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Reate Knives K-1 Flipper 3.875" Bohler M390 Hand Rubbed Satin Blade, Titanium Handles with Marbled Carbon Fiber Inlays

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Part Number: REK1MCFHRSAT
Manufacturer: Reate Knives
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Description
REK1MCFHRSAT: Marbled Carbon Fiber K-1, Hand Rubbed Satin
Reate Knives

If you've been holding off buying a Reate Knife this long, now is the time you gave them a shot. This K-1 stands alongside the Steelcraft Series from Todd Begg as an ultra-premium folder worth your consideration. From the stunning looks to the tough build quality yet perfectly ergonomic form factor, this knife has blown us away. We can't recommend it highly enough and Reate has created a version just for you.

The premium K-1 flipper is built to perform as good as it looks. The 3.875" drop point blade has a hand rubbed satin finish, a deep hollow grind for maximum sharpness, and a crowned spine for comfort during use. The internally lightened titanium handles are inlaid with long strips of marbled carbon fiber that are a simple yet effective way of transforming the looks of this Solo Jack design. It's contoured or chamfered in all the right places and its shape fits perfectly in the hand for comfortable prolonged cutting. The K-1 comes complete with a replaceable lockbar insert/overtravel arrestor, Todd Begg ceramic ball titanium pocket clip, and half-length titanium backspacer. This is our favorite Reate Design thus far and one we think is definitely up there with the best custom and production knives in the business.

Reate Knives also performs one important technique—the Freeze Edging Skill. As the final process for a blade, edging has a great effect on the performance of the knives, after all, the edge part is the main function area when using a knife. Normally, edging is operated on a high-speed running grinding wheel or grinding belt, which produces a very high temperature. Without a cooling system, the temperature on the edge goes up instantly to hundreds of degrees centigrade, when it gets worse, it will burn and leave heat marks on the blade. Tempering or even annealing will happen on an area of the edge where the temperature increasing instantly. It will harm the hardness and durability of the blade. That’s why some knives passing the hardness standard test but still easily get worn in actual use.
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 3.875"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.875"
  • Closed Length: 4.875"
  • Overall Length: 8.75"
  • Blade Material: Bohler M390 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.157"
  • Blade Hardness: 60-61HRC
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Blade Finish: Hand Rubbed Satin
  • Handle Material: 6Al4V Titanium with Marbled Carbon Fiber Inlays
  • Handle Thickness: 0.56"
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame
  • Pivot Assembly: Ceramic Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
  • Sheath Material: Zipper Nylon
  • Weight: 4.93 oz.
  • Designer: Solo Jack
  • Made in China
Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
M390
M390
Powdered metal developed for knife blades which provides good corrosion resistance and very high hardness for excellent wear resistance during hard use cutting.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Titanium Handles
Titanium Handles
A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
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Sharp Dressed Knives
California
May 23, 2017
Pros: Ease of Use, Design, Materials, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Continued Reate Excellence
I've had the K-1 for a couple of weeks now and mostly used for light duty around the house (opening mail, packages, etc.). It came reasonably sharp from the factory and I haven't had to touch it up yet. This is my first knife with RWL34 blade steel and time will tell how well the edge holds up. Fit and finish are typical Reate; near flawless. I had to give a slight ding for the few voids in the marble carbon fiber. Not enough to cause concern, but they were there. Beyond that, every bit of titanium has been machined or shaped in some way and I have yet to find a flaw or errant tool mark. I particularly like how the crowned spine matches the rounded backspacer and the way the bevel on the blade forms a sweeping line that continues along the length of the handle. This is a very well though out design. The first time I flipped it open, my eyes went wide. The lock bar snapped into place and it sounded and felt SOLID. We're talking better than a Sebenza (yep). Things went south when I closed the blade though. There was noticable friction and a scratchy feel as the detent ball scraped across the satin finish. DON'T WORRY, after a decent amount of flipping and some lube, things are buttery smooth and the blade falls shut with the best of 'em. I suspect the ceramic detent ball had to carve a tiny path through the scratch pattern of the satin finish. Speaking of the detent, the action strikes a nice balance between the early-release Torrents which is downright explosive and the Wave which is on the soft side. This knife is a joy to operate. Pros: unbelievably solid lockup superior fit and finish great ergonomics Cons: gritty action until broken in voids in marble carbon fiber Would I recommend? Absolutely!
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