Enzo PK70 Carbon Fibre Scandi Grind UK Legal Folder
The law-makers in the UK have a lot to answer for. The problem is that those who make our laws are generally far removed from that which they’re legislating and as a result some seriously bizarre laws exist in this land, not least the kind of knife which is now legal to carry in the UK. A knife that possesses a blade that locks is far safer for the user as it prevents the blade closing on his/her fingers. If a blade is to be used for puncturing the skin of a human in a stabbing motion, the lack of a locking blade will not help the person being stabbed, especially when it’s as well put together as the Enzo PK70.
The PK70 is beautifully made, as are most Scandinavian produced knives. At £90 retail ($140 US) it’s at the high end of mass produced knives but in this case with good reason. The carbon fibre blanks (veneer over wood) are a work of art and the blade (available in flat or scandi grinds) is precision made and literally razor sharp straight out of the box.
As you open the knife you can feel the quality of the mechanism which is stiff without being difficult and has two stages to it when closing to help prevent the blade being closed on the user’s fingers. I’ve used mine now for a few weeks and have not once felt unsafe whilst using this knife and the lack of a locking mechanism pretty much goes unnoticed. The clip on the rear of the knife is removable but when on it’s very functional and sturdy. I leave mine in place and occasionally it will sit firmly on my belt. It’s doesn’t ship with a case but there is an OEM one available from Heinnie at £8.95. I wasn’t personally too keen on the look of that case so I purchased this Boker Leather Pouch which is a perfect fit and looks “right” to me. The PK70 is available in a few different incarnations with wooden blanks. If you’re looking for “best” UK legal folder and don’t want to go the custom route, this is probably where your search should end. This particular model, with the carbon handle and scandi grind, is not the easiest to find at this very moment, though. When I bought mine it was the only one in the UK in stock that I could find and the Finnish factory was empty of stock, too. I guess I’m not alone in liking this one. The only gripe I’ve heard of is the way the back end of the blade protrudes outside of the blanks when closed. To me it makes little or no difference as I don’t carry the knife in a pocket. For those of you who do you might want to go for a case to maintain the longevity of your trousers! Conclusion: just get one.