Fox/Bastinelli Creations Slim Dragotac "Piemontes" Friction Folder 3.15" Satin N690Co Blade, Black FRN Handles, Leather Pouch - 01FX047


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FOX518B: Bastinelli/Fox 518B Slim Dragotac "Piemontes" Friction Folder


Fox Knives has been manufacturing a part of Bastinelli Creations production lineup for years. Now, the two have collaborated on a design that will answer numerous customer requests. Many people love the Dragotac series for its versatile flat ground Wharncliffe style blade and wildly ergonomic pistol grip style handle. However, lots of them are restricted to the types of knives (i.e. no locking knives) that they can carry. What we have here is a solution to that problem; a non-locking Slim Dragotac dubbed the Piemontes.

The Slim or Compact Dragotac "Piemontes" is a superb do-it-all kind of folder that will replace your tried and tested Svord Peasant Knife. It's ergonomic, slender, utilitarian, feather-light, and tactical—when it has to be. The 3.15" blade is made from N690Co stainless steel with a brushed satin finish. The contoured FRN handle is constructed with barrel spacers for a completely flow-through design and its absence of liners makes it super lightweight. It has excellent fit and finish and the jimped thumb ramp, crowned spine, and Italian leather drop sheath make it an awesome value for your money. We highly recommend this Bastinelli design to you—manufactured in Italy by Fox Knives.


  • Blade Length: 3.15" (8.0 cm)
  • Cutting Edge: 3.15" (8.0 cm)
  • Closed Length: 5.15" (13.1 cm)
  • Overall Length: 7.30" (18.5 cm)
  • Blade Material: N690Co Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118" (3.0 mm)
  • Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
  • Blade Style: Wharncliffe
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Black FRN
  • Handle Thickness: 0.43" (11.0 mm)
  • Liner Material: None
  • Locking Mechanism: Friction
  • Pivot Assembly: Washers
  • Pocket Clip: None
  • Sheath Material: Leather
  • Weight: 1.6 oz. (45 g)
  • Weight with Pouch: 2.5 oz. (79 g)
  • Designer: Bastien Bastinelli
  • Made in Italy
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Fox/Bastinelli Creations Slim Dragotac "Piemontes" Friction Folder 3.15" Satin N690Co Blade, Black FRN Handles, Leather Pouchrated 4.000 stars out of 5 (1 review)
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Fox/Bastinelli Creations Slim Dragotac "Piemontes" Friction Folder 3.15" Satin N690Co Blade, Black FRN Handles, Leather Pouch
rated 4 stars out of 5
Tom H
May 23, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Handle Material, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Sheath
The Cow’s Foot
I like to think they named this knife, ‘Piemontes,’ after the cattle breed of the same name, originating in the Piedmont region of Italy. The blade resembles a cow’s hoof, more than a sheepfoot blade. Furthermore, ‘Piemontes,’ comes from the Latin root, pedem montium, meaning “at the foot of the mountains.” Again, with the, “foot,” reference. So, this will always be the Cow’s Foot, to me. Italians are known for design, and I like this design. Curved grip is full and comfortable. Nice grind on the blade, arrived sharp. Bohler N690 is good wear resistant stainless. If you’re going to abuse it, do so in the 1st year, as it has a one year warranty. Knife was stiff opening out of the box, but I spied a little star wrench in the box, and with a little screwin’-around, I had that sucker flicking open one-handed. They mentioned tactical use in their description. Seems it would be slow to deploy from the supplied pocket sheath (no belt loop). I would not carry it in my pocket without sheath, as it could easily partially open and slice a finger, or your pocket. Would be nice for EDC from a quick-draw, Kydex sheath, and worth the investment. I plan on using it as a work bench knife in the shop. A Wharncliff/sheepsfoot blade always comes in handy at the bench. Like, a long, re-sharpen-able, utility knife. I don’t know, this knife just hit my eye, like a big pizza pie, and you know what that is?


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