LE­GAL AID

The ed­i­tor has found a ‘le­gal carry’ folder that’s suits his needs well

Air Gunner - - CONTENTS -

Phill Price finDs a ‘le­gal carry’ knife that’s ideal for game prep - and more

Those of us who use knives ev­ery­day are ex­tremely aware that the law is very strict about what is le­gal to have in our pocket – de­fined as a blade of less than three inches that does not lock. Try­ing to find a sub­stan­tial model that can take lots of hard work, yet com­ply with this isn’t easy. Hein­nie Haynes, who sup­plied this knife for re­view, tells me that one of their most pop­u­lar mod­els is this Boker Plus XS drop point and I can see why. The build feels very solid with steel lin­ers back­ing up the G10 scales in a deep enough shape that it filled my hand well. The 440- C stain­less steel blade is a full 3mm thick at the pivot, again giv­ing a feel­ing of be­ing ro­bust.

Al­though it doesn’t lock, it uses a stiff slip- joint that re­quires a firm push to close, which I found re­as­sur­ing. To of­fer fur­ther pro­tec­tion, there’s a groove that your in­dex fin­ger nat­u­rally sits in that’s for­ward of the pivot point, mean­ing that the blade lit­er­ally can­not close on you no mat­ter what. It’s a sim­ple, yet bril­liant adap­tion that has true value in the field. I was glad to see that the pivot has a bolt con­struc­tion that can be ad­justed to com­pen­sate for wear over time, and that the ap­pro­pri­ate Torx driver is sup­plied with the knife.

POCKET CLIP

A stiff, stain­less steel pocket clip is bolted on to the right scale, which can be swapped to the op­po­site side to suit lefties, and be­cause the blade has dual thumb studs, this is a proper am­bidex­trous knife. I find I use a pocket clip as my favourite car­ry­ing method all the time these days, be­cause it so flex­i­ble and se­cure.

Much of my work in­volves game prepa­ra­tion, and a drop-point shape with a hol­low grind is my idea of perfection. How­ever, if you are hard on edges and chip blades reg­u­larly, this isn’t a knife for you. This is a su­perb game blade and good for gen­eral du­ties, but I wouldn’t abuse such a fine edge for fear of dam­ag­ing it.

De­spite the slim width, I found the han­dle very com­fort­able, even dur­ing long, heavy- duty work and I felt no sharp edges or pres­sure spots. So far, the edge has re­mained keen, so I can’t re­port on sharp­en­ing yet, but I’ve sharp­ened lots of 440- C blades be­fore and it was an easy and quick task. I think that this is a su­perb knife and a prac­ti­cal tool for ev­ery­day work, as well as for game prepa­ra­tion, and be­cause it’s a ‘le­gal carry’ in most sit­u­a­tions, it’s one I’d be happy to have in my pocket any day.

ABOVE: The rugged build can be felt as soon as you touch it IN­SET: With a fin­ger for­ward of the pivot, the blade can­not close on you ac­ci­den­tally

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.