ASC: TPT Slide

ASC: TPT Slide
The TPT Slide by Big Idea Design

This is the TPT Slide by Big Idea Design. It's a utility knife made from titanium with a few multitool features. I actually purchased this little gadget a while back, but ended up not using it much (as I'll get into), until I made a much needed change. Now that the change was made, I'm finding this gadget highly useful as part of my EDC.

As a quick aside, I work a day job in IT. So occasionally I have to open a lot of boxes. Obviously being a gear nerd, I open even more at home. I usually always have a regular knife on me of whatever sort, but oddly enough I get the most unusual bit of shipping damage in the form of a long gash in the product I opened right where I cut open the packing tape. Must be a coincidence.

Anyways, I've found that cutting boxes tends to dull blades unreasonably quickly, and I dislike having to sacrifice my knives in such a way. In what other way would I sacrifice them as a suburbanite American? Dunno, but I want to keep them nice for when I find that way.  So after watching some videos, I decided to purchase the TPT Slide.

When the Slide came, I was actually kinda disappointed once I opened the box. It was quite a bit smaller than I expected. I don't know why I expected it to be larger. Had I taken a moment to think about the size of a razor blade and the Slide in comparison, it should have been obvious, but it wasn't. I'll take the heat on that expectation.

The blades the TPT Slide comes with. The silver one is stainless and sharp, and the black one is also stainless but not sharp and is apparently for opening boxes.

However the expectation I think should be more justifiable was the blades the Slide came with. The cutouts on the one side of the blade are supposedly for making the TPT Slide a camp fork. I've never attempted to use it for that purpose, especially the sharp one. I feel like, unless you were careful, you'd end up with a Joker-from-The-Dark-Knight kind of situation ("Wanna know how I got these scars?")

The problem though is that the cutouts made the blade very much not rigid and as a result, it made it challenging to open boxes with, the precise purpose for which I purchased this product. I ended up putting the gadget down and not using it for a few months.

But something eventually prompted me to give it another chance. Mostly that I still didn't like using my knives for opening boxes (what a blasé use for such expensive knives), but also partly because I ran across a video from one of my favorite YouTubers on which utility blades are the best.

In usual fashion, I ignored his advice entirely because some highly credentialed knife expert in Fiskars' marketing department caught my eye with some impressive and informative stickers on the package.

Fiskars CarbonMax, stays sharp 24x longer. We're not going to test that!

Getting into the Slide is a little fiddly. Once the three torx screws are removed, there's a magnet in the smaller frame that holds it together and also, importantly, retains the blade to the smaller frame once you have the two frame pieces separated. A neat idea, that way the blade doesn't slip out and slice your hand open when you change the blade. I'm not quite sure how necessary that little step was, but it's nice to see people trying some new things with these EDC items.

The Slide is if anything even more fiddly to get it back together once you've had it apart. The thumb-actuator on the top needs to stay with the larger frame so it goes back together correctly but you have to line it up with the grooves of the blade, which needs to stay affixed to the smaller frame due to the aforementioned magnet in it (otherwise it'll just pull the blade up off the larger frame once the smaller frame gets close). It's a little challenging, and I had a false start getting it back together, but it did eventually go back together.

The TPT Slide all together again.

I have to admit, looking at it in the above lighting does make it look pretty sexy. Very industrial, with a hint of "I spend more time on the junk I keep in my pockets every day than I do with my wife." Not trying to throw stones at any one in particular, I have a wife too. Wait, what was her name again?

Fully opened position.

There are three positions for the blade: closed, partially open, and fully open. I've found that the partially opened position (featured at the top) somehow has reduced the aforementioned shipping damage on my packages. I'm not quite sure how that works, but either way I'm happy for the reduction in carnage.

Plus the Fiskars blades work a lot better. I guess those cutouts just seriously impair the structural integrity of the blade. Either way, my box cutter now opens boxes like a champ.

I also enjoy the smaller size of the TPT Slide now that I've gotten past my unreasonable size expectations for it. It fits perfectly beside my daily carry pocket knife without crowding the lip of my pocket too much. It even has a belt clip that's pretty secure!

The TPT Slide also comes with a decent leather sheath for it and some blades as well. Not my favorite carry method, but I guess if you were going to store it for a bit, this is probably a good option. Speaking of storage, let's put those stock blades away.

BID's diagram of the TPT Slide's multi-tool functions.

Final note, the TPT Slide is apparently also a multi-tool. Having a flat-head on quick draw is nice, but I usually carry a Leatherman with me that works a little bit better. Not quite sure how useful the universal wrench is considering you have to take the blade out to use it. If I had a tiny little torx driver with me to remove the blade and then reassemble it, I probably also have the proper tools for bolts. I guess you might be able to get a little purchase on a bolt if you were really in a pinch, but it seems to me more like I'd just get frustrated trying to use it like that.

But, is it worth it? At $80 plus the cost of blades for a box opener, when a comparable Harbor Freight item costs maybe $5 at most? Be honest with yourself, it's titanium, it's gimmicky, and you want it. The EDC hobby isn't about value prop, we could just be using a tiny little Buck 301 like our grandfathers before us.  But we aren't, we've turned a respectable right-of-passage (when our father's presented us with our first pocket knife) into a bougie guy-hobby. This isn't about being practical in a raw utilitarian sense. Like I said, it's titanium, it's gimmicky, and it doesn't say Harbor Freight on it (not that there's anything wrong with Harbor Freight, it's just not the thing you run out to show off to your buddies). Plus if you worked at a company like I did recently that banned the use of pocket knives, but box cutters were acceptable 🧐😤 well I guess you have your practical use then.

And, it cuts boxes rather well at the end of the day. So it's doing what I wanted it to do. As for the bougie aspect of it, I guess God gives richly for us to enjoy.


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