The founder of Ocaso, Ric Valdez, is a former executive for a leading knife manufacturer and has been in the knife industry for 20 years. Ocaso was founded by Ric’s belief that the knife you choose to carry every day defines the essence of who you are and what you believe in. Our goal is to craft sophisticated, versatile, distinctive pocket knives that are a reflection of your personal style. From the office to the outdoors, Ocaso knives are designed to be your companion, for life.
Gear for the Modern Gentleman
By design, gentleman's knives are meant to be simple, stylish, and small. A classy, timeless tool for every outfit and occasion. The best gentleman's knives are discreet, lightweight, uncomplicated cutting tools that exude elegance and style.
We believe a well-designed, well-made knife is like a piece of functional art. Our mission is to design and craft knives with a focus on luxury, fit and finish, and the performance to match their good looks. We use premium materials including titanium, carbon fiber, Damascus, and S35VN steel to create knives that are the ultimate expression of your personal style.
CPM S35VN: Crucible Particle Metal (CPM) S35VN is a USA made, high-end stainless steel that provides an excellent balance between toughness, corrosion resistance, and edge-retention. It is recognized as a premium steel due to its durability and remarkable wear resistance. Our knives with S35VN steel have a Rockwell Hardness of 60-61.
K110 (D2): We use premium Bohler K110 (D2) steel in our knives. It offers high wear resistance along with good hardness and toughness, making it an excellent steel for everyday carry pocket knives. Our knives with D2 steel have a Rockwell Hardness of 59-60.
AUS-10A: We use high-quality Japanese made AUS-10A stainless steel in our knives. Due to its high carbon content, AUS-10A is considered the strongest steel type within the AUS-series. It provides excellent corrosion-resistance, durability, and ease of sharpening. Our knives with AUS-10A steel have a Rockwell Hardness of 59-60.