Vosteed and Robert Saniscalchi are Back for More-L

A mere month after his first collaboration with Vosteed, Robert Saniscalchi has a second Vosteed model rolling out now, the Morel. This one sees Saniscalchi’s flair for grinds implemented in a smaller design that offers both everyday carry and more specialized capabilities.

Saniscalchi, whose custom shop name is RS Knifeworks, is known for his grind-centric design; what may be an element of pure utility for other makers is a blank canvas for Saniscalchi, ready for artistic expression. The RSKAOS, Saniscalchi’s prior Vosteed design, elevated its wharncliffe shape with a compound grind, and the Morel does similar to its shilin-style blade. It isn’t just a visual flourish either: the edge geometry is thicker near the base of the knife, which allows for that region to be relied upon for heavier cutting; meanwhile the thinner grind that runs out past it to the tip is the choice for superior slicing.

Yes, that’s “shilin-style” as in the Shilin Cutter, the famous Chinese folding knife and inspiration for Vosteed’s own Nightshade as well. Actually, the company describes the blade shape here as a Shilin-Sheepsfoot hybrid, and we can see that. We alluded to its overall EDC utility above and, while we stand by that, we should also point out that Vosteed says the name “Morel” is no coincidence, as Saniscalchi had mushroom gathering in mind when he came up with this knife. If you’re going to be out foraging this fall it should serve you in good stead.

The blade steel is N690, a tried and true choice for knives in this price range. Similarly, the aluminum handle scales may nto surprise, but they won’t let anyone down either. And whereas Saniscalchi’s RSKAOS utilized the patent pending top liner lock, the Morel comes with an Axislike crossbar lock. Multiple colors of the Morel are available, but the weight remains the same across the board at 3.42 oz.

The Morel is available now.

Knife in Featured Image: Vosteed Knives Morel

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