So you have a folding pocket knife that can open and close (at least, you should). Congratulations! Really, that’s probably all you need, but what if there was a knife that could contort itself in even more ways? Friends, there is, and it is a wonder to behold.
Designed and made by Russian custom knife company Atroposknife started by knifemaker Konstantin Sazhin, this marvel is dubbed the ‘Fortel,’ and is made out of two cylinders, attached at the center by a knurled metal ring. One half is the sheath (with two prongs sticking out of it that can function as a fork) and the other holds the actual blade, which emerges from the handle like a normal fixed-blade slicer. That blade, however, is actually twice as long as it appears to be when first extracted from the sheath, and can be folded out of its handle yet again to effectively double in length.
Youtuber cutlerylover got their hands on one and was kind enough to demonstrate the beauty in all its glory:
And here, for your pleasure, is a brief overview of the beautiful blade in all its various transformations:
Cool, right? Do you want one? Of course you do, but allow me to be the bearer of several layers of bad news. First of all, these bad boys are expensive. Of the several varieties available for purchase on the Atroposknife website (which mercifully does ship worldwide), the cheapest one is $165. The most expensive? A dollar shy of an entire grand.
But that doesn’t matter because at the time of this writing they’re basically all sold out. Only the $999 premium version is still available for immediate purchase, with one $350 variety available on backorder. Naturally it’s going to be hard to get your hands on a knife this cool from a relatively small and bespoke maker.
If you keep your eyes out, maybe you might get a small window where you can pay an exorbitant amount of money for this knife that is too cool, too beautiful, and too expensive to ever be used seriously. Or, instead, you can drop a few bucks on an Opinel which is all you really need.