(NEW YORK MAGAZINE) The knife springs open with a satisfying snap.

Matt Lauer, the co-host of the Today show, turns it over in his hand, marveling at the blade.

“Come to papa!” he says.

Sitting at his glass-topped desk on the morning-show set, Lauer, meticulously outfitted in a green-gray plaid suit and a burnt-­orange tie, has asked the crew for props for a segment on new TSA rules allowing small knives on commercial airliners. A crewman offered up this specimen from his belt holster.

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