It’s been a while since we checked in with Real Steel, but they’ve got a new model out from prolific collaborator Ivan Braginets. The Pathfinder is the company’s new into the growing subcategory of folding bushcraft knives.
A few – well, more than a few – years ago, Real Steel and Braginets partnered up for the first time, for the Gardarik. This was a bushcraft fixed blade with a modern flair, approaching one of the oldest knife roles in the world in a funky, fresh way. The partnership branched out from there, with more than a few models dropping through the intervening years.
I have never been a fan of dedicated folding bushcraft knives. I think the crossbar style lock is an improvement, but I’d rather carry a smaller fixed blade than larger folder.