KnifeNews: KA-BAR Redraws TDI Flipper from the Ground Up

KA-BAR just released a redesigned TDI Flipper, the folding version of the fixed blade of the same name. This is a ground-up refresh, with a look much closer to the fixed blade predecessor and, for the first time at KA-BAR, a crossbar-style locking mechanism.

There’s a bit of history, and a small family tree, to consider when discussing this knife. The original TDI is a fixed blade designed by John Benner. Purpose built for self-defense, it has a 2.31-inch leaf-shaped blade, canted at a dramatic angle in relation to the handle, itself set at a pronounced curve. It proved to be a popular model, and begat an entire series of related pieces, including the TDI Ladyfinger, a larger version, and, eventually, the first TDI Flipper knife.

One of the more iconic knives that I do not have in my collection. The TDI is a KA-BAR mainstay. They even Space Force’d it.

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KA-BAR Redraws TDI Flipper from the Ground Up