Grayman Satu Ti-Ti Review: One Folder To Rule Them All?

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Most knife owners appreciate the peace of mind that comes from an overbuilt tool. Sure, you can cut things with a $0.99 boxcutter, but what if your life depended on it? Wouldn’t you rather have something you know will work time and time again? Grayman is clearly one of the makers who is in touch with this concept. Well known for his robust fixed blades which are built to withstand the rigors of the most unrelentingly harsh environments, it’s no surprise that his entrance into the folder market was equally as tough.

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The folder really looks the part. There is no mirror finish, exotic handle material, or gimmicks. Still, it commands your attention. Kind of like a race car stripped of all creature comforts, fancy paint, or Mercedes sexiness but still draws us in with it’s purpose built, no nonsense, trophy winning prowess.

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The Satu folder comes in several different variations of titanium, carbon fiber, G10 and colored finishes. They all share the CPM S30V steel blade. This particular model is the Ti-Ti version with all titanium handles and belt clip. The finish is aluminum oxide bead blasted.

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I have seen dozens of SATU pictures on the net, but I wasn’t quite ready for just how massive this thing is. At the same time, it is still very manageable, even as an EDC knife. The common sense utility of a knife clip needs no explanation, it readily clamps to your pocket, Molle Gear, drop leg platforms etc etc… The clip itself is titanium and is mounted with stainless hardware(Phillips I might add). Being right handed the clip suits me well and places the handle in my palm at arms reach.

If being carried in a front pants pocket, the knife appears completely unassuming. The only thing showing is the clip. Little does anyone know you have a folding machete in your pocket. It would be a nice touch to see holes drilled and tapped on the opposite side to better accommodate our south pawed SATU owners. You can also ditch the clip and carry in a sheath or kydex rig

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The knife employs a frame lock system. The blade swings out smooth as butter and locks into place without a hint of wobble whatsoever. All of this done without having to oil the pivot bushing due to the self lubricating properties of the phosphor bronze shims. The frame lock design is a no brainer for this knife. Once the blade is locked out, the frame lock will become even more bulletproof as you grip the handle. I want to also mention how the knife sounds as you swing out the blade. Smooth as butter the frame lock does it’s job and settles into place with a satisfying “klick klack.” I did find myself wishing the opening lug was a few millimeters down from the fulcrum to give bit more leverage for the initial pop. This became less of a problem once the hinge broke in a bit. Once the blade is popped out slightly, the rest can be done with a variety of inertia openings.

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I have heard a few unsubstantiated complaints about the 3/8 in pivot pin not being robust enough for the job. This is simply not true. The pivot pin is more than adequate especially considering the pin doesn’t really handle the load input from the blade once the liner lock falls into place it becomes one of three contact points. Case in point, I own a Case pocketknife I’ve carried since I was 12 that hinges on a 1/8 in pin, and is still going strong. I think the Satu will be just fine.

The blade is hefty and up to the task. The CPM S30V steel holds and edge well with a good heat treat, but it is also praised for it’s ability to be ground and sharpened with ease. The angle of the cutting edge is easy to find when you go to resharpen the blade. Grayman recommends a rough grit Arkansas stone to maintain a certain level of “toothiness” along the edge. A field expedient stone of a rough texture should be easy to source in a pinch, adding to the field survivability of the knife.

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At first I was a bit concerned about the lack of texture on the handle. It turns out the Ergos of the knife don’t require it. The upper back edge of the handle and spine of the blade are notched. The frame lock cut out is also notched. The hold is completely solid in both forward and reverse grip. If texture is a concern, some skateboard tape could help in that department. Personally I am satisfied with the grip and my jeans will thank me for it.

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Defense? Not sure if this was even a design intention but let’s face it, a steak knife from Denny’s can be used for defense if it came down to it. I would much rather have the Grayman. In fact it is kind of like the Self defense knife for people who don’t possess any knife fighting skills. The blade design lends itself to basic slashing techniques. The contour of the blade would resist getting hung up on a bone or tendon like a wharncliff or Spyderco “Civilian” blade might. There is a false edge extending down about two inches from the tip to give the blade some stabbing utility. If all you could manage was to get it out unopened, you can still use it to enhance hammer fist strikes. The intimidation factor of the thing could potentially deactivate a situation as soon as the blade is presented.

