John W. Smith is a tactical folding knife legend. His pieces can be hard to come by, and when they do come around there isn't much hesitation. The reason is these custom pieces are a part of knife making history. Simple, purposeful, flawlessly executed. This Large RG-1 model is brand new direct from his son-in-law, Aaron Frederick.
The Blade: Pristine, custom made spear point tactical blade shape with a clean upper swedge grind. John's customary hand rubbed satin finish and expertly even cutting edge grinds dance in the light. They are truly a thing of beauty to behold. Smooth opening action via an ambidextrous thumb disk and lightly jimped thumb ramp for perfect placement. The initials JWS appear at the base of the tang.
The Handle: Soft grey bead blasted titanium make up the liners, with one forming the solid lock up. The one that does lock has some custom notching to easily push the liner over and close the blade. On top are equally blasted titanium bolsters and some of the most uniquely textured carbon fiber scales you have ever felt. The dimpled texturing feels amazing and is in no way aggressive. Notching on the butt end of the handle adds to the overall feel in-hand as well. All titanium hardware was used on this piece including a tip down carry pocket clip. A perfectly formed black micarta backspacer rounds out construction.
The blade seating in the closed position is well centered. Pick up a piece of tactical knife making history today!
|Blade Material||CPM-S35VN Powder Steel|
|Handle Material||Carbon Fiber|
|Country of Manufacture||United States|