I was convinced. An Elko — silver handle, stainless steel blade — has been affixed to my keyring in the months since. Its 1.7-inch blade is Sandvik 12C27 steel, which is hard, corrosion-resistant and features a one-of-a-kind drop-point shape designed specifically for maxing out effectiveness with the smallest possible profile. Even the keyring loop on the Elko’s butt is designed for prying, scraping, twisting screws and opening bottles.
In fact, the best thing about the Elko is its size. No other knife, including the Sportsman, has ever gone as unnoticed in my pocket with my wallet and keys. It’s the type of item I forget about completely until the moment when I need it — a validation of good design in any product.
The article is part review, part knife story.
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