Bastien Coves is the founder of Bastinelli's Creations. He primarily focuses on knife creations, including the one we reviewed. We analyzed this knife after 3 months of daily use for an honest review. While his designs are second to none, we wanted to see if they performed as good as they look.
So, let's get right to it and see if this is a good option for YOU to EDC...
This pocket knife is a beauty. The blade is made of D2 LION Steel (Italy) and has a full dark stone wash color. The blade length is 3.5 inches and is extremely sharp right out of the box, so be careful upon opening. The handle is made of Titanium and has a dark stone wash color. The end of the handle has a IKBS Carbon Tungsten Glass Breaker that works beautifully, along with a very sturdy titanium pocket clip. When opened up, the blade has an overall length of 8.8 inches; therefore, this is what I would call a mid to long-size folding pocket knife. The weight of the blade is 150 g, which is about as much as an iPhone. I have deployed this knife hundreds of times in the last 3 months, and it shows no signs of wear. I neither see any or hear any screeching sounds. The deployment remains smooth.
When I carry anything, it must be convenient to access and it must be comfortable whether I am sitting, standing or working. This knife does not bother me at all. It fits into the smallest pocket of my pants (shown below). It does not slide, as the clip is extremely sturdy even after daily use for 3 months. Most knives have those tiny screws keeping the clip in place, and I have had nothing but trouble with them. This one is designed better. The clip is anchored by the glass breaker with no signs of bending into a different shape than originally designed. So, I never have to worry if the knife fell out in the car or while running around at work or while working out.
EASE OF DEPLOYMENT
Not to hammer home the clip anymore, but for me it is important here as well. The clip is tight enough to the pant pocket that it won't move from it's place, but not too tight to influence the natural draw stroke. However, it does take a bit more effort to place the clip back in the pants. This doesn't bother me, because I don't need to rush this part, but it is worth mentioning. In addition, the smooth surface of the titanium used on the handle allows the knife to glide right out of the pocket for a quick and easy draw. Knives that have a rough handle affect the deployment of my draw stroke; therefore, I do not care much for those. But, that is me.
The size of the knife fits my hand well, because my grip from the pocket aligns well with the leverage I need to hold and deploy out of the pocket. Once out of pocket, the flipper (which releases the blade) is not only smooth, but requires very limited effort to deploy before locking into place. I find that flicking my wrist while simultaneously pushing the flipper allows for the fastest and most RELIABLE deployment of the knife. The size of the knife is great for me because it requires very little to no adjustment to acquire a proper grip for use.
For the purposes of this review I am not so much concerned about the sharpness of the blade. While this one arrived quite sharp, you can always sharpen or dull a knife to your preference. I am most concerned about the use of the knife for wielding and grip purposes. The width of the blade tapers towards the point, with the thickest end being closest to the flipper joint. The width is great for my thumb because it provides just a bit more leverage to push down on. The knife is easily rotated to hold inverted with the glass breaker by the thumb. Either grip with or without the blade extended is extremely comfortable allowing for effective use of the knife. The glass breaker is a nice addition that works as it should.
As with all weapons and non-weapons, be sure to check on your state laws. Each state has its own policy based on court rulings. Pennsylvania knife laws are a bit unclear, but hopefully these bullet points help. They are taken from the website knifeup.com
WHAT IS LEGAL TO OWN
WHAT IS ILLEGAL TO OWN
LIMITS ON CARRY