Since we last checked in with We Knife Co. in August, the maker has been busy introducing 13 new models. They’re vastly outpacing the 20 new knives per year General Manager Joe Cheung promised us. But until now, We Knife Co. by and large has stuck to the same design script: titanium frame lock flippers in vivacious colors and blades with outrageous shapes, grinds, and finishes. With news of models 617 and 618, the company is adapting its recipe to go after an audience looking for more practical options.
We Knife Co. 618
The 618 is a large but light streamlined gents folder and joins the 609 as the only thumb stud deployment knife in We’s catalog. Cheung and his team took advantage of a flipperless blade to keep the knife incredibly light and narrow. The framelock tips the scales at just 3 oz despite a lengthy 3.9” M390 blade. A ceramic ball bearing pivot ensures that the deployment action will be up to We Knife Co.’s standards.
We Knife Co. is known for its use of flamboyant colors, a big part of what makes their knives statement pieces. The 618’s options of black or gray titanium handles are more subdued and complement its minimalist design. Though color options are more conventional, customers will still be able to opt for the signature We Knife Co. two-tone blade.
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We Knife Co. 617
The incoming 617 (shown below) marks three firsts for We: first G-10 handle, first liner lock, and first sub-$200 offering. The more budget-friendly 617 has a sweeping 3.9” harpoon blade made from D2 steel. It flips open on the same ceramic ball bearings as it pricier stablemates. Multifaceted G-10 handle scales round out the package. Like the 618, the 617 will also be made in more masculine colors including OD green, gray or black G-10, with two-tone blade options.
We Knife Co. is also introducing their version of an increasingly popular offering in the EDC market with a We Knife Co. spinner toy (shown below). Like most of their knives, it will be made of titanium and feature ceramic ball bearings. A ship date for the spinner is still unclear but the 617 and 618 are already available for pre-order and will soon be on their way to dealers.
Knife featured in image: We Knife Co. 618