Jared Ryan Price (JRyan76) Friction Folder
This striking orange G-10 friction folder from Jared Ryan is a joy to use and fun to look at. The textured G-10 handles give good purchase for the hand and the satin hollow ground finished blade is very sharp. Jared Ryan is a small custom maker from the US and at the time of purchase, this was his only model.
The hardware on the knife is all bead blasted, which serves up a nice contrast to the satin finish blade. The knife is a friction folder, which, for those of you that do not know, is a knife that does not really lock, but uses pressure from your hand and friction to keep the knife open. So the knife really isn’t for hard use, more of a utility knife for quick cuts.
The blade is a modified sheepsfoot style with a slight curve to it. It cuts nicely and has a wicked sharp edge. While a non-locking blade isn’t for everyone, this is one of the better friction folders out there. The wide blade gives it more cutting power than most slipjoints, and the lanyard hole and design allow it to be stowed easily in the pocket, though the lack of a ball detent would probably make that a bit dangerous. If a ball detent were somehow added in order to at least keep the knife closed, I think this would be a substantially better knife. Otherwise, still an awesome and very cool looking knife!
Blade Length: 2 1/4″
Handle Length: 3 1/4″
Overall Length: 5 1/2″
Blade Steel: Sandvik 13C26 Stainless Steel
Handle Material: G-10