Ferrum Forge Pro Series Fortis 2.0 Flipper Knife 3.5" S35VN Drop Point Blade, Blue Bars Titanium Handles - FRT2BA-BL
FFFRT2BABL: Pro Series Fortis 2.0 Folding Knife, Blue Bars
The Original Fortis Entry Level Flipper was a great way to get into a mid-tech Ferrum Forge knife without the high cost of a full-on custom. The knife still featured hand finishing, top of the line materials, and the superb fit and finish of all Ferrum Forge knives. It was a simple design with very few parts but it packed a whole lot of cutting performance into the subtly beautiful design. That Fortis was still fairly expensive, even considering all the cost-saving measures Elliot and Chris put into the design. This led the two to turn to a new avenue to bring value to their customers without sacrificing quality and we think they've 100% succeeded with the Pro Series Fortis 2.0.
The Ferrum Forge Pro Series of knives is manufactured in China by We Knives to very exacting and demanding standards. If you were to close your eyes and hold the Entry Level Fortis side by side with the Pro Series Fortis 2.0, you'd honestly have a hard time telling the difference between the two. It features the same fit and finish as the original with a drop-dead centered blade and incredible flipping action. Ferrum Forge has always had a unique action to all their offerings, it's hard to describe but those who own one will know what we're talking about. It's stiff yet buttery smooth, requiring absolutely no effort to fully deploy the blade every time. The handle is the same as the original, made from milled titanium and available in a variety of patterns and color options. The only differences between the two are that this blade is marked with "1st Production Run" and it includes a sculpted titanium pocket clip in lieu of a spring one — an upgrade in our opinions.
The other difference you'll notice if you own an Entry Level model is the ease at which you can unlock this Pro Series Fortis 2.0. True Ferrum Forge models incorporate their own replaceable lockbar design, which is awesome, but the tension of the lockbar can sometimes make it difficult to fully move the lock face out of the way of the blade. You will not have this problem with the Pro Line. The lockbar tension is absolutely perfect, providing rock solid lockup while still being very easy to disengage. It wasn't a problem on the Entry Level Fortis but it's something that the Pro Series Fortis 2.0 has taken care of. The other thing we love about this knife is the price point. We've been seeing a lot of high-quality, high-value knives released recently but this might be the best of the bunch. For the money, even when compared to powerhouses like ZT and Benchmade, the Ferrum Forge Pro Series are some of the best knives available, period. This knife is an Entry Level Ferrum Forge knife made in China and would be worth the cost, even if it were twice the price!
- Blade Length: 3.50"
- Cutting Edge: 3.20"
- Closed Length: 4.70"
- Overall Length: 8.20"
- Blade Material: CPM-S35VN Stainless Steel
- Blade Thickness: 0.156"
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Blade Grind: Flat
- Blade Finish: Stonewash
- Handle Material: Bars Milled Titanium, Blue
- Handle Thickness: 0.51"
- Locking Mechanism: Frame
- Pivot Assembly: Ceramic Bearings
- Pocket Clip: Titanium (Tip-Up, Right Carry)
- Weight: 5.0 oz.
- Designer: Elliot Williamson
- Ceramic Detent
- Replaceable Lockbar Insert/Overtravel Arrestor
- Made by We Knives in China