The DX318 is a fairly straightforward folder that uses a partially serrated 3.75″ long blade. The blade is made of 7Cr17MoV steel and has relatively wide jimping on the spine. It opens through the use of a thumb stud and has the company’s double lock system that prevents the liner lock from accidentally opening when high amounts of force are exerted on the blade.
The nylon handle has an overmolded rubber grip. The knife’s pocket clip can be moved to one of three different positions for left or right handed carry and tip up or tip down carry. The suggested retail price of $23.99 will likely put this within the budgets of many people.
The steel used is a Chinese steel that many suggest is similar to 440A.
This is an assisted opening knife that uses the company’s Blade Assist Technology. As you being to open the knife using the thumb stud, the assisted opening mechanism engages and the blade is rapidly locked into place.
This blade is also made of 7Cr17MoV steel and is 3.75″ long with partial serrations. Instead of the double locking system that ensures the blade will stay locked out, Coast uses a Max Lock that can prevent the blade from accidentally opening in addition to providing additional strength to the locking system when the blade is opened.
Similar to the DX318, the pocket clip can be positioned in one of three locations. The MSRP on this model is a little more at $41.99.