The QSP Legatus

Knife design and cooking have a few things in common. You need the proper ingredients (materials), pay attention to flavour and texture (fit and finish) and finally, have a great presentation. QSP’s Legatus has it all. Everybody seems to like this knife, and for good reasons: it is well designed, well made, and simply beautiful.
Text and pictures: Bas Martens

The Legatus was designed Dutch Blade Works (DBW), a company from the Netherlands, consisting of Toni Oostendorp and Cees Kaan. In 2019 they started with the Xerxes, a combined design by two custom makers, Tashi Bharucha from France and Gudy van Poppel from the Netherlands. The knife was produced by the Chinese WE Knife company and DBW took care of marketing and sales.
The Legatus is the result of a request by QSP knives, which was looking for a high-end knife by a European designer. The principle design was made by Cees Kaan, and after some refinement the Legatus went into production.
The Legatus is a frame lock folder, with a 86 mm Böhler M390 blade and 4 mm thick titanium handles. Both sides of the handle have inlays, either from Carbon Fiber or, as in the knife pictured here, a striking combination of Carbon Fiber and G10. The right side of the handle has a titanium tip-up pocket clip.

The satin-finished blade has a flipper which, in combination with ceramic ball bearings, ensures a very smooth action. There is no slack. The right side of the blade is marked with “DBW-Design” and the company logo, a stylised ‘W’. The left side of the blade has the QSP logo and the type of steel. The curved handle offers an excellent grip, with the flipper acting as part of the finger choil. Fit and finish are very good.
The overall length of the opened knife is 206 mm. Because of the titanium handle, the weight is only 146 grams. The Legatus comes with a nylon, zip-up pouch. For more information see