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How strong is too strong? How tough is too tough? How capable is too capable?

When it comes to choosing a knife that might have to handle critical survival tasks beyond simple, everyday cutting chores, the limits are defined by what you’re willing to carry.

Many of us opt for a folding knife for everyday carry as a matter of convenience. But we don’t want to give up too much in the way of performance. The GTI Delta Lock Folder is a knife with a wide, thick blade paired with an innovative, super-strong locking system. It’s a strong, tough, capable knife that’s sized to be carried every day.

Former Army Ranger Justin Gingrich is the force behind GTI -- Gingrich Tactical Innovations. His 10 years of military service included time with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group and the Ranger Training Brigade. As a knife designer, he has a number of extreme-use fixed blade and folding designs to his credit, including both custom blades and collaborations with White River Knives, 5.11 Tactical and Kizer. In 2001, he founded Ranger Knives, now a part of the Ontario Knife Company. He founded GTI in 2009.

Many of Gingrich’s knives have been designs commissioned by elite military units. The Delta Lock Folder, however, is an EDC knife that brings that military toughness to civilian carry.


We tend to pigeonhole knives into loosely defined categories such as survival, bushcraft, tactical, traditional and utility. An EDC (everyday carry) blade should be a little bit of all of those things.

“In my opinion an EDC blade should be able to do exactly what the Delta Lock folder can do, ”said Gingrich. “It should be multipurpose in its design and function. It should be able to handle anything that I am going to encounter in my day no matter if I am just in the office and need to open boxes or in the woods and need to skin an animal. It should be light enough that I will want to carry it every day and strong enough to instill confidence in it so I won't worry about failure.”

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