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Knife Review: Grayman Satu Folder

Don't be scared away by this folder's length and heft.

March 30, 2011  |  by Nick Jacobellis - Also by this author


The Grayman Satu Folder. Photo: Grayman.

The Satu folder from Grayman Knives may be the largest folding knife now in production that also happens to be amazingly comfortable to carry.

After making a well-rounded lineup of fixed-blade knives, Grayman Knives recently started producing its first folding knife, called the Satu. For those who aren't familiar with the company, the owner/operator of Grayman Knives has been influenced by the types of edged weapons that tribal warriors and villagers carry in places such as Darfur and Khartoum (in Sudan). This makes a great deal of sense, because East African warriors and tribesmen carry and use their knives in the harshest conditions imaginable.

Despite its size and weight (10 ounces), the Satu carries and handles just as well as if not better than a folding knife that's approximately a third smaller. The Satu folder doesn't have a partially serrated blade, a feature I've always preferred in a folding knife. Company representatives responded that they would accommodate customers who preferred this type of blade by making a future Satu model with a partially serrated blade.

The look, the feel, and overall construction of the Satu folder is very pleasing to the eye. Grayman knives are very functional in their design, yet they're still high-end, and custom made.

The Grayman Satu folder has a 4x1.5-inch blade that's 9 7/8 inches in overall length. The Satu is precision-machined from components such as titanium and CPM S30V steel that holds its edge after repeated use. The Grayman Satu folder is designed to be used with a super-rugged frame lock, meaning that an entire section of the lower portion of the frame must be moved to the left to enable the blade to be retracted into the handle. Frame locks are designed to prevent the accidental closing of a blade that's in use.

When you need to extend the blade on the Satu folder, you can do so with one hand by using your thumb to apply side-moving pressure on the round stud that protrudes from the lower portion of each side of the blade. As the blade begins to open, a slight flick of the wrist should be all the movement that's required to lock the blade in the fully extended position. You can also manually open or extend the blade.

Even though the overall size of the Grayman Satu is large, when you clip the Satu to the waistband of your pants or to a pants pocket, the relatively thin, wide and long overall frame makes this folding knife ride flat up against your body in a very comfortable way. I field tested the Satu by simply dropping it into my cargo/BDU right front-pants pocket. Once again, the long, wide and relatively flat design of the Satu makes this folding knife ride differently in your pants pocket than knives that are thinner and even lighter in profile and size. 

From an ergonomic perspective, the Satu fills my hand better than many of the folding knives I've tested. While there are several smaller folding knives that will probably be all the knife that you will probably ever need, the Satu folder is the type of knife that's made strong enough to serve as a folder while also being capable of performing the chores of a fixed-blade knife.

The Satu folder can meet the needs of a tactical team, officers who patrol border or wilderness locations, aviators, marine personnel, and search-and-rescue members. Legally armed civilians can conceal it, if they're authorized to carry a blade that's a tad longer than 4 inches.

The Grayman Satu folding knife carries better than some knives that are smaller in size and has the added benefit of being large enough to also serve as a fixed-blade knife in an emergency. It retails for $375.

Tags: Grayman Knives, Folding Knives, Product Reviews


Comments (9)

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joe @ 11/22/2011 9:07 PM

First you didn't mention that this knife that cost $375. doesn't come with a warranty. Your on your own after the 30 days return policy is up. To me this is a sham that a custom knifemaker won't stand behind his knives. Don't waste your on this knife its a sheep in wolves clothes.

Billy @ 11/24/2011 12:12 PM

This is indeed a great knife. The best folder I've ever owned. To the poster about a warranty.....I can assure you that if there is a workmanship issue, Grayman will take care of it without question. Remember, these knives are made to be used and are built accordingly. That's why so many professionals love them.

joe @ 11/26/2011 12:49 PM

To the poster above I don't know what type of knives you have owned but I own this and a few other heavy duty knives . Yes this knife got a thick heavy blade and a thick titanium frame lock but the hardware that holds it together is to my opinion a little skimpy especially the two tork screws at the butt end. I think that the Crusader Forge FIFP is a true heavy duty knife its just as big as the Grayman but built tougher and they will stand behind their knives even if you break the blade. To me if you claim that your knife is tough then stand behind it with a good warranty and don't assume that their going to take care of it when something goes wrong

Joe @ 11/26/2011 1:24 PM

I rated this knife a three star but the company a one star because you get no warranty for such a high price. Look elsewhere there are many good heavy duty that are just as good as the Grayman with good warranty and at a lower cost.

carter @ 12/1/2011 6:01 PM

I don't understand...I just checked the website and the warranty info is all listed. Basically if it breaks he will fix it, including re-grinding a broken tip. He also sharpens for free.

Phil @ 12/26/2011 9:05 AM

The first thing I wanted to say is that the people at Grayman Knives are outstanding people with outstanding customer service. I bought one of the knives awhile back and when I got it, I thought it was a little too small for what I was planning to use it for. I made contact with them and they told me to return it and they gave me another one without any questions asked. Mike Grayman and his wife is a no BS types of people and like the website says, if you break it, or think it’s too ugly, return it and get your money back. What other type of warranty do you want then that. I don’t know what type of warranty these guys on the above comments want but, Mike is a warrior and have been there and done that, and he will stand behind his products. Computers guys want warranties.

MIKE @ 3/10/2012 10:43 AM

AH JOE, ARE YOU SURE YOU DON'T HAVE SOME OTHER ISSUE YOU WANT TO DEAL WITH??? YOU KEEP REPEATING THE NO WARRANTY MANTRA AND THEY CLEARLY HAVE A SUPERIOR ONE... LITTLE CRANKY ARE WE JOEY... YOU DO NOT HAVE A CLUE WHAT MAKES A GOOD KNIFE AND ARE OBSESSED WITH THE PAPER TRAIL BACK TO A WARRANTY THAT IN ALL PROBABILITY THERE IS AN OFFICE OF LAWYERS WAITING TO REFUSE YOUR SERVICE REQUESTS, AT LEAST WITH GREYMAN YOU GET TO SPEAK WITH THE OWNER, NOT SOME LAWYER OR FOREIGN CUSTOMER SERVICE REP... TAKE TWO AND GET IT TOGETHER JOE, LIFE IS TOO SHORT...

Joe @ 9/22/2012 9:33 PM

Boy. You guys are amazing. You don't know what your reading! The only free knife fix it or replace it if it breaks is their fixed blades it says nothing like that in the folding knife warranty. Yeah if your tip breaks they'll look at it and see if they can grind it out, if not they'll give you a price to replace the blade. Does that sound correct? Does that sound like a good warranty. And after 30 days your on your own.

Brian @ 1/18/2013 7:55 AM

Grayman has "warranted" my Satu twice when the damage was my fault at no charge. So do not listen to this erectile dysfunction... I broke the tip using it as a prybar in an emergency. Reprofiled and foreground the blade no charge. So how can this little fellow whine about no warranty,no warranty it burns when I pee mommy.... because his bathhouse has an internet connection. thank you Grayman for great knives and wonderful service.

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