Back in March 2020, I reviewed the Sandrin TCK 2.0 Slipjoint Tungsten Carbide knife. Marketed by Cabot Guns, the Sandrin TCK 2.0’s claim to fame is its StaySharp blade. I was very impressed with it as a 21st century “gentleman’s pocket knife,” but opening it does require two hands (knives that open with one hand are most in demand these days). So, for a one-hand-opening blade in a tactical folder configuration, Sandrin has introduced the new Torino Tungsten Carbide EDC Folder.
Sandrin Torino Overview
The Torino has a number of unique features that set it apart from more-traditional tactical folders. For starters, there is the graceful Polyhedral Tungsten Carbide blade. According to Sandrin, the Torino’s 2.95-inch hollow-ground blade is a flexible form of tungsten carbide with a hardness rating of HRC 71. It is rustproof — not just rust-resistant — even in saltwater. This makes the Torino great for carry while boating or during other outdoor adventures. The blade’s finish is left in the raw, rather than coated, and ground with fine diamonds. This gives the blade a distinctive “no-two-exactly-alike” surface finish.
Blade length: 2.95 inches
Overall length: 6.88 inches
Weight: 2.29 ounces
Blade thickness: 0.051 inches
The thumb ramp is jimped to prevent slippage, and the spine and finger choil are chamfered for comfort. Since the blade is only 0.051 inches thick, weight is correspondingly light at 2.29 ounces. Overall open length is 6.68 inches. The grips are “rescue red” G10 with multiple geometric indentations to further reduce weight and allow for a solid grip. The Titanium Black PVD-coated pocket clip is reversible. The handle features the same sequence of five distinctive Fibonacci holes that are drilled into the blades of the TCK, Dellatore and Lanzo folding knives. Sandrin calls these holes a mathematical trademark.
The Torino’s blade can be easily opened using the ambidextrous thumb studs or by pulling it open with your free hand. It is not spring-assisted. The bearings are ceramic.
The Torino’s locking system, called the recoil locking mechanism, was conceived by knife designer SNECX Tan. While opening the Torino to the locked position is quite conventional, releasing the blade for closing takes just a moment to get used to. It’s not a complicated process; just different and very efficient. It is worth watching the excellent video on the Sandrin website.
Releasing the locked blade is accomplished via the backspacer, which is also jimped. To release, take your thumb and pull the backspacer toward the rear of the knife while holding it in a basic cutting grip (with the tip of the blade pointing up). Here is what needs some getting used to: When you pull back the lock release, the blade gently rotates down. It is stopped by a large choil that wraps around your index finger. None of your fingers nor your hand are in any danger. From that point, you use your free hand to rotate the blade back into the fully closed position. It’s a bit unnerving the first time, but it’s a very clever and safe system.
I don’t know how to describe the Sandrin Polyhedral Tungsten Carbide blades any better way than saying that they are sharp! Sandrin blades are simply the sharpest out-of-the-box blades I have ever worked with. Blades with the StaySharp technology are billed as “the longest-lasting knife edge ever tested.” Sandrin blades will last through 1,540 cuts (depending, of course, on material being cut). This leaves all other conventional steel blades in the dust.
Carrying the Torino
I really like the Torino. Despite its conventional appearance, it is anything but. The Torino is an easy-to-carry knife due to its light weight and reasonable size. The blade is just the right length for the vast majority of missions for which you would use this type of knife. I really like the bright red grips that make it far easier to find the Torino if I drop it in the grass or leaves. The Torino is also very comfortable in the hand while you’re using it to cut something.
While the Sandrin Torino will stay sharp for a VERY long time, nothing stays sharp forever. The Polyhedral Tungsten Carbine blade requires special sharpening attention. You can either purchase the specialized sharpening equipment required for proper sharpening and do it at home following the video instructions on the Sandrin webpage or you can avail yourself of the Sandrin resharpening service for $19.95. I vote for the latter.
Sandrin knives are Italian-made with a lot of attention to detail. The Sandrin Torino lists at $199.00.
About Scott W. Wagner
Scott W. Wagner has been a law enforcement officer since 1980, working undercover in liquor and narcotics investigations and as a member, sniper and assistant team leader of a SWAT team. He currently works as a patrol sergeant. He is a police firearms instructor, certified to train revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun. Scott also works as a criminal justice professor and police academy commander.