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Massdrop x Terzuola Compact Tactical Folder

Massdrop x Terzuola Compact Tactical Folder

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Queston about the CF Terzuola -- is the blade stonewashed like that on the CF version of the Gent Select?
hatman
Hey hatman, all blades are satin finished.
@JonasHeineman @SuzTerzuola Will we see a full size version of this knife? I’d be in for sure.
Jwrickma
It's unlikely that we make a larger version of the same model anytime soon, but I hope that we'll see some other, larger models of Bob's designs here before too long...
JonasHeineman
Very excited to see anything from Bob! Looking forward to the possibility!
Just got the CF version in the mail today and I am impressed.  Flipping action is solid. Fit and finish is great. Clip looks great although sits a little high for my taste but I knew that going in. Clip tension is good and CF slides in and out of the pocket nicely. I really like the blade shape and look forward to doing some cutting with this knife soon
I purchased a carbon fiber version late October. Massdrop says the package has shipped on November 2nd but FedEx states that only the package label has been created. Has anyone else had this experience? How long should I expect to wait before the package actually ships?
GooglyBear
it took a few days for mine to ship, and then a pretty long delivery time for fedex.
I passed on the initial drop because the G10 was nice but not enough to get me motivated. Glad I did since this carbon fiber version is more of what I was looking for so just joined the drop. It also doesn't hurt that Massdrop will ship tomorrow.
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Beginning to agree waiting is better. Most of the time these knives hit the secondary market even cheaper bc MD pumps out so many. However, it is nice joining the initial drop at a discounted price, and MD has been messing up these collabs and giving $$ back left and right. Got in on the perpetua and ultimately paid $30 less than those who go in on the second run, $10 cheaper for initial drop and $20 back from MD for delays!
This is the best and most helpful comment I have read on massdrop. Cheers
Should have had the CF version as an option during the initial drop instead of adding it after the drop is finished.
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To an extent I think they should have a little breathing room on it as a sales tactic, because the CTF did drop at a time when there were no shipped embellished knives, and only the Falcon Wing (possibly the two milled Crux as well) was an actual drop. They've tried to add more options over the past 18 months on each of these knives, and for the most part they have created good alternative offerings for each one. I just wish they had offered an upgrade to initial buyers instead of just saying nothing about it until they're on sale right after the preordered first productions shipped. We told them we really wanted to see a carbon fiber version of the CTF when the drop went live, it is a clumsy move on Massdrop's part to just have it made as an unannounced part of the first production. I like their products and the new designs are compelling, so I am giving them the benefit of the doubt, which is that they are doing their best and this is just an example of clumsiness rather than a sales tactic. In their defense, this community can be a little bit psychotic if you had to treat us all as equally reasonable and valued members.
Omniseed
I’m going to add that MD has a niche business model. Where as a knife store has to put up its own capital for an exclusive knife and take the risk that their customers would buy them MD takes a better approach. We the investors put up the capital for an exclusive patch and credit/discount. On this drop i cheered for the grumblers and we got a small refund too. Overall I’m happy how it turned out. Am i happy enought to get another one in CF at full price? Probably not but now MD takes the risk that lot of you will. I couldn’t believe that this was a WE knife. Compared to the earlier framelocks this didn’t need an enormous amount of pressure to open and the lock didn’t have the usual hair engagement.
Anyone have issues having this delivered to Canada?
Jpingo
I haven't had issues ordering anything off Massdrop, but I have heard of seizures and customs charges. With the seizures, Massdrop offers a full refund and with the customs charges, I'd say it depends on which province you're in.
Bknguyen
I've been hit by some neat customs charges but nothing unexpected as long as you research what the charges are. They usually check knives so there's a very low chance that you're avoiding charges if you hit the price threshold. I haven't had any product seizures yet but YMMV.
So it comes in carbon fiber as an (extra cost) option now?
Sooooooo.... the nameless logo is permanent?
