Reate knives continues to impress with the newly designed Future by Tashi Bharucha. This knife is a smooth, sleek looking design in an integral format; a first for Reate.
The Blade: The blade of the future is composed of Damasteel Damascus with a long flat grind that stretches all the way to the handle. The flipper seamlessly flows into the blade tang creating a unique look with a small fuller for character. The usual effortless flipping action found in most reate knives is present here, and thanks to some bearings everything is silky smooth.
The Handle: Perhaps more intriguing than the blade, David Deng and the rest of the Reate crew really pushed the envelope here. First and foremost this knife is an integral piece, which for those not in the know means it was constructed out of one solid billet of titanium. No standoffs or backspacer here. Reate then precision inlayed some marbled carbon fiber and countoured the handle for a great feel in the hand. As if that wasn’t enough they also created a pivot system which fully disassembles, bearings and all, allowing the user full access to clean and maintain the knife.
About Damasteel: Damasteel is pretty much the bee’s knees when it comes to damascus steel. It is produced using a more modern process, and will generally contain fewer impurities and imperfections since it is made in a more controlled environment. The end result is a more defined and cleaner piece of damascus steel over traditional methods of manufacturing.
About Tashi Bharucha: Tashi has been designing knives with some of the top makers for some time. Usually he would have the maker produce a handful knives, with the only stipulation being that he could keep one for himself. Demand quickly outweighed production and these knives regularly fetch big money on the secondary market. Recently he has began his own work and produces mid-tech runs alongside the individual maker knives.
*This is a stock photo. The Damasteel will vary slightly from knife to knife.