by Ben Sobieck, T&TH online editor
I admit it. I’m a full-blown knife nut. How am I supposed to stop when companies keep putting out cool blades like the Colombia River Knife and Tool Folts Minimalist?
A quick glance at the Minimalist’s handle shows where it got its name. If you’re thinking, “I don’t see a handle,” you’re almost right. The ergonomic grip is designed to fit into your fingers, not your palm. This video by Alan Folts demonstrates his innovative design:
Notice Folts is wearing the Minimalist as a neck knife. That’s perfect for the hunt. With all the gear you’re already hauling into the woods, having access to a knife without digging in your pockets is essential.
While the size and weight are the Minimalist‘s greatest advantages, they’re also its primary disadvantages. It’s not going to handle the tough jobs. It’s designed for light duty and virtually weightless carry. If that’s what you’re after, I can’t recommend the Minimalist enough.
(Note: If you are in the market for a tough field knife, click here to check out my review of the Spyderco Endura.)
To review, the Minimalist has three things going for it:
1) Light to carry.
2) Easy access during the hunt when worn as a neck knife.
3) Ergonomic grip.