Olight Parrot knife review – it’s not a bird, it’s an EDC knife
NOTICE – The Olight Parrot knife is a sharp cookie. Or cookie cutter. Or whatever else you need to cut. Olight has been producing flashlights for some time, but has added knives to their line of useful equipment. It’s a solid, efficient technology to do what it was designed to do without a hitch. Mini-spoiler – I couldn’t find anything to suggest for improvements on the Olight Parrot knife.
What is that
The Olight Parrot knife is a folding knife with a modified hedgehog blade configuration. A secure blade lock keeps the knife open for safe use.
What’s in the box
- Olight Parrot Knife
- Fabric carrying case for the pocket
- Guarantee sheet
- Olight Challenge Coin
- Cleaning cloth
- Weight: 3.3 ounces
- Open length: 6.3 “
- Closed length: 3.8 “
- Blade length: 2.6 “
- Blade material: 154CM stainless steel
- Blade style: modified sheep’s foot
- Blade lock: stainless steel liner lock
- Handle Material: Micarta
- Thumb tab for opening
- Warranty: Limited lifetime
Design and functionality
The optional G-10 handle material is not described on the Olight website. I inquired and Olight replied, “G-10 is a high pressure fiberglass laminate, a type of composite material. It is created by stacking several layers of glass fabric, soaked in epoxy resin, and compressing the resulting material with heat until the epoxy hardens. It is made of flat sheets, usually a few millimeters thick.
I reviewed an Olight Parrot knife with the micarta handle material. It has a unique texture. The surface is smooth in the hand with almost a fabric feel, without being slippery. The knife was well in the hand during use. The micarta is strong and unpadded. It will be interesting to see how he is. This is not a weapon knife so I think the micarta with its smooth finish will work well on an everyday carry utility knife.
The Olight piece appears to be an add-on with no purpose. Do knife collectors want parts from knife makers? There’s even a small pocket for the coin inside the fabric carrying case. I am not a collector but I have a bunch of knives. This is the first time that I have received a coin with a knife.
I’m not sure about the pocket carrying case either. I think most people will carry a knife clip in a pocket or pocket, but not a holster in their pocket. The holster could come in handy if the Parrot was to be a toolbox knife, but I think most would want to carry this knife.
These additional items contribute to the cost and shipping weight of the knife and could be omitted without being missed.
The blade’s flip-up tab was difficult to reach with my index finger, but worked if I held the knife to the side and moved the tab up with my thumb. If I added a little wrist action to the action of my thumb, I could quickly deploy the blade. This is mostly for fun or convenience as it is not made to be a weapon knife. The blade action did not come loose in my testing.
I am not a fan of serrated blades. I know they have a purpose but I rarely need to saw anything with my knives so I prefer the non-serrated edges. The Olight Parrot has a very sharp non-serrated edge. I really liked the modified sheep’s foot blade. A true sheep’s foot design makes no sense and carries a fairly straight edge. The Parrot is right when you need it, but it is obviously not a thin and fragile stylus.
Installation and configuration
There was no factory oil coating on the blade, so the knife was ready to transport and use right out of the box.
What I like
- The blade was extremely sharp and did not require any touch-up sharpening before use.
- The micarta handle has a nice feel and allows for comfortable handling and use.
- The knife was comfortable in the hand and stable when firmly grasped.
- The blade did not come loose with frequent opening and closing.
- The parrot managed to cut everything I needed in my testing, including the mandatory box openings, as well as the lanyard, rope, hard plastic product packaging, ties, price tags, plastic shipping bags and other household items.
What i would change
- I don’t see the need for a protective case or a coin, but no other complaints!
The Olight Parrot knife is a very good EDC knife. I think the micarta handle is exceptional and the blade holds its edge very well as it gives no indication that it needs to be sharpened. Based on its performance, this could be a great addition to your EDC, so I fully recommend the Olight Parrot folder.
Price: $ 74.95
Or buy: Olight
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Olight.