We may be living in a golden age of cutlery, but that doesn’t mean we get everything we want. Products get discontinued, companies go under. Sometimes a knife is only produced as a limited run, and by the time you can afford it, they are long since gone. If you could go back in time and pluck up one of these items, what would it be?
As for me, where to start? My one knife, if I had to narrow it down, is a double whammy; a limited run knife from a now defunct company. I am a big fan of Knife Rights Founder Doug Ritter’s knife designs, and the hardest one of his blades to find was a small gentleman’s knife made by Lone Wolf Knives (back before the name was scooped up by Benchmade) called the RSK Mk4.
A collaboration with Paul Poehlmann, the knife used Paul’s Presto frame and patented Axial Lock (colloquially, the Paul Lock) and married it to a small S30V recurve blade of Doug’s design. Only 300 were made and they always struck me as beautiful.
The silver tweed G10 looks for all the world like carbon fiber, and together with the stonewashed blade, the knife practically sparkles without being obnoxious. It wouldn’t look out of place next to a fancy wristwatch or set of cufflinks.
When I first became aware of them they were still available for sale, but the knife was beyond my meager budget at the time. I should have figured out a way to get one anyway, because once they were all gone I have only seen two pop up for sale secondhand in the years since, each going for well over the original purchase price.
I did manage to snag one of those two, paying $375 for it a few years ago, which was the most I had ever spent on a knife up to that point. The other knife went for even more!
I could have gotten two of them with that much money when they were new, and I would love to have a second one now; as it stands the knife is too irreplaceable for me to risk carrying and using it.
I am lucky enough to have purchased a few spares of Doug’s discontinued Benchmade knives before they were gone, so I’m in good shape there, but the RSK Mk4 will only be something nice to look at and fiddle with on occasion, which is a true shame.
What about you? What is your favorite discontinued knife?