Ed Van Hoy is a well known custom knifemaker and instructor who has a
flair for the dramatic and unusual. When his custom Snap Lock was given
the Most Innovative Knife Award at the American Knifemakers' Guild Show,
Columbia River wanted to offer a production version, and here it is, the
Rotating Snap Lock, or R.S.L.
When closed, the AUS 6M stainless steel wishbone frame is a 100%
effective blade edge guard; when open, it is a minimal but very usable
handle. The harder you grip the handle, the more it locks the blade in
place, thanks to twelve positive locking surfaces between the frame and
locking lugs, so it is a very safe and secure system.
Ed's cam locking system features two thumb wheels, for truly
ambidextrous use. The blade can pivot a full 360 degrees when the clip
is removed, or 180 degrees in either direction with the reversible
stainless steel clip in place. Simply press the a thumb wheel and rotate
the blade. Opening and closing can be accomplished with one hand and is
truly slick and quick.
The AUS 6M stainless steel blade itself has a subtle drop point shape,
almost a Wharncliffe style blade. Five lightening holes also add a
decorative touch. Blade, frame, and clip have a contemporary bead blast
It has been called a "far out folder" but the more you handle and carry
the R.S.L., the more you realize it is one great work tool. All steel
construction means it is just about indestructible, and will last for
years. The handle itself is likely the biggest "spring" ever devised for
a knife locking mechanism, so it will last for the life of the knife.
Folded, the R.S.L. makes a very attractive pocket or money clip knife.
At first glance, it looks like a decorative pendant rather than a knife.
Open, its a terrific little work knife with style.
Van Hoy R.S.L. Snap Lock
5102: Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
Blade: Overall length: 2.56" (6.5 cm)
Cutting edge: 2.50" (6.35 cm)
Thickness: 0.12" (0.30 cm)
Steel: AUS 6M, 55-57 HRC
Handle: Closed length: 4.18" (10.3 cm)
Weight: 2.8 oz. (79 g)