First 2020 Real Steel Release is a New Ivan Braginets Design

Real Steel Knives is releasing the Rokot, a new for 2020 folder design from ongoing RSK collaborator Ivan Braginets. The Rokot shares characteristics with other Braginets/RSK collabs while implementing a three-way opening system and coming in at a different price point.

Like Braginets’s Relict and Gardarik designs, the Rokot comes outfitted with a robust, racy drop point blade shape. Flat ground from about a fifth of the way down, the 3.74-inch blade functions as a beefy all-arounder. It is made from N690Co steel, a break from the D2 on other recent folding knife releases from RSK.

The big back-of-the-box feature of the Rokot is its trio of different opening methods. It can be opened with a front flipper, thumb stud, or the long fuller-like channel cut into the blade, which also functions as a sort of visual hallmark for Braginets. Another signature Braginets touch makes its way onto the Rokot: the slotted screw hardware for easier disassembly and maintenance.

Braginets’s handle designs are no-nonense affairs; he relies on tried and true lines and avoids over-complicated shapes. The Rokot’s handle runs back from the blade in a more or less straight line, with small, unobtrusive rises at the back and front ends to indicate a pommel and guard. A minor swell in the middle adds some dimensionality, further emphasized by a large sweeping chamfer across the entire inner side of the G-10 handle scales, which have been given a Morse code pattern.

The Rokot is also the first folding knife design from Braginets to fall outside of RSK’s S Series premium knife bracket. Prior Braginets pieces like the Relict and Havran featured upscale materials and carried a heftier price tag; the Rokot will be arriving with dealers shortly at an MSRP of $96.00

Knife in Featured Image: Real Steel Rokot