I have never really looked at the roadie because I had a pinggo home with the same blade shape. I apologize upfront for all the typos because I’m having to let my iPad type while I dictate. Anyway, I always wondered which came first the chicken or the egg and in this case the pingo or the roadie. These knives are very similar in a lot of ways but they’re also very different. So, I found myself needing to buy a gift for a non-knife person Who lives in an area where knives are frowned on. I decided that the roadie was just the right knife. Because of the British most of the people here don’t carry knives but they’re not against them.
I bought the gift knife but also decided to buy myself one as well. I got an orange one dated JP. This knife in surprisingly well-made Does have decent but not great walk and talk. My pingo is a bit better in this regard but this might be because the blade is Much heavier. The springs on both are about equal tension but the roadie needs a little bit more effort required to overcome the half stop. The blades on both are equally thick and the pingo is really not a very good slicer. Even the blade profiles are very similar. What I did find Is that the Roadie works a lot better doing things like opening the mail and slicing up the small box it came in and etc. it did not do as good of a job slicing an apple as the pingo because the Pingo has a much broader blade. It got theJob done but not as good as something like a manbug would’ve done.
The Roadie does improve several things about the Pingo. One thing is that because it has a actual finger choil, the knife is not going to close on your hand accidentally and your finger is not likely to slide forward on to the sharp blade. Both of these were somewhat of a problem with the Pingo. Also while I can get a fuller grip on the pingo the roadie has a more neutral grip and this is better for different types of tasks. I can actually grab the knife and use the sheep’s foot blade to his fullest advantage. The blade has less curvature on the cutting edge on the Roadie Which actually expedites detailed cutting. Finally the Roadie is a much smaller footprint in the pocket. It’s like caring a stub of a number two pencil. At 1 ounce it is very light weight. The thicker blade stock actually let you have more confidence in doing some harder tasks.
Overall this is a better design than the pingo though I do really like the pingo for some things.
Of course the manbug is a better slicer and has a longer cutting edge though a shorter blade. It is more pointy and you can do piercing tasks that you cannot do with the roadie. However the Roadie has the advantage of being legal in a lot more places because it has no lock. But the manbug light weight is a lot lighter in fact so much so you can’t even feel it in your pocket.
Really the Roadie is a nice knife to give to people. It does not appear to be intimidating and is small and slender and can be carried about anywhere. I would not want this to be my only knife but I Find it is pretty useful after all.
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