Nothing says “modern slipjoint” quite like the Pena X Bronco. It’s much like a traditional pattern that’s been around for awhile but with modern materials and construction. Pena Knives says, “The X Series was born from the desire to bring a collection of production knives to market of the highest quality and tolerances like that of [Enrique Peña’s] custom offerings, but at a lower price point.”
The Peña X Bronco features a well fitted 3.125” CPM-S35VN clip point blade with blade thickness of 0.12” and a satin finish. The strong backspring makes the nail nick opening stout. It also has very clearly defined half stops and a great snap.
The titanium handles feature torx screws and measure just under 0.5” thick. It’s available in four models with different overlays, each of which demonstrates an excellent finish: carbon fiber, desert ironwood, green micarta, and natural canvas micarta. It’s 5” closed and weighs 3.85 ounces. It comes with a quality branded leather knife slip.
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- CPM-S35VN, Satin Finish
- 3.125” Clip Point
- 0.12” Blade Thickness
- Nail Nick
- Half Stops
- Titanium Handles
- Carbon Fiber, Desert Ironwood, or Micarta Overlays
- Leather Slip
- 3.85 Ounces
- 4” Closed
- 7.125” Overall
For a great example of modern knifemaking with traditional patterns, you can’t beat the Peña X Bronco. If you’re interested in these knives, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.
All images courtesy of Smoky Mountain Knife Works – smkw.com.