The Folding Powerglide Tanto from Smith & Wesson uses some of the basic concepts of the balisong or butterfly knife, but modifies the system enough to qualify as a two-handed pocket blade. Though the action is slower than the traditional Philippine version, the Powerglide still provides the same compact convenience.
This inexpensive knife may have a tactical look, but the quality is more utility grade. Aircraft aluminum anodized handle parts and a blade of 440 high carbon stainless steel will hold up well to ordinary use. If a pocket knife fit your needs before, you’ll find the smooth action and well-engineered concept fascinating and practical. The blade itself, hollow ground with a tanto point, offers nearly four inches of plain cutting edge. That’s plenty for handymen who need a knife for scoring and rough trimming, or for hikers and campers who need a lightweight emergency blade.
For an extra degree of comfort, Kryton slabs cover the aluminum handle parts, making the grip nonslip and friendly. The Powerglide will slip through repetitive chores without ripping up your hands. Be prepared to tighten a few screws and provide your own Locktite for this well-designed bargain knife.
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