Grayman Satu Stonewashed Finish

The Grayman Satu is a TFB writer favorite. Phil, Mike and I all own one. Grayman have changed the Ti-Ti (all titanium) model’s finish from a matte grey DCL (Diamond Like Carbon) finish to a ‘Stonewashed’ finish. The stonewash finish is apparently better at resisting rush and scratches are not noticeable.

My Satu is the original DCL Ti/Ti model. It is hard not to say how great the Satu really is without sounding like a paid shrill or an obsessed fanboy. It is as large (when unfolded) and heavy as a decent fixed blade knife with its 4”x1.5” blade. Mine has travelled around the world with me. Because it is a folder it can easily be explained to overzealous border officials as a ‘pocket knife’ when border officials might have confiscated a similarly sized fixed blade knife (a friend of mine lost a knife to suspicious border cops at an African border crossing a couple of years ago), yet is large enough to do outdoor work that would normally require a heavy fixed bade. The only downside of the knife is the price, $390, but this is inline with similar hand made folder knives of its quality and well worth it. I am sure Phil and Mike would agree with me. Mike reviewed his Satu here.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Jack

    Would like to have one of these good looking knives but I just cannot justify the price.

  • echelon

    To each their own I guess, but I just have to laugh at the thought of spending almost $400 on a pig sticker…for that price the thing better take out the garbage, do the dishes and wipe my backside for me or it’s a no buy for me!

    • It does if you ask nice:-) Don’t know about wiping your backside though if you value your cheeks–LOL!

      • echelon

        LOL. So will a $1000 hooker, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna pony up. 🙂

  • claymore

    Well I like it. Looks much better in this finish. How does it work with wet hands? If your life depended on it you would be happy to pay any price.

    • This knife takes a scary sharp edge and keeps it over a good deal of use. It’s with me everyday all day and it’s used daily for a lot of uses. You sure won’t hurt it!
      With most materials you would cut it just glides through without much effort. Best knife I’ve ever owned. I’d trust it to save my life if I called on it. I’ve gotten pretty good at hooking the button on my jeans so the blade opens by the time it clears my pocket.

  • Zachary marrs

    Ha! My $20 Chinese knife can do the same thing, at 370 dollars cheaper, as well as giving an attacker lead poisoning

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      I have owned many knives in my time, there is no question that quality knives do the job a lot better than cheap Chinese knives. They maintain the edge longer, are easier to sharpen, more ergonomic etc.

      That is not to say there are no good Chinese knives. I own a Boker with a Chinese blade and it works well. But not in the same league.

      Another things i screwdrivers. You think the cheap Homedepot Chinese screwdriver works well until you have tried a real Germany precision screwdriver (Wiha is my brand of choice) … you simply cannot go back.

      • Zachary marrs

        Nah, my 20 dollar knife has been through hell and back, and ive only sharpend it once, in about 15 years of hunting/hiking, fishing, everyday use, at some point you just end up paying for the name and bragging rights.

    • Yea right lets have a test of prying things and such and see how long that $20 knife last.

      • Zachary marrs

        Ive used it quite a bit for that, and hell, if it fails, ill go to Walmart and get another, instead of crying that im out 390 bucks

  • n0truscotsman

    I have a Boker Rold that i carry as my “work/play/shtf” knife, primarily because it is super comfortable to skin animals with, conduct various bushcrafting activities with, and could even be hypothetically useful for hasty kidney removal of a unsuspecting sentry if needed (okay a bit over the top, although it could be immensely useful for combat).

    The only reason I bought it to begin with was that it was a D2 steel bushcraft knife that was relatively lightweight and cost 120 bucks, which is a damn good deal for such a quality and comfortable blade. My previous ancient mk 3 was broken through abuse and it needed a replacement.

    My point is that its blade is stonewashed and I absolutely love it for some reason. There is something unique about the texture and aesthetic value. Im not even a knife guy either, they’re just tools. I have an affinity towards guns.