Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My Favorite Folding Knife

Multi-tasking is a good thing, at least when it comes to survival tools. I like tools that can do more than one thing, as long as each task is performed well. But that can only happen when the tool is not compromised by poor design, shoddy workmanship and low-quality materials.

Keeping all that in mind, I was happy to find a multi-tasking folding knife that lives up to high standards. It's the SL Pro 2 made by Toollogic (www.toollogic.com). In one compact package that weighs just 4.2 ounces, I now have a sturdily-built, razor-sharp, 3-inch 50/50 serrated/plain blade that is protected from accidental folding by a very positive locking mechanism. But that's just the beginning. Three other functions include a bright LED flashlight that conveniently shines directly on the spot where the knife is working (or it can be removed and used independently), a magnesium alloy fire starter that works in conjunction with a striking surface on the knife blade, and a loud signal whistle built into the knife handle.  Additional features include a stainless steel pocket clip and a lanyard hole.

The blade is designed for easy one-handed opening and closing, using either hand (a boon for those who are ambidextrous). The bright LED turns on with the twist of the light barrel, and a tug on the light dislodges the unit from the knife handle and reveals the fire striker on the opposite end. My test of the fire striker satisfied me that, by using proper technique and good tinder, it is a simple matter to start a fire with just one attempt. The signal whistle is shrill and loud with just a puff of breath on the aft end of the knife handle.

The SL Pro 2 answers a multitude of needs, is easy to use, and the materials and workmanship are first rate.  For a suggested retail price of $52.50 this is an affordable way to equip yourself to meet a variety of situations. This has become my favorite folding knife for obvious reasons.

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