StatGear Targets Knife Enthusiasts with the Ausus

StatGear is making a move into the wider knife community with its new Ausus folder. Originally intended to be a small batch Kickstarter project, sales were so strong that the knife will join the regular StatGear lineup.

“It has a very linear, retro-tactical look, without any extra grooves or flourishes,” StatGear Founder Avi Goldstein tells us. “I wanted it to look like a piece of modern art.”

StatGear’s latest product signals the company’s attempt to woo more sophisticated knife buyers. StatGear passed over G-10 handles for Micarta and, instead of AUS-8 or 440C, they outfitted the Ausus with D2 tool steel for improved edge retention. Users can carry the liner lock Ausus in an optional carbon fiber sheath or with a reversible deep carry pocket clip.

Previous releases like the T3 and Pocket Samurai were intended for the larger gear and EDC communities. Goldstein tells us many knife fans new to StatGear backed the Ausus’ Kickstarter last month, and hopes the product will be seen as a statement of intent. He wants StatGear to become a company knife lovers watch alongside the big brands. The company also aims to work with knife dealers in 2018. “We’d love to launch a bunch of different knives each year. That’s really our goal.”

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Three color variations of the Ausus are available now but this isn’t the last we’ll see of the design. “We’re working on the same type of design in a smaller form factor,” Goldstein says. More knives will follow, featuring other materials enthusiasts are accustomed to. “We do have a couple of designs we’re working on for titanium frame knives.”

Knife featured in image: StatGear Ausus