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Interesting, gimmick or ingenious knife thread.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Houlahound, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. Houlahound


    Aug 2, 2017
    First is this a gimmick or ingenious, definitely interesting signature knife. Zero chance of blade closing on your fingers. Cheap steel.

    please explain your answer and post others.

    Columbia River (CRKT) 5102N Van Hoy Snap Lock Knife
  2. WhitleyStu

    WhitleyStu Keep'em scary sharp!!! Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 8, 2006
    Bought one many years ago at a gun and knife show out of curiosity. Blade didn't hold an edge that well and is thick, but it was a nice small knife in pocket. I gave it away to the gent that does my computer repair. He thought it was a really unique design/function.
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  3. BenchCo Spydermade

    BenchCo Spydermade

    Feb 10, 2014
    I'm going to go with ingeniuos gimmick. I think it is pretty obviously a knife that puts style over utility. That said, it doesn't seem like its gunna be mistaken for a hard use knife or real utility blade. If you wanted something to look neat as you cut a loose theead, very neat. You plan on putting that knife in real service, probably a bad idea.

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  4. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Basic Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    You could probably post half of CRKTs lineup in this thread.

    The Snap Lock is pretty cool for what it is.
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  5. GIRLYmann


    Nov 7, 2005
    Perhaps the grandaddy of gimmicky design...

    Sometimes its ingenious problem solving...

    Grant & Gavin Hawk still a favorite.

    There have been bad clones ...
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  6. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007

    The thing with ingenious ideas is that they are hard to come up with and happen rarely. And with something that has been around as long as knives....most of the ingenious ideas happened already.

    Not that we have not seen or will not see ingenious ideas again. Flippers. Those are pretty clever.

    And not that there is anything wrong with gimmicks for us knife nuts either. Keeps us entertained.

    But is the Snap Lock ingenious? Is it the next frame lock? No.
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  7. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    B50ECB43-E16E-44DB-8520-869DEFB4C89F.jpeg 1E8F25D2-7DD0-429E-A065-2E6253293D77.jpeg It’s not quite as cute as the Snap Fire.
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