The Reate K-1 is a full-sized knife with a smooth, solid action with a flawless build that’s simply gorgeous. They might not be the most budget friendly knives on the market, but they are among the nicest.
The K-1 has a 3.8” M390 clip point blade with a blade thickness of 0.157” hardened to a 60-61 HRC. It has a hollow grind, a bit of a harpoon action at the tip, and a ton of belly for a long slice. It also has a beautifully done hand-rubbed satin finish which always looks great. It’s a manual flipper with a ceramic ball bearing pivot and the flickability (yes, we know it’s not a word, but it should be) on this knife is tremendous. It opens with a solid satisfying thwack.
The titanium handles on this framelock feature marbled carbon fiber inlay. The fit and finish, as you’d expect, is perfect. It’s available in either anodized blue or a bronze titanium models and, honestly, we love them both. The blue might have a bit more of a color pop but the bronze is just chic.
This knife has a handle thickness of 0.56” and a handle length of 4.875”. So it’s a bit of a beefy knife that is perfect even for those with a larger grip. It has a generous lanyard hole for accessories and a titanium tip-up pocket clip.
- M390, Satin Finish
- 3.8” Clip Point
- 0.157” Blade Thickness
- 60-61 HRC
- Hollow Grind
- Manual Flipper
- Ceramic Ball Bearing Pivot System
- 3D Machined Titanium Handle
- Marbled Carbon Fiber Inlays
- 0.56” Handle Thickness
- Titanium Tip-Up Pocket Clip
- Lanyard Slot
- 4.93 Ounces
- 4.875” Closed
- 8.75” Overall
The Reate K-1 is a beautiful, well built knife that 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.