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Minimalist utility knife.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by BladeScout, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. PirateSeulb

    PirateSeulb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 6, 2017
    After you unscrew it once you can screw it down by hand with your finger nail or something common at hand to make changing it easier and tool-less. I could have just gotten a defective one but it was thin on mine and a main reason mine snapped and became clip-less.
  2. pinnah


    Jul 28, 2011
    Nod. I have a Micra that I modified with a Dremmel by cutting off the blade and I use it for business travel day trips.

    Pro-tip: open it up fully, put it in a small TSA inspection bowl, and alert the attendant that you're sending a blameless tool through. They usually thank me.
  3. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    I had a TSA lady triumphantly proclaim the Dime Travel a weapon one time. I said it was TSA approved hence the name Travel and that it had no blade. What ensued was comical; she opened the small screwdriver and tapped the tip of the screwdriver with gloved hand whilst throwing me suspicious glances hoping I would break down in a sweat and admit to it being a weapon. Then the same with the file - tap tap - and the zipper guide (kind of a hook for helping a stuck zipper along), then she found the scissors and beamed thinking she caught the offender of the year.
    At this point her supervisor came over to see, what was holding up the line. I explained, the supervisor sighed and said, that everything looked to be fine and that I could move along.
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  4. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    I heartedly recommend the Dime Travel. I was never really impressed by the traditional Gerber tools (Multi-plier 600 etc), that I saw many of my buddies carry (they seemed to quite like them) but must admit, that the quality of the Dime is just fine. I have the regular Dime and the Travel version.
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  5. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Not a bad tip but must admit, that I just cant be bothered. With the amount of travelling I do and often multiple security check point on a trip to a destination, I have travelling down to a T (no lace boots/shoes, 5.11 belt with synthetic buckle, shirt over belt etc etc). Most often security doesnt even notice the Dime Travel or they just ignore it. The above mentioned post with the TSA check is the exception. The Dime Travel has gone through countless security checks without anybody batting an eyelid let alone opening it.
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  6. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I'll give you that. I have a love/hate with the magnet. Like yourself, I dont want to get it around stuff sensitive to magnetism, but I also find it sticking to stuff like my steel keyring.

    That said, the use of magnetics is super nifty in application. I like that when I unlock the blade the magnet automatically sheaths the blade. It's fun to fiddle with.
  7. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    No doubt they can be nifty and Im most likely in the minority in regards to my stance on magnets. Most seem to get along with magnets on their gadgets just fine (wallets, lights, knives etc).
    I bought one of those excellent Olight micro flashlights ('Mini Baton' or something). Nice beam, not greedy on batteries and fits in the coin pocket on a pair of jeans. Great flashlight but first thing I did was open it and remove the magnet in the end cap.
    I get that its great for slapping a light on a metal surface and work on something like the engine of a car or what ever.
  8. User27


    Apr 23, 2017
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  9. CanadaKnifeGuy

    CanadaKnifeGuy Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Gerber EAB
  10. bdmicarta


    Feb 16, 2012
    The lock on the screwpop seems to be easy to manipulate- does it open in your pocket or is there some form of detent holding it shut?
  11. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    I believe the new Screwpop version has a magnet on the side to prevent the rattle.
  12. Brhowser87

    Brhowser87 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 3, 2016
    I picked up a Gerber EAB Lite at my local Wally on a whim about a year ago and I have to say it's a handy little guy and u don't notice it. As far as the screw holding the blade, usually loose change works or I always have something around so it's no biggie.
  13. TonySal


    Jan 10, 2015
    ... get a good old fashioned Christy Knife !!
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  14. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    I was thinking of getting one of these but came to a realization that made me hesitate...(I also realized it is probably an issue with almost all of these knives from the humble screwpop to the mighty Rexford RUT)

    What prevents the edge from contacting the bottom channel the blade rides in? I worry this would dull the edge particularly since the “blade holder” is steel which is also fairly hard and the blade slides forward dragging across the steel.

    Does the edge drag along the bottom of the channel the blade rides in? One more thing....

    For knife designs like this I usually protect the edge by cutting a thin strip of credit card plastic and gluing it into the bottom of the channel. How ever on this knife I worry there may not be enough room to do this. In your opinion will I be able to do this? Do you think there is enough room in there to fit that little strip of credit card?

    I worry there might not be since you said the blade didn’t rattle in the handle so that means there can’t be alot of room in there.
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  15. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Thats not a bad point. However, while it very likely rides on the bottom of the channel for the blade, I wouldnt worry about it. The blade doesnt seem to get dulled significantly from the housing and even if there is an insignificant amount of drag, it doesnt matter with the availability and low price of the blades. Ive used mine a bunch and the blades stay sharp for plenty of time. The current blade has seen quite some use and is still sharp.

    Nope, absolutely not. There is no room to slip a strip of credit card-like plastic between the edge and the housing. I might snap a pic later to illustrate.
    While I understand where you are coming from and have done the same (in my case a strip of leather between the edge and housing of for example the Higo in the pics below to prevent the edge from smacking/dulling on the handle when snapping shut), I personally would consider it overkill in regards to this simple tool for the reasons stated earlier in this post.


    Last edited: Feb 3, 2019
  16. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    I’m not too worried about the higonokamis because the edge doesn’t drag against the channel but rather just touches it. Particularly the brass handle higos since brass is much softer than steel. Nevertheless I have still glued credit card strips into the channel of the Higos I own. Really any edge damage could likely be prevented on a higo by closing the knife slowly; sodnn.

    However on my small higo for some reason the pivot becomes fairly loose just around when the blade is almost closed. That means that if I close the blade and give the handle a gentle shake the blade will bounce off the inside of the handle.

    @FortyTwoBlades I saw before that you somehow pinched the Higonokami’s handle so that way the blade edge couldn’t hit the inside of the handle. What did you use to pinch the handle? Pliars?

    Could we get some pics of your higo mod if you still have it?
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  17. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    As I wrote, I put the strip of leather in the channel of the Higo to prevent the edge smacking the metal upon closing (I close the Higo gently but none the less).
    I looked at the brass version prior to buying; I like that one as well.
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  18. Minnesota Man

    Minnesota Man Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 30, 2014
    Craftsmen box cutter from Sears. Super thin and great. 6 bucks at most
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  19. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    I don't have any photos on hand, but I use use a Knipex mini pliers-wrench along with a piece of cardboard as a pad to keep the jaw edges from imprinting on the metal. I close the handle fold more in general, but specifically at the point corresponding with the edge shoulder at the peak of the blade so it rests on the edges of the frame much like a straight razor. Often in this process the pivot loosens because there isn't any spring pressure on it anymore from the handle fold, so I tighten it up with a few raps of a hammer on my wide-faced peening anvil, which is mirror polished.
  20. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    You ever consider selling “fixed” higos?

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