RoseCraft Follows up Modern Folder Blitz with Traditional Re-Release

RoseCraft is following up a modern folder blitz with the return of a retired traditional folder, the French Broad Jack. Designed by resident slipjoint scholar Andy Armstrong, the French Broad Jack comes back into circulation with the same specs, but a new cover material.

We have not covered the French Broad Jack before, so if you’re also new: this one offers users a 3-inch blade, drawn in a shapely wharncliffe profile. That’s a peanut butter/chocolate length/shape combo right there, and means the French Broad Jack fits comfortably into the long-running EDC-oriented slipjoint tradition. Littler tasks are no problem, of course, but the 3-inch length lets the French Broad Jack step into some larger chores too, like some food prep and breaking down boxes (just make sure to wash the blade between these two activities).

The French Broad Jack in the closed position

Like all RoseCraft traditionals, the French Broad Jack opens with a nail mark; and (also like all its stablemates) its blade steel is D2. That’s not a surprising choice by any means, but it is a solid one, and in role on a knife of this size, it should be to maintain a working edge for a long while with only touch-up sessions necessary.

The knives that inspired the French Broad Jack predate the era of modern folder ergonomics, so it’s no surprise we don’t see any finger grooves, cutouts, or gimping here. The simplicity of the French Broad Jack’s handle gels nicely with its straightforward everyday cutter use profile, and also makes it an easy carry in the pocket. It has no clip and goes in loose, like the knives of yore; the smooth profile ensures that it will be a comfortable companion.

The first go around, the French Broad Jack had covers made from red bone; this time around we’ve got Rosewood covers instead. It’s not the very first time wood covers have appeared in RoseCraft’s traditional catalog, but it is not a common sight either, and this one could very well end up in the vault someday too, so those on the hunt for such a configuration should be pleased.

The French Broad Jack is available now.

Knife in Featured Image: RoseCraft Blades French Broad Jack

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