Steel Will Folding Druid with ‘Rubberized’ Grip — Blade Show 2016

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I’m a big fan of Steel Will Knives.  They won me over when I reviewed their Gekko 1505, a big boy folder that’s reputed to go head-to-head with any fixed blade.  I love that knife.  And now they have mini-Gekkos for those fans who requested a smaller, more EDC-friendly version.

But I digress.  At Blade 2016, I stopped by to see what was cooking at this relatively new company — they’ve been around for a little over a year now — and I was immediately impressed by the array of prototypes they had on display. 

For a burgeoning company to continue to expand their product line is a testament to their vision.  I get the impression that they want to keep evolving.  They want to continue to push the limits of their design concepts to create an ever-increasing inventory of optimal knives.  So far, they’re doing a heck of a job.  If you watch the video above you’ll get a quick snapshot of what’s currently in development.

The Druid folder comes with both clip-point and drop-point blade options.

The Druid folder comes with both clip-point and drop-point blade options.

One new knife that caught my eye was the Druid 290 folder.  What’s intriguing about the Druid 290 is its grip.  It’s grip-tastic!  The rubber-like material, made from nylon and fiberglass, on the handle will allow the user to get a purchase on the knife in any condition, even the most extreme.  Inclement weather, rain, sleet, snow?  No problem for the Druid.  

Specs

  • Steel: N690Co
  • Handle material: Nylon & Fiberglass
  • Blade-HRC: 58-60
  • Finish: Satin
  • Lock type: Liner-Lock
  • Folded length: 5.2″
  • Full length: 8.94″
  • Blade length: 3.74″
  • Weight: 6.28 oz
  • MSRP: $120
A nice solid leather sheath. Both the sheath and the knife for $120. Seems like a killer deal.

A nice solid leather sheath. Both the sheath and the knife for $120. Seems like a killer deal.  Should be available soon.

Since it is so grippy, Steel Will sells the knife with a leather sheath.  Beyond the grip, the blade features a thumb plate to make it easier to open.  What a great addition.  Think about it.  You’re out hunting in upstate New York in November.  It’s snowing outside.  You’re wearing gloves.  You need to open your knife to cut a branch off your treestand.  Obviously, you don’t want to remove your gloves to handle the cold blade in the frigid weather.  If you have a druid on your hip, you’ll have no problem accessing the knife and opening it — with your gloves on — to cut off the branch.  Pretty cool.  

Check out the Steel Will website for more information.

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