Amidst more standard reveals and debuts, Artisan Cutlery launched something unusual to coincide with Blade Show 2023: a Kickstarter project to fund the return of their Pyrite model. Dubbed the Perfect Pyrite, it is being released under Artisan’s CJRB label in four different tiers.
The original Pyrite released in 2022. Like many CJRB releases, it aimed to be a feature-rich, but affordable, everyday carry knife. Prototypes started going out and the Pyrite struck a chord with users; so much so that, not long after that initial release, Artisan came up with the Pyrite-Alt, which had a reverse tanto blade rather than the spear original – and it’s that variation that is returning as the Perfect Pyrite.
The core remains the same: a 3.11-inch, reverse tanto blade married to an unobtrusive handle design, backed up by a button lock mechanism. The primary differences here are in the details, and it gets a bit complicated because Artisan is offering the Perfect Pyrite in four different tiers, each with their own blade and handle materials.
The first tier, called the Daily Driver, is the entry-level mode, very similar to what we saw in 2022, with AR-RPM9 blade steel and steel scales with G-10 inlays. The Daily Driver is one of two tiers offered in a left-hand configuration. The next tier up is Enthusiast, which ditches the steel/G-10 setup for all titanium scales, but keeps the AR-RPM9 blade. Then there’s the Connoisseur tier, which goes for pure style with a Damascus steel blade and wood inlays on a titanium frame. Finally, the Aficionado tier gives users the pure performance option: S90V steel, titanium scales, and inlays made of different carbon fiber or Micarta options. The Aficionado, like the Daily Driver, will also be produced in a left hand-orientated version.
The Perfect Pyrite project has already passed its funding goal of $10,000. You can get it on the project until July 12th 2023; the knives are expected to start shipping in August.
Knife in Featured Image: CJRB Cutlery Perfect Pyrite
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