Liong Mah Designs Traveler Detent Lock Folding Knife 2.7" M390 Sheepsfoot Blade, Black G10 Handles with Green Canvas Micarta Inlays


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LMDTRSFBKGCM: Traveler Sheepsfoot Detent Lock Folding Knife, Green Canvas Micarta
Liong Mah Designs

With so many knife enthusiasts living in areas that have strict knife laws, Liong Mah began to explore options that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a pocket knife legally. So he set to work designing a sub-three-inch folder with no locking mechanism that instills confidence in the end-user. The Traveler is that knife with just the right combination size, strength, materials, and price that will keep you reaching for it as you go out the door day after day.

The first thing you'll notice about the Traveler as you open the blade is how freely it moves. This is not your typical slipjoint folder but instead a detent-lock model so instead of a spring holding the blade open, it's two detent balls. This means you don't have any force acting against the opening and closing the blade which makes it so much more enjoyable. It's also designed in such a way that a normal grip on the knife - with your thumb on the jimped thumb ramp - won't cause it to close unexpectedly, which is honestly how it should be but is rarely the case. It's built on a full G10 frame with stainless steel liners housing the detent mechanism. A reversible deep carry pocket clip and hidden lanyard post round out the features of this excellent design and we highly recommend you try one out for yourself. It may change how you feel about non-locking knives.
  • Blade Length: 2.70"
  • Cutting Edge: 2.40"
  • Handle Length: 4.125"
  • Overall Length: 6.875"
  • Blade Material: Bohler M390 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.145"
  • Blade Style: Sheepsfoot
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Black G10 with Green Canvas Micarta Inlay
  • Handle Thickness: 0.49"
  • Liner Material: Stainless Steel
  • Locking Mechanism: Detent Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: Washers
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry)
  • Weight: 3.2 oz.
  • Designer: Liong Mah
  • Made in China
Titanium Handles
Titanium Handles A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
M390 Powdered metal developed for knife blades which provides good corrosion resistance and very high hardness for excellent wear resistance during hard use cutting.
Semi-Custom Semi-Custom or Mid-Tech knives are knives produced by a process in which the designer has more direct--but not complete--involvement; parts of these knives may still have been made by others.
Liong Mah Designs Traveler Detent Lock Folding Knife 2.7" M390 Sheepsfoot Blade, Black G10 Handles with Green Canvas Micarta Inlaysrated 5.000 stars out of 5 (1 review)
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Liong Mah Designs Traveler Detent Lock Folding Knife 2.7" M390 Sheepsfoot Blade, Black G10 Handles with Green Canvas Micarta Inlays
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Jan 13, 2020
Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Bought for international travel
Needed to fill a gap in the EDC rotation, as there are future plans to be in places where my normal carry knives are disallowed (I guess not everyone lives in a free country... or state). I've always liked Liong's designs, but could never justify one of the more robust designs, given that I'm perfectly content with my current rotation of knives. The Good: - Great ergos for such a small knife. I can get a full hand grip thanks to the choil- Detent mechanism is solid - makes a very satisfying click when it seats home both open and closed- whoever is doing Liong's manufacturing these days is doing a great job. F&F on my knife is top notch. Clean, even grinds, no chatter or machining marks to be found. Scales are a mirror image of each other, and the nested liners are invisible. - the Titanium backspacer and whatever the liners are made from add a fair amount of (good) weight to the overall design. It feels like solid, reliable quality in the hand. - Edge was decently sharp out of the box and the geometry makes it a rather stable, EDC caliber edge- pocket clip is great, secure enough and not something that screams "I HAVE A KNIFE IN MY POCKET" while still allowing it to be accessible- you can, if the stars align and the gods smile upon you, one hand open this. It's a bit of front-flip style action with the thumb, followed by using the grooves on the blade. The Bad:- The protrusion created by the choil and the sharpening notch is thin, and while not sharpened, is in fact sharp enough to cut you. I had to round mine over with a small file. This is the only issue of QC I can realistically find here- don't expect a lightsaber-level of sharpness and slicing ability. The blade stock is just to thick, even with the high flat grind. It's better than some similarly sized blades, worse than others. I find this to be a positive, honestly. I want a good "all around" EDC, not something task specific on either end. - the intricate, decorative machining on the pivot... just doesn't do it for me. It's not a deal breaker, but it adds "edges" where the don't need to be any. a smooth pivot, or one that sat flush to the scale would be preferable here. - the opening groove on the blade, in my opinion is just slightly to far forward to be super useful. I find I end up pinching the area of the blade exposed in the choil to open, rather than using the milled groove, since it is all but inaccessible otherwise. Overall, 5 stars from me. the small, negative issues are easily outweighed by the wonderful form factor, quality of manufacturing and attention to (most) of the details. If you have a use case for a small, non-locking EDC type blade, this is a fantastic choice.