Resin Slipjoint EDC
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- Last updated: 26/07/2018
Whitby & Co. have been in business for over 50 years and they have always stocked their own brand of knives, alongside many of the big-name brands.
The knife on test is one of their own and although it sits at the bottom end of the price range for a decent knife, the price is no reflection of the actual quality of the item.
With a 2.25-inch blade, which is non-locking, the knife is legal to carry in the UK, and they describe it as an EDC (Every Day Carry) knife on their website. I would say here that I in no way consider carrying a knife ‘every day’ either sensible or necessary, but when you do have justification, it is good to know that you are on the right side of the law.
The blade is a clip-point design and is certainly very strong. Closed, the knife measures a mere 3.5-inches, so takes up no room at all in your pocket. The handle is resin and the bolsters and lanyard hole are all stainless steel. The shape of the grip includes two finger grooves, which really work and allow you to use the knife for tough jobs without fear of your fingers slipping forward to the blade. I tried it out for both cutting and carving jobs and it performed really well. The knife is very well made and, even when used for heavy cutting jobs, there is no play between the blade and the handle. On very tough materials, like hardwood, the blade did lose its edge pretty quickly though; so, I was glad to have alongside it a very useful companion.
The Smiths Pack Pal is a very light and compact sharpener, with a couple of additional functions thrown in. Weighing less than one ounce, the Pack Pal includes a pull though sharpener, a whistle, and a fire starter. It also has a handy karabiner and bright yellow components, which hopefully make it harder to lose. While you may never need the emergency whistle, or the fire starter, they are handy features to have if needed, especially in such a compact and weight saving unit. In use, both of these extra features functioned well, and the instructions were easy to follow. The carbide slot is a common type of knife sharpener, and in this case, it has been incorporated into a well-designed body. Very quick and easy to use, five or six passes of the blade quickly sharpened the Whitby knife to a fine edge. While I might hesitate to use this type of sharpener on a very high-quality knife, it is perfect to carry along with a knife like the one on test, to keep it sharp and ready to use.
Both pieces of kit are very reasonably priced and take up so little room in your bag or pocket that they are well worth taking along when outdoors, just in case a need arises. In short, a pair of bargain items and you certainly should not be put off by the very reasonable price.
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