You may remember the Resolute Tools X-1. It was a finely crafted, breathtakingly simple, and almost impossibly minimalist utility blade holder for everyday carry… and I loved it. In fact, I still love it and carry mine regularly.
It did, however, have one important flaw. Most retractable utility blade knives use a blade carrier to avoid metal-on-metal contact with the edge. The X-1 was so minimalist that is lacked this feature and it tended to dull the utility blade somewhat quickly just with opening and closing. Resolute Tools eventually rebranded and went back to the drawing board.
Fortunately, the company has experienced something of a rebirth. The new company, Aerocrafted, is now offering what they call the Sideslip Titanium Utility Knife which is essentially an improved X-1. They didn’t change much and that’s a good thing. They added a simple bump in the blade track on which the blade can ride so that only the central, unused part of the blade wears out. It’s a dead-simple and minimalist solution that allows the super-compact, skeletonized form factor of the original to remain intact.
You may want to read our X-1 review for more context on why this is such a cool product. Though, just to reiterate, the Sideslip Titanium Utility Knife is a redesigned tool that should offer an improvement over what was already a very neat product.
Learn more at Aerocrafted.com