The Fantoni Hide Folder is a collaboration with designer Tommaso Rumici and is a version of the Hide Fixed blade. Designed as a compact, concealable knife it has several features that lend itself well as a back-up tool. Although this is its advertised use, the materials, careful finishing and stylish aesthetic would also make it at home as a gentleman’s folder or EDC utility knife.
The blade on the HIDE is made from Crucible Steel’s CPM S30V. This is a powder metallurgy steel that is high in Chromium, Vanadium and Molybdenum. The alloyed materials provide both great edge retention and corrosion resistance.
At 2.95″ the drop point blade is small but effective. A high, deep hollow grind provides excellent slicing geometry. This is finished with a keen secondary bevel that produces an aggressive edge. The spine has a long swedge that terminates just before the handle, streamlining for penetrating cuts. There is a run of thumb jimping that starts on the tang and continues to the spine of the hilt for feedback and traction. Given a box-like pattern it is very grippy. Two thumb studs allow for reliable deployment with their tiered, conical shape. A light stone-wash finish gives the Hide a contemporary appearance. The blade is tastefully etched with the Fantoni word mark and logo on one side while Rumici’s credit and the steel type appears on the other.
When open the tang is held firm with a back lock. The lock-up is very strong and without play in any direction. The ridgid spring makes accidental disengagement very unlikely. It also supplies a safe tip-up carry. It should be noted this isn’t a knife that can be flicked open as easily as a liner or frame lock. Although possible it requires both a decisive deployment and closing. Regardless the lock is well designed and a pleasure to use.
The ergonomics are well suited to the modest 3.95″ handle. Two scallops on the inner-edge lock the hand in place. The forward finger groove sweeps below the rest of the grip creating an effective finger guard while the pommel also flares preventing slipping back. The spine is flat with a clipped angle above the lanyard hole nesting the knife comfortably against your palm.
The scales are a green-brown micarta. In natural light these look more green but appear more brown in artificial light. Micarta is an excellent scale material in that it works well wet or dry. Many people find that as the exposed fabric weave in outer layer absorbs some moisture, it grips better. Micarta’s ability to absorb, also makes it darken with use and susceptible to staining. The scales are thin and have cut-outs around the jimping and lanyard hole. This creates an interplay between the matte scales and glossy 304 stainless liners adding a very nice detail. Similar contrast can be found between the Hides combination of flowing organic lines and hard angles.
All of the handle’s surfaces have been well resolved. Even the inner faces boast a polished finish. My only issue with the handle construction is that the two scale fasteners protrude into the blade cavity too much. A small detail but it would be nicer if these were flush.
For carry the knife has a low riding pocket clip keeping the knife out of sight. Made from 420 stainless, the tension is just right functioning perfectly. Given a stone-wash finish and a subtly tapered rectangular shape it ties in with the rest of the design nicely. Since the clip is reversible the knife, with its dual thumb studs and back lock, is fully ambidextrous.
Over-all the Hide is a very well made, feature rich folder. The premium materials, low ride clip, strong lock and great fit and finish should appeal to collectors as well as users looking for a quality, light weight, concealable edc or back-up knife. Aside from being functional, the mix of different line qualities and textures combine to produce a refreshing, original design.
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Overall Length: 6.89″ (175 mm)
Weight : 4.13 oz (117 g)
Length: 2.95″ (75 mm)
Thickness: .125″ (3.20 mm)
Steel: CPM-S30V, 61-62 Rockwell
304 Stainless liners
Green-brown textured Micarta
Thickness: .433″ (11 mm)
Reversible low riding clip in 420 Stainless
Made in Italy