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Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife

Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife

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An American-Made Folder to Last a Lifetime

“Esto Perpetua,” or “let it be forever,” is the state motto of Idaho—and it’s where this heavy duty EDC knife gets its name. Designed by Idaho-based knifemaker TJ Schwarz and made by Millit Knives, this American-made folder is built to take on anything. If the locking mechanism looks familiar, it should; developed by McHenry and Williams, this style of lock has been a key component of Benchmade knives over the last two decades. That’s because it’s widely recognized as the strongest and safest locking mechanism there is, which is crucial to folders as the lock is the most common point of failure. The blade is made from premium Nitro-V: a nitrogen-enriched steel with excellent edge retention, high hardness, and extreme corrosion resistance. For a secure grip, there’s a smooth G-10 handle in stealthy gray and a removable tip-up clip for righties and lefties.

Note: The quantity is limited to 1000 serialized units, and the introductory price of $109.99 will only be offered for this first pre-production launch.  Due to the sensitive nature of shipping knives internationally, we can only ship this knife to select countries. It is the responsibility of the buyer to know and comply with all importation regulations and local laws. Click here for additional information.

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Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife
Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife

First Production Perks

When you join a drop before it goes into production, you’ll get a few exciting perks:

  • Special first-drop pricing ($10 less than future drops)
  • Serialization (first 1,000 pieces)
  • Access to a live Q&A with knife designer TJ Schwarz 
  • Access to a live Q&A and behind-the-scenes insights with project leader Jonas 
  • Exclusive print: a design sketch signed by TJ Schwarz  
Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife

Premium Steel With an Aggressive Hollow Grind

Overall, the Perpetua measures 7.65 inches long: big enough to tackle any task, but small enough to comfortably take anywhere. The 3.25-inch drop-point blade has a dark, chalky stonewashed finish to help hide nicks and scratches. Nitro-V steel is most often compared with AEB-L, a steel praised by custom knifemakers for its use in razor blades. Nitro-V can be heat-treated to a greater working hardness and includes small amounts of vanadium and nitrogen for better wear resistance. Looking dead-on at the blade, you’ll notice an aggressive hollow grind. Achieved using Millit’s state-of-the-art grinding techniques—which create the largest effective diameter on the market—the blade takes a wicked-sharp edge. To deploy the folder, there are dual thumbstuds with ridges to catch your thumb. Once open, jimping on the spine offers extra grip for more strenuous tasks.

Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife
Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife
Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife
Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife

The Innovative TJ Schwarz

A product designer by trade, TJ Schwarz originally got into knifemaking through his love of sketching cars. While enrolled at Boise State University, an old high school friend recognized his talent and approached him with a chance to design the first knife for his budding company. Schwarz jumped at the opportunity, hoping his drawing skills would transfer over to the realm of knives—and they certainly did. Shortly after, the Zenaida—a screwless knife he designed to be assembled without any tools—won Blade Show's "Most Innovative American Design" of 2015. Guided by the principal that beauty is second to function, but that both should coexist, Schwarz has made a name for himself as one of the most intriguing up-and-coming knife designers in the industry.

Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife
Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife

Millit Knives: Next-Level Machining

Handle any Millit-made knife and you'll immediately know that their slogan, "Simply, doing it right," rings true. Based in Meridian, Idaho in the fertile Treasure Valley, the company was established in 2011. Since its founding, Millit has earned a reputation by manufacturing knives for internationally recognized knife designers like Serge Panchenko, Grant and Gavin Hawk, Michal Gavac, Jerry Moen, and more. Thanks to a wide array of CNC machines, water jet machines, surface grinders and belt grinders, and a staff that trained at other top shops like Chris Reeve Knives, Millit holds an extremely high standard for every made-in-the-USA piece it creates.

Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife
Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife
Massdrop x Schwarz Perpetua EDC Folding Knife

Specs

  • Produced by Massdrop
  • Designed by TJ Schwarz
  • Manufactured by Millit Knives in Meridian, Idaho
  • Blade: Nitro-V stainless steel
  • Blade hardness: HRc 57–59
  • Blade type: Drop-point
  • Grind: Hollow
  • Handle: G-10
  • Washers: Phosphorous bronze
  • Spring-loaded sliding lock pin
  • Lock pin is a single piece of hardened steel
  • Ambidextrous opening with dual thumbstuds
  • Removable pocket clip for tip-up carry on either side
  • Lanyard hole
  • Jimped spine
  • Blade thickness: 0.125 in (3.2 mm)
  • Handle thickness: 0.5 in (1.2 cm)
  • Blade length: 3.25 in (8.3 cm)
  • Closed length: 4.5 in (11.4 cm)
  • Overall length: 7.65 in (19.4 cm)
  • Weight: 4.3 oz (122 g)
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime, provided by Millit via Massdrop support

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is June 29, 2018 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.

Recent Activity

As an avid Benchmade owner of well over 50 of their knives, I just couldn't see the value in getting a knife that was a essentially a knife extremely close in function and style to an already produced knife at close to the same price. For a few bucks more or less I personally would just stick with what I know and buy another Benchmade. I'm not knocking the knife from Millit at all, but it just didn't show me that much if any innovation at all to justify buying one for the price listed. One note I might add to the conversation as to people complaining about any faults they find with one that they receive is that they have to remember it is a "production" knife and not a custom hand made knife. With that said, you have to understand that you may not get a knife that is perfect in every regard and might suffer some discrepancies that another one may not. In "production" items, not every piece is hand inspected to meet exacting aesthetic or functional properties and as such may suffer from some differing and less than perfect anomalies. There are very few folding knives from any manufacturer I've ever bought that in some way didn't benefit from a little tweaking on my part to make it perfect to me with regard to centering, blade drop, or smoothness of action and I'm sure the same could be said for Millit's model. I wondered when I saw the knife if TJ Schwarz, the knife's designer quite possibly approached Benchmade to produce the knife and was either rejected by them to do so or just didn't get the contract terms he was after. In any regards, I hope all that ordered one are happy with theirs but I just decided for various reasons to pass on this one. Good luck!