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Woulda been cool if original purchasers had an opportunity to upgrade to carbon fiber before the first run shipped, seeing as they were made and thus ready for spaghetti at the same time. In general the idea of producing an unannounced upgraded version at the same time as the base model feels bad in the Massdrop business model. I know I've been waffling on selling one of my Bucs to fund a milled version, and that I was a little irritated to see the milled one available just a week or two after I received the plain versions. It makes buyers think that the first run might be a waste of money, and that the only way to know for sure is to not buy it, wait, and see what happens. That's not a great dynamic to build with your customer base. ETA- I think the liner lock version of the Dogtooth is different, it would have been neat to see them dropped at the same time, but the knife is different enough that it does not inspire the same feeling of 'goddammit' that the milled Buc and the carbon fiber CTF do. The community discussion around the time that the Buc and CTF dropped was nothing but positive cheering for the milled Crux and Falcon, mixed with requests for embellished or upgraded versions of every other Massforge knife. Including requests for a carbon fiber CTF.
What the... now we get a a CF version?
Scroll down, scroll down, ugh, 3.2.... nice blades, just wish they started putting on a little weight!
JerseyMC
Get the Keen or Crux, the Keen is a little larger and slightly heavier, but they both have a very substantial feel to them without being anchors.
Any chance this will come back???
edsel_holden
Here it goes!
I just sent customer service a message saying that I haven’t receive it yet. This is the 2nd knife that i ordered from MD that hasn’t come in. Not only is the scheduled delivery time to Hawaii a month but when it doesn’t arrive it is even more frustrating. I asked for a refund instead of a replacement for that first one but this one i was really looking forward to be holding it right now.
I’m thinking the guys on the second drop to this will be getting theirs before me. So all of you that feel frustrated with yours at least you received it.
Sammi
After a long wait it finally arrived today in Hawaii. i’m really pleased how it turned out. I didn’t notice any sharp edges on the handle. Anyway, this one went straight out of the bag and after playing with it for awhile into my pocket. From the specs I thought this might be a little small but felt just right.

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howdy all. I got my knife and love it, I'd actually buy another one.
HOWEVER... I have bent my clip and need to take it off to rebend it. I started to take off the opposite scale but then got nervous when it appeared that I need to disassemble the entire knife to remove the clip. Has anyone done this and have advice?
thanks Harl
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Thanks for the warning. I think I am going to try it anyway(?) The clip is so bent I can't carry the thing as it is, so I guess I can ruin it or fix it, but either way I have to do something... I'm guessing Massdrop doesn't want to send me a new one for a clip. Still it is disappointing that the clip is so hard to access
We are working to make replacement hardware available. However, WE Knife doesn't use different or stronger threadlocker on the pivot. We've taken apart and reassembled a few of these without issue, you just need to keep the knife firmly in place and use decent tools - you're correct that 2 x T8 Torx are recommended, but you can also use the open blade to create tension on the pivot barrel and that should let one or both pivot screws rotate freely while the other stays put.
After having mine for several weeks, I do enjoy most things about this knife, the flipping action is very nice, the shape and weight are reasonable, I love the looks, although the beige is darker than expected, more of a putty color. What mostly bothers me is the edge, it did not come very sharp, also the blade is pretty thick, and the point is very thick, not much of a slicer. The fit and finish is very nice, I think it is an exceptional value considering the S35V. The lock is very easy to release, better than any flipper I have used.
I was excited to get this knife and enjoyed it quite a bit at first, but I wasn't a fan of having the pocket clip on, so I made the incredible mistake of trying to remove it, something that is easy to do on mostly every other knife I've seen, but requires completely dismantling this knife, which revealed a few things that ruined the knife for me. I am incredibly disappointed in the locking agent they used on the pivot. They were able to use just blue loctite on every other screw, yet somehow felt that the first thing anyone would try to loosen or tighten on the knife needed to be close to impossible to open with hand-tools, and used something akin to. Even worse was the fact the knife was held together with matching screws held into freely spinning tubes on each side, aside from the pocket clip, meaning you have to have two t8 torx bits in order to unscrew the pivot without it just spinning around in place endlessly.
It looks as though 600 plus ’Massers’ have requested for another Drop of the We Made/ Massdrop Bob T designed CTF. As for myself the CTF has found front right pocket EDU location. I have even scratched the clip (every day user), dirtied the blade and I actually cut something. I can’t wait for the returned knives to come up as used!
Just recieved my CTF (hello from Canada) and frankly, I’m very disappointed.
