The new Milwaukee Hardline EDC knives that we previewed last year are nearly here!
It looks like a few minor style changes have been made as Milwaukee engineers continued to develop the knives, but the essence is the same. These new Hardline folding pocket knives are designed to be everyday carry solutions that are carried both on and off the jobsite.
The new Milwaukee Hardline knives aren’t meant to replace your utility knife, at least not for specific tasks you would use a utility knife for. Even so, they’re designed to endure rough and demanding jobsite use and handling.
To start, the Hardline knife blades are made with D2 tool steel, a very hard and wear resistant alloy. The blades are finished with a stone-washed black oxide coating for corrosion resistance.
Each is opened via a bearing-based flipper system that allows for quick and smooth one-handed opening. The locking mechanism is a frame lock, similar to what we saw in the prototype knives last year.
The final version of the knife also has an overtravel stop.
The pocket clip is positioned for tip-up carry, but is reversible for left or right side carry. This is a little different from the prototype, which allowed for tip-up or tip-down carry.
There will be 4 styles available:
- 2-1/2″ plain edge drop point blade, 48-22-1997 ($59.99)
- 3″ plain edge drop point blade, 48-22-1994 ($69.99)
- 3″ tanto-tip serrated blade, 48-22-1998 ($69.99)
- 3-1/2″ plain edge recurve blade, 48-22-1999 ($79.99)
The handle material is stainless steel, on the lock side, and glass-filled nylon on the front.
ETA: July 2016
Milwaukee is no stranger to utility knives, and they’ve come out with Fastback folding pocket knives before, but this is new territory for them.
In the months since the prototypes were revealed, there were a few changes that I can tell, at least judging from product images. The most striking difference is that the new Hardline knives seem to lack the thumb studs of the prototypes. The flipper tab is also more pronounced. The frame lock looks to have been refined, and now sports a stabilizer, and the pocket clip is a little less adjustable.
I’m quite optimist about the new Hardline knives, and it won’t be long until we can all get our hands on one.
Even seasoned knife makers occasionally come out with designs that aren’t quite right, and so I’m curious to see how well Milwaukee engineers did their first time around.