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I carried the Blade everyday for about a week now. I usually carry a Delica or my Yojimbo II. After using the Satu for a week, I feel so inadequate clipping the Delica in my pocket. Seems like a toy when compared to the Satu. It is hard to have the confidence I had in it before. I went from thinking the Satu was an impossible EDC option, to not being able to leave home without it. I guess it is true that “It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

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Photo by Phil White

 

The Grayman Satu Ti-Ti sells for $390 on the Grayman website. The model a textured G10 on one side costs slightly less at $375.

A Note From The Editor: I own a Grayman Satu Ti-Ti and I absolutely agree with everything Mike wrote in this review. It is an incredible knife. It takes the best features of a folder and combines them with the best features of a fixed blade. I can easily see this replacing the need for a large fixed blade knife when camping or hunting.




Michael Y

Mike is a life long shooter and gun lover. He is currently serving in the USAF with 12 years in, 8 years to go. Hobbies include anything that sucks up money such as guns, motorcycles, cars, knives, photography, and travel. Has also been labeled by some as a “gun nut,” and a “gear queer,” among other things we won’t mention…


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  • http://www.facebook.com/pjammann Phil Ammann

    Nice!

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      It’s the very best folder made in my view!

      • Steve (TFB Editor)

        ^ Phil is the guardian of the Satu we are giving away ;)

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Eye candy:-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/BlackBlades Adam Kadir

    So….Get a spartan enyo neck knife; and a Satu folding EDC? I’m set then.

  • David S

    Nice knife, I have a Kizlyar Irbis (under half the price) that has the same locking mechanism and i would recommend a folding knife that style of lock, very safe for the user.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      That it is locks like a bank vault!

  • Unsooper

    Wish you didn’t require a facebook account to enter.

    • allannon

      I’m kinda in the same boat, but I can’t bring myself to complain about (potentially) free stuff.

      I just turned off all Facebook notifications so I don’t actually have to use it.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Can’t you signup for a Facebook account then enter the giveaway followed by canceling your Facebook account? Just use the email entry option.

  • N Whiteside

    Good article Mike. I now want one!

  • Man pippy

    zzzzzzz, another lame review of another lame overpriced knife, I thought this was a firearms site.

    • http://www.facebook.com/uncledagger James Martin

      Simple solution. Just don’t read the articles about knives. I personally enjoy the diversity of some of the posts. I guess maybe you don’t carry a knife. I’ve found it useful to have one with me at all times. I’ve had to fix an extractor issue on my primary sidearm with a knife. Opinions are like *********.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Yes it’s a firearms site. We also cover other items of interest to most shooters as we always have. This knife is anything but lame! Handmade knives are all expensive but you get what you pay for.
      By the way his review is very well written as well as thorough.

    • mrninjatoes

      Stay classy my friend!

  • Giolli Joker

    “All of this done without having to oil the pivot bushing due to the self lubricating properties of the phosphor bronze shims.”
    Well… phosphorous bronze, unlike teflon and graphite, is self lubricating because its porous structure that makes it store lubricant and release it gradually under use… it will eventually get dry if never lubricated.
    Nice beefy frame-lock folder… if I wanted a super tough folder, and if I had cash, I’d go for an Andrew Demko custom back (TriAD) lock instead of choosing a frame-lock, but still I find the Satu pretty cool and attractive…

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Demko makes some quality, attractive knives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ron.fox.313 Ron Fox

    Nice review of a great looking product. Keep up the great work.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Thanks Ron!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.heck.35 Brandon Heck

    looks vary well made nice construction and i like the curve of the blade but oww at 390$ thats more than my last paycheck lol

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Time for a savings account or piggy bank :-)

  • Paul O.

    It has a 4 inch blade, which makes it illegal for carry in my state (and lots of other states with a 3 1/2 inch limit. It’s a nice looker though. I’ll stick with my Yojimbo 2.

    • DW

      In that case, consider the Dua, basically a compact Satu with a 3 inch blade

  • 11b

    “Lame” and “overpriced” are not words that go with this knife (or other Graymans). They are hand built and solid as tanks; much deserving of the price tag. As to whether you think knives are “lame”, that’s up to you. I’d argue that firearms and knives run in the same vain and most people that like one like the other. Good review.

    • John184

      With a knife, it’s hard to not spend too much. A well-built knife is always worth the money and is indispensable.

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • lolinski

    I am no knife expert but isnt almost 400$ a bit steep you could get a WASR or 2 Mosins with a couple crates of ammo for that money. Not hating but cant justify the price when my SAK can do the same job for 350 dollars less.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      It’s a to each their own situation. Do you need guns, ammo or a knife right now. I do respect your opinion.

