Everyday Carry: The Benchmade Flipper

“…if you give an Indian or a mountain man a knife he’d make out anywhere, no matter what.” – Hardy Collins, from Louis L’Amour’s Down The Long Hills

Why is the Flipper recommended for Everyday Carry (EDC?) This brilliant knife opens with the speed of an automatic and the strength of the AXIS locking mechanism. As Benchmade puts it, “The convenience of a flipper with the performance of the AXIS®.” This one-hand-open knife requires just a bit of practice to maximize the speed of employment and can be opened with the index finger “flipper” tab (as pictured above) or the ambidextrous dual thumb-stud opener. The deep-carry clip is reversible and, when closed, the Flipper presents a tiny print, especially when underneath an untucked shirt.

The Flipper is offered in black/blue, brown/tan, or green/black, with a retail cost around $180. This price is reasonable considering Benchmade’s warranty and reputation. Additionally, the knife’s engineering is clearly of the long-haul variety.
As a survival knife, the Flipper’s only negative quality is its folding action, though few of us carry a full-tang knife on our person every day, right?
Here are the Specs:
Blade Length:  3.18″
Blade Thickness:  0.13″
Handle Thickness:  0.59″
Blade Material:  154CM Stainless Steel
Blade Style:  Drop-Point with Ambidextrous Thumb-Studs
Lock Type:  AXIS
Overall Length:  7.36″
Closed Length:  4.25″
Series:  Blue Class
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