Tommaso Rumici Teams Up with Steel Will for the Piercer

Steel Will has recruited knife designer Tommaso Rumici for the Piercer, a new for 2019 model. The Piercer takes a rough, rugged approach to EDC design and comes in multiple configurations to accommodate users’ tastes.

“It’s meant to be a real EDC, ready for everything,” Rumici tells us of his new design. “Something you pick when you leave home and don’t know what you are going to use your knife for.” As the name would suggest, the dominant feature of the Piercer is its broad D2 drop point blade. Virtually all belly, it tapers to a fine point that has been given added rigidity with a swedge. The edge length hits an EDC sweet spot lengthwise, measuring 3.2 inches, with a stouter-than-average blade stock of .12 inches (3 mm).

Work Sharp

The handle is an exceedingly simple affair, just a gentle curve that arcs into a narrow butt-end, with a lone, large finger groove underneath the pivot. Dressed in workmanlike materials (G-10 and a single liner), the Piercer still benefits from Rumici’s unique aesthetic, which merges a feel for utility with an eye for clean, modern lines. He drew up a long, slender, deep carry pocket clip that can bury the Piercer during carry but still withstand the knocks and scrapes that are the purview of any knife we have with us on a daily basis.

Steel Will is offering the Piercer with either a liner lock or a titanium frame lock; the frame lock version does come in slightly heavier, and weighs 3.84 oz. compared to the liner lock model’s 3.53 oz. Naturally, the titanium frame lock model hits a higher price point, but both the blackwash and satin finish liner lock Piercers target a sub-$100 cost.

Rumici is the first outsider designer to join forces with Steel Will. Until now the company has relied on its talented in-house team to produce designs like the Cutjack and Gekko. Rumici says that he submitted multiple designs to Steel Will and they settled on the Piercer in particular. It is very early days – the knife isn’t scheduled to arrive until next month – but Rumici enjoyed the collaboration and is not ruling out the possibilty of working with the company again. “ would love to, but we just started our collaborations, so I think we should wait for feedbacks from their customers.”

Knife in Featured image: Steel Will Piercer