade is made of Bohler-Udeholm N690Co stainless steel, which is comparable to 440C but has a little cobalt added for a little better edge holding. It measures 3.15″ in length and is Cerakoted. The blunt clip-point blade has large thumb studs that would work well with gloved hands.
The handle is nicely shaped G10 over steel liners. There is an ample cut out for the index finger, of which I am always a fan. The right or left tip-up pocket clip and carbide window breaker ride out back. The pivot and pocket clip screws fit a slotted screwdriver or coin. The PM-3 will be available in black or desert tan, including both the G-10 and blade coating.
The new knife below is the Fox FX-516. It was designed by Frenchman Stephane Ballarin, who worked with the Brigade de Recherche et d’Intervention (B.R.I.), the French Ministry of the Interior’s Anti-Gang Brigade.
The 516 has a very distinctive blade profile with a length of 3.5 inches. Again, the stock is N690Co. This knife is a flipper liner lock. It has a well-jimped thumb shelf and finger protection of the flipper “fin.” G10, steel liners, window breaker, and a reversible pocket clip are present as well.
Fox Knives made in Maniago, Italy have a distinctly upscale feel, fit, and finish that results in a greater price. The FX-516 has an MSRP of $282.96, though I found it on-line for under $200.00. I can find scant info on the PM-3, but it appears to be made for a Swiss police agency quite possibly through Victorinox. Both knives were very nice.