The Knife Junkie Podcast – Modern Tactical Folding Knives (Episode 01)
Published November 6, 2018
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    Emerson Seax, one of the knives in The Knife Junkie's Pocket today

    Welcome to the first episode of The Knife Junkie Podcast ... technically it's the second show since our introduction was show 00. Anyway.

    Hopefully you'll enjoy episode 01 as Bob delves into what he calls the "modern tactical folders," i.e. folding knives. Lots of great knives talked about on today's show and some pretty good "walk and talk," the sound a knife makes when its blade is opened and closed.
    The walk describes the feel of the tang as it moves along the spring when the blade is opened. The talk refers to the sound of the knife when the blade is closed. A well adjusted knife “walks and talks” (has a nice strong snap and has blades that slide smoothly across the springs).

    All About Pocket Knives
    The main points of the discussion are about the three characteristics of all the knives that Bob and Jim talked about, the modern tactical folder. The Knife Junkie considers them to fall within this category if they have these three features:

    One handed open and close
    Pocket clip
    Locking mechanism

    In addition, today's show features the pocket check to see what The Knife Junkie is carrying today, and the Knife Life News and Tip of the Week segments.
    Pocket Check

    Jim still has his trusty red Swiss Army Knife
    Bob has several knives (again)

    Pink Cold Steel Broken Skull
    Benchmade Proper
    Emerson Seax



    Segment 1 – Knife Life News

    The Emerson “Low Rider” Deep Carry Pocket Clip

    Main Show Segment

    Modern Tactical Folders

    Some of The Knife Junkie's collection of Modern Tactical Folders -- and the Cold Steel Espada XL
    Segment 2 – Tip of the Week

    In the Waistband Carry

    Show Wrap-up
    The Knife Junkie is up for some spirited debate. Have a differing opinion? Then call The Knife Junkie listener line at 724-466-4467, leave your message and let us know. Also, be sure to subscribe to The Knife Junkie's YouTube channel and help us reach 1,000 subscribers.
    Key Points in the Show
    :42 – Pocket Check
    1:12 – Bob has his normal three knives
    1:56 – Knife Life News – the Emerson “Low Rider” Deep Carry Pocket Clip
    2:52 – Utility wins over aesthetes
    3:16 – The most damning design flaw
    4:34 – The modern tactical folder
    5:07 – What does “modern tactical folder” mean
    6:11 – The Knife Junkie’s parlance
    6:29 – One handed open
    6:50 – What is a switch blade
    7:45 – Let’s get clear about the modern tactical folder
    8:06 – Spyderco Workman
    8:37 – Utility and Combat Knives lead to the modern tactical folder
    9:15 – Ernest Emerson
    9:27 – Lynn Thompson
    10:22 – Different brands share characteristics but do things differently
    10:46 – Chris Reeve and the frame lock
    11:02 – Michael Walker and the liner lock
    11:20 – Axis lock by Benchmade
    11:26 – Cold Steel
    12:02 – The Knife Junkie’s personal favorite type of tactical folders
    12:38 – Modern folders defined by The Knife Junkie
    13:10 – Recapping the three characteristics
    13:45 – Cold Steel Espada XL
    14:18 – Fixed blades are in our future
    14:50 – Tip of the Week – In the Waistband Carry
    16:18 – How does a kid’s concert fit in to the story?
    17:50 – Closing segment
    18:20 – Call the 24/7 Listener Line
    18:58 – Open for debate
    18:30 – Looking for the 1,000th YouTube subscriber
    19:55 – The Knife Junkie’s final word
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