Spartan Blades Ends 2020 with Two New Folder Releases

Spartan Blades is bulking up their value-driven offerings with two new Field Grade folders. The knives come from two well-known custom makers, Les George and William Harsey, Jr.

Astor

The Astor is the first Spartan release designed by Les George, and anyone familiar with his work will be able to draw a direct line from the Astor to other George knives, like the Mini Harpy. The Astor has a blade that measures 3.5 inches long and has a very George-esque widened drop point shape. Spartan says that “Work Horse” was the operative word in coming up with the Astor; thus the blade is long enough and stout enough for various light-to-medium chores.

The Astor shares a few elements with the co-star the Talos. Both knives are liner locks with G-10 handle scales (an optional upgrade to carbon fiber exists for the Astor), CTS-XHP blade steel, deep carry clips, and the OIBBS, or Oil Infused Bronze Bushing System. Spartan says the OIBBS uses oil-impregnated bushings to achieve durability, rigidity, smooth deployment; this same pivot system will be used on all Field Grade folders.

Talos

As you can tell by looking at it, the Talos is the latest Spartan collaboration with William Harsey, Jr., and obviously emulates the look and overall purpose of the recently-released SHF 3.25. The Talos has a lot of the same lines, but its blade is just a tad shorter, measuring 3.125 inches long.

It may be a little bit shorter than the Astor, but the Talos is being billed as the tactical option between the two. That being said, its EDC-friendly proportions make it a great daily carry option – and at 2.34 oz. an extremely light one as well.

Both of the Field Grade folders are available now. Like the FG Enyo that preceded them, these knives are intended to be entry-level models in the Spartan catalog. As such, the standard trim models are priced at $135/$145 for the G-10/carbon fiber Astors, and $115 for the Talos.

Knife in Featured Image: Spartan Blades Field Grade Astor

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