Two new WE Knife Co. models are on their way to dealers this month. Both knives, the Culex and the Speedster, hail from the in-house team, but differ notably in size, construction, and basic mechanics.
A quick google search tells us that “culex” is a genus of mosquitoes, making it the latest in a long and proud line of folders named after annoying bugs. Nomenclature aside, in practice the Culex is a high-end iteration of WE’s button lock mechanism, a device they’ve been playing around with in both their main and Civivi lines for a couple years now. The broad drop point blade is 2.97 inches, right in the wheelhouse for flexible EDC; the flexible blade shape is paired to a flexible super steel, CPM-20CV. While the Culex isn’t 100% ambidextrous, its deployment methods are: there’s a flipper on the spine and dual thumbstuds, one on either side of the blade.
Titanium slab handle scales round out the package here, but because the Culex foregoes a frame lock, these scales can be completely visually symmetrical. The clip is easily reversible, and the Culex weighs 3.9 oz.
If you happen to be craving a new titanium frame lock, however, WE has you covered with the Speedster. This one is bigger than the Culex, with a cutting edge of 3.5-inches, but it does have the same multifunctional drop point shape, equally ready to slice up an apple and break down a box – and once again present is CPM-20CV steel, so the edge will hold up to a lot of apple slicing and/or box breaking.
Similarities to the Culex continue with the Speedster’s handle design, with a profile that keeps things pleasingly basic, devoid of anything more dramatic than a finger guard. The titanium scales are 3D-machined, with a plain flat on top letterboxed by two angled, textured chamfers. There’s the titanium frame lock we all know on the off-side, and the Speedster’s clip is reversible even if that lock is configured for righties.
Knife in Featured Image: We Knife Co. Culex