Monday, November 21, 2022

Reviewing Why the Sitivien ST139 Knife is a Great Gift Idea

 I recently gifted myself with a Sitivien ST139 knife and immediately wondered why I let "knife" languish at the bottom of my to-buy list for so long. I know little about things such as blade material (what makes a knife sharp versus durable) so I finally accepted help and recommendations from others who know knives. As soon as I began sharing my experience with this knife there were others that said this would be a great gift; hint-hint.  


As I said, I am not a knife afficiando. Quite the opposite.  I only recall owning 3 or 4 folding knives before this. Most recently, two of those were Kershaws that I really liked. And two others prior were really cheap knives - one of which I kept clipped to my kayak life vest because I had a terrible fear of capsizing and becoming entangled in some underwater mess.  I know, I know, a somewhat irrational fear and yet I felt better having a blade handy in case I wanted to cut myself from my vest or my 'yak leash. Since that specific knife was junk, it didn't take more than 2 seasons to corrode.

The Sitivien ST139 Folding EDC Knife

In order to educate myself about knives, and stay within my very low budget, I began listening to people who know much more than I about the subject. Of course, being knife collectors and daily users, they have their eyes on high quality knives and carry knives with a smaller price tag than their "next" knives. That smaller price is still out of my range. One day I was brave and asked point blank for a recommendation for someone with with a very tight budget. Sitivien was the answer. 

The ST139 was my choice because it looked like the handle would be the best for my weak hand grip. And I chose the yellow and black handle so I could find it more easily if I drop it in the woods.

In the description online it states:

  • Knife dimensions: Overall length: 7.48" inches(19cm); Blade length:3.15" inches(8cm)
  • Handle length: 4.33” inches(11cm); Weight of Knife: 4.37 Ounce OR 124 grams
  • Blade: Sandvik 14C28N Steel Knife : Durable 14C28N steel blade hardness 60-61 HRC, provides a perfect balance of edge sharpness, edge stability and corrosion resistance. 
  • Handle: Micarta Handle Ensures a secure and confident grip during use and comfortable in-hand feel.
  • Ball Bearing knife can open extremely smoothly on its ball bearing pivot,
  • Lock: has a simple and reliable Liner lock [that] is resistant to dirt and prevents unexpected closure.
I did NOT verify the dimensions but overall length sounds right.


I do know that the Amazon description was wrong about 2 things; a leather sheath was not included and the clip isn't (in all the research I've done since getting my knife) interchangeable from right-handed to left-handed.

I am a lady in my late 50's who just moved to my land and is homesteading. I need a knife for many reasons.  Just a few I can think of at this moment are:
  • I could have used it with garden plants, pruning, and cutting tomato stake ties.
  • Harvesting... if I had veggies to harvest this year (it wasn't a good gardening year for me).
  • Building my chicken coop and similar projects (cutting paracord and zip tie ends).
  • I needed a good knife to cut that Black Gorilla tape I needed to use (that was a nightmare with dull scissors and tin snips).
  • I've used it for opening boxes. 
  • I've used it for cutting up meat (it was FANTASTIC for that purpose as the handle did not become slippery).
  • I desperately needed a sharp knife last year when I installed my water line heating cords under the house.
I think that others who could use this would be people who:
  • do simple or emergency household and/car repairs
  • go hiking
  • go camping
  • live/work on a farm or homestead
  • people who hunt and fish
  • are crafters or artists (whittling, trimming, sharpening, and who need a sharp cutting tool larger than an Xacto blade)
  • collect knives
  • and people who have the skills to use it for self-protection and/or emergency situations
  • perhaps in medical kits - I imagine it would be good for cutting those large band-aid wraps

Why Did I Choose to Review a Knife on Review This? 


I believe that our readers are more females than males. So why would I review this here?  I almost didn't. Then I changed my mind.  Women also need quality tools that suit their needs. I think we tend to overlook that. Also, buy gifts for our fathers, husbands, and sons. I'll never forget when my dad had started to down-size and he had many new shirts to get rid of. And I wondered if that pile of shirts were many of the shirts that he had received as gifts over the years. And that it was too bad we didn't have a better idea of what to get for him.  When he was elderly and in an apartment he might not have appreciated the knife but when he was a builder and a farmer he sure would have put it to good use (if only for cutting bale twine).

If you'd like to see more, you can see my personal video review and how the knife fits in my hand you here:






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10 comments:

  1. I LOVE the size of the knife you selected and have featured here! So often, good knives are simply too large for my hands. This looks like one I could actually hold on to. We use knives all of the time and tend to take them for granted. Having a nice, sharp knife is fabulous and does make a great gift for anyone, including women.

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    1. Oh, and I don't think it is an "irrational fear" to be concerned about capsizing and getting entangled in something. Frankly, I would rather be prepared and never need it, than to need a knife to free myself and not have one.

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    2. Thank you for your support (and letting me know that you didn't think my kayaking fear was irrational). I appreciate you.

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  2. What a handy knife. I can see if working well for people who hunt and fish too. Lots of uses! Thanks for this very informative and helpful review.

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    1. Ms. Elf, I cannot believe that I didn't think to include those who hunt and fish. It was just too obvious! I've added them to the list. I appreciate the comment.

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  3. I so admire your self-sufficiency, Dawn! I can easily see how you would get more than your money’s worth from a compact, sturdy, extremely sharp folding knife like this one. I’m glad you had some knife aficionados to steer you in the right direction to get a high quality yet affordable model to suit both your needs and your budget. A great gift idea, indeed!

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    1. Thank you so much Margaret. I am so fortunate to have had some guidance and a recommendation. I appreciate you compliment.

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  4. Dawn Rae this sounds like a knife that many people could and would use. You gave us so many reasons for needing a knife like this one and I'm sure I know one or two people who would love this as an added thoughtful gift. Thanks, I'm always looking for something for the men (and women) in my life who do those extraordinary things!

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  5. Thank you for your very useful and informative guide to this knife. I am glad you found one that really suits your needs and I do think it would make a great gift idea. I appreciate you listing all the benefits of this knife and the reasons to have and use a knife like this one.

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  6. Sounds like an excellent tool for all the things you listed - I can see how having this Sitivien knife would be a great help to you.

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