    • SoCalMike

      If you’re talking about a camping, fishing or general outdoors knife, yes but for combative applications, 2nd best or “as good” simply isn’t.

  • Zane

    I am also tired of all the product placement on this and other gun sites. The insincerity shows through in every paragraph of this “review”, decreasing the authors credibility. I don’t care what it it made out of, no knife lasts forever. You cannot argue that a $400 knife is practical.

  • Tierlieb

    Short version of the review: A pocket prybar template frame-lock with bronze washers, a pivot pin and a recurve S30V blade for $400. There have been others. The will be others.

    The only special thing about this one is that the author likes the looks. Which is okay, because how else would you distinguish between the tons of knives in that category?

    I assume reviewing the newest AR-15 is probably similarly boring.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Well sir if you’ve never seen one up close and handled it how would you know what distinguishes it from others. The ability of any knife is only proven through use. Michaels article is very well done and covers any and all aspects of the knife which is what knife collectors or users want.

      • meatdonut

        I think you’re missing Tierlieb’s point: the article doesn’t mention anything about actually *using* the knife and doesn’t really explain what is special about it other than being rather large. There’s a lot of options in the knife world and this article doesn’t give me any reason to investigate this knife further. It also doesn’t give any specs (frame width would be nice, it’s often not published by manufacturers) or compare it to any other knives.

        I like that you guys did a knife review and I’d like to see more. That’s why I’m giving this feedback.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          The using a knife part was my statement on whether a person can have a valid opinion without ever using or even handling the knife. It really wasn’t referencing the article.
          We will do more knife reviews:-)

          Here ya go:

          3/16” 6AL/4V titanium Lockback
          1/16 (.063”) ti liner
          .100 coarse textured black G10 over liner
          CPM S30V Steel blade Heat treated to 59RC, flat ground
          4” x 1.5” blade
          9-7/8 OAL
          .223 black G10 backstraps
          Glass beadblasted Titanium clip
          Stainless steel hardware
          Wire EDM cut locks
          3/8” pivot bushing for added strength
          Aluminum Oxide blasted liners and lockback and blades
          Laser Engraved: GRAYMAN, USA, S30V

          • Michael Y

            Good call, Factory specs from Grayman’s website would be an excellent touch to the original article.

      • Tierlieb

        Well, sir, if you never have seen all the others how would you know how it compares to them all? Beside

        Of course, I haven’t seen that knife myself. You were so kind to provide quite detailed pictures. With more than a decade in making knives (well, I don’t do folders, so no conflict of interest there), I believe I can judge well enough from that. Making knives is not rocket science. Making locking systems is neither.

        Framelocks are really boring (though cool when first done), unless you switch the material to something new where you do not know about the friction between the blade and the lock material. But Grayman hasn’t done that, stuck to the basics, which is good craftsmanship.

        Using a bronze washer is a good solution and beats nylon washers. Engineers tried smarter things with ball bearings, but bronze washers work. Good craftsmanship.

        Using S30V is boring, too. It was cool when no one knew what it could do, but that torch has been passed to several other “super steels” in the meanwhile. In the last decade, people have figured out the appropriate heat treatment. Nothing complex there, just good craftsmanship.

        Opening pin – has been done for years. The art is designing so it does not get caught by the seam of the pocket, but tangible enough to be used. The alternatives are going automatic or doing the Spyderco hole. Just good craftsmanship.

        The only thing I personally am critical of is the recurve blade. If you ever sharpened a knife, you know it is inconvenient. Not a major problem, but somewhat annoying. And while it theoretically gives one more cutting length than a straight blade, once you actually use the knife, you see that you only cut with a small area (where it goes from konkave to konvex). That part dulls earlier, so you actually have to sharpen the blade more. To me personally, a recurve blade on an EDC is a design decision based on aesthetics, not practicality.

        So that is my technical analysis. But I assume the main point you’re miffed is because I was not as excited as you are. Probably because you paid quite some money for that knife (since there is an explicit article on TFB making non-paid-for reviews only). Pride of ownership. I get that. And as I said, it is solid craftsmanship. Not science (that’s when you do it for the first time), not even engineering (that’s when you replicate the science), but craftsmanship (when it has been done a lot of times). Which is good. But really, it was done very often already. There is no “one folder to rule them all”. It is a decision based on taste. Has to be. You have not given any indicators that it might be anything else, as the user “meatdonut” observed.

