Buck Knives adds to its growing family of assisted-opening knives with introduction of the lightweight Model 288 Catapult, featuring its patent-pending L.E.A.P. mechanism. Buck's L.E.A.P. technology provides a smooth, easy and safe ambidextrous one-hand blade opening action. It also has a sliding safety lock to prevent accidental blade deployment. One of the features is the familiar positioning of the knurled release stud, the same as on most Buck one-hand opening knives. The Catapult has a 2 3/4-inch drop-point blade, made of Buck's 420HC stainless steel. The blade is finished with Buck's Edge2x technology, so it's sharper out of the box, holds an edge longer and is easier to re-sharpen. This sculpted folder is 4 1/4-inches closed, weighs 3.7 ounces and has sturdy mid-lock construction. The thermoplastic handle has a textured, ergonomic shape and comes in a choice of colors. It also has a stainless steel belt/pocket clip for convenient carry, as well as a lanyard hole.