The Raine marks multiple firsts for us here at Drop. For one, it’s our first collaboration with celebrated knifemaker Kirby Lambert. For another, it’s our first folder with a recurve blade—which are known for their utility for pull cuts and slicing. Measuring 8.2 inches long and weighing nearly 6 ounces, the Raine is a flat-out beast. And while it’s certainly sized for heavy-duty cuts, it doesn’t sacrifice even a smidge of grace. In addition to a thick RWL34 blade, the Raine features handle scales made from FatCarbon: a heat-treated carbon fiber composite from a small production shop in Eastern Europe. Hold the knife at different angles and watch the handle shimmer, especially in the light.
Note: For your early support, the Drop + Kirby Lambert Raine Folding Knife will be available at this limited-time preorder price of $249 until August 1, 2019. Once the product is in inventory, it will be available at the regular price of $299.
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A good knife is only as good as its handle. That’s why we started with a reliable 6AL4V titanium frame on the Raine, which can be found in all of Lambert’s custom folding knives. Thanks to the caged bearing system (and the 3.5-inch blade’s hefty build), the knife snaps open with authority with a simple press on the flipper tab. To make the flipper even more comfortable, the bolster is rounded and cornered—a design element that can only be achieved through CNC machining. Looking at the Raine from the spine, you’ll notice a floating backspacer that perfectly matches the contours of the handle. To complete the knife, it’s fitted with a titanium clip and a custom-branded pivot.
Kirby Lambert has been collecting folding knives since the age of 7. Considering his upbringing in the Canadian countryside, he had plenty of reasons to carry one—however, it wasn’t until studying fine art at the University of Calgary that Lambert realized his knack for craftsmanship. Later he met knifemaker Brian Lyttle, who taught him the skills and dedication needed to make his own knives and turn passion into reality. In the 27 years since he officially stepped onto the scene, Lambert has become one of the most respected knifemakers in the industry. To that end, he won the award for “Best Tactical Folder” at Blade Show 2016 and served as the Vice President of the Canadian Knifemakers’ Guild.
A small and highly respected original equipment manufacturer in China, Reate was founded in 2012 by David Deng, a longtime knife enthusiast with a background in mechanical design and manufacturing. Since starting the business, Deng has expanded its capabilities to offer key services like wire EDM precision cutting, laser engraving, CNC milling, low-temperature tempering, custom hand finishing, and more. Owing to the company’s impressive work, Reate has earned the opportunity to work with knifemakers around the world, including names like Liong Mah, Tashi Bharucha, David Mosier, Eric Ochs, and Todd Begg.
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All orders will be shipped by Drop.
Estimated ship date is Jan 15, 2020 PT.
After this product run ends, payment will be collected and orders will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all orders final. Check the discussion for updates on your order.