A.G. Russell knows his blades. He designs every one the eponymously named company makes, contracting out the manufacturing to one of six plants in Taiwan, Japan and the Middle Kingdom. And he sells his work strictly through his own catalogs an via his web site. As I was fighting my way through the Saturday NRA exhibit hall crowds, I had a chance to meet the man and finger one of his latest EDC efforts, the Gentleman’s Framelock with its satiny, bead-blasted titanium frame. And if you can’t tell from the photo, this thing feels as good in the hand as it looks . . .
One of the Gentleman’s best features is its true ambidexterity. Opening is a breeze, either via thumb studs or that convenient index flipper on the spine of the full flat ground blade. Oh yeah, the blade. While it’s missing any jimping, it deploys smoothly and guess what…it’s sharp! OK, so you kinda assume that. The drop point design is made of VG-10 stainless.
Let’s be clear, this isn’t a small knife. While relatively slim, it’s a hair under four inches closed, and the handle’s about an inch, top to bottom. But the thing about titanium is, it’s light. So you get the sturdiness of a solid frame-lock that weighs in at only 3.0 oz.
Mr. Russell also thoughtfully gives you a variety of carry options. The Gentleman comes with two – count ’em two – clip designs, a standard pocket clip and a deep pocket design (shown above). The titanium is also drilled to let you attach the clip of your choice in any of the four positions.
Still, all that thoughtful design work (and titanium) can be dear. As you can see from the pic above, the elegant Gentleman will run you $125. Cheap? Nope. But definitely worth a look.