When the TSA announced back in March that they were planning to allow some very small knives in airline passenger cabins again, it got my creative juices flowing. I wanted to invent a fast-opening pocketknife with a thin, non-locking 2.36″ blade that wouldn’t close on your fingers if you had to use it in a scrum . . .
I was looking at a flipper design, with a finger choil and a long tang that would prevent the handle from folding on your fingers. I thought an off-axis tang would allow a better fit and lockup inside the open knife, but Will Woods pointed out that this would be outrageously expensive to source and manufacture since it couldn’t simply be cut from flat blade stock.
That’s why he’s the experienced industrial designer and not I.
My scribbled concept was pretty crude, but better minds than mine were also working on the same basic idea. In April, Politico (not exactly a blade boy buff blog) reported that Emerson Knives was working on a smaller slip-joint Hummingbird to comply with the proposed TSA rules.
And now, obviously, they’re not.
If there’s an upside to the TSA’s spineless about-face on the knife issue (and I’m not saying there is) it’s that the Blue Gloved Commissariat will still be auctioning off buckets of mostly-counterfeit seized knives like these. Hurry! This auction ends Monday, June 17th.