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Last Updated: August 3, 2019
I recently reviewed a Mcusta MC-1 and I was impressed by this relatively little-known Japanese knife manufacturer. Based out of Seki, Japan, Mcusta is part of the city’s proud cutlery making tradition that began hundreds of years ago. If you haven’t checked out my MC-1 review yet, I loved the high end materials and modern manufacturing integrated into its classic design.
As the name suggests, the Tactility is designed to be a tactical knife. However, I would narrow that down to “fighting knife” or “emergency tactical” – I would reserve it as a last ditch defensive tool. It is a very well made knife, but it is slim and lightweight and has a fragile tip. This isn’t a knife you would want to bring into the dark heart of war. Rather I see this as a highly specialized fighting blade.
Also, because this knife is so beautiful, it easily fills the role of a collectible. It’s an exquisite knife, balanced and light. Many people will want the Tactility just for their collection.
I do not recommend this knife for EDC. The blade is almost 4″ long and has little belly. The choil is set back on the handle and is designed to maximize reach. Sure, nothing is preventing you from EDCing this knife – and I certainly wouldn’t try and stop you, but to me this is not an EDC knife.
General Dimensions and Blade Details
The Tactility has an overall length of 8.2″ and a weight of 3.4 ounces. The 3.75″ blade is a modified drop point design with a partial hollow grind. The blade design has a very sharp point, ideal for for piercing movements, while the long swedge reduces weight and provides strength down to the tip. The hollow ground blade is pretty thin, which makes this knife an excellent slicer. This knife practically melts through paper, the point is so fine and the edge is so keen. It cuts like nothing I have seen before.
You have a couple options for the blade steel, both of which center around VG-10. You can get plain VG-10 or a laminated blade; damascus over a VG-10 core (shown in the photographs). VG-10 is a proven steel that I have written on at length. Suffice to say, I like VG-10 a lot. Mcusta applies an excellent heat treat so the extreme sharpness, edge retention and corrosion resistance that you expect from a VG-10 blade is in full effect with the Tactility.
Handle, Ergonomics and Pocket Clip
The handle of the Tactility is ultra slim and can come in a variety of different handle scale materials (various colors of corian or micarta in addition to several hardwood options) over solid steel liners. The handle is a pillar, or flow through design (which I love) that is held together by 3 torx bolts and provides for a clean look and easy maintenance. The liners haven’t been milled out, which would typically be a complaint, but the knife is still a mere 3.4 ounces so I can’t complain. One thing I like about liners that aren’t milled out is that they are very easy to clean.
One thing to notice is the absence of a lanyard hole with this knife. I would never put a lanyard on this knife, but I know some people like the option so I wanted to mention it.
As far as ergonomics are concerned, when you consider the primary purpose of the Tactility, Mcusta did a good job with this knife. The handle is spacious allowing for comfortable forward and reverse grips. I like how the wood has been nicely contoured and features 4 finger grooves that fit the hand very well. There is a large choil that sits about an inch back on the handle. It makes choking up on the blade unnatural but it maximizes reach – critical for a tactical knife like this.
There isn’t much of a thumb ramp, and the only jimping is found on the liner. Given the position of the choil, I find the jiming more than adequate.
The Tactility has a very nice pocket clip. I like how it allows for reversible tip up carry. It rides ultra deep and has a classy decorative look to it – more of that laser cut steel for you. I found clip retention to be very good.
Deployment and Lock
Depeding on if you get the VG-10 or Damascus version the Tactility has either dual thumb studs or a nice “modified spyder-hole” for deployment. The hole looks something like a half moon and allows for very easy ambidextrous one hand opening. The thumb studs (shown) are oversized and mine were made of blued titanium. Mcusta uses their signature teflon washer system for “buttery smooth” opening. This knife deploys quickly and quietly. While the teflon washers may be a departure from what we are used to seeing, they do an excellent job getting the blade out of the handle.
The Tactility uses a very strong liner lock. Mine locked up super early and there was no blade play at all. When you deploy the knife it makes a soft “click” – very stealthy. I was super impressed with the lockup and included a picture to show you what I am talking about.
Mcusta Tactility Review – Final Thoughts
The Tactility is just an outstanding knife. The tolerances, finish and materials are all top notch. It’s going to be hard to find a deadlier folding knife in this price range. If you are looking for an all out weapon of a knife and enjoy extreme craftsmanship, the Tactility could be the knife for you. That said, for those seeking a “hard use” folder or tactical knife, I don’t think this would be the best fit. I don’t think it’s a fragile knife, but find this knife better suited to the collector or someone wanting a high end EDC or a gentleman’s folder tactical knife.
As far as value is concerned, at the time of this article this knife can be found in the $130-150 range depending on configuration. At that price I think this knife is a great value. I would liken the build quality to a comparably priced Spyderco (which is superb), and I rank these among the highest quality production folders money can buy. For those on the fence, I suggest taking the plunge because you will not be disappointed with this knife.
- Crafted from the highest quality materials
- Built for performance and durability
- Made in Japan