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American Handgunner Nov/Dec 2009 - Page 72

Bright Lights aNd JohN CoNNor BeautifuL BLades What’s Not to Like? Left: Celebrated knife designer Bob Lum passed away last year but his elegant designs keep coming — like this stunning model 760 LFTi from Benchmade — a solid titanium Monolock with a 4" blade of CPM-M4 tool steel; a lightning-quick bomb-proof beauty. Here’s Benchmade’s answer to thousands who love the great grip of the Mel Pardue-designed Griptilian: Different sizes, blade profiles, steels, colors, finishes — the works, done a dozen ways, but all with the famed Griptilian grip and the smooth Axis lock function. “Performance out of all proportion to their size” — that’s what I wrote in a review of these super-tough, cool little mini-cutters from Triple Eight Professional. Built around a beefy axle rather than a pivot, you’ll have to see the video demo to appreciate their opening and closing action. Gerry McGinnis is a young man to watch. He designed this slick pair of smooth, strong liner-locking folders (left) for CRKT while in college, hence their names: Summa and Tuition. Pair either of ’em with the Get-A-Way Driver, (below) and you’ve got a mini-tool box with a built-in LED light, and a fine knife, both at bargain prices. WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009 72

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