We covered the standard Atelier when it released in March. It is an ACE line EDC, modeled after the Grand, but smaller than that knife. Naturally, the dimensions on the Vanadis 4E Atelier match those of the standard flavor: most importantly that means a blade length of 2.75 inches, a measurement ideal for everyday carry for most users out there. The heavy swedge gives the drop point a little harpoonish attitude, and is opened with the comet-shaped opening hole we’ve seen on quite a few GiantMouse pieces at this point.
It’s what the blade is made of that really makes this variation something special. The blade steel is Vanadis 4E, a premium powder metallurgy tool steel from Bohler-Uddholm. Vanadis 4E doesn’t see a ton of circulation in the production realm, but has earned high praise from the gurus at both ZKnives and Knife Steel Nerds.
I don’t have any experience with Vanadis 4E. Frankly, I don’t even remember hearing of it.