DescriptionCR5112: Van Hoy R.S.L. Snap LockColumbia River Knife & Tool **Please note this blade is a combo edge.
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 finish.
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.