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Before we get to the bad, let’s talk about the good: -Flipper tab is good, its aggressive angle makes flipping it open easier. -Action is ok, doesn’t flip 100% of the time. I suspect it has something to do with a strong detent and a shallow detent hole.
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Personally, I find it unfortunate that Terzuola’s name has been removed from the blade but I don’t mind it since his logo is still on there (although after I’m done with this he might even want to remove his logo),
Now let’s get to the bad and there are quite a few. I’m used to Massdrop and their colour discrepancy between marketing photos and the actual product but in this case the patina/dirty bronze finish on the hardware just isn’t great and detracts from what is otherwise a very clean design. The biggest problem so far is the ergonomics. The G10 is sharp all around and creates so many hot-spots. Due to the shape of the flipper tab and the bit of handle that hides it, it’s nearly impossible to choke up on the knife without seriously risking sliding up and slicing your finger. There are some other smaller things like I wish the pocket clip was positioned closer to the back for better deep carry.
If Massdrop ever plans an upgraded re-run here’s what I would change: -Add Tezuola back on to the knife -Round off corners of the handle -Change the finish of the hardware (from patina/dirty to high polish or something) -Add jimping to the back side of the flipper tab to help with choking up
Overall I think Massdrop really dropped the ball here and it’s just not my cup of tea. I give this knife a 3/5.
Ares78
I agree with most of your comment. I would give it a 2 out of 5, and have just returned mine for a full refund. I can understand production problems - they happen - but dishonesty and deception kill the deal for me.
Ares78
I had all the same complaints you did, but I didn't want to give up on the knife as I still quite like the design. Luckily most of the issues were fixable without too much difficulty. Might be worth giving this a try:
https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-terzuola-compact-tactical-folder/talk/2226289
So im gonna let mine go, where do you guys normally have luck in getting items of this nature into others hands?
Tan - TA48
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150 USD? These sold for less, even before the refund.
josh_b
I just did what my reciept said from massdrop. I don't really know resell, but seeing as you can't buy it right now and it will be I think 20$ more when they do another drop for them I figured it was a fair price. But maybe I'm wrong.
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Fixed my CTF: - Scrubbed off the dirty "bronze" anodize with green Scotchbrite - Brushed the liners and clip to a matte satin - Polished the screws and thumb disc to a bright satin with Cape Cod Cloth - Knocked down and smoothed the edges of the handle scales with an emery pad and fingernail buffer
The CTF as delivered was a frustrating disappointment. Doing this stuff above took me less than an hour, but my time and effort were worth far more than the paltry refund Massdrop offered in acknowledgement of their avalanche of faults in delivering the CTF. $20 was an insult.
After these improvements the CTF is now something I'm pleased to carry and use, and regardless of any preference for hardware colors, this is the level of finish the knife should have been delivered with. The silver-on-black look is less distinctive than the original "dirty bronze", but infinitely more attractive. Titanium is notoriously difficult to polish smoothly, and you can see the slight "orange peel" texture left behind on the pivot screw. Buffing the handle scales had the greatest effect- while the original sharp edges felt cheap and plasticky like a low-end Kershaw, now the knife feels like a mature and finished product.
Who else has modified their CTF?
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A second driver isn't strictly needed here but it can help. Good luck and post some photos of your results!
its_clean
Good to know. And will do :) hopefully by end of week
I got Olive #13. It's an excellent knife, and really my only knock would be the sharp scales. I might try to knock them down at one point.
So I got the knife, and I like it, but the slicing ability is just not there. Any advice on the best way to get it as sharp as possible without a high chance of fucking it up? I get passable results with a waterstone on kitchen knives but only have a cheap one from the hardware store, so I'm assuming I'm up for another purchase ...
davlee
It's a thick stock which ultimately determines its slicing ability. The only real thing you could do to maybe improve it would probably be to re-bevel the edge to a shallower angle than whats on it. Either that or you'll have to completely regrind the entire blade to make it thinner
As others have mentioned the sharp scales make the knife feel really cheap, but let me we assure anyone debating fixing it, just do it, it is extremely easy and the material leaves no marks, you can not tell it was done and makes the knife feel great in hand. I have two, a green and a tan, debated trying it but was not happy how it felt, I tried a fine file on one and a woodworking sanding stick on the other, both turned out great with 5-10 mins of work. No need to disassemble, just sand on a 45 degree quickly around the whole knife, open / close blade to get access where needed. Blow it off, wipe it down and you are good to go. Now it is a great knife, no doubt it should have been this way.
