Shouldn’t it be possible to make a practical, comfortable folding knife that could stand up to bushcraft/survival use with few compromises?
I’ve been mulling around this idea for about 14 years now. And I’ve finally found a way to make it happen.
Here’s the story that started it all:
I was camping with relatives who knew I was into knives. I pulled out a knife I had made and gave it to someone to do some woodcarving, whittling, fire-prep, etc. They loved it so much they held onto it the entire trip. So, naturally, I had to go to my backup – which at the time was nice folding knife. It had a hollow grind but a thick edge that I put a large secondary bevel on and it push-cut like a dream. So I figured I’d have a pretty good time testing it out. It only took about 15 minutes before my hand was starting to hurt and then after 30 minutes of constant use I had to put it down. Calluses aside, I was in serious pain.
Over the years I have been designing and redesigned this ideal folding knife in my mind and in CAD. Then I had a Eureka! moment. Here’s this Bushcraft knife that I’ve sold for a number of years now, have made various versions of, have tweaked the design carefully since its inception, have sold 1000+ of them….and it’s staring me in the face screaming “Make me into a folding knife!”.
So I did.
I’ve been fielding requests from customers to make a folding scandi-grind knife for nearly as long as I’ve been making scandi-grind knives. But I didn’t want to just make another tactical folder and simply scandi-grind the blade. I needed it to be something special, something unique, something well-thought-out.
And here it is…..
10 reasons this folder is different than your everyday tactical folding knife:
- 3.7″ long, 0.125″ thick 3V steel, true scandi grind (flat) set at 13 degrees, hardened to 59-60 HRc, tumbled finish on the flats for durability, riding on bearings for super smooth action
- Frame-Lock type construction under a full size handle. Typically you have either a thinner liner-lock with scales, or a thicker frame-lock with no scales. This has both a thicker frame-lock as well as scales. Maximum comfort and stiffness/rigidity. And the guard is built into the handle instead of the blade.
- 4.8″ long, full length, full width, “upside-down egg” cross-section handle. No squared edges – everything is rounded and contoured. Thicker on the top for rolling in your hands while carving, thinner on the bottom for leverage and indexing.
- Squared off spine with thumbgrooves for striking a firesteel
- No thumbstud to get in the way of woodworking cuts. Anyone who has used a folder for woodcarving, making traps, kindling-sticks, kitchen prep, etc. knows what a pain a thumbstud can be. This comes with a milled slot for easy one-hand opening, or an optional nail nick.
- Hidden pivot pin to keep things visually clean and physically comfortable. No bolster. Keep it simple, practical and straightforward.
- Maximum blade/handle ratio. No compromise. Blade tip goes all the way to the back of the handle.
- No pocket clip. A clip is the most uncomfortable part of a handle on a folding knife. It only takes about 10 minutes of serious use before your hand starts to get torn-up and many of my bushcrafting customers and friends are taking the clips off of their folders now anyway. I’m not against a clip on a tactical folder. Just not on an “actually-will-be-used-for-bushcrafting-and-survival” folding knife. I have several leather sheath options to choose from, including one made to hold the folder with a firesteel loop along side it as an add-on.
- Comfort and usability without sacrificing quality was the #1 goal. Not looks. Not money in my pocket. Not “building my reputation” or prestige. Not for pimping. Not to drive the secondary market. I just wanted a knife I could actually take bushcrafting and not have to compromise comfort and usability. All the same quality materials as my fixed blades….it just folds up for convenience. It doesn’t matter to me if I sell 10 or 10,000 of these. It’s the right thing to do, and this is the right way to do it.
- No exotic materials. I imagine at some future point I may consider dressing up one of these for fun. But for now I have no desire to add damascus, mokume, mammoth tooth, and so on. Those materials are highly impractical out in the field where you may regularly encounter poor weather conditions, changes in humidity, impact from use, etc. These folders lock up rock-solid, have impervious materials and are ready for constant (not occasional) use. They are made from the same materials I use for my fixed blades.
This Folding Bushcraft Knife is now available through KickStarter here:
Pricing starts at $395
At this time I am only offering these materials/services:
- 3V Steel (Only steel I’m interested in using at this time)
- Scandi grind (No flat grinds at this time)
- Micarta, G10 & Ironwood/Stabilized woods
- Titanium frames/liners
If it’s not on the list above, don’t request it. I’ve done a lot of thinking about this folding knife, and if it’s not 24/7/365, my best work, my proudest moment…it’s not leaving my shop. I know what works best with my process, my tools/equipment, my skills, etc. If you need an oversized, slim, tactical folder with a clip and 3 grinds on it – there are many other capable knifemakers out there. 😉
Here are some more pics to enjoy!
The following options/add-ons are available.
- Natural Canvas Micarta (+$0)
- Black Canvas Micarta (+$0)
- Green Canvas Micarta (+$20)
- Brown Canvas Micarta (+$20)
- Black G10 (+$30)
- Red G10 (+$30)
- Blue G10 (+$30)
- Orange G10 (+$30)
- Blue/Black (+$40)
- Black/Tan G10 (+$40)
- Black/Brown G10 (+$40)
G10 Liner Options – new!
- Black (+$20)
- Red (+$20)
- Blue (+$20)
- Green (+$20)
- Orange (+$20)
- White (+$20)
- more colors here
- Leather Pouch ($50)
- Leather Pouch + Firesteel loop ($60)
- Leather Pouch w/ foldover flap ($60)
- Leather Pouch w/ foldover flap + Firesteel loop ($70)
- Black leather (adds $10)
- Tooling (adds $10 per side)
- Kydex – MOLLE/TekLok compatible ($40)
- Kydex Drop Loop – MOLLE/TekLok compatible ($60)
Titanium Finish Options
- Stone tumbled is the only finish available
- Striker tip – swedge, not a false edge (+$10)
Lifetime: I will guarantee this folding knife against defects in manufacturing and will replace any parts for free and return it to Like New condition the best I can for the life of the folding knife, regardless of ownership. Buyer pays shipping.
1 year warranty: I will guarantee proper lock-up (no blade play). After 1 year, lock-up repairs not falling under the lifetime warranty coverage above will be charged at $40 +s/h. All knives returned will be resharpened for free.
Parts replacement: If for any reason you lose a screw, pivot, bearings, backspacer or stop-pin…please contact me and I will help you get the proper part. You will be charged only what I pay for the part, plus shipping.
You are welcome to take the knife apart if you like, I don’t mind. But don’t complain if you don’t put it back together right and it doesn’t work! Proper assembly is: lock-bar liner, pivot head, washer, blade, washer, then stop pin (held in left hand). Non-locking liner, 2 screws through liner and backspacer (held in right hand). Put both sides together and loosely assemble all screws. Tighten starting with the pivot, then the closest backspacer screw, then farthest backspacer screw, while pinning the blade to the lockbar liner side. All screws are locked down 100%. Use locktite only on the pivot screw. Attach handles. If you will assemble it this way, you will get it back together correctly every time.
Thanks for your interest in Custom Handmade Knives!