This week on Spotlight Series we’re taking look at a mid-tech version of Todd Begg’s custom creation, the Kwaiken. Begg’s first ever production knife inaugurates his new Steelcraft line by offering up the same sleek design that made the Kwaiken such a popular custom, now manufactured with precision by Reate Knives.
Visually, this is a very faithful reproduction of the original Kwaiken. It bears all the hallmarks of the original design, from the straight lines of the handle, to the milled fluting pattern down the middle, to the slender upswept blade. The build quality is exactly what you’ve come to expect from Reate, with high quality materials and an excellent fit and finish.
Blade deployment is ultra smooth and easy thanks to the IKBS ceramic pivot system. The blade is a healthy 4″ of S35VN stainless steel with a long, powerful cutting edge. The base of the blade functions as a double finger guard, preventing you from sliding forward onto the cutting edge when using the knife. With practice the finger guard can also be used to assist in opening the knife upon drawing in a style similar to the Emerson Wave feature. Blade is held in place by a sturdy framelock.
Handle is titanium with a lot of milled texture providing ample grip. The straight shape is going to take a little getting used to, but after a while it feels quite comfortable. No jimping in the forward grip, but the backspacer features some quite pronounced jimping to allow for a very secure reverse grip.
The Kwaiken features a milled titanium pocket clip with Todd Begg’s ceramic ball detent. The ball helps the clip slide on really smoothly and hold tightly, enabling a confident right-side, tip-up carry. A lanyard hole integrated into the backspacer rounds out the features on this model.
The Kwaiken may be Todd Begg’s first ever full production knife, but with Reate’s assistance he has kicked off his Steelcraft series with some serious style. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com