Cabot Guns, maker of some of the very finest (and most expensive) 1911s on the planet, has added a line of top-end knives from Sandrin. I’ve had the opportunity to evaluate the Sandrin TCK 2.0 slipjoint folding knife, and it’s the sharpest knife I’ve ever tested.

‘Slipjoint,’ Defined

Back when there were more gentlemen milling about — you know: polite, opened doors for others and behaved in a respectful manner — it was standard practice to carry a folding pocketknife for daily cutting tasks. Traditional pocketknives were not designed for any type of defensive use. They were basic cutting instruments that utilized traditional slipjoint mechanisms to hold their open blades securely in place.

A slipjoint knife requires two hands to open and close. Its blade is held in place by a strong backspring. Simply apply pressure to the blade to close it. There is nothing to push to release the blade. Improper handling of a slipjoint knife can result in cut hands and fingers. Pressure should be applied against the back of the blade rather than the cutting edge.

The Sandrin TCK 2.0 is a 21st century update of the traditional gentleman’s pocketknife and looks and cuts quite unlike any other type that I have seen. The heart of the TCK 2.0 is the ultra-sharp Polyhedral Tungsten Carbide blade.

TCK 2.0 Specifications

According to the Cabot website, the Tungsten Carbide used in the TCK has a 71C Rockwell Hardness rating and vastly outperforms steel. It is designed to “hold a sharp edge longer than any other knife.” And that’s not advertising hype. The videos on the website prove it.

The TCK 2.0 is a slim, trim knife weighing only 2.11 ounces. The handle is stainless steel, finished in a matte-black vapor deposition, and a red liner is used to further accentuate its appearance. The pocket clip is removable but not reversible. The handle is 4.48 inches long and only 0.23 inches thick, shaped to provide a guard to keep the index finger from slipping forward during cutting.

Weight: 2.11 ounces
Handle Length: 4.48 inches
Handle Width: 0.23 inches
Blade Length: 3.1 inches
Blade Width: 0.035 inches

The 3.1-inch Wharncliffe-style blade is mirror-polished and given a black Diamond-Like-Carbon (DLC) finish. You can actually see your reflection in it! A polishing cloth is included in the padded, form-fitted magnetic closure case to keep the knife shiny. The blade is only 0.035 inches thick, making the TCK 2.0 a light-duty knife — not a pry bar. The blade edge is hollow-ground. Rather than using nail nick for blade opening, the TCK 2.0 utilizes a series of holes cut through the top of the blade to provide a grasping surface for opening. The tip of the blade is triangle-shaped.

Carrying the TCK 2.0

I’ve had the TCK 2.0 for about three months now. It carries almost unnoticed in my pocket due to its light weight and trim dimensions. While there isn’t an actual locking mechanism, the blade stays firmly positioned when opened. During these three months, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to test its sharpness, causing me to declare “Wow!” every time I’ve used it. All those opportunities involved daily cutting chores.

One of my favorite objects to slice open with the TCK 2.0 has been plastic softener salt bags. Softener salt bags are tough. The TCK 2.0 sliced through the bags like there was nothing there. The same is true of the Amazon packages I’ve opened. I’ve used the TCK on every package I’ve received. There still is no need to sharpen it. It is simply amazing.

Conclusion

If you want the sharpest, most effective knife available for various cutting chores, the TCK 2.0 is for you. It may not be a tactical folder, but it doesn’t need to be to do the jobs for which it’s designed.

The Sandrin TCK 2.0 is crafted in Italy and priced at $249. Cabot also lists seven other Sandrin knives (including kitchen knives) on the website. The TCK 2.0 is priced the lowest. Several are in the $1,500 range, while the diamond-studded Platinum Mamba runs $150,000 (not a misprint). They all are beautiful blades.

Sources:

Cabot Guns: CabotGuns.com
Sandrin Knives: USA.SandrinKnives.com


About Scott W. Wagner

After working undercover in narcotics and liquor investigations, Scott W. Wagner settled down to be a criminal justice professor and police academy commander. He was also a SWAT team member, sniper and assistant team leader before his current position as patrol sergeant with the Village of Baltimore, Ohio, Police Department. Scott is a police firearms instructor certified to train revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun.