Steel Will Releases the Ant-Lock at Last

After years of development and anticipation in the knife community, Steel Will has announced that the Ant-Lock will finally be coming to market on the incoming Tasso F12. The new knife also features the materials and flourishes Steel utilizes on their premium offerings.

We first got word of the Ant-Lock all the way back in January 2017. The mechanism had already spent more than a year in development at that time. The ambidextrous lock disengages via a small vertical sliding tab accessible on either scale of the knife. It was designed not to need much in the way of stabilizing liners, which means that an Ant-Lock-sporting knife could be both stout and lightweight.

The Tasso in particular looks set to emphasize the hard use angle, with a sizable 3.5 inch bowie blade and a large, linerless handle with contoured G-10 scales and a series of cutouts to keep the user’s fingers in place during cutting chores. Steel Will added an orange G-10 backspacer for a bit of color, and went with M390 for the blade steel. Although Steel Will has been seeing lots of success with flipper style knives lately, the Tasso comes equipped with a regular thumb stud. It weighs 4.16 oz.

Anton Tkachenko is the man behind the Tasso design and the inventor of the Ant-Lock mechanism. The Tasso’s clip, accented by a stylized cutout, echoes some of the elaborate, flowing clip designs that Tkachenko implements on his custom knives. Tkachenko was also the designer of the Lanner, which Steel Will released earlier this year.

The Ant-Lock Tasso has an MSRP of $169.99. It is scheduled to be available for purchase at the end of the week, just in time to coincide with Blade Show 2019. Steel Will is bringing some other fresh designs to the show so stay tuned to KnifeNews this week for more coverage of the new knives.

Knife in Featured Image: Steel Will Tasso