You know how most people have the right tool for the right job. Well I have always had the right knife for the right job. I have a hunting knife for deer hunting, a filet knife for fishing, a hobby knife for carving, a throwing knife for whatever may come up and so on. However, last year I bought the Kobalt Quick Change Folding Lock-Back Knife. I didn’t expect a whole lot; I’ve owned well over a dozen different utility knives including standard fixed blade knives, quick change knives and folding quick change knives. However, the Kobalt has topped them all for a couple of reasons.
First, I can open and close it with one hand and not worry about dropping the blade. That would be like drawing a gun out only to have the clip fall out. The beauty of the opening mechanism here is that it’s tight enough to stay closed until you want to open it (I know, novel concept). I don’t feel that I am in the process of cutting my thigh open – or anything else for that matter – when I put it into or take it out of my pocket.
That’s another plus: it fits in my pocket like a… well pocket knife (again novel). That means when I need to strip wires or shave drywall or trim my toe nails (you know instead of using a wire stripper, drywall rasp or my teeth) I don’t have to search through my tool bag and pull out every screwdriver and nail punch that has found its way into my 700 lb tool pouch. I reach in my pocket and voila there it is ready and begging to cut and dice. This means that you can get to it and start cutting faster than a fat puppy chasing a hot dog cart.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the quick change mechanism is the best I’ve tried. The spring-locked wheel lifts the lock bar and the blade slides in and out. Others I have used before require removing a screw (which is absolutely ridiculous) or a hinged tab that only locks on a raised bump. I can’t tell you how many times I lost the stupid screw or opened the tab while pulling the knife out of my pocket and consequently lost the blade. The Kobalt spring-lock really only opens if you try, but opens easier than LiLo’s purse at a Tiffany’s showcase.
Oh, by the way, Kobalt has a fantastic tool policy. If you do somehow break the knife you can bring it back in for a new one no questions asked. And that’s my no guarantee-guarantee or my name isn’t Earl Shyster. No really it’s the truth.