Tactile Knife Co. maintains its impressive pace through the end of the year. After ramping up production for the original Rockwall in the spring, releasing their first slipjoint, the Bexar, and dipping their toe into kitchen cutlery with the Chef Knife, Tactile caps off 2021 by returning to their flagship folder for a thumbstud version.
The original Rockwall was one of 2021’s small batch production smash hits. It was the first knife design from Will Hodges of Tactile Pen Co., made explicitly to be the kind of knife he, an EDC enthusiast himself, wanted to carry. The Rockwall Thumbstud retains the size and capabilities of its flipper’d forbearer: you’ve got a 2.84-inch blade with a thin drop point shape, purposefully ground thin behind the edge for maximum slicing ability.
The most notable difference is, obviously, the thumb stud, which replaces the flipper completely. It’s an ambidextrous stud, and to aid in accessing the stud Tactile has added a front-and-back chamfer beneath the finger guard. There are some other notable differences under the hood, too: the Rockwall Thumbstud Tactile has a new two-piece pivot with caged bearings, and an open stop pin track for easier maintenance.
There’s another change with this model, one that arguably has more impact than the rejiggered opening method. The original Rockwall flipper came with XHP steel generally, although some models were made in 20CV when that other steel wasn’t handy. The Rockwall Thumbstud, on the other hand, is being produced in three different steels: XHP, 20CV, and, most excitingly, in CPM MagnaCut, the super steel created by metallurgist and Knife Steel Nerds proprietor Larrin Thomas.
Tactile left behind the wait list format for the Rockwall Thumbstud. Instead, stock is added to their site every Tuesday at noon CST; customers can sign up to get an email notification when the specific version they want is available.
Knife in Featured Image: Tactile Knife Co. Rockwall Thumbstud