The Clemente Folder
“Revolutionary” is a term which has become synonymous with advances in methodology and technology, or simply as a new way of doing something. Rarely in its modern use is found a true measure of unique accomplishment. The word has become a catchphrase and in so doing lost it’s true meaning. Clemente is not revolutionary. Clemente is evolutionary. Clemente is an entirely new species of knife One never before seen and previously thought impossible. It is a peerless creation that challenges the thinking of an entire industry. Clemente is more than a knife, and the whole is by far greater than the sum of its parts. It, like the tungsten carbide and titanium which it is made of – is a precise blend of art, function, passion and prowess. Clemente is a metallurgical and technological breakthrough. Clemente is the world’s first tungsten carbide bladed folding knife, the beautiful collision of science and passion – as much a fully functional instrument as it is a masterpiece of applied art. Sandrin Knives proudly proclaims Clemente as one of the most technically advanced folding knife ever crafted.
Everything about Clemente has been envisioned and engineered to a purpose, with nothing left to chance or afterthought. The project was undertaken by a team of the world’s foremost experts in material composition and the manufacture of tungsten carbide. They were deliberately tasked with creating an extraordinary amalgamation of design and mechanics and to consider for use only the finest materials. Two-decades in the making, Clemente is the tangible result of their boundless efforts.
The experts said that tungsten carbide blades were impossible – that their engineered metal structure was too hard to be used as a knife blade – that a material of such hardness would shatter under the stresses of use. The experts weren’t wrong. If this were a blade formed of traditional tungsten carbide, it absolutely would shatter under stress, even if dropped. So, Sandrin Knives re-defined possible and engineered an all-new, now patented grade of tungsten carbide specifically designed to exploit the benefits of being harder and more resilient than steel, yet impervious to the shortcomings experienced in previous iterations of the formula for this application. True to its carbide roots, Clemente will cut for a prolonged time, maintaining its edge and resisting wear better than any knife made of steel.
Clemente is a life’s work. Each of its components and their relationship to each other tells a chapter in the story of Clemente through the lens of one of its many collaborating creators. The radius dimensions of the screws holding the titanium handle-halves is a precise application of Fibonacci-based ratio, a pattern which repeats at length in many facets of Clemente’s design and construction. Even the mirror polished carbide inlays of Clemente’s handles have a sequence of of holes which in their diameters and center to center distances from each other report the Fibonacci sequence. The reflection delivered by the high polish of the tungsten carbide parts casts perfect images which may only be described as fluid, a sheen of rainbow subtly detectable as light bounces back from Clemente’s surface.
The mechanical interaction of parts to open and close Clemente is itself patent-pending, and delivers a human interface unlike anything envisioned before. The blade is anchored to the handle with a Fibonacci screw – an in-house design which carries the perfection of Fibonacci into the most basic of Clemente’s parts. In the hand, the heft of Clemente’s ultra grade tungsten carbide, nearly as dense as gold and twice that of traditional steel, results in a completely unexpected confidence of action. The small blade becoming an immeasurable extension to the holder’s reach. The blade’s rotation in the frame and functional stresses are supported in a world-first application of innovation by two rotary caged balls and one ball bearing. The locking mechanism itself incorporates a tungsten carbide insert which positively affirms the blade is locked open or closed.
The sound delivered by the crisp mechanical and authoritative report of the blade on opening and again as it is locked closed has been engineered through controlling the machining and fit tolerances of each of Clemente’s 26 parts to the micron level – measured in millionths of a meter. A single human hair is typically 75 microns wide – the precision of the part-to-part fit in Clemente is exactly 1.02 microns, exceeding even those standards expected of the high-technology and aerospace industries.
Overall Length: 7.67 inches
Blade Length: 3.15 inches
Cutting Edge: 35°
Blade Thickness: 0.10236 +/-0.0004
Blade Material: Tungsten Carbide
Blade Style: drop point
Blade Grind: hollow grind
Finish: mirror polished
Edge Type: hollow grind
Handle Length: 4.4 inches
Handle Thickness: 0.63 inch
Handle Material: Titanium
Weight: 6.77 oz or 0.42 lb
Pocket Clip: Titanium
Knife Type: Folding
Lock Type: Frame lock
Country of Origin: Italy