Mine finally made it across the pond and was pleasantly surprised by most of the changes - I like the bronzed finish to the liners and pivots! Of course I don't like that Bob's name disappeared and I would trade the "Massdrop" marking for his name in a heartbeat.
Fit & finish on mine is good, it came with an edge but no where near as sharp as, say, a Spyderco and the action is great.
The size of the knife is pretty much perfect, I never carry a large folder, usually 3 " or less but I'm comfortable with the bit extra with the CTF.
So in the end 9/10 for the knife, 1/10 for communication from Massdrop (20$ credit came through at end of September)
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Do everyone get the refund? I bought 3 knives but only got $20 refund. I think it does't make any sense. Contacted support on Monday but still no reply.
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Filing a dispute with your CC/Paypal/etc seems to be the only option outside of a return at this point. I'm surprised they're sticking with "per customer" on this, that's just illogical.
ecoleman
Thanks mate. Hope I won't get the sixth lazy text reply.
I received my CTF a few days ago. I was disappointed at the change in the hardware but the tumbled finish really suits the Terzuola design. I actually like the bigger Terzuola dragon without the text. It looks really nice. The CTF came out of the box very smooth. The detent works well when using the flipper tab as well as using the thumb disc. This is my first knife with a thumb disc and I’m happy with how it works. the sides of the disc has milling which helps catch your thumb and aids in deployment. The disc is easy to use in a variety of ways for deployment. Ergos are good. I really really love the easy disengagement. There is a nice cutout for easy access to the liner lock, the liner lock has really nice jimping on it that really makes it easy to disengage. beautifully designed. The small size of it really surprised me, i was expecting it be bigger for some reason. I generally prefer folders with a closed length of around 4” but the CTF is quite slim and helps it carry nicely in the pocket. The grind is even, the edge came as a working edge. I’ve always found WE Knife to be average on sharpening. Not a big deal. The bad? not much. I’m not a fan of the pocket clip, it rides quite high. While the satin blade finish is nice, i think a nice stonewash would be better suited being a tactical inspired design. Especially considering the stonewashed hardware. Nothing on the knife (stonewashed blade, stonewashed hardware and G10) would show wear. Conclusion: I’m very happy with the CTF. Great action, great materials and design at a good price. Video of the action: https://youtu.be/VhQ1EKhsk_o
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Got mine two days ago. I´m really liking this knife. Mine doesn´t have any of the QC issues others have mentioned. I like the muted colors since I´m not into flashy knives. I prefer bigger knives for actual use, but I work in an office so I have to compromise with carrying smaller knives. The Terzuola is towards the larger end of what I can bring to the office.
Well, finally got mine today. Initial thoughts are it pretty close to what we originally saw but not near as good looking, very muted in black bronze combo, more all black. It's a very small knife, pretty disappointed. Not sure if it's a keeper or not, I'll probably keep it but after all tis wait it's pretty ho-hum.I'll stick with my Spyderco's and ZT's etc... no more MD specialty knives.... I think:-) Anyone else liking or disliking? I wonder how long we have for a return?
crowleykirk
I was kinda disappointed with the colors but it's grown on me. I really dig the action with both the thumb disc and flipper so I think I'm holding onto mine.
So mine arrived today. I am pleased with the knife, but the thumb disc is loose and wobbly. I then tried all my torx bits and none of them fit to tighten it. Does anyone know what size torx the thumb disc screw takes?
Clawoftui
It's a T8.
awk
that worked, once I found someone at work with the right bit. Overall, I'm happy with the knife, but disappointed simple quality steps were missed... Like tightening down screws.
Mine showed up today. I kinda forgot I ordered this until I saw the video explaining what went wrong. I'm not a huge knife guy. I just appreciate a solid build and smooth action. This knife has both. It's compact as the name says and is fairly light. Good little knife and quite different to the usual Spydercos you see in this part of the world. (Due to our strict laws).