Integral custom from the Blade Show 2019
A new custom knife from Canadian knifemaker Brian Tighe. The Down Integral Tanto was purchased by Maria Stalina for her shop at BladeShow 2019 in Atlanta directly from the author. As usual, the work of the master enchants with excellent quality at an affordable price.
Recently, Brian prefers integral design folders, where the handle is made as a single piece. The handle of the Down Integral is also made as a single detail from custom carbon fiber.
This high-tech solution has always attracted collectors and knife lovers.
The new flipper inherited the Tighe's signature style (fullness of decorative edges on the blade and the handle).
The Button Lock is Tighe's favorite lock. It is typical for the majority of his folders. It's a reliable and convenient mechanism.
The American tanto blade is massive and powerful. Based on the material and geometry of the blade, it is safe to say that the knife has a smooth cut, good for stabbing and chopping movements. The blade is made from Damascus of the Swedish concern DAMASTEEL. Spectacular stripes of the Damascus pattern perfectly emphasize the multi-grind relief of the tanto blade. The steel pattern is like the streams of water in Akira Kurosawa's black-and-white films — a combination of clarity and dynamics. The proportions and style of the blade and handle are a great combination that makes the knife as a whole a perfect design object.
Some details of the knife are more typical for the premium segment than for a knife at an affordable price:
the Damascus pocket clip with a ball for easy and comfortable use;
the decorative washer around the axial screw is also made of Damascus;
the cap of the axial screw with a slot in the form of a Maltese cross.
Versatility in the way of opening is another signature feature of Tighe knives. The author offers the future owner a choice: if you want, open it by the fin (the flip is light and extremely smooth); if you want, use a perfectly ergonomic thumb stud, and since it is located on both sides of the blade, it's ambidextrous.
The traditional ergonomic shape of the handle is emphasized with a pleasant feeling of warm carbon fiber.
It comes with a stylish case.
Brian Tighe's Folder is an example of style and functionality that will appeal to a wide range of knife lovers.