Praetor Pocketblade | Rethinking the Utility Knife
Magnetic quick-release sheath, full carbon fiber composite chassis using replaceable utility blades. 100% engineered & built in Canada.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, January 31 2019 6:07 PM UTC +00:00.
The PRAETOR POCKETBLADE is the result of combining the adaptability and convenience of a utility blade with the rugged durability and strength of a fixed blade knife. The blade housing is precision milled from a solid block of carbon fiber composite giving the Praetor unparalleled strength and lightness for the most demanding and precise daily tasks. Light as a feather and strong as titanium, we designed the Praetor to strike a perfect balance between ergonomics, durability and strength.
A Rugged & Dependable Fixed Blade
The Praetor is compact and powerful cutting tool, designed with aggressive ergonomics around the ubiquitous utility blade for precision cutting and hard use. The vast majority of blade holders are made from cheap, low quality, mass produced plastics and aluminum, loosely securing the blade itself which leads to unsafe slippage and rattling.
In contrast, the Praetor design tightly compresses the blade into a solid carbon fiber frame, locking it into place. No more cheap rattling.
We designed the Praetor to be the highest quality, most advanced utility knife on the market using the most premium composite materials in the world.
Rip. Tear. Repeat.
Being able to quickly swap blades is an indispensable feature of every utility knife. No more time consuming and delicate sharpening operations on dull, thick blades or worrying about chipping a full-sized knife in practical daily use. The Praetor Pocketblade can rip and tear into any material in any condition, swap a blade and keep on going.
Solid all-weather composite construction
The Praetor and its sheath system are engineered from high performance composites like carbon fiber which has an unmatched strength-to-weight ratio making it the perfect material for a hand-held cutting tool. Composites will never degrade from rust or oxidation so it can handle any outdoor environment with ease.
How Does it Work?
A Unique Magnetic Mechanism
The Praetor locks itself into place without the need to fumble with any latches, straps, buttons or slides. The fixed blade...evolved for the 21st century.
Simply twist to disengage magnetic lock
Countersunk high-grade neodymium magnets embedded in the composite frame ensure the knife cannot slip out by accident.
Automatically re-engages lock if knife is not removed
With no moving parts and the use of magnets the Praetor sheath system is able to strike a perfect balance between ease-of-access and robust security.
Free your pockets
The sheath design provides the flexibility to clip securely to either your inner belt or the inside of a pocket, whichever is preferred.
- Type: Fixed Blade
- Blade Length: ≈2.5" inches
- Blade Thickness: .024 inches (0.61 mm)
- Blade Type(s): Custom laser etched STANLEY® FATMAX® Carbide 11-800L, FATMAX® 11-700 and Heavy Duty 1992® 11-921 blades, (generic blades will have varying degrees of blade fit)
- Total Length: 5.0 inches (127 mm)
- Frame Material: Carbon Fiber and G10 composite
- Hardware: Black Oxide 18-8 Stainless Steel
- Weight: ≈1.2 oz (33 g)
We will once again be using BackerKit for our post-campaign survey system, so if you would like multiple knives just pledge for the extra dollar amount in whichever reward level you choose. At the survey you will be able to select and customize your extra units.
Stay tuned for project updates as we will announce new add-ons, features and customization options as the campaign progresses!
Carbon Fiber Suspension Clip
Bonus with Tier II & III Reward Levels
Prevent your keys and EDC from bunching uncomfortably at the bottom of your pocket.
A suspension clip is a a low-profile and lightweight way to carry your basic daily gear. Being made from carbon fiber, these clips are the absolute lightest and strongest clips you'll find anywhere.
The inspiration for these clips came during the manufacturing process of the Praetor blade frames. We realized we could be more efficient with material by milling these carbon fiber clips in the excess material along side the blade frames.
A Cutting Tool for the Everyday
The Praetor is a working knife, designed to be at home in a workshop, in your daily carry or just in a box on your fridge for those household projects.
Designed For Use With Workgloves
The large finger hole integrated into the handle makes operation of the Praetor a breeze in winter or other adverse environments where manual dexterity becomes an issue, or if your day to day work requires the use of heavy gloves.
Manufactured by the designers. Zero outsourcing. 100% control of our design. Production ready at launch.
These are the standards all of our previous campaigns have held to and the Praetor is no exception. I'm a maker at heart and this translates into practical and innovative designs that follow a clean and efficient manufacturing process. I believe that manufacturability is a core design pillar of any product, no matter how small, and this translates into precise, stable production.
Our machine shop specializes in carbon fiber milling so we are fully equipped with the best tooling and processes for the job.
The Praetor Pocketblade is fully production ready and in anticipation of the conclusion of the campaign, we will produce as many units as possible during the campaign with our shops current material supply so that we are ready to ship as soon as possible after the campaigns conclusion. Our current shipping timeline is an estimate based on previous production runs and we will work as hard as we can to ship early if possible. Earlybird backers will have first production and shipping priority so be sure to check that reward level out if you'd like to be among the first to receive a Praetor!
Risks and challenges
THANK YOU for pledging for a Praetor Pocketblade or even just for making it to the bottom of the page! After CNC milling, every knife is hand-finished and checked for quality before heading out the door as part of our production process. We appreciate you and rest assured that by supporting this campaign you are not only backing a great product that we believe in, but an innovative new company as well.
MANUFACTURING RISK: Being a fully equipped composite machine shop, we have made many pre-production batches of the Praetor Pocketblade to make it ready for release to ensure you aren't simply backing an idea but a fully tweaked product that is ready for full production. As with all of our previous campaigns, we manufacture our own products without outsourcing therefore are able to adapt to any problems that may arise without delay.
SUPPLY CHAIN RISK: There are always certain risks involved in shipping in materials, but we have in place solid material suppliers we have used for over 2+ years and a reliable, tested supply chain from our previous three Kickstarter campaigns, so we are very confident in our ability to deliver this project and exceed your expectations!
- Alex & the Ronin Team -
Safety/Legal disclaimer: This is a tool and not a toy, so it should never be in the reach or possession of any children or minors. Tools can be dangerous and we do not accept any responsible for any harm, damage, illegal activity, injury, etc. while using this tool. You are responsible for checking your local laws for legality. You must be at least 18 years old to order. It is the sole responsibility of the buyer to obey all applicable Federal, State, and Local Laws regarding possession and use of item(s) sold herein. Consult your Federal, State, and Local Laws before ordering. By placing an order the buyer certifies that: he or she is of legal age; and that the item(s) will be used only in a lawful manner. The buyer is liable and responsible for any loss, damage or expense of any kind, arising from the use or misuse of any item sold herein.
Ronin Energetics is a Registered Trademark of Ronin Energetics Inc.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter