Fantoni Hide Folder

Published: February 23rd, 2013 by The Edge Observer 10

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.

Fantoni Hide Folder

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.

Fantoni Hide Folder Show Side

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.

Fantoni Hide Folder Part Open

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.

Fantoni Hide S30V Blade

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.

Fantoni Hide Micarta Scales

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.

Fantoni Hide Folder

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.

Fantoni Hide Clip Attachment

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.

For more information on Fantoni Knives visit http://www.fantoniknife.com
Fantoni Knives are available through Knife Art and You Want It 2

For more information on Tommaso Rumici’s current projects visit the Zato Design Facebook Page

Screws showing on inner linersThumb studsBack Lock DetailFantoni Hide Folder Lanyard HoleBox Jimping DetailMicarta Scales Detail

Specs

Overall Length: 6.89″ (175 mm)
Weight : 4.13 oz (117 g)

Blade

Length: 2.95″ (75 mm)
Thickness: .125″ (3.20 mm)
Steel: CPM-S30V, 61-62 Rockwell
Finish: stonewash

Handle

304 Stainless liners
Green-brown textured Micarta
Thickness: .433″ (11 mm)
Reversible low riding clip in 420 Stainless

Lock

Back Lock

Made in Italy

10 Responses

  1. Dave LewNo Gravatar says:

    You now I love to find faults in knives, mostly because there is always something that could have been done better. I can not find one in this knife, it really ticks each and every one of the boxes. They’ve even made the tang look pretty when closed, such a common miss among lockbacks.

    Great knife, great review.

    • The Edge ObserverNo Gravatar says:

      It’s a beauty. I’ve been carrying it all week and don’t have any complaints. Great size – tough build.

  2. JudasDNo Gravatar says:

    I am sooooo close to buying one of these. I have a feeling that one of these will be in my stable very, very soon. Thank you for the review.

    JD

    • The Edge ObserverNo Gravatar says:

      Another solid choice. I hear that the new models will be flat ground and not hollow though. Personally, I love a nice hollow grind…

  3. RyanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the review. I’ve had mine about a week and its already my favorite. It’s a tank in the hand but disappears in the pocket. Love the loud snap it makes when the lock engages. Also, it’s absolutely Fantastic looking! Like nothing else I own. Thanks a lot for reviewing it as I’d have never heard of it without your review. Thinking hard about a Quiete but I’m not sure I can take a 2 handed opener. Amy experience with Bastinelli? I’m liking the BBR2. Who knew (besides you) that the Itailians made such awesome knives. Thanks for the great reviews!

    • The Edge ObserverNo Gravatar says:

      One of my favorite EDC knives! Great to hear you like yours as well. The Quiete is awesome too. It’s been in my pocket since I got it. I’d say you should get one!

  4. […] somewhere in the future.  Fantoni has done a great job teaming up with talented designers like Tomasso Rumici and William Harsey in the past.  Their collaboration with Dmitry Sinkevich also falls into this […]

    • leoNo Gravatar says:

      Tomasso, That’s awful!! the correct name is Tommaso, thomas in english, however rumici works for viper too, and he also writes for an italian magazine of knives called “coltelli”. Recently he drew some vipers, but it’not improbable that he will work for fantoni again.

  5. ShawnNo Gravatar says:

    Are these still being produced? I can’t seem to find any in Stock anywhere.

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