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Magnetic carbon fiber knife makes blade swaps a breeze

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The body of the Helion Flip knife is made from a mix of carbon fiber and Kirinite
The body of the Helion Flip knife is made from a mix of carbon fiber and Kirinite
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Pledges over at the Kickstarter campaign start at CA$105 (US$80) for the Kirinite and carbon fiber Helion Flip knife
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Pledges over at the Kickstarter campaign start at CA$105 (US$80) for the Kirinite and carbon fiber Helion Flip knife
The body of the Helion Flip knife is made from a mix of carbon fiber and Kirinite
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The body of the Helion Flip knife is made from a mix of carbon fiber and Kirinite
The Helion Flip accepts both Stanly 1992 Heavy Duty blades and Fatmax utility blades
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The Helion Flip accepts both Stanly 1992 Heavy Duty blades and Fatmax utility blades
The blade of the Helion Flip knife tucks away neatly inside the handle when not in use
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The blade of the Helion Flip knife tucks away neatly inside the handle when not in use
Designed for everyday carry, the compact Helion Flip needs no tools for blade replacement
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Designed for everyday carry, the compact Helion Flip needs no tools for blade replacement
Canadian outfit Ronin Energetics has taken to Kickstarter with a rather handy looking flip-knife
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Canadian outfit Ronin Energetics has taken to Kickstarter with a rather handy looking flip-knife

Canadian outfit Ronin Energetics has taken to Kickstarter with a rather handy looking flip-knife that can be easily kitted out with replacement blades. Designed for everyday carry, the compact Helion Flip needs no tools for blade swapping, instead relying on magnets to both secure the tool and snap open and closed.

The body of the Helion Flip knife is made from a mix of carbon fiber and Kirinite and the tool functions much like a typical flip knife. The blade tucks away neatly inside the handle when not in use, and can be snapped outward with one hand by applying pressure to the blade’s top edge.

But the way it does this is a little different to your standard flip knife. Where most similar tools use ball bearings to create a pivot action and lock the blade in place, Ronin Energetics has instead installed magnets that keep it secure when both open and closed.

Canadian outfit Ronin Energetics has taken to Kickstarter with a rather handy looking flip-knife
Canadian outfit Ronin Energetics has taken to Kickstarter with a rather handy looking flip-knife

This magnetic setup has another use, too. The Helion Flip accepts both Stanley 1992 Heavy Duty blades and certain Fatmax utility blades, and when either have worn down and need replacing, they can easily be snapped in and out of the body.

While not so strong that the blade is difficult to remove, the magnets are strong enough to lock them in place during use, with Ronin Energetics promising 20 lb (9 kg) of magnetic force and "no rattling.”

Other details include a total weight of 83 g (2.9 oz), a total length of 173 mm (6.8 in) when open and a pocket clip along with lanyard attachment for extra carrying options. The tool is also available in a range of color themes, including orange, blue, pink and green.

The Helion Flip accepts both Stanly 1992 Heavy Duty blades and Fatmax utility blades
The Helion Flip accepts both Stanly 1992 Heavy Duty blades and Fatmax utility blades

Pledges over at the Kickstarter campaign start at CA$105 (US$80) for the Kirinite and carbon fiber Helion Flip, while a model that incorporates the G10 composite as a material is available at CA$118 (US$90). If the campaign runs as planned, the company hopes to begin shipping in January 2020.

You can check out the promo video below.

Helion Flip | The Utility Folder Evolved

Source: Ronin Energetics

1 comment
buzzclick
That's a lot of moolah for a pocket knife, even if it's a carbon fiber fancy design exclusive thingie. Last year I got me one with the same dimensions and function made out of anodized aluminum for $13.99. Their price point should be half of what they're asking, but if they can sell it power to them.