Affordable Tungsten Carbide Knife From Sandrin – SHOT Show 2019

The new TCK 416 is just $149, a steal for a tungsten carbide knife.

Sandrin Knives has been making extremely high-quality (and high-priced) knives with tungsten carbide blades for some time. These knives are beautiful and it’d be a pleasure to own them, especially paired with a Cabot pistol with matching grips.

However, with price tags over $1,500, they aren’t for everyone’s budget. Their new TCK 416, on the other hand, brings the benefits of tungsten carbide blades and delivers for just as little as $149.


Tungsten carbide is an especially hard alloy used in industrial applications. You might have a tungsten carbide blade on your power saw, and Sandrin’s parent company actually makes industrial tools. It’s hard and keeps its edge over many uses which makes it ideal for an EDC knife. If you do decide you need to sharpen it, leave your wet stone in the drawer: only a diamond stone is hard enough to make a new edge.

An innovation Sandrin has brought to the new TCK 416 model is an incredibly thin blade that has significant flex to it, but maintains the hard edge. The blade is 0.9mm thick–a No. 2 pencil has lead about 2mm thick–and the scales are about as thick as a penny; the whole thing including the clip is just 10mm thick. At just 2.18 ounces, you’ll probably forget it’s in your pocket.

Steel, Carbon & Gold

The TCK 416 is the version with steel scales for $149,  and the TCK comes with carbon fiber scales for $295. Rose gold and yellow gold scales are also available, but you’ll have to check Sandrin for the price.

If stainless isn’t sophisticated enough you, the TCK also comes in Carbon, rose gold and yellow gold.

I’d love to carry this knife. I’ve seen videos of it cutting hemp rope time after time without dulling. It’d be great for all kinds of daily work. I’d use it hunting, and the flexibility might even make it nice for fishing. Get more details at Sandrin Knives.


  • Blade hardness: HRC 71
  • Overall Length: 200 mm
  • Blade Length: 82 mm
  • Cutting Edge: 42 ° 
  • Blade Thickness: 0,90mm -0 / + 0.01 mm 
  • Blade Material: Tungsten Carbide 
  • Blade Style: Wharncliffe 
  • Blade Grind: Flat 
  • Finish: Fine Stone Washed Stainless Steel
  • Edge Type: Hollow Grind 
  • Handle Length: 115mm 
  • Handle Thickness: 10mm (clip included ) / 4,5mm (without clip) 
  • Handle Material: Fine Stone Washed Stainless Steel
  • Color: silver 
  • Weight: 62 grams (2.18 oz) 
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless Steel 
  • Knife Type: Folding 
  • Opener: Manual Locking 
  • Lock Type: Frame Lock 
  • Brand: Sandrin Knives 
  • Model: TCK – tungsten carbide knives  
  • Country of Origin: Italy 
  • Best Use: EDC

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  • Donald January 23, 2020, 2:17 pm

    That’s ridiculous, it looks to me as if they took a tungsten carbide sawzall blade, ground the teeth off, put an edge on it and coated it, then slapped a set of scales on it. For that price? Don’t think so. I mean come on guys. You can clearly see the sawzall blade shape. Wow.

  • Beachhawk January 30, 2019, 6:57 pm

    I cannot see any situation in which I would spend $1500 for a pocket knife. I have two automatic knives from Kershaw that are quite sharp, quick to deploy with one hand and they are very sturdy and durable. That’s all I need from a knife; someone else can claim bragging rights.

  • Fred Hauseur IV January 30, 2019, 12:38 pm

    I have something to add to this.. the rockwell is at 71, normal tungsten carbide that shatters is over Rockwell 100. this means to me that this is a tougher, slightly softer Tungsten Carbide that will not shatter easily. I would love to have one of these knifes. As with another comment, I too would rather have SAE measurements than Metric. I stopped using metric when I sold all my European cars. I am strictly SAE now. If Companies in the USA are not going to adhere to the SAE system then they should wither and die.

  • William Hodges January 30, 2019, 11:58 am

    I saw this at last year’s NRA Annual Meetings, and loved it!
    $1,500, however, was way too rich for me.
    I will be getting this knife.

  • Nah January 30, 2019, 10:53 am

    This really isn’t an edc, brittle failure of the blade will be reached at very low impacts. Like, inadvertent light strikes while cutting. I’m still going to get one, I have plenty of knives with particle metallurgy steels that are technically classified as ceramics due to the very high carbide fraction.

  • Ron January 30, 2019, 9:13 am

    Please include standard measurements, this is still the USA, at least for the moment.

    • Chris Baker January 30, 2019, 10:11 am

      Oh come on Ron, If I can figure out metric measurements, and I have done so, I’m sure you can too. Once you do you’ll give up that patronizing statement about America and realize that metric is a better system. Why should we cripple our industries by sticking to an outdated and inefficient system. Oh yeah, because people are to lazy to learn something new even if it’s better.

      “My dad did it this way and so did his dad and we’ve always done it this way and so we refuse to change for the better.”

    • johnnyraygun January 30, 2019, 12:39 pm

      @Ron, I personally do not believe the sky is falling, nor is America going away. Change and time are a constant. Life must adapt or wither away.

  • Chris Baker January 30, 2019, 8:53 am

    Sounds like an awesome knife. I know my favorite reloading dies (straight wall cases) have a tungsten carbide insert at the mouth that allows easy sizing with no lube. The extreme hardness allows for an ultra smooth finish that allows the brass cases to slide in and out easily. More easily than steel with lube.

    So, like you, I’d love to have one of their knives. Unfortunately I’m barely able to afford a car in that price range. I might get one of these though, it’s so cool.

  • Brook Campbell January 30, 2019, 6:05 am

    Nice blade; is there a silencer

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