Since its inception in 2017, WESN has carved out a unique and well-deserved reputation as one of the EDC space’s most eminent boutique knifemakers with an impressive catalog of knives that bestow traditional designs with premium materials, modern construction techniques, and an heirloom-grade quality overall. And after unveiling its Henry Slipjoint model in late 2019, the Detroit-based brand has now revealed its next top-shelf knife with the all-new Samla friction folder.
Boasting the same top-notch constructions and fit and finish that WESN is known for, the Samla features a set of 3.25” titanium or wood scales mated via Phosphor bronze washers to a (0.25” thick) 2.45” Wharncliffe-style blade with a Scandi grind that’s made from Sandvik 14c28N steel — the same high-end Swedish-soured material used on WESN’s Henry model. Measuring 5.7” when open, this non-locking friction folder is deployed via an extended and knurled flipper nib that takes obvious inspiration from traditional straight razors while the thin profile of the scales and the blade enable the Samla to measure just 0.25” (or 6.35mm) thick, making it extremely conducive to EDC use. Though pricing hasn’t be announced, the WESN Samla is being launched via a Kickstarter campaign in the coming days.
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