Reate Stays the Premium Knife Course with Iron Model

One of the first big Reate releases of 2020 is the Iron EDC knife. The Iron is carrying plenty of Reate flourishes and highlights Reate’s ongoing commitment to small batch, high-end production knives.

The Iron is a compact, hardy EDC folder design. Its blade length runs to 3.25 inches, a comfortable, accommodating blade length for pretty much any reasonable folding knife chore. Reate is crafting this blade from its favored M390 blade steel, a premium stainless offering lots of mileage in terms of edge retention and well above average corrosion resistance. The grind is a 2/3rds hollow grind, allowing the .157″ blade stock to taper down to slicing-ready thinness behind the edge.

As they did with Enrique Peña’s Rhino collaboration, Reate is offering the Iron two ways in terms of opening method. Customers can have this knife as a flipper or as a thumb stud opener. Either way, the pivot setup is the same: Reate’s standard ceramic ball bearings. The lockup remains unchanged as well. Reate outfitted the Iron with a titanium framelock capped by a stainless steel interface insert.

The handle design is one of contrasts. Its profile is a basic handle shape, with simple curves that offer a neutral grip for users. But the patterning of the handle inserts add a lot of visual interest; whether users choose carbon fiber or green or brown Micarta, they’ll be getting the same skeletal, two-part inlay job on the showside, which creates a shape in the surrounding titanium that’s mirrored by the pocket clip on the off side. This pocket clip is a sculpted titanium number, of course, and is attached to the handle with a screw that, like all the handle hardware, is color coordinated to compliment the inlays’ hue.

There’s also another option for the Iron. Reate is releasing an fancied up version alongside the aforementioned variations. This blinged out blade comes with carbon fiber inserts and an additional MokuTi inlay on the front replacing the plain titanium. The thumb stud and backspacer are also made out of this exotic material.

The Iron is available now. The price for either Micarta model is 325; for the carbon fiber model, $335; while the carbon fiber/MokuTi option is $650.

Knife in Featured Image: Reate Iron