MAKE:TNT Tools 'n' Tips

Al Mar SLB Knife

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If your inner geek is trapped in a suit at work, you've probably longed for a good, compact knife. Trendy tactical folders are generally too big, too heavy, or just plain scary looking for parceling out Gouda in the CEO's office. Wobbly penknives, on the other hand, are a ticket to the ER when facing anything more challenging than staple removal. Enter the Al Mar SLB. Featuring a stout-but-stubby 1 7/8-inch locking blade and an attractive, lightweight black Micarta handle, the SLB is easy to carry, particularly if you ditch the pocket clip. The AUS-* alloy steel takes and holds an edge after multiple FedEx box openings, too.