Ed Van Hoy is a well-known Virginia 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, we knew we had to offer a production version, and here it is, the CRKT Snap Lock. It immediately won the Designer Knife award at the 2004 IWA show in Nuremberg, Germany, and was named "Overall Knife of the Year" at the 2004 Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia.
When closed, the AUS 4 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 pocket/money clips are removable, and left and right clips are included. The blade can pivot a full 360 degrees with no clip, or 180 degrees in either direction with a stainless steel clip in place. Simply press the thumb wheel and rotate the blade. Opening and closing can be accomplished with one hand and is truly slick and quick.
The AUS 4 stainless steel blade itself has a subtle drop point shape, almost a Wharncliffe, and is available in both Razor-Sharp or Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges. 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 Snap Lock, 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.
"The decisions of the jury were almost unanimous," stated Margaret Spindler, Chair of the IWA jury and consultant for the Knife Award. The jury commented, "Everything in one: gadget, ornament, utensil and money clip."
this was my favorite knife twice. the first one got stolen by an angry ex girlfriend and then second one got dropped awkwardly and one of the pivoting pins broke, however dont let that be a testament to the snap lock its was an amazing knife my favorite. definitely a crowd pleaser.
one day i hope it makes a comeback, maybe with a tanto style blade
2012-04-13 Windsor, VT
I have the split blade though I wish I'd gotten the straight blade instead. It holds its edge very well but the serations are harder to sharpen, plus I don't cut much that needs the serated part. It's fun to hand this knife to someone and have them try to open it, unless you need them to use it quickly. My only gripe is the cam unit has enough grooves in it that it's a little hard to keep clean, though that's not a major factor at all. This is my first grab for an EDC pocket knife when I don't want the weight of a multi-tool. I've had it for 6 years, purchased at EMS and I'm very pleased with it.