Blade shapes have evolved since the forging of the very first knife. Over millennia knife blade styles and overall designs have undergone countless developmental phases eliminating, by trial and error, those imperfections that were proven non-functional or resulted in less-than-optimal performance (e.g., too thin, too long, too short, etc.) The blade designs available today here at T.Kell Knives have been refined by the test of time, based on functionality and aesthetics commensurate with modern knife industry standards.


A quality everyday (EDC) carry knife needs to be both lightweight and durable. If you plan on carrying it on your person, then you want something that is readily accessible and comfortable to wear. It should take up minimal real estate on your body and be durable enough to withstand hard use. One such set of blades designed by subject matter expert (SME) Steve Tarani and built by master knife smith Tim Kell; is the Tarani Close Quarters (TCQ) Tri-Angle fixed blade series.

Designed specifically to meet growing industry demands for a robust EDC close quarter fixed blade, the TCQ Tri-Angle series delivers over-the-top quality and functionality with a unique three-point rapid deployment options carry system. Should exigent circumstances require rapid access, deployment and performance, the TCQ Tri-Angle fixed blade series is the right tool for the job.

All four single-edged working blades in this series provide sufficient heft and durability to meet the demands of traditional hard use. Paramount to this unique and custom knife series is immediate access, positive grip and rapid deployment from three completely different grip-approach hand positions.

The four blade geometries comprising this EDC knife line are built to meet or exceed performance requirements regardless of hand size, blade orientation and carry position.  The TCQ Tri-Angle fixed blade series offers three distinct and separate grip approach angles for rapid access and deployment. Each blade is custom cut, heat treated and ground to detailed technical perfections where form meets function. The Nickle Boron blade boasts overkill durability with more than twice the wear resistance of hard chrome and four times the wear resistance of electroless nickel phosphorous.

In plain speak, these custom knives are comfortable to wear, readily accessible, designed specifically for rapid deployment and are nearly indestructible with normal use.

-Steve Tarani

TCQ Tri-Angle Blade Geometry

A full angle on the top side of the blade tapering toward the point has the appearance of “dropping fully downward” – hence the name “Full Drop Point”. Full drop points were originally designed for better handling and control as hunting knives. When it comes to full drop points size does matter and the unique and purposefully oversized Ridge Back blade geometry of this Tarani/ T.Kell model is exponentially thicker than a traditional drop point which affords an EDC durability above and beyond that required of common use full-length drop points.

The term “Spear Point'' is applied to any blade geometry of a knife designed in the classical spear-shaped configuration. It is similarly named after the formidable hand-held blades of antiquity utilized by the original Spartan warriors and ancient Roman legionnaires alike originally engineered for extreme hard use. A spear point configuration is identified by symmetric angles on both sides of center mass to include an equally dispersed center of gravity. The spearpoint of this Tarani/ T.Kell model is a single-edge blade geometry that delivers uncompromising performance in its everyday carry configuration.

Traditionally a Clip Point is a concave shape which curves slightly from about one-third the length of the blade tapering forward toward the tip of the blade. Traditionally utilized for thrusting and slashing, it allows maximum penetration due to a narrowed surface area and curved angle at the very tip, fully supported by a center of gravity slightly farther back than a spear point. The clip point geometry of this Tarani/ T.Kell model is designed specifically for hard use and long-term durability.

Steeped in tradition, the Yoroi Doshi, commonly referred to as a “Tanto” style, is one of the most rugged and deeply respected blade geometries in the industry. The Yoroi Doshi blade geometry is characterized by classically defining angles customarily supported by a chisel or beveled grind and thick blade. In ancient Japan, the term “Yoroi Doshi” translated to “body-armor piercing” describing that hard-use function for which it was originally designed. The Yoroi Doshi blade geometry of this Tarani/ T.Kell model is synonymous with optimal piercing capability and is noted for its unparalleled durability and performance.

TCQ Tri-Angle Rapid Deployment Methods

What separates this unique fixed blade series is the three handle angles – the “tri-angle” – design, regardless of deployment method. The multiple deployment angles afford optimal acquisition speed and positive grip as part of your rapid deployment process. Functionality includes rapid access and deployment with either hand from three completely different grip angle approaches:

Closed Fist Deployment

Initiating the closed fist deployment method is a reach with your four fingers extended and collapsing into a fully clenched fist grip. Applying this deployment method, the stem of the blade located just below the handle fits perfectly between your forefinger and middle finger forming a powerful closed fist configuration with your thumb across the other fingers for maximum strength like that of an experienced boxer.

Closed Fist Deployment

The index finger grip is where you reach first with your index finger forward pressing ahead of the handle allowing the thumb and remaining three fingers freedom to rapidly acquire a positive grip placing the blade stem between the inside of your thumb and the inside knuckle of your middle finger. Applying this deployment method, the extended index finger safely against the flat of the blade acts as a guiding kinesthetic reference affording maximum blade articulation.

Closed Fist Deployment

Reaching with the thumb up and forefinger pointing downward allows your four fingers to achieve a positive grip on the handle placing the blade stem between the inside of your thumb and the outer edged of your index finger. Applying this deployment method affords you maximum four-finger contact where more contact equates to more control.

TCQ Tri-Angle Blade Series Sheaths

A tremendous amount of functionality consideration and over-the-top testing was expended on the development of the TCQ Tri-Angle Kydex sheaths designed for this impressive fixed blade knife series.Paramount to ready access and rapid deployment is blade position. The sheaths were designed to be as comfortable and lightweight as possible. They take up minimal real-estate on your body and are strong enough to hold the blade firmly in place.

Extremely versatile they can be mounted for the left or right side either inside or outside the waistband.

They are available in two configurations: a 45 degree fixed position and a multi-position model adjustable to 45, 60 and 90 degree angles which you can conveniently set yourself.

Measured Draw Weights

The draw weights are set to a fully functional three-pound draw tension to hold the blade safely in place while maintaining consistency in reach and deployment. Each set is also available in either five pound or seven-pound draw weights based on your personal preference.

Clip Stability

The TCQ Tri-Angle Kydex sheaths reinforced clips are available in either 1.5” or 1.75” length based on belt thickness.