McNees says the hardest part of the design process was getting the necessary hardware and internal parts into a frame of this size. “It took me a long time to work it out. Longer than it would with a normal-sized knife.” The Tracker Jacker has a 2.25-inch clip point blade that is almost all belly. It runs on caged bearings and uses a hardened ceramic detent ball. There are smaller flippers out there, like the Rike Knives Mini, but McNees says he wanted the Tracker Jacker to be big enough to function as users’ primary EDC: “It’s plenty of knife for the things most of us actually use a knife for.”
With the Tracker Jacker, McNees says he is adapting to the new realities of the custom market. “We all kind of know that things have been taking a down swing. Buyers are more willing to spend money on something that’s $500 or less,” explains McNees. “People are gravitating towards knives that they’re actually going to keep and use.”
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