Artisan Cutlery Ships Two Prototypes from Returning Collaborators

A couple of Artisan Cutlery prototypes recently went up for sale on the company’s site, giving us a taste of what’s to come, in full production format, later this year.

Baskin

The Baskin is Artisan’s second collaboration with Mike Gavac of Gavko Knives, the squaloid successor to his shark-themed Great White model. Compared to its predecessor, the Baskin is a bit smaller, but still sizeable with a 3.37-inch blade. The blade shape, like that on many Gavko knives, is an eccentric one – probably closest to an American tanto, but with a pointed, horn-like swedge and a recurved main edge. The prototype model came with a chisel grind, but Artisan has confirmed the final production version will have the more common V grind.

The Baskin’s handle, like the blade, plays with hard angles, but its fundamental outline is much less ornate. Both scales are made from titanium, with the steel-capped frame lock and a sculpted Ti clip on the off-side scale.

Satyr

Here’s another model from a returning collaborator: Chris Ortiz of Cerberus Knives. The Satyr [see feature image above] has a lot in common with Ortiz’s last Artisan collaboration, the Arion, but differs quite a bit from the Baskin. Its clip is considerably more restrained, with no avant-garde grind work: just a straightforward clip made from CPM-20CV. Its handle too, sticks to the very basics, but the titanium scales are enlivened by an all-over diagonal texturing.

Both the Baskin and Satyr prototypes have been snagged up, but Artisan says that the two knives will be entering production “very soon.”

Knife in Featured Image: Artisan Cutlery Satyr

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