Before I took up this life of crime fighting, I carried a knife. Following the advice of Donald Hamilton’s fictional hardcase Matt Helm, I chose the Buck 110 Folding Hunter.

workingknives2.jpgDon’t confuse the Matt Helm of the novels with Dean Martin’s whimsy on screen. The novel portrayed a tough, practical actor in a tough and dangerous job. He picked a knife that wouldn’t fairly scream “switch-blade” in that gentler time. Meanwhile, he oiled and worked the pivot with plenty of elbow grease so it could open one-handed.

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