Excellence was once again on display at the Cabot booth at SHOT Show 2017. Yes, their 1911s are always amazing and eye-catching, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m referring to the Sandrin Knives that were also being showcased.
Back at NRA 2016, I first learned of Sandrin Knives, an Italian-based knife manufacturer, which has partnered with Cabot Guns to bring their proprietary tungsten carbide blades to the states. If you’re not familiar with tungsten carbide, it is a powder material that when pressed together into a shape is harder and more resilient than steel!
Typically when something is very hard it is also very brittle. So, the knife industry has largely ignored tungsten carbide as a blade option — until now. Sandrin found a way, a patented method, to harness the benefits of tungsten carbide in a blade design without sacrificing toughness and durability. The result is a knife that will cut better and hold its edge longer than any steel-made knife on the market.
Sandrin’s initial launch of their lineup only contained fixed-blade knives. At SHOT, though, they debuted the “Clemente,” the company’s first folder.
The Clemente features an overall length of 7.44 inches when open, 4.4 inches when closed, a blade length of 2.95 inches and a weight of .42 pounds, making it suited for every day carry.
Its mirror-polished drop-point blade has a 35-degree hollow-ground cutting edge of just .00004 inches, sharp and fine enough to perform multiple cuts on even a single red blood cell. Needless to say, it’s a precision cutting tool with an unparalleled fit and finish.
Overall Length: 7.44”
Blade Length: 2.95”
Cutting Edge: 35°
Blade Thickness: 0.10236 +/-0.0004”
Blade Material: Tungsten Carbide
Blade Style: Drop Point
Blade Grind: Hollow Grind
Finish: Mirror Polished
Edge Type: Hollow Grind
Handle Length: 4.4”
Handle Thickness: 0.63”
Handle Material: Titanium
Weight: 6.77 oz or 0.42 lb
Lock Type: Frame Lock
I’m really sold on the development of tungsten carbide to make knives. I think it’s the next evolution in blade technology. Sandrin knives are so hard, 71HRC, that you can literally sharpen your steel knife on a Sandrin blade. That’s insane!
I’ve also seen these knives in action and they cut like nothing I’ve ever seen. I definitely want one. As it relates to the Clemente, I think it is a great first generation folder for Sandrin. There’s just one thing stopping me from purchasing one. The price. It’s a little too rich for my blood. But I’m optimistic that in the future prices will drop a bit.
Price and Availability
The show price for the Clemente was around $1,000. If you look on the Sandrin website, only the fixed blade options are available at the moment. But that should change in the very near future.