“An Italian knife that isn’t a stiletto switchblade? Surely you jest!”
No, I’m deadly serious. And don’t call me Shirley. Not many Americans have heard of Extrema Ratio, but they represent the high end of Italian-made tactical knives. The BF3, or ‘Basic Folder 3’ is a perfect example.
Unlike many folding knives with tactical aspirations, the Dark Talon’s 4.73″ blade is long enough to reach the vitals, and the thin Wharnecliffe blade is built for efficient penetration.
It wears a deep-carry pocket clip, anodized alloy grips and a liner lock. The flat-ground blade is made from Austrian N690 cobalt stainless, which is said to be comparable to Spyderco VG-10. Users report that the reversible extra-deep pocket clip makes it easy to conceal, as long as your pockets are deep enough to hide the nearly 6″ handle. When open, the Dark Talon measures more than 11.5″ in length. Mama mia, that’s a some spicy meatball!
Extrema Ratio knives aren’t easy for Americans to purchase: there are relatively few authorized vendors, and eBay is swarming with counterfeit Chinese knockoffs. Their $180 price tag is comparable to some upper-end Spyderco designs, but doesn’t make them any less rare.