Slip-joint knives


I do like quality slip-joint knives and locking blades too. Traditional slip-joints can be used for EDC and other utility tasks. Slip-joint knives are also some of the best Gentleman blades in my opinion. The precision is very much important for the durability and safety. Slip-joint springs and functions can have different design details that can prevent accidental closing to some degree. This I find very interesting and some you can feel when you close the blade in. The clue when using any such is to make sure you only put pressure against the edge.

We do not know for sure when the first slip-joint design was made in the history of knives. What we know is that you can find countless Makers and designs made. I do believe we will have them for a long time into the future as well.  Victorinox dates back to 1884 and from then we have so many models made that it is difficult to count them all.

If you care for your blades then I always recommend using some oil on the friction parts for the best functionality. It will influence the durability of them much. Slip-joints like the free operation with little or no dirt or substances in the way.

I have had for some years now and I am very glad for all the visits and questions that I get. Please feel free to continue to read my pages and articles on many subjects. Basically I am interested in all fields on knives. Swiss knives are my main interest. I gather information and knowledge where ever I can. The models on the picture are going in my collection.

11.08.2019 LTC and Swiza

I do like a good slip-joint pocket knife. Who would not enjoy such a design? Anyway today I would like to show you a Fallkniven LTC and write some  different things about such knives.  Traditional slip-joints can go a long way for many things. For obvious reasons it cannot do everything and at one point an additional feature with a locking mechanism to avoid accidental closing can be necessary. The LTC is only a knife in my collection and one that I do not use. I am always interested in information and what people say about it for knowledge. It is well made with a stout laminated 3G blade. It is small and requires very little pocket space to bring along. Many SAKs are slip-joints with a lock to prevent accidental closing. Not necessary to mention this too many times. Swiza knives got a locking main blade while the other functions like the screwdriver with cap opener are traditional. If you look on Swiss designs you can see that the springs can have additional features and designs to increase the safety without lock.

I like the green color on the LTC and I know it is a serious cutter with high quality steel.  It is simplicity and functionality in a nice way and it is a well designed product.



If you have been into SAKs for so many years you become very well experienced with a slip-joint spring and this to such an extent that you have specialized knowledge about it. The rivet/pin and the precision on the assembly very much influence the functionality. The spring tension and the tang design the same. I like the LTC. It is well made and even the box is nice with the slide open design and it is easy to open.

Update 17.10.2020 Farmer X

Combinations 17:00

The combination locking mechanism to prevent accidental closing is a very successful thing with Swiss knives. The liner-locking mechanism on the 111mm is extra strong. Some only like traditional slip-joints without any extra features. I must agree with the need for locking mechanisms for safety when used in difficult situations. It is truly important when you need a rescue/safety blade in the outdoors. Some would actually say it is foolish to go without the extra safety precautions added. Having a traditional slip-joint in the pocket is for sure much better than having no knife at all. I do not have to bring out any evidence to prove this because it is a known fact that Swiss saves lives. In my opinion it is important to be able to have a cutting tool to open things correctly instead of ripping things. It is just a thing that goes with the idea of intelligent behavior. It is a negative emotion to use the teeth to open a blister package I would say. In a outdoors situation it is a big "No No" to not having a cutting tool.

Winter Magic 05.11.2020

This is my latest Victorinox 93mm Pioneer X Alox Winter Magic knife. I am very glad I managed to buy one of these limited SAKs. I cannot find any product in the world that is better than these SAKs when it comes to traditional slip-joints.

Most of you already know about the functions you find on the Pioneer X so I will focus on the scales. I do not know the exact process Victorinox used to make this pattern and design on the scales. It is absolutely beautiful! On the web you can find some further information regarding the winter theme that is used for the design. 

It is not so that the days of slip joints are over. The most beautiful knives and SAKs is still the slip joint. The Winter Magic SAK got a superb precision on the functions and the scales. I am not sure how they have done this as I mentioned. It is something extra in deed. This winter when darkness is upon me I shall look at this knife and I am sure it will lift my spirit.

13:36 I am a bit amazed bit this

06.11.2020 perfect

Perfect even color and decoration!

The Winter Magic Alox knife is very high quality. I have looked over it with a magnifier glass and I cannot find a single spot on the scales. All the edges and decorations are perfect. We know from before that the precision on the scales and functions on this category got a very high quality. It is rare to see such decoration with so precise lines. It must be a special process here.

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David Charlton | Svar 07.09.2018 20.50

I found this Waiter in an antique shop and bought it for 13 GBP. I think it's between 1982 (comb. tool) and 1985 (no 90 deg. function). Any other clues?

David Charlton 07.09.2018 20.52

Sorry, posted this in the wrong place. I'll re-post

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26.07 | 23:05

Hi and thank you very much for question. The closest I know is the Master Fisherman 1.4753.72. The. 73 is related to what inlay it got maybe. Best Regards Trond

26.07 | 19:22

Hello Trond,
I received a Mechanic in a red/white Victorinox box. The box is stamped item number 1.47 53.73. Do you know what knife goes in this box? Not Mech

01.07 | 23:13

Hi, sure I would like to see, BR.

01.07 | 16:24

Hello Trond.

Would you be interested in seeing progress pictures
Of my custom Champ with Voyager digital clock scales.
I could email them to you.


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