K.A. custom - Damasteel Drop Butcher - Bolsterlock
Another variation within the Butcher design family, the Drop Butcher essentially takes the Super Butcher and adds a bit of drop belly to the blade. Dimensionally similar in all other aspects, this subtle change increases the length of the cutting edge, lifts the tip a bit, and creates less linear feel. Bill has a bit of a belly now!
This folder has been fabricated as a "tailed" bolsterlock, with spectre grey G10 inset into the frame as scales. In the knife world vernacular, a "bolsterlock" is essentially a Titanium Framelock that has been milled down either in the forward section to inset a "bolster" ... or in this case... the rear of the frame is milled to allow the installation of a scale, thereby creating a "bolster" out of the original Ti frame (yup, confusing... I know). The important take away is that this method of making a frame creates a traditional bolster/scale linerlock look, but maintains the lighter weight and thinner profile a framelock is known and beloved for. Really the best of both worlds!
The rounded "CC'd" contour perfectly transtions from bolster to scale, and really does give this folder a nice feel in the hand. Some additional manual millling details add to the clean and technical look of this frame. All Ti was given a hand applied wire wheel orange peel texture. This folder also benefits from the installation of a titanium pivot collar, which functions as both lockbar stabilizer and overtravel stop.
Perhaps the most striking feature of this build however is the blade! Made from Swedish stainless Damasteel forged at Damasteel Labs, this pattern is called Hugin. Essentially an extremely tight ladder pattern with some of the open raindrop details of Odin's Eye. Not only was the blade fabricated from this material, but the clip was as well. Spring tempered, the clip matches the blade while functioning as a proper pocket clip.
Smooth and flickable, the blade rides on phsophor bronze washers with a ceramic detent. Lockup is solid at an early 15% to 20% on face, with a clean release from the carbidized Ti.