The Torrent looks so sick. I will buy it the second I can if it is $250ish
I think Reate needs to stick with the Hills and D9 formula to be successful in the US market. For the price they are asking for the new Torrents, I'd rather pick up a Brous or used Curtiss
I just want to say that although I haven't been a collector as long as many here, I have an opinion based on my usage of these knives. First of all, the D9 and Hills are great knives, but not the best that Reate has to offer, the Horizon and Valkyrie lines are superior IMO. As far as Brous designs, I am not giving up on his knives, don't think that, but I will be selling my blacked out Brous Mini Division. It doesn't compare to the perfection that the Reate knives achieve. I'm guessing that the Brous full size Division is a much better knife, but I'm not reviewing the mini here.
At this point I've only owned about 35 mid price ($125=445) production folders from these companies; ZT, BM, Spyderco, Hogue, Reate, Brous, diabola (sp?), Microtech, CKF and Cold Steel. I find that Reate Knives will at least match the quality of any of them. I have NEVER had one single sticky lock, late lock up, slow or un-smooth in any way function on the Reate knives that I own. The pivots are set up well and don't have the problem of spinning or stripping easily. The knives are easily disassembled and reassembled. They work perfectly and the designs are, IMO, a nice compromise between fashion and function. I also appreciate how prone to customization they are. Just my two cents.
The one and only complaint I have is the same one as my 2 CKF Sukhois. The pocket clip on the Reate's is pointy at the end which makes it a slight bit difficult to pull it up slightly with one finger in order to slip it over my thick pocket liners on some pants, such as carhartt. I wish there was another option for the Valkyrie pocket clip.
Well, I wonder. See the thing is I've never owned a Chris Reeves or a Strider or an ADV yet, I'm still fairly new to this. Maybe you're right, I'd have to compare, but I can tell you this, the $400 I spent on my Reate Valkyrie 2 made me scratch my head at first. It's a pretty simple knife for that price, however, it's by far one of my two favorite knives, and in my opinion, best knives that I own. The other is either of my two CKF Sukhoi 2.0's.