The long awaited C158TIP Techno by Polish knifemaker Marcin Slysz has finally arrived - at least an initial production sample. (Thanks, Sal!) This Euro-modern design has a very industrial look with its stonewashed finish and blue G-10 elevated spacer. For a relatively small knife, it fills the hand well due to the thick Carpenter CTS-XHP blade and titanium handle frame. I am not usually an advocate of this size knife without a finger choil, but unlike the Leafstorm’s ‘blood-testing’ choil, the Techno’s ergonomics promote a positive grip and safer one-hand closure. Lockup is strong and positive, with no foreseeable need for any type of an over-extension tab on the locking arm of this robust frame. I like the overall nonconformist design with its cutouts, recesses, widely spaced thumb traction grooves that match the spacer, and the flat ground, dropped point blade that appears to rise in an optical delusion toward the point. The ambidextrous, tip up, deep carry wire clip completes the design making the Techno an easy EDC for the ELU.
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