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We first heard about WESN — an acronym for the cardinal directions of West, East, South and North — back in October of 2017. This knife company was the brainchild of designer Billy Chester, who wanted to create a lightweight, minimalist folding blade with the features of a full-size knife. At that time, Chester launched the WESN Titanium Micro Blade on Kickstarter, and we took notice after it reached $34,000 in funding within 24 hours.
The success of the original Ti Micro Blade has allowed the company to release its second knife design, known as the Allman. The new WESN Allman is essentially a full-size version of the Micro Blade design, although some key changes have been made. This knife uses American-made CPM S35VN steel for its blade, an excellent steel for EDC and a nice upgrade from the AUS-8 used on the Micro Blade. A flipper is still present for quick deployment, but WESN did away with the thumb stud on this larger knife. There’s also jimping along the spine and a ball-bearing pivot.
This knife is available in two variants: G10 and titanium. The G10 model uses a traditional liner lock, while the Ti model has a frame lock with stainless steel insert and overtravel stop (features that improve long-term durability of the lockup). Both models feature machined tip-up pocket clips, which are removable but not reversible, as well as lanyard holes in the handle.
The WESN Allman is currently available through Kickstarter until March 29th, and early backers can order the G10 model for $75 or the titanium model for $99. Once the knife hits retail, pricing is expected to be $125 and $150, respectively. For more information, go to WESNgoods.com or check out the Kickstarter page.