Off-Grid Scorpion V2 Photo Tour & Review

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Off-Grid’s Premium Tactical Pocket Knife Has a Sophiticated Loo, But Don’t Call It a Gentleman’s Carry.

The Off-Grid Scorpion has been a consistent part of my EDC rotation for almost two years. I generally avoid overtly tactical looking knives, but the Scorpion has some hard use knife capabilities that make it one of my favorite pocket knives. I have been planning to write and in-depth review of this knife for quite a while, but fixed blade Off-Grid knife models kept stealing the spotlight. We recently launched our new Knife Photo Tours, and the photogenic Scorpion seemed like a good candidate.

Off-Grid did send me the knives in this article free of charge, but I have a lot of knives, so that doesn’t really sway my opinion. Plus this article is more about photos than opinions, so that disclaimer is probably unnecessary.

Off-Grid recently launched a V2 upgrade to the Scorpion lineup. All the knife specs in this article are for the upgraded models.

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The Off-Grid Scorpion Stratus V2 knife features Bohler M390 steel and a titanium handle with carbon fiber inlays.


Overall Length:8.75″
Blade Length:4″
Handle Length:4.75″
Blade Steel:Bohler M390
Blade Thickness:.15″ (4mm)
Handle Material:6AL4V  Titanium With Carbon Fiber Inlays
Lock Type:Frame Lock
Designer:Cary Orefice
Blade Grind:Flat
There are several different versions of the Off-Grid Scorpion. The three versions shown here are the Stratus, the Blackout Matrix and the Blackout.
The three versions of the Off-Grid Scorpion pictured here are from top to bottom: the Stratus, the Matrix Blackout and the Blackout.
The Scorpion Blackout Matrix by a campfire.
The Off-Grid Scorpion looks like a tactical knife, but it is tough enough for camping or backpacking.
Carving a stick on a camping trip with the Off-Grid Scorpion pocket knife.
The Bohler M390 blade of the Scorpion V2 holds it’s edge well, and was tough enough for all the camping and work tasks we threw at it.
The Off-Grid Scorpion is not ideal for food prep, but it is capable if it is the only knife you have on you.
The Scorpion blade is not very tall, and it has a thick spine, so it is not as good at food prep as the Off-Grid Rhino. However, it can get the job done if it is the only knife you have on a picnic or camping trip.
Off-Grid Scorpion V2 Photo Tour & Review - Image 1: Working With The Offgrid Scorpion
The Bohler M390 steel blade of the V2 version of the Scorpion has better edge retention than the S35VN blade of the original Scorpion, but it is also a little more difficult to sharpen.
The Scorpion Blackout Matrix has copper infused carbon fiber handle inlays.
The titanium handle of the Matrix Blackout version of the Scorpion has copper infused carbon fiber inlays.
This image shows the deep carry capability of the Off-Grid Scorpion V2 knives.
The scorpion is a true deep carry pocket knife with a clip that holds the knife firmly in place.
A close-up of the Off-Grid Scorpion pocket clip.
The Scorpion’s pocket clip is ambidextrous, and it can be easily moved from one side to the other with a T6 torx bit.
Two different versions of the Off-Grid Scorpion on a tactical backpack.
The pocket clips on these two Off-Grid Scorpions held the knives firmly attached to a backpack on a long hike.
A shallow depth of field image of the tip of the Scorpion's reverse tanto blade tip.
I am personally not a fan of reverse tanto tips, but it does add to the Scorpion’s tactical credentials.
Off-Grid Scorpion V2 Photo Tour & Review - Image 2: Off Grid Scorpion Handle Ergonomics
The handle of the Scorpion offers plenty of real estate for big hands, and the low profile pocket clip causes no discomfort even when gripping the knife tightly.
Flipping open the Off-Grid Scorpion Blade.
The Scorpion’s ceramic ball bearings give it an extremely smooth action.
This mage shows the Off-Grid Scorpion covered in water to show it's corrosion resistance.
The titanium handle and DLC coated blade of the Off-Grid Scorpion combine make it a great option for wet environments.
The T8 sized torx screws of the Off-Grid Scorpion.
All the torx screws on the Off-Grid Scorpion are T8 size except for the pocket slip screws. The larger screw size helps solidify the Scorpions hard-use credentials.
The version 1 model of the Scorpion Blackout had T6 screws and S35VN steel.
The V1 version of the Scorpion pictured here had an S35VN steel blade, T6 torx screws, and unrecessed pocket clip screws. It was a great knife, but the V2 version has a Bohler M390 blade, T8 torx screws and recessed pocket clip screws.
The Off-Grid Scorpion has jimping on the back of the handle.
The jimping on the back of the Scorpion’s handle helps with grip when the knife is wet or the user is wearing gloves, but it is not aggressive enough to cause any noticeable discomfort.
The Off-Grid Scorpion Matrix Blackout in the grass.
The Scorpion would not be my first or second choice for a hunting knife, but it is a great knife for most other outdoor activities.
The sunset behind the Off-Grid Matrix Blackout tactical knife.
The Off-Grid Scorpion V2 is a great knife with a relatively large price tag. The price may be tough to justify from a strictly practical standpoint, but this knife is part art and part tool and part protection. That combination of qualifications is enough for many knife collectors and fans to justify the expense.

If you are looking for something similar that is a little less tactical. check out our Kansept Tuckamore Review.

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Ben started a twenty year commercial photography career after a blurry stint in the navy. He spent a lot of time losing and breaking knives and other EDC gear on location shoots before starting Nothing But Knives. He has reviewed and tested hundreds of both outdoor and kitchen knives over the course of the last six years, and he was mostly sober while testing and reviewing.

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