Bestech has brought on a new partner for a late March release called the Titan. They tapped designer Keanu Alfaro for this EDC-sized knife with a quirky take on the tanto blade shape.
The word “tanto” conjures up some pretty specific images, but in actuality, as with any blade shape, there are many different forms it can take. The Titan’s 2.94-inch blade sits at the crossroads between the American style tanto, which has a distinct secondary edge out to the tip, and the Japanese tanto, which transitions much more gradually between the two. That means the Titan’s main edge is straight, while the secondary one bellies out and up to a high point.
It’s a configuration that looks like it will excel at slicing and piercing in particular, and the expected D2 blade steel gives above average edge retention for daily carry tasks. A standard spine-side flipper tab is the only deployment method on the Titan.
Alfaro’s handle design continues the Eastern inspiration with straight, nearly symmetrical shape, unbroken by finger grooves or the like. G-10 scales are placed over steel liners, with a liner lock cut into the off-side one. The Titan’s handle is just wide enough to allow the blade to be almost completely buried in the closed position, keeping the knife’s in-pocket profile nice and compact. The short deep carry pocket clip has some lines cut into it, echoing similar linework on the front scale, but it can’t be reversed to the show side – sorry lefties.
This is the very first production collaboration for Keanu Alfaro. A product developer and CAD engineer, Alfaro also has a collaboration with Two Sun on the way, with a similar tanto-style blade.
The Titan is available now.
Knife in Featured Image: Bestech Titan