I received my much-awaited ToolLogic SL knife less than a year ago. It is a moderately priced and light-weight knife. ToolLogic is famous for its mutli-use gadgetry, so much should be expected from its SL Pro line of pocket knives.
The design is intended to be high-utility, but the lack of functionality renders most perceived utility useless.
Though innovative, with its small array of piggyback accessories (the most useful of which is the underpowered flashlight), the SL Pro will be a disappointment for anyone who expects daily performance from their knives.
The main weak point for the SL Pro is its blade steel. Edge retention is definitely sub-par. The 420J2 Stainless Steel used in the blade is very common in low-priced knives. 420J2 is very inexpensive and can be easily sharpened.
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The flashlights are another disappointment. ToolLogic could easily fit a AAA battery in the piggyback sleeve of the knife handle, and power the LED light with that. As it stands, the button-cell batteries just don’t last very long. The intensity of the light is noticeably diminished within a few minutes of use. Good for finding your dropped car keys at night, but not much else.
The pocket clip is a functional and reliable design, but 2 of the 3 Torx-head mounting screws stripped out within six months. Superglue does a better job holding the clip in place than the standard hardware ever did. The pocket clip puts the blade in a “point-down” position during pocket-carry.
The frame lock design is easy to use, and provides a solid lock-up with no blade play in any direction, but was definitely made with right-handed people in mind. The ovular thumb hole on the spine of the blade is generous and allows for easy opening, even when wearing gloves.
The integrated whistle is acceptably loud, and is certainly an attention-getter. The only thing wrong with a whistle being built into the handle of a pocket knife is that it is certain to fill with lint. Also, this whistle would be the sanitary equal of licking your sweaty palms.
The knife is a novelty, and as it stands, merely a good idea, and not a great knife. The quality leaves a lot to be desired. A higher-quality knife could be produced with a slightly higher price-point and become as ubiquitous as the famed Swiss Army Knife.
A better light, and better blade steel would go a long way in making this a high-utility, high value every day use knife.