When the work day begins, it’s Carter Prime time.
This workhorse folder is a collaboration between Ontario Knife Company and knife designer Robert Carter. If you aren’t familiar with Carter, the man has tiny knives embedded in his DNA.
Carter is the grandson of Mel Pardue, best known for Benchmade designs like the Griptilian, and the son of Joe Pardue, of OKC Utilitac fame. But instead of just relying on the reputation of his ancestors, Carter has forged his own path using the knowledge he’s soaked up over the years.
Just look at Carter Prime.
Based on his Generalist custom design, the Carter Prime is an overbuilt flipper with a thick cut 3.37-inch blade made from D2 tool steel. D2 is a semi-stainless steel that’s often underrated because it’s not new or expensive, but it’s a tough steel that will get the job done.
The stonewash-finished blade opens quickly and smoothly via the flipper mechanism. Although the blade shape may look funny, the modified sheepsfoot blade is versatile and functional. It stays engaged with a frame lock that can take all the abuse you can throw at it.
The lightweight anodized titanium handle is streamlined with some jimping near the butt and along the spine to keep it in hand.
Rounding out this versatile folder is a tip-up sculpted pocket clip for easy everyday carry.
For more information on this Badass Knife of the Week, check out the product page for the Ontario Knife Company Carter Prime.