Andre De Villiers Knives Trailboss Flipper 3.875" VG-10 Damascus Drop Point Blade, V-Milled Titanium Handles
ADVTRLBSSVDAM: VG-10 Damascus Trailboss, V-Milled
Andre De Villiers Knives
The Trailboss is a mid-tech design from Andre De Villiers that is, in our mind, the most usable model yet from Andre. It's built on the base of the Tac Butcher Gen 3 model with some added and upgraded features. It's still smooth, fast, sharp and stout - really everything one looks for in a tactical blade - but this has a full flat ground drop point blade from better slicing, skinning and all-around utility performance. There is a thumb disk, which you can use to open the blade instead of the flipper, but the action is so darn good, we definitely recommend the flipper mechanism. The 3.875" blade of this Trailboss is made from gorgeous VG-10 Damascus steel with a properly acid washed finish. The handle is v-milled titanium which looks good and provides additional traction for your fingers. They are produced in small batches which is what makes this knife a mid-tech instead of a full on custom knife where each handle is made specifically for each knife.
The Trailboss is the first Andre De Villiers folder to utilize his internal lockbar over travel stop which is built into the replaceable steel insert. The pivot point is what sets this knife apart from all others. It has an inset torx screw that fits inside the pivot, allowing you to tighten down the pivot while adjusting the centering or overall smoothness of the action. That action is very smooth to say the least, using a caged bearing system. Jimping on the flipper tang is sharp and functional; really nothing was overlooked on this awesome design. Andre put in a large cutout relief to make closing the knife easier. The other vastly improved feature in our opinion is that the pocket clip is now made from milled titanium instead of the spring clip variety, providing you with a much more confident and secure carry in the pocket. The Butcher may not have been your typical looking knife but its brother, the Trailboss, is much more aesthetically pleasing. Once you get it in your hand and you'll definitely warm up to the design thanks to all the great features it has and the fact that the action is on par with even the best flipping designs.
- Blade Length: 3.875"
- Cutting Edge: 3.75"
- Handle Length: 5.125"
- Overall Length: 9.0"
- Blade Steel: VG-10 Damascus
- Blade Thickness: 0.180"
- Blade Shape: Drop Point
- Blade Grind: Flat
- Blade Finish: Acid Etched
- Handle Material: V-Milled Titanium
- Handle Thickness: 0.53"
- Weight: 7.4 oz.
- Includes a Digital Camo ADV Zipper Pouch
- Made in South Africa
Semi-Custom or Mid-Tech knives are knives produced by a process in which the designer has more direct--but not complete--involvement; parts of these knives may still have been made by others.
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
A nonferrous metal, it's prized for its high strength to weight ratio and is often used on higher end knives.
A layered steel that can be either carbon or stainless. The finished blade is acid etched to give it a unique design. Damascus is known for its toughness, and edge holding capabilities.
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