Ostap Hel Follows in Footsteps of Poltergeist Works with Integral Spine Perix

Ostap Hel just doesn’t let up. The one-man design juggernaut just revealed another incoming model, a mere week after talking to us about the Ququ, his collaboration with Bestech co-owner Solina’s daughter. This one is for Real Steel, it’s called the Perix, and it brings the company’s “intregral spine” design concept into a new model line.

The Sacra came from another prolific young designer, Jakub Wieczorkiewicz, AKA Poltergeist Works. The integral spine concept was simple: instead of two separate liners and a backspacer piece, the integral spine combines these three elements into a single piece of folded steel. It’s a cool idea that will appeal to gear geeks, and reduces the amount of separate pieces in the construction of the knife, which is always a good thing.

Now Ostap Hel has taken a crack at the integral spine concept with the Perix. Despite the mechanical fireworks the knife is, at heart, a working everyday carry. The 3.39-inch cutting edge, Nitro-V steel, and drop point blade shape come together to make something intuitive and well-rounded in its capabilities. Opening method and lockup, too, follow the no-nonsense suite here with a thumb stud deployment and Axislike Crossbar lock mechanism – which features contribute to the Perix’s complete ambidexterity, alongside the reversible, deep carry wire clip.

The Sacra’s scales were heavily letterboxed, whereas the Perix’s scales are mostly flush with the integral spine; a narrow cutaway on the spine side reveals a portion of the spine, but does not run around the entire handle’s circumference. The profile is nice and slim, making the Perix eminently pocketable (try saying that five times fast!) especially considering it weighs a paltry 2.8 oz.

The Perix is slated for a full release in 2024, but it looks like you can order it now from Real Steel’s website.

Knife in Featured Image: Real Steel Knives Perix

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