Our special this weekend is actually a bit of a rarity: a production knife designed by the now-retired custom knifemaker Tim Galyean. The Junkyard Dog II from Kershaw Knives takes a great custom design and repurposes it for a super solid, USA-made production model that’s going to make a dynamite, hard-use EDC.

No point burying the lead here, the most exciting thing about this knife is the composite blade. The primary steel is a less substantial Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel, but the actual blade is an impressive CPM-D2 tool steel. Composite Blade technology gives knife users the best of both worlds by using steel known for edge retention on the edge and using steel known for strength on the spine. Adding to the cool factor is the way they’ve disguised the join with a wave-shaped copper accent. It’s a really stylish solution to this particular aesthetic problem.

The blade is a unique Galyean concoction: a modified drop point with a little bit of sheepsfoot styling. We’re looking at a 3.75″ long blade with a nice wide shape to it, so there’s some good cutting power at play here. Blade is deployed using the rounded flipper, which has a nice amount of jimping on it to give you the purchase you need for a satisfying opening. Keeping the blade locked in place is a stainless steel liner lock.

Over the stainless steel liners are some thin G10 scales with excellent texturing for an unobtrusive yet reliable grip. The handle shape is extremely ergonomic, so it fills the hand just about perfectly. There’s a bit of jimping up on top for your thumb, as well as down on the liner lock in the index finger indent.

The only minor detractor on this model is the pocket clip – which Tim has always designed with a certain flair. There’s a bit of a sharp shape to it that can poke your hand in certain handling situations. The upside is that it fulfills its intended purpose very nicely and it’s easily removable, so it does nothing to ruin the otherwise excellent impression this knife leaves you with.

While Leroy Brown may be just a little bit meaner, the Junkyard Dog is still one bad flipper. In the best way possible. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com