If you were a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, you would feel right at home with our new line of gentleman's folders, so we're calling it the Delegate™ line. Classic knife making tradition comes through in their understated design and use of natural materials.
But like the Founding Fathers, there is a revolutionary aspect to this line. We have incorporated our OutBurst® assist with our patent-pending* Fire Safe™ release mechanism which is built into the thumb stud.
When the blade is closed, it is securely held in place by the OutBurst spring bias, and is also locked in place by the Fire Safe pin in the locking liner, which engages the blade.
To open the blade, simply press in on the Fire Safe thumb stud, and rotate it forward to begin blade opening. Once the blade is open approximately 30 degrees, the OutBurst assist takes over and instantly completes the opening action. In practice, one-handed opening is a fast, single movement of the thumb.
This system provides exceptional safety because it is very difficult, if not impossible, to open the blade accidentally. Bumping or pressing the thumb stud does nothing. The user must know the secret rotating action to open the blade.
The Delegate™ Gentleman is our smaller model with a three inch blade and a weight of only 1.7 ounces. It is noteworthy for its custom-style black G10 bolster perfectly inlaid with a cocobola scale. Our rigid InterFrame build uses stainless steel liners, one locking, with black anodized 6061 aluminum bolsters and inlaid scales.
The Good: Bought one of these after they were discontinued and loved it. Wanted a small, EDC. Took a few tries to get used to the Fire Safe open, but loved it after 15 minutes, and knew it was safe enough to handle that I'd let my toddler holt it closed. Size was perfect for what I wanted.
The Bad: Within two weeks one of the bolts that held the clip in place broke. The head sheared right off.
The Ugly: Managed to lose the knife several months ago and have been unable to replace it. Would absolutely buy another if one were available.
2013-12-21 Trumansburg, NY
This knife is perfect for everyday use. The one-handed action is, once learned properly, easy and consistent. The knife can be made very sharp. It's great.
2013-07-31 Wilmington, OH
I've had this knife for 2 years now and I'm pretty happy. I use it daily at work cutting inbound shrink-wrap and cardboard (with the pocket clip). The quick release took a few times to learn, but it's not rocket science. I've seen people complaining about the size... It's called reading/research, again not rocket science. Stop complaining if you hastily buy something cause because you can't understand readily available measurements....
2012-12-28 Columbiana, OH
I ordered the Gentleman because I wanted a smaller pocket knife. I have had my Delegate for over a year and love both of them. The only thing I wish were different on both would be to be able to remove the clip.