To say “Italian Knife” without thinking of a classic stiletto, is that even possible? Here’s an excellent reason to, with Extrema Ratio‘s new S-THIL Black Warfare Special Edition Knife. It’s designed by Thilo Arnd Schiller, as a single-piece tactical blade, made from Böhler N690 tool steel and painted in Geotech Camo.
Here’s how Extrema Ratio describes their knife:
The Extrema Ratio S-THIL Black Warfare, special edition of the S-THIL model, is a backup tactical knife of monolithic construction milled out of a 5 mm (0.2”) bar of BOHLER N690 steel, developed in cooperation with designer Thilo Arnd Schiller. The spear point blade is heat treated to 58 HRC for best combination of edge retention and toughness. It has a false double edge to make it very effective in thrusting and piercing, and has a full length fuller that flows elegantly from the blade into the handle. The blade is milled integral to the knife for better compactness and lightness, with minimum thickness yet with a pattern that reminds of the classical Extrema Ratio knife grip. This profile creates two small guards and a comfortable thumb rest to prevent any chance the hand can slip towards the blade. On the pommel there is a diamond shaped skull crusher and a slot for a wrist strap or for giving the knife a paracord grip wrap. The Black Warfare special edition sports the innovative and original Geotech Camo pattern from Extrema Ratio, laser engraved into the surface of the knife.
I have only played around with one Extrema Ratio knife, one of their very large folders back in the TTAK days. ER knives are a favorite plaything of the wealthy Euro collector set.