Rough and Ready Tarcanis Joins the RoseCraft Line This Month

Here’s another new knife release from RoseCraft Blades: the Tarcanis. This one comes from the owner of RoseCraft, and is a stout everyday carry design.

Andy Armstrong, co-founder and general manager of RoseCraft, cultivated quite the CV before establishing his own production label. His former credits include a stint at CRKT, a company that always puts its design partners center stage. Armstrong appears to have taken that stance to heart, because RoseCraft is all about showing off the talent of its in-house design crew; each knife sports the personal insignia of the maker behind it.

The Tarcanis bears Armstrong’s own logo, the crossbones “A.” With a 3-inch blade, it’s smaller than the Waya or MA-11, two other new Armstrong designs we looked at last month. That being said, it still reads as a pretty tough knife for its size, thanks both to its robust handle (detailed below) and the wide drop point blade. Opened with either a thumb stud or front flipper, the Tarcanis’s drop point is made with AR-RPM9, a steel that began life as a proprietary powder metallurgy steel from Artisan Cutlery, but has been shared with RoseCraft since the company opened its doors in 2021.

The clip is reversible too

The handle is nice and chunky, with full contoured two-tone G-10 scales on both sides, covering up the liner lock and other under-the-hood hardware. All of which comes together to make a knife that weighs 4.6 oz. – not too heavy, but there’s enough heft here to give the Tarcanis that tank-like solidity that inspires confidence in terms of hard use. The last detail, another recurring item on RoseCraft stuff, is a reversible deep carry pocket clip, which makes the Tarcanis very lefty-friendly (other than the innate handedness of the liner lock).

The Tarcanis is available now, direct from RoseCraft. As with previous releases, these first pieces are a smallportion of a larger batch, so if it sells out, stock should be back within a few weeks.

Knife in Featured Image: RoseCraft Tarcanis

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