The Reate juggernaut continues to gain speed. The up-and-coming Chinese manufacturer, hot on the heels of the announcement of the Wave, teased an early 3D drawing of a collaboration with custom maker Tashi Bharucha.
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Bharucha’s designs are big and bold with sweeping, aggressive, and beautiful blade shapes. The Parisian has collaborated with big names in the past including Jens Anso, Allen Elishewitz, and Geoff Blauvelt. In fact, the custom knife that is the inspiration for the Future, the PoKa (Pocket Katana), was made in collaboration with Canada’s Peter Rassenti.
Bharucha named the production version the Future, both because of its futuristic biomechanical look and because it will be made with advanced knife making technology. The Future is a massive folder, housing a 4.25” blade and an measuring 9.37” overall. The Future will be the first Reate produced knife to feature an integral handle. Most knives are made of two handle scales held together by screws. An integral handle is machined out of a single piece of material, usually titanium.
“David Deng was super enthusiastic and excited to tackle those challenges and just ran with them,” Bharucha told us. Integral handles look great and are more durable, but they are difficult to machine and a challenge most knife companies still shy away from. When it introduced the popular SR-1, LionSteel became the first to produce a factory knife with an integral handle. Spyderco’s Nirvana, a collaboration with Peter Rassenti, will also feature an integral handle.
Bharucha says the Future was exactly as he pictured it – maybe even better. Solo Jack, designer of the Reate Wave, designed a new ball-bearing system for the Future’s integral construction. Ball-bearing pivots are all the rage these days, with most knife companies patenting their own specific twists on the idea. This particular iteration is intended to allow the machined knife to come apart cleanly and easily.
When will the Future get here? It’s hard to say. But according to Reate a prototype will soon be revealed.
Knife featured in image: 3D Rendering of Tashi Bharucha’s Future made by Reate Knives