LOL, no. Before you ask, this knife has nothing to do with either Harley Davidson motorcycles or powered ultralight aircraft. It does, however have something to do with firearms. Sorta. In a kind of round about way. OK, maybe to say that is a bit of a reach. But it is manufactured by a well know firearms manufacturer, so that’s got to count for something right?

Smith & Wesson Black Tanto Power Glide Folding Knife

Smith & Wesson Black Tanto Power Glide Folding Knife

So yes, this is the Smith & Wesson Black Tanto Power Glide folder. A rather cool folder if you ask me, primarily for mechanical reasons. Not that it’s a slouch in the aesthetics department either. Sporting an all black, clip point westernized tanto blade, and an equally black aluminum handle with black inserts, it is certainly the kind of knife that would accessorize well… 🙂

But the coolest part of this folder is the folding mechanism. The blade actually folds downwards and inwards between the grip halves. As I mentioned earlier it is not an entirely unique idea by any means. A similar design is used in the pantographic knife, more commonly referred to as the Paratrooper knife, though there is ironically no evidence to suggest it was ever used by paratroopers.

The Pantographic Folding Knife

The Pantographic Folding Knife

But it too folds the down knife between the handles, guiided by a collar, to which both handles are attached. The difference between this knife and the patnrographic knife, is that rather than using folding grips, the Smith & Wesson version uses solid single piece half grips, and using a gear set within a modified pantographic mechanism, it slides the entire blade down into the grip. A much stronger design, in my opinion.

Overall a very cool folder design. Certainly one I think I’ll be adding to my collection…

Smith & Wesson Black Tanto Power Glide Folder – [True Swords]