Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Spyderco Bi-Fold AUTO Folding Knife
I guess we'll have to handle this one in person to fully grasp the concept...
That said, a Spyderco USA Made auto for around $90.00 USD (retail is $135) sounds good to me!
Quick & dirty, here's Spyderco's marketing copy on this spring-loaded monstrosity:
""Spyderco’s Bi-Fold folder opens and closes just like a book. While it may not be traditional, it is undeniably usable and innovative. The knife centers around a Fred Perrin inspired index finger hole. Located inside the hole is a trigger which unlocks the blade using a spring. The position of the trigger’s release cleverly situates the index finger though the hole. With the index finger in the hole the knife is retained in your hand in a ready-to-cut position. This also frees up your fingertips for grasping other items while still holding the knife. Although the blade is only 1.25 inches long, due to the ‘spring action’ the Bi-Fold is considered a ‘Restricted Item’ under the wording and definition of The Federal Switchblade Law. It is subject to individual state and federal laws applied to both buyers and sellers purchasing restricted items. In plainspeak, check before buying. To close the blade, press in the trigger and swing the blade into the handle. A separate locking mechanism inside keeps it closed, and for added peace of mind manually operated backup lock doubly insures it remains closed. Jimping on the blade’s spine and behind the cutting edge provide tactile resistance to slipping. The 440C, metal injection molded, flat-saber ground blade has weight reducing cutouts and is available with a full PlainEdge cutting edge. It attaches inside a pocket with a right hand tip-down clip. Spyderco’s Bi-Fold is interesting, innovative and functional and nothing else in the knife industry is quite like it.""
Hmmm...440c? Okay, could be worse, it keeps the price down and 440c has a long history of tried and true cutlery performance. I dunno, it just looks fragile to me, with that mechanism exposed like that. I can never fault Sal Glesser and company for their creativity, and their willingness to push the boundaries of the definition of the word "knife". Seems like they'd be able to sell a lot more of these if they'd simply managed to make the knife an everywhere-legal "assisted" opener, instead of calling it an auto. Regardless, an interesting piece of engineering. If anybody wants to send us one (Mr. Glesser, hint hint), Eric B. and myself will be happy to put it through its paces. If anybody has firsthand experience and can tell us more, feel free to comment, or email me.
Oh yeah, the Bi Fold was designed in conjunction, at least stylistically, with everybody's favorite Frenchman, Fred Perrin. I'm stoked on Perrin and Spydie's limited edition Swick knife as well. I wonder if the UFC's Mike 'Quick' Swick will take legal action in regards to the name?!
the Perrin/Spyderco Swick: