Advanced Liong Mah Endevour is First in a Full Slate of 2017 Releases

Hot on the heels of his latest CRKT model called the Remedy, and a custom collaboration with maker J. Bin, Liong Mah is introducing the Endevour into his line of high-end production knives. Mah says this big blade is the truest expression of his style yet and sets the stage for a full slate of releases he has planned for 2017.

The Endevour evolved from Mah’s SDC series, but addresses a long-time customer request. “People wanted a knife they didn’t have to flip open. So there would be a more discreet option for opening a knife,” Mah tells us. In  addition to a disappearing flipper tab, the Endevour features a long groove milled into the blade. An orange peel texture inside this recess allows it to function like a nail mark for two-handed opening in situations where a flipper might draw unwanted attention.

The Endevour is a sizeable knife but Mah tried to marry aggression and utility. “The Endevour is a tactical sized knife with an EDC-style blade,” he says. Its drop-point blade, forefinger choil, and high flat grind all telegraph its utilitarian intent. The titanium frame lock knife weighs 5.5 ounces, and its 3.75” S35VN blade is ground by hand, with flats that are hand-rubbed to contrast the satin-finished grinds.

Liong Mah Endevour

Mah also went to great lengths to keep the design as streamlined as possible. “I like super clean designs,” he explains. “It kills me to see a bunch of screws all over my handles.” On the front of the knife, only the pivot screw is visible. He also dispensed with standoffs and a backspacer, designing the scales to meet cleanly along the center of the handle. This gives the impression of a complex handle construction but really there are just two pieces. According to Mah, this is the most ambitious part of the Endevour’s machining process. “We start out with ½” titanium billets. We take away about 60% per side,” he says.

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We’ve heard from Mah before about OEM Reate’s exacting quality control. And he says they continue to pull out all the stops. “They put together and take apart each one at least ten times,” he reports. “We go through all this so people have a knife they can carry every day and pass on to their kids.”

Knife featured in image: Liong Mah Endevour