In the world of denimheads, there are a few overarching trends of which we are all familiar. Moc toes, obligatory booty shots, master cuffs, and everyday carry items; these are all common trends amongst our scene. It’s probably fair to say that you have seen or posted a photo of your favorite Everyday Carry items (AKA EDC’s). These range from pocket pucks, Tactical pens, key chains, field notes, and the definitive EDC the pocket knife.
There are many great options in the world of knives, and everyone has a personal favorite. I, for one, have been a long time carrier of Kershaws, of which my most recent and heavily used in my rotation is my Kershaw Cyro 1. That is until WESN dropped a tiny bomb of a new product.
Billy Chester, the proprietor of WESN, first conceived the brand when his desire for a light and easy-to-carry knife wasn’t being met. He wanted something made of high-quality materials that were small enough to fit on a key chain but big enough to keep up with the functionality of a standard-sized pocket knife. It was this unmet need that led him to kick start his first knife, the Micro Blade.
Micro Blade. Let that sink in for a second. I know what you’re thinking: Like WTF is a micro blade, and why the hell would I shell out 110 bucks for one? Historically, things with “micro” before them tend not to be held in great light. For example, “Ouch, fuck, stepped on the kids’ damn micro-machines,” or, “his pants came down, and he had a micro…” yeah, you know what, you know where that is heading. I don’t need to spell that out.
At the very least, you’re thinking, “even if it is useful, I’m definitely going to misplace the motherfucker and wonder if my kid or cat found it.” Admittedly, I have already lost it several times. However, that said, since I got the knife, it has become my number one EDC knife…assuming I can remember where I left it.
“Ok, great Tristan, you have a tiny knife that you lose regularly but seem to love the damn thing, so what?”
So what does this have to do with denim, let alone Momotaro? Well, suffice it to say, I’m a bit of a Momotaro fanboy. While falling into the K-Hole that is power scrolling through my Instagram feed at 2 AM, I came across a post from a really great guy and fellow denimhead: UpstatestyleGuy. Turns out, he got his hands on an early release of this tiny wonder, and well, the moment it dropped, I had to get my hands on one.
As for the collaboration? I reached out to WESN and was lucky enough to ask the man himself about how this collaboration came to be. It turns out Billy happens to be a bit of a denimhead himself. Actually, in his own words, “we’ve been denim nerds since 2008,” and is a huge fan Momotaro jeans. So he did what any of us would do. He reached out to his favorite denim brand to see what they thought of his knife and if they would want to collaborate. Which surprisingly turned out to be reasonably simple.
Now, I lived in Japan for a few years. Of the many cultural and legal differences I experienced, one thing I found out for damn sure is there are actually laws specific to pocket knives and blade length. Size does matter, ladies and gentlemen. It is a fundamental reason why pocket knives are not nearly as commonplace in Japan as they are in the States. With that in mind, the Micro Blade seemed a perfect fit. They sent Keita a knife, and he loved it. He loved how simple it was, and its tiny size made it perfect (and legal) for Japan.
Adorned with the signature battle stripes across the knife’s titanium handle, this little bastard measures in at “whopping” 3.75 inches opened and 2.25″ closed. The blade itself is a mere inch, but the edge is wicked sharp and brandishes the Momotaro logo. This knife packs all the bang of a Ron Jeremy sized blade, into an almost embarrassingly small package, and I mean that in the best possible way. Package the whole thing with a WESN all-natural leather sheath designed explicitly for the Micro Blade, and you have a shocking useful little cutter in an easy to carry package.
Apart from occasionally misplacing the knife, I have no real complaints. The blade is beautiful; from an aesthetic standpoint, it pleasing to the eye and pairs well with the rest of my daily wear. From a functionality perspective, I haven’t come across a task this knife can’t tackle that my Kershaw can. At $110 for the knife and sheath, powered up by a premium denim brand collaboration, it feels pricey but, in reality, is pretty fair. Think big things, small packages.
Now, this is a limited collaboration, and I won’t be surprised if it is sold out by the time you read this. However, even if you get the standard Micro Blade, you’re still getting the exact same fantastic knife, just no battle stripes. All we can hope is that this is just the beginning of a beautiful relationship, which could lead to even more great releases.
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