It has been an honor and a pleasure working with the one-and-only Bob Terzuola. From the first time we discussed this idea during the USN Gathering, to meeting with WE Knife at SHOT Show, and visiting his new shop to shoot the video, a few things have really stood out to me:
1) Bob really enjoys sharing his passion for the craft, and all of the knowledge he’s gained over the years, with others. He literally wrote the book on tactical folding knives (which, if you’re lucky, you can find in good condition on eBay for $150-$200). I think his passion comes across in the video we filmed, and I am grateful to help share his story with a new audience that may not already know about him.
2) Bob is incredibly humble, given all his experience and accomplishments. He’s a living legend in the knifemaking world, but you’d never know it if you just ran into him on the street or at a knife show. He regularly collaborates with other makers, and though most people think of him as a teacher, he still considers himself a student in many regards. This open mindset, that there is always more to learn, keeps his designs current and with a focus on innovation - this guy is always thinking about what’s next, even though he has already pioneered some of the most important innovations in knife design - laser cutting of titanium blanks, ambidextrous one-hand thumb disc opener, double-detent slipjoints, the locking removable belt clip for sheaths, and many more.
3) Bob is open to learning new things, but uncompromising about quality. He was insistent about some key features of this collaboration - primarily, titanium liners, but also regarding some design refinements of the blade shape and grind. It is this uncompromising attention to detail that has gained him a dedicated following of people who gladly pay $1500 to $4500 for his custom knives (if you are lucky enough to have your name drawn in the lottery at a custom knife show - they are normally sold for 2 to 3 times that amount on the secondary market). Before signing off on the project, Bob looked at a number of other WE Knife models and met with both of our our teams. He personally inspected the prototypes, and made some key revisions which you see reflected on the page.
As for the knife itself, I love the CTF design for a few reasons. It’s smooth as butter to flip open - with the flipper tab, of course, but also with the thumb disc. I find on a lot of knives that the geometry of thumb stud and their location relative to the handle makes for awkward ergonomics; many are hard to open at all, let alone get open fully with a quick flick. It’s also pretty slim and lightweight for a Terzuola knife, which makes for a perfect EDC. Bob’s custom knives are stunning to see and to hold, but at $1500 to $3000 or more, I’d be a bit nervous carrying one around all day - you can be sure the CTF will be getting some regular use as part of my EDC rotation.
* The drop will start at 6:00 am PT on #TerzuolaTuesday, April 17th
* The drop is limited to 1500 total units - 500 of each handle color.
* Each color will have its own set of serial numbers, all members are guaranteed a serial number lower than #0550. Black / K0001 to K0550, Olive Drab: V0001 to V0550 / Desert Tan: T0001 to T0550.
* Members who join in April will see their orders processed and cards charged on April 30th, or earlier if the drop ends because all units are sold. If there are still units available, the drop will remain active through May 18th and members who join in May will see their orders processed and cards charged when the drop ends.
* Our Estimated Ship Date is September 28th, 2018
Thanks for looking, and for helping to make this awesome collaboration possible!
Carry On - Jonas