Slip-joint knives

29.11.2017

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 SAKhome.com 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.

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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.

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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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19.10 | 18:22

I would say on the economy line without sewing eye up to 1987. With sewing eye 1985-1987 until today. The economy line got variations. BR

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19.10 | 18:18

Hi, good observation. The economy line does not follow the regular line. Some times it is close like the sewing eye can be 1985+ couple years on the economy.BR

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19.10 | 12:31

For example, if a Spartan economy line has a punch without a sewing eye, is it still pre 85?

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19.10 | 12:29

Hi Trond! A doubt. Are the tools dating rules on Vic's regular and economic lines the same?

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