Todd Begg Glimpse Folder Knife
Todd Begg’s Glimpse folder has been one of my Grail knives for quite some time, but I’ve never wanted to spend the money on the new IKBS version. I came across one of his earlier pieces before he starting using IKBS, and snatched it up. Let me tell you, the quality of this piece and the precision with which it was made is outstanding…
This piece has the Micarta handles with two-tone Micarta insert in Burgundy, all of it bead-blasted. The knife has the signature machined accent holes and central groove, which enhances the look and style of the knife nicely.
Blade is very sharp, and hollow ground. The satin hand-rubbed finish is nice, but I think perhaps over-rubbed, at least on this example, dulling the grind lines just a bit too much for my liking. However, this does not detract much from my enjoyment of the knife.
Blade Steel is 154CM, and the overall shape of the knife reminds me a bit of Steve Ryan’s work. Even without the IKBS this blade flicks very efficiently and out to an open position without too much effort. The washers on either side of the blade are very thin, and there is NO blade play in the closed position. A very finely craft knife indeed.
Todd Begg uses extensive CNC machining in his work, and this is evidenced by the massive machine that he and his wife feature on their website. This is probably what allows him to create the elaborate work that he does. I’m not sure if this peice is made prior to the extensive CNC machining or after, however.
When I received the Glimpse, it was a lot larger and thicker than I imagined from looking at photos online. The 3 3/4″ blade is a decent size, and the handles are chunky, giving the knife good purchase. The custom machined titanium pocket clip is also a beautiful piece of work, perfectly matching up to the contours of the knife.
Overall an outstanding blade, and one that I will likely always love.
Closed Length: 5 1/8″
Blade Length: 3 3/4″
Overall Length: 8 13/16″
Handle Material: Micarta
Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel