The Artisan Cutlery Centauri Titanium Damascus is a gorgeous design from noted knifemaker and designer Ray Laconico. It has a fast, easy action and an incredibly clean and cohesive look.
The Centauri has a 3.46” Damascus drop point blade that’s a mere few degrees short of what is traditionally considered a Wharncliffe. These minor degrees give you a bigger belly without sacrificing cutting power. Artisan tells us the blade finish on this knife is “pickled”. That that means is basically it’s acid washed to remove any minor blemishes that result from the heat treatment. An added benefit of this process is it brings out the pattern in the Damascus which we all know and love.
This knife opens with a front flipper that rides on a caged ball bearing pivot system. The action is fast and easy. The placement of the flipper is just about perfect. There’s a small amount of jimping along the thumb ramp for a good grip and an easy flip.
The titanium Damascus handles on this framelock are available in either blue or purple and have a fuller in the center which not only looks amazing but keeps it from slipping in your grip. It feels inadequate to simply write “this knife is available in either blue or purple”. The truth of the matter is that because of the process that goes into the creation of Timascus or titanium Damascus, they have a ton of color in various hues and are simply beautiful.
It has a tip-up titanium pocket clip and backspacer, as well as a hidden lanyard slot. It’s 4.69” closed and weighs about 4.59 ounces.
- Damascus, Pickling Finish
- 3.46” Drop Point
- 0.13” Blade Thickness
- Flat Grind
- 58-60 HRC
- Front Flipper
- Ceramic Ball Bearing Pivot Assembly
- Titanium Damascus Handles
- 0.43” Handle Thickness
- Tip-Up Pocket Clip
- Lanyard Slot
- 4.59 Ounces
- 4.69” Closed
- 8.15” Overall
The Artisan Cutlery Centauri Timascus is a beautiful knife with a fantastic action. It makes an outstanding addition to any knife collection. If you’re interested in this knife, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.
All images courtesy of Smoky Mountain Knife Works – smkw.com.