I first featured the Gil-Tek RUK (Rapid Utility Knife) back in September of 2018. Operating with a spring bar lock mechanism, the RUK was one of the first EDC utility knives with a truly one-handed deployment system — simply push forward on the blade with downward pressure to deploy and reverse the action to retract.
However, unlike other EDC utility knives, the RUK was less a multi-tool and more just a utility blade holder with a cap lifter. One of my only critiques was that the lanyard hole was betting to be a small pry tool and flathead screwdriver.
Lo and behold, Tyler of Gil-Tek reached out shortly after the feature to tell me he was working on a second version to add some functionality to the utility knife.
Enter the Gil-Tek RUK Version 2.
The overall design hasn’t changed much — it’s still the same shape and approximately the same size. However, it’s no longer held together with three torx screws. Instead, the two halves now use an internal dovetail joint that is locked in place with two removable pins. This construction makes the RUK V2 slightly thicker than the original but also means the tool can be taken apart and cleaned without tools. The pins also act as a blade saver, as the edge of the blade glides along the pins instead of the titanium.
The second iteration of the RUK also features a pry tool and screwdriver on the lanyard hole. There is also a new cutout along the bottom edge of the tool which exposes a small portion of the blade which can be used to cut lightweight string (such as fishing line). And on the backside of the tool, you’ll find a 1/4″ hex wrench for use with standard hex bits.
It’s certainly nice to see a maker listen to feedback and act quickly to improve and evolve their product, and the RUK V2 is a perfect example of just that. Everything from squeezing more features into the same design to a better overall fit and finish, the RUK V2 is a fantastic upgrade over the original. As of right now, the V2 of the RUK is only available for pre-order in grade 5 titanium (6AL4V) for $65. Once the pre-order period is over, the retail price of $85 will go into effect.
Since the last time we covered Gil-Tek, they’ve also added a knurled brass lanyard bead (pictured above) to their lineup. They’re made of 360 series brass and measure 3/8 inches (1 centimeter) in diameter by 5/8 inches (1.6 centimeters) long, with a 1/4 inch (0.6 centimeter) hole. You can add one of these to your lanyard for just $10.
Gil-Tek RUK V2 key features:
- Grade 5 Titanium (6AL4V)
- Pry bar
- Flathead screwdriver
- Fishing line/string cutter
- 1/4″ hex driver
- Plastic edge saver pins
- Easy disassembly