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Obscure Object Of Desire: ‘Links’ Non-Locking Locking Folder

Grant and Gavin Hawk have introduced a non-locking knife which can’t close on your fingers when you’re using it, because a grip-operated mechanism prevents the blade from folding while the handle is gripped. It looks a little overcomplicated to me, because anything I trust my fingers to should be as simple as possible . . .

But innovation is still a good thing, and I shouldn’t dismiss anything as overly complex until I’ve held it and used it and tried it out. Because it’s not ‘technically’ a locking blade, there’s also the possibility that some very bland future version of this knife might be TSA-legal someday. If the TSA ever adopts the new knife policy they’ve been thinking about for the last few months.

If you think this Hawks non-locking lockblade is a solution in search of a problem, the problem is the stupid knife laws that prohibit locking blades in some jurisdictions. Would the Hawks ‘Links’ be UK-legal, or legal to carry in NYC? I’m guessing not, since it can be locked, and that’s a definite no-no in London and Gotham alike.

Whether or not they’re legal in airline cabins or hoplophobic cities, we probably won’t be getting our greedy little hands on them any time soon: there seem to be only 20 of these knives in existence. C’est la Vie. We’ll ask Farago to check them out for us at the BLADE show next month anyway.

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