Anyone remember these things?
I don’t. Generally before my time I think. I’ve seen them for sale, once, a decade or so ago in the SMKW catalog. Had never seen them there before that, nor since. I’m told they wee common 30 to 40 years ago, or there abouts.
Huh? Oh, what is it, you say?
It’s a knife. Called a Slip-it.
Cool design, simple and cheap, usually given away as promotional/advertising freebies.
You pull up one end of the inner bar, the other end hinges on the tail of the blade. Then slide the blade out, and press the (now)flipped inner piece back down. Friction keeps it down in both open and closed positions.
This one came from a yard sale when I was a kid. I was 8 to 10, somewhere in there. I picked it up (closed) looked it over, didn’t know what it was, set if down.
Dad came along, picked it up, opened it, closed it, went hmm, and the lady running the sale said, oh, you can just have that.
I tried to connive that I’d seen it first, but neither one of them would go for it since I’d put it back… Hey, it was worth a try! 😉 lol.
So, why the post, and the funky comic reference title?
The retractable 3/8″ blade on the mini utility knife I have been carrying is greag for a lot of things, but is really lacking in slitting letters open.
When I reached for a longer blade, I saw this little guy on the shelf, and a light bulb went on.
I’ve never used it much since its been mine(about 8 years). It’s cool, but it’s such a thin blade. Like really thin. Like utility knife thin. But utility knife blades are wider, shorter, and more stable. And disposable if you break it.
And let’s face it, as much as knives are not pry bars, even those of us that are extremely careful tend to have lateral pressure on a blade about 1 in every 5 cuts. Just how it is with a working blade!
I like and use small blades, but not this thin, while this long. Just don’t want to bend or snap the sucker off.
But as a household knife, I figured what risk is there? Opening mail, packaged foods, light crafts tasks like cutting twine or trimming leather is the hardest use it’d get.
And since this week I’d been carrying a household knife, as posted a couple days ago, I suddenly saw a use for this lil ole guy.
And the Holy part you ask?
It should be spelled Holey or hole-y.
‘Cause I drilled a hole in it.
They don’t come with the split ring, or a place for one. For my current concept of home carry, it needed a bail/key ring/lanyard loop/whatever you want to call it.
Put it in the back end, where there was already a divot in the plastic. It looks like it was hot pressed there to keep the two handle halves together. Doesn’t seem to have loosened the parts any though.
How it spent the day, with its new friends, in my pocket;