TBS Wildcat Pocket Knife - Stag Antler
The TBS Wildcat is a brilliant "Every Day Carry" pocket knife that takes our already fantastic Boar EDC to another level. The Boar EDC has always been a very popular knife but we wanted to be able to offer something a little different to make an even more versatile pocket tool.
The Wildcat differs from the Boar as it features two blades, one Scandi ground and one Flat ground. I am a big fan of a scandi grind as it is very easy to sharpen and maintain but I am also a fan of having a flat grind, especially in a pocket knife. It's not really practical to carry 2 different pocket knives so why not carry 2 knives in one!
When we prototyped this knife we literally made no changes from the original as it just worked from the start (well, apart from the logo!). I went away for two weeks and carried it every day and it was perfect all sorts of camp tasks. Having a good sized scandi grind blade is always perfect for cutting wood, carving and all the general tasks around camp, just like having a Boar EDC. The real bonus was then having a flat grind on the same knife. A flat grind lends itself so well to much finer slicing, just the sort of thing that is perfect for food prep, field butchery and slicing of all sorts of things.
The obvious problem we had was, how do you get two good sized blades in one knife without making it too chunky in the hand and be comfortable and practical to use? Well, the obvious thing to do was to slim the blades down slightly to 2mm each but then you need to counteract the slimmer blade by making them from the right steel.
The obvious choice for us was MoVa steel (ACX380) as we would heat treat this to a slightly lesser degree for a little more flexibility. ACX380 MoVa steel is a Martensitic stainless steel that exhibits an excellent combination of mechanical resistance and hardness with the correct thermal treatment. Due to its high molybdenum and chromium content ACX 380 has the best corrosion resistance among this family of stainless steels and is absolutely ideal for high quality knives and cutting tools. It is a modern high grade stainless steel that has a great balance between edge retention and maintenance.
The handle choices were simple, as you may know we do not use strange exotic woods as, to be completely honest, you cannot 100% tell where they have come from. We have decided to offer the Wildcat in Curly Birch, Turkish Walnut, Black Micarta and Stag Antler.
With all of our materials we only use products from sustainable, reputable sources. In this case we have used Curly Birch and Turkish Walnut and we import these woods directly from the timber merchant in Finland and Turkey. They only use timber they have harvested for generations and are harvesting trees that their Grand Fathers and Great Grandfathers have planted. Anyone that says they can prove the provenance on all these exotic hardwoods they use I am afraid is highly questionable as, from recent studies, there is more of these timbers on the market per year than there were ever quotas for......
Anyway, Curly Birch and Turkish Walnut are not just great looking timbers, they are highly sustainable and very durable. They are also very easy to maintain as they need simple oiling. You will need to maintain and oil your knife occasionally as we do not varnish or seal our wood as we believe it is better to let it breath and we simply oil them.
If you want practically no maintenance them Micarta or Anter is the material for you. Both exhibit excellent wear resistance and are highly water resistant so are ideal for wetter environments.
- ACX380 MoVa Stainless Steel - 2mm thick
- 2.8" (70mm) length blades
- 3.8" (95mm) length handle
- Black Micarta, Curly Birch, Turkish Walnut & Stag Antler
- Quality Belt Pouch Option
- Lifetime Guarantee against any defect in manufacturing, material and workmanship.
- More information on the materials and construction (click here)
ACX380 MoVa Steel - Carbon 0.55%, Silicon 0.75%, Manganese 1.0%, Phosphorus 0.04%, Sulphur 0.015%, Chromium 15.00%, Vanadium 0.20%, Molybdenum 0.8%, Nickel 0.02%, (HRC 56-58)
This knife is a work of art. Looks stunning, functions flawlessly, and both blades were beautifully sharp straight out the box. There is nothing I can fault with this knife, worth every penny.
Legal and useful
The wildcat is the answer if you like bush crafting but are now nervous about over zealous law enforcement.
If you are in the country it is a useful knife with two different blade types for different functions but legally it’s a none locking pen knife.
Also with stag scales and red liners it looks special.
I just love it….and the pouch is top quality!