Massdrop x Tashi Bharucha Prism Folding Knife
Massdrop x Tashi Bharucha Prism Folding Knife
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Based on knifemaker Tashi Bharucha’s overwhelmingly popular custom knife, the Church (which can only be found for upwards of six times the cost), the Massdrop x Tashi Bharucha Prism is a production version that’s just as striking and even more structurally sound. Thanks to a seamlessly connected two-piece titanium construction, the Prism is absent of backspacers or standoffs Read More

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JonasHeineman
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Feb 22, 2018
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Hey everyone,
I first spoke with Tashi Bharucha about a collaboration at the USN Gathering (G9) in September of 2017. I was excited when he said he was interested - he’s a popular and talented designer who has become well-known for his exquisitely-crafted handmade custom knives.
My excitement only grew when we began talking about what kind of knife would be a good fit. Tashi said that he could not keep up with the demand from collectors for his custom Church model, and offered to let Massdrop produce a version of this popular design. The model’s name and skeletonized handles were inspired by the beautiful and intricate panes of stained glass windows adorning the many cathedrals in and around Paris, where Tashi makes his home. Taking a cue from this idea of light passing through a frame, and noting the angular gaps in the handle, we decided on “Prism” for our EDC-friendly production version.
Tashi also loves to cook, and the shape of this blade is derived from a chef’s knife. Because the blade’s edge sits a bit below the handle, it can be used for food prep when cutting on a board. Whereas Tashi’s $1500 custom knives might not see much daily use for most owners, at under $250 we hope these will see their fair share of picnics and other outdoor adventures!
When I asked Tashi, “It’s already a great knife - what could we do to make it better for our community?” he said that, while knife collectors liked the full-size custom Church, it was a bit large to be pocket-friendly for most people. Then, he said that he’d been working on a new style of joining the two handles together, by shaping the two sides to meet flush on the spine instead of being attached with standoffs and/or backspacers.
With these two improvements for the production version in mind, we focused on what was important to keep the same. Tashi was adamant that we keep the same steel - Damasteel’s ® RWL34 - because of the great finish that it offers, especially when it gets the hand-rubbed satin blade treatment that you see paired with these anodized and tumbled blue and bronze handles. Based on these parameters, we sent Tashi’s drawings to have them prototyped so we could review them ourselves and make necessary adjustments.
Based on feedback from community members who handled the prototypes pictured on the page, we’ve made a slight adjustment to the choil for the final production. The change was made to make sure that none of the blade’s edge was exposed near the open portion of the frame when the knife is closed. We tested this, and the only way that we could make contact was by purposefully jamming a very small finger through the gap in the spine, but we thought it was better to err on the side of caution. Tashi agreed, and was gracious enough to make the change - it’s pretty cool working with world-class designers who are still open to taking feedback from the community, and we’re grateful to both him and the folks who gave their input. As you can see from the photo before showing Old/New profiles, it’s a pretty small change.
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Last, a few administrative notes on this drop:
We’ll be closing at 10pm on Wednesday, February 28th and immediately reopening it to run through most of March. If you join in the first week, your card will be charged on February 28th, everyone who joins after will be charged when the drop ends. We hope this will help us to get a jump on production and make sure we hit our Estimated Ship Date.
The introductory price of $234.99 will only be available on this first pre-production launch. Future drops will be priced at $249.99. Thanks to those who are joining the first drop and making this possible!
Carry On - Jonas
Feb 22, 2018
T.willy
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Nov 1, 2018
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Hey Jonas it's great to see you guys finally used one of your own Massdrop Made knives to billboard the Blades section. If you look back a few months ago you'll see I had asked about this very idea a few times. It just seemed like the obvious thing to do whenever you updated the that page. I guess I was right. lol 😆Hopefully in time there'll be a whole line of knives in the photo just like the old one but done with all Massdrop Made Models. 👍😎
Nov 1, 2018
Mithras3
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Jul 25, 2019
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Again, i believe it is dishonest and intentionally deceiving to never offer the knife that is advertised or ever intending to offer.
Jul 25, 2019
Leoanger
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Sep 17, 2019
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I didn't give this a second glance until I saw a normal picture of the knife on Matt Degnan's Instagram. Me likey, just not the blacked-out version.
Sep 17, 2019
drandall
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Sep 13, 2019
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I’m looking to sell mine. Never used. It’s from the initial run, serial #196. Comes in original box with case, cloth, card, etc. If you’re interested...let me know.
Sep 13, 2019
drandall
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Oct 7, 2019
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Black handle. Black Blade. Never Used.
Oct 7, 2019
Hatuletoh
794
Oct 9, 2019
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That sounds quite promising. Let us adjourn to a more private online setting, to continue the discussion, if that's all right with you. My email is just my Drop handle (which spells "hotel utah" backwards) at gmail, etc., in the usual email address format.
Oct 9, 2019
Mithras3
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Jul 25, 2019
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Again, i believe it is dishonest and intentionally deceiving to never offer the knife that is advertised nir ever intending to offer.
Jul 25, 2019
Mithras3
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Jul 14, 2019
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If you are never intending on offering the blade you market, black.......Stop using said model, its unethical and intentionally deceiving. Stop
Jul 14, 2019
Deerjesus
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May 23, 2019
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Will the black one be back in stock?
May 23, 2019
Hatuletoh
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Aug 22, 2019
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Oh seriously? Damn...I just bought my first one off eBay for $160, the blue model, brand new, never opened. I was thinking MAYBE I'd come buy one directly. But I wanted the black model now, so I guess it's back to eBay for me. I need to watch for the black one and for a grey/bronze so I can swap out the stonewashed blade for a satin finish and make the perfect blue model.
Aug 22, 2019
Deerjesus
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Aug 22, 2019
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I was looking at those as well. I don't trust whether they are real or not. Significant amount of money off.
Aug 22, 2019
jedi5diah
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May 2, 2019
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what a beauty but the price!!!
May 2, 2019
phokingchink
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May 1, 2019
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When does this drop end? There is no end date on info...or is this limited run? Shows 897 sold. Out of 1000?
May 1, 2019
14themoney
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Feb 26, 2019
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Good looking knife.
Feb 26, 2019
TPM001
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Jan 25, 2019
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Just to let fellow Canadians know that this knife arrived in 8 calendar days with no problems with at customs. COD of CAD 72 for taxes, duties and brokerage fees. All worth it. Easily the best knife in my collection.
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Jan 25, 2019
TPM001
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Feb 2, 2019
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All-in $419 CAD. And yes, full tracking door to door.
Feb 2, 2019
bruichladdich
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May 2, 2019
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Mine came to $80 import taxes. I wish massdrop had mentioned this before I bought.
May 2, 2019
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