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.
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