        Personally, I own only one expensive framelock. A Chris Reeve Sebenza. Not because it is the best (but surely among the best). But because as a collector, I appreciate him being the first to do a framelock. That’s also a decision based on taste. If I tried to base it on anything else, I would expect to be called out on that, because every other criterion has been copied more than once. Like the Loveless droppoint hunter, the Broadwell subhilt fighter or the Egnath American tanto, the minimalist framelock folder is a standard. Nowadays, it measures ones craftsmanship, but nothing more.

        Well, even if this does not garner any response, I’m still satisfied: It is a good explanation why I don’t do reviews.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          I’m glad you took the time to explain your position as well as your background. Being a knifemaker you can come closer than most to making a decision on how the knife will perform but I still think you actually have to use it to know. I’ve looked at guns and not been impressed but changed my mind after using one. I mentioned Steve and Mike since they own them and use them so they can speak to the subject better than I.

          By the way Mike has a close relative that’s a knifemaker (Mike worked with him) and had an influence on his opinions and ability to observe and come to a reasonable conclusion on a knife.

          All I ask is people use a bit of tact when replying to articles. If you disagree there’s no need to make negative comments. I’ve always said that I want people who don’t agree to voice that but ——–

          Seriously the comment about the next AR review being as boring wasn’t relative and undeserved.

          Heck guy I always reply:-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zius-Patagus/747170900 Zius Patagus

    Yeah, you can carry a $350+ knife and live with the fantasy that it is worth it to save you when you are attacked by ninja, mutant, biker bears from outer space. Or you can live in the real world and carry a $30 knife which opens packages and cuts your beef jerky. Sometimes good enough is good enough.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      It depends on what the use is. If you only intend to use a knife to cut boxes, beef jerky then you don’t need a knife costing over $30.
      If on the other hand you camp, dress game, cut kindling etc then you want more than that $30 which won’t hold up.
      Something we all need to remember is our deployed military carry good quality knives they can rely on for rough use. Also, they aren’t paid much but consider it important enough to save from their low wages to buy knives like this.
      Some peoples real world is different than others.

  • Aaron

    Thanks for the sweet review. Seems kinda like a folding KABAR Campanion? Or at least I would see it filling that niche, except it’s stowable in a pocket without losing any flesh or looking like Crocodile Dundee!

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Good analogy because they could handle the same jobs.

  • Robert Burnett

    Just curious, where do you load this firearm?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Robert I would ask you temper the tone of your comments and be civil to other readers as well as the authors of our articles. If you find something you don’t agree with that’s perfectly alright but this tone is not constructive to the conversation.

  • SM

    That’s a fine blade, just not $390 fine.

  • “gunner”

    that reminds me of a knife i used to carry many years ago, it was a “cheapie” only cost a couple of bucks. the grip was a simple sheet of folded steel, painted black and riveted together, the blade was a spear point about 4 inches long, with a simple bar blade lock. nothing fancy about it, but it took a good edge and kept it. i don’t remember the makers name, but just about every sporting goods store and hardware shop stocked them.

  • “gunner”

    “most gunners carry a knife” i’d agree, at least for myself, currently it’s an old leatherman tool that rides in a repurposed emt pouch along with a minimag light, converted with a pushbutton switch tail cap and single l.e.d. bulb, (great on battery life.) the same kit i carried on my duty belt when i was working, and it still works on a garrison belt now that i’m retired.

  • http://www.facebook.com/george.h.hill George H Hill

    At first, I didn’t like it. But after seeing the scale… oh yeah… I like that.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      George I posted the particulars on the knife in answer to meatdonut

  • Vtb

    I thought it’s a firearm related site… What’s next? Pumpers review just because there is a giveaway of Pumpers to the readers? You’re driving TFB in direction when there is more marketing than interaction with readers. And you becoming just another shitty commercial online magazine.

  • Mike Knox

    The website’s called The Firearm Blog, did I miss something here?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Nope but we’ve had a lot and I mean a lot of request to cover knives. They do go together after all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marc-Ciurdariu/100000157149953 Marc Ciurdariu

    First and foremost: As some others have pointed out before me, this is called The FIREARM Blog. The “reviewed” knife is in no way directly related to firearms, as a Leatherman MUT would be, for instance. If you feel like doing some more than writing about “Firearms Not Politics”, how about “Firearms AND Politics”? Also, in defense of the “review”, somebody added that he had to fix an extractor issue on his sidearm with a knife. Well, you don’t need a $375 knife to do the job, nor is it clear why this knife would be better than others in doing it. Just sayin’…

    Second, the “review” is clearly biased. In fact, it is nothing else than a blatant case of covert advertising IMHO. For example, the knife, at 4″ blade and 9-7/8″ overall length, is dubbed a “folding machete”; well, then, tell me how a Cold Steel Espada XL (7-1/2″ and 16-3/4″, respectively) should be called… A “folding sword”, perhaps??!! (Not saying that it’s not! Just$100 less expensive. Heh!)
    Then, we find out that, in a combat situation, and unlike the “wonder knife” in case, a Spyderco Civilian “might get hung up on a bone or tendon”… Well, let me tell you something: The Spyderco Civilian was SPECIFICALLY designed to to be used on muscles, tendons and ligaments by slashing and tearing them up!! Heck, there’s even a training video out there! So, are you speaking out of your own experience, or just making things up?… (BTW, speaking of the Civilian: At 4-1/8″ blade length, it’s just another case of a “folding machete”, isn’t it? Seems to me like there’s too many of them out there already…)
    Going forward, we find out that the Spyderco Delica “seems like a toy when compared to the Satu”. Well, well, how ’bout comparing them apples to oranges??!! If you’d ask me about a comparable knife from the Spyderco lineup, I’d say that the Spyderco Schempp Tuff would fill the bill nicely – similar blade steel quality, similar handle material, similar size AND similar price point. Hmm…
    And, lastly, the cherry on top of the cake (or the note from the editor, whatever you wanna call it): “I can easily see this replacing the need for a large fixed blade knife when camping or hunting.” Well, I’m sorry to disagree, but I would NEVER EVER replace a large fixed blade knife with a medium-sized folding knife for outdoor chores. Well, willingly, at least. Not saying that it couldn’t be used as such in a pinch and only when better means are not available. But not as a deliberate choice. Don’t believe me? Happy batoning with your $375 knife! I hope you make lots of money by allowing knife “reviews” on a specific firearm blog. Or that the manufacturer sends them to you free of charge for “reviewing”… Anyway.

    I rest my case. Now tell me how much of a hater I am. I hear ya.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Nope you did what we ask in being civil. Explain this one for me though.If you feel like doing some more than writing about “Firearms Not Politics”, how ’bout them “Firearms AND Politics”?
      We all have our opinions and yours are welcome. I will say this there are a lot of people that are into knives or recognize the usefulness of a knife like this that have no problem whatsoever in spending that amount.

      • Michael Y

        Marc, Thank you for taking the time to read this article despite your disagreement with it’s placement on a Firearm blog.

        I will say article is one man’s view of the blade which is and outstanding piece of custom work. It’s true that there are similarly sized factory blades available at a lower price point. Are they the same quality and craftmanship? That could certainly be argued but it doesn’t change the fact that the Grayman is most definitely among the highest quality blades available.

        Certainly the Spyderco Civilian is a very deadly blade and one of my all time favorite knives period. And Before I say anything I want to say that Spyderco is one of my favorite knife manufacturers.
        The Civilian was specifically designed for self defense and good for no other purpose. The blade is not very robust and partucularly the last third of the blade to the tip is very weak and brittle and would not stand to the chores that say a Beefy SATU could tackle. The fully serated cutting edge does not lend itself to resharpening, and most definitely not in a field environment.

        I grew up watching videos from Paladin Press, Comtech etc etc… including the Civilian video the year it debuted. James Keating is a master at his craft no doubt. The techniques from the video, like any technique, could be useful with enough repetition. They are pretty complex for the average Joe however. All it takes is a 2 second “CCTV knife fight” Youtube search to discover that it just isn’t going to go down like it does is a Dojo scenario of “attack me with a #1.”
        As to the comment about the knife getting hung up during a pass. Try to pass the civilian, HArpy , Merlin etc etc through a slab of meat, or a bamboo/thatch sword target etc etc… Better yet, throw a jean jacket over it before you do to simulate clothing. Once again I am not saying these are not good defensive knives, but you had better be ready to deal with how they behave in real world enviroments. It’s impossible tro pressure check or determine validity of knife fighting techniques unless you: A.) have been in many knife fights or B.) Do extensive research from police reports, autopsy reports, interview LA county EMT’s etc etc Even then there is no sure bet that the next situation can be replicated.

  • Terry

    I like the size and look. I think the steel and bi-“metal handle are a great match in reducing some of the weight. The price is what I would expect from the bi-metal knife, titanium is expensive and hard to work with, I’d pay the money, couldn’t find them in stock on graymans web site.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Terry they may have some of the other models of the Satu? I’d give them a call.

  • Terry

    As a retired police officer, I carried and least three edged weapons and two firearms on my person while on duty. An edged weapon is just as important as a firearm. I also carried both weapon systems in twenty years of active duty as a United States Marine. Edged weapon and firearms are synonymous in my professional opinion.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      We have the same opinion based on the same background!

      • Criticalthinkingiscritical

        Good shoes also belong in the gun world. That doesn’t make them appropriate to include in a firearm specific blog.

        The title of the blog isn’t “guns and the stuff that people who use guns also use”. It’s “The Firearm Blog; firearms not politics”

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Read my reply to you above

  • Criticalthinkingiscritical

    Please stick to “firearms not politics” and don’t branch out into blades.

    It’s the firearm news, review, and rumor nature of this blog (combined with zero politics) that makes it special. If you branch out into blades and other items you’ll just become yet another generic “gun nut” blog.

    I’m sure lots of your readers are interested in these blade reviews. For some reason it seems very common for people who are on the extreme end of gun enthusiasm to also be obsessed with blades. However if you were to cover every subject that it’s common for gun enthusiasts to be interested in this blog would become a big mess and you’ll be covering water filters and duck calls before you know it.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      It’s a done deal guy. Just like I told another reader adding a knife review from time to time isn’t going to mean fewer guns reviews or change the landscape you’re used to seeing. It’s not like were doing them constantly.
      Heck a knife review say every month or so isn’t that big a deal. It sounds like a bit of over reaction to one article.
      I’m not obsessed with knives but I sure like them and always have. So has our writer Mike since knife making is in his family. He’s certainly not obsessed. I mean really we have people who are overly obsessed with guns but that doesn’t mean the vast majority are.
      If anyone wants us to review duck calls rest easy we won’t review them:-)

  • okto

    A thumb stud? Really? This is 2013, not 1994.

  • Chi

    I wish I had a free news or blog site that only posted things that I liked …

  • Nikojaakko Iivarinen

    Did you know that “Satu”, means a fairy tale or childrens story, in Finnish.

  • Tadatadum

    I didn’t know I needed one until I read the review..nice job on both !

  • /k/ommando

    “I can easily see this replacing the need for a large fixed blade knife when camping or hunting.”

    Try batoning wood with a folding knife on a regular basis and let me know how that goes.

    90% of the people who buy this are simply going to take pictures of it for their favorite internet gun forum, then carry it for 2 weeks before stopping because of its ridiculous size and they will put it back in its box to sit in their closet. Eventually they might sell it somebody else in the trade section of their forum and the cycle will continue. Just like with a Strider or Microtech or every other $400+ dollar mall ninja knife.

  • Igor

    Sorry for the late-post, but i couldn’t resist to say you definitely should do more knive reviews, and this one (talking about reviews in general) is specially good.

    Sorry for the poor english, i’m brazilian.

  • Jason

    I have a grayman dua folding knife for over a year and still love it.

  • Indigo Wolf

    For 1/8th the price the Cold Steel Pocket Bushman locks up as near solid as any folder can compared to a fixed blade. It isn’t my most expensive knife but it is the knife that I have relied on as my go to EDC. Yes it is big, heavy, and industrial looking, but it holds a good edge and has held up every time I’ve put it through the paces. Sure I could enjoy a Satu but it is unlikely that I would spend that much without an equal return of value.

  • Pete in Alaska

    I’ve had the oppertunity to be given a Sub Sahara 8 as a gift. Although I’m not a fan of the single bevel blade but understanding the streanth a of such a design it traveled with me on several projects into central Africa and South America. It proved to be an adaquit blade for these environments. The price asked is fair for the product recived. Its a well conceived and designed blade who’s only drawback is its balance unless the intent is to use it as a slashing or hacking tool. I would recomend it if someone asked.
    I thought the Satu whould be a likly pairing with the Sahara of one of the other fixed offerings from Grayman. I’d would like to say that I found it to be so. I found it to be uncomfortable in my hand and could not find a position that allowed for comfortable use. I also thought it to be a bit to large and somewhat bulky. I
    grant that this is much like my dislike for Glocks. It’s not that they arn’t a fine firearm, they are, but that they do not fit nearly as comfortably in my hand as the XD series do (this includes the new Glock with interchanable backstraps before you suggest it)
    The blade is made well and quite durable I would guess if indeed it follows in the footsteps of its bigger brother.
    Personally, it just dosnt fit my hand so I didn’t get one but others my find it useful and more compatable to their requirments. I think a somewhat smaller and narrower version of this folder might be the answer if its durability and rugged design can be maintained.