KA Custom #10 Rook
KA Full Custom Rook Framelock Folder - Serial #10
The Kingdom Armory Rook was the first knife specifically designed for middle finger "spydie flicking", placing the sypderco hole (used under license) more centrally located and naturally where your middle finger would be placed on the frame. The resulting blade and frame change is subtle, but unique within the industry and has become a staple in two different folder designs for Dave. The Rook and the Rogue.
This particular folder is constructed as a 6al4V Titanium frame-lock, utilizing a Ti pivot collar as both a lock-bar stabilizer and over-travel stop. A nice rounded CC'd contour was given to the frame, making it extremely comfortable in both the hand and the pocket. Some milling details further interest to the frame, and the slots cut in the tail function as a lanyard hole should you desire (A design carryover from a series of Dauntless folders Dave designed for TAD gear years ago).
The inset #10 stamped into the blade denotes this folder as serial number 10 in the Rook design series, and the last one to carry a serial number (Dave only numbers 1 through 10 of any design). The blade is hand hollow ground RWL-34 with a milled jimping detail on the spine, wearing a durable satin stonewashed finish. The upper swedge detail is also hollow ground, giving the blade a bayonet styled look in what is essentially a modified Sheep's Foot design (The upper swedge is unsharpened). The way these multiple grinds come together in the sloped nose is particularly intersting, creating a diamond shape detail.
All titanium has been given a hand done wire stripped, satin orange peel texture which is both clean and classy looking as well as being easy to touch up. Lockbar face has been carbidized for a long lasting smooth releasing surface, which locks solid at 20% on face. Blade rides on phosphor bronze washers and a ceramic detent, and is extremely smooth.
Pen Style titanium pocket clip was hand also hand fabricated, and requires over 18 different fabrication steps on its own. Folder will come cased and wrapped in a custom KA Battery Hank.