Some countries (cough England cough) treat locking knives as though they were made of radioactive anthrax spores. For the globetrotting blade enthusiast with nanny-states on their itinerary, Spyderco offers a non-locking variant of their Slipit line, with a few design tweaks for international carry and defensive use.
Spyderco’s SLIPIT line continues expanding as global necessity and preference for non-locking folders grows. Locking folders continue gaining pariah status; we’ve recognized this trend and started creating designs that are a synthesis of modern and traditional. SLIPITS are reliable non-locking folder which are socially friendly and internationally accepted for slip in your pocket urban carry.
Spyderco’s new Titanium UK PenKnife’s blade is held open by a notched-joint at the knife’s pivot. When closing the blade, the notch produces resistance functionally similar to traditional slip-joint penknives. To achieve heightened control, safety and comfort, Spyderco designers add a deep finger choil positioning the index finger on the bottom of the blade directly under the thumb. This lets you choke-up nearer the cutting edge with comfort and dexterity.
If this means I won’t get arrested for carrying it in the UK and that it won’t chop my finger off, then I’d say it’s bloody brilliant. Too bad the TSA still won’t allow it in your carry-on baggage: the blade is too long and too wide to pass muster with the blue-gloved junktouchers.
The Titanium has a CMP S30V blade and an MSRP of nearly $300, but other UK-compliant folders can be yours